Tuesday, May 29, 2012

an ode to a friendship | orange lychee sorbet

"Thank you for being a friend...", she sang playfully, referring to the Golden Girls theme song.  My friend Kelly was teasing me, as I clutched my purse, seemingly holding it like a weapon to defend myself from the camera.  Kelly was interviewing me for a TV segment and I was feeling vulnerable.  So I hugged tightly on my purse, only to be called out by my friend.  Kelly told me to relax and be myself, and to get rid of my weapon - so I put my purse down.


No matter what age we are, we always need a friend.  Although Kelly sang the Golden Girls tune in jest, it gave me the message of the show - that women always fare better with their girlfriends by their side.  And oh how I appreciate Kelly's friendship.  She has motivated me in a variety of ways, from getting me to work out even when I don't feel like it, to sparking a fire in me to go after what I want most with my career.  Kelly is a successful anchorwoman on TV.  So she has inspired me to strive and do my best.  Just as what a girlfriend should do.


I took that inspiration in my kitchen and I made an orange lychee sorbet.  The sorbet help us cool down over this scorching holiday weekend and even more. It evoke the new friendship; like a ray of sunshine that lifted my spirit, Kelly made me hopeful and excited as I walk down this unfamiliar road...

 Thank you Kelly, I am glad you are my friend... girlfriend!


Orange Lychee Sorbet (adapted from My Recipes)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c orange juice (about 2 oranges you could opt to include the pulp)
1 cup water
1/2 c sugar
2 tbsp zest
1/2 can lychee (drained from the can)

Direction:
Combine water, sugar and orange zest in a saucepan.  Let it simmer for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.  Set aside.  Let it cool.

Using a food processor or blender process the lychee into bits (you could process until smooth but I prefer bits) Set aside.

When the sugar mixture has cooled down, mix all the ingredients together. Freeze until slightly firm.   Pour it back to the food processor and  pulse it until smooth.  Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for about 2 hours before serving.


The orange lychee sorbet is so refreshing and healthy too and not to mention, it's super easy to make at home... come on don't be scared to try, you'll be surprised how simple it is to make... and this is step one to win a friend.

24 comments:

  1. I see that you are so inspired. It shows on the plating and styling, the refreshing taste. This is friendship on a plate.
    I'm jealous girlfriend!

    Jenny

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  2. for you Jenny if I'm going to plate our friendship it would be a buffet haha. I miss you! I hope to see you soon.

    Malou

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  3. Love lychees! Great story on friends...I don't know what I'd do without the support of my girlfriends. They are the BEST!!

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  4. hello GN! great to meet you. I'm glad we share the same things in common: love for lychees and the support of grilfriends. Cheers!
    malou

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  5. Oh, Malou-what an inspirational post about your friend, Kelly!
    Your sorbet is amazing, gorgeous, and totally droolworthy delicious. I can just picture your clutching to your purse...the "weapon"...LOL
    Yes, a agree of supporting girfriends...without out them, it would be an unhappy world for us!
    Hugs,

    p.s. don't be afraid to pin on Pinterest, it's really quite easy, once you get the hang of it. As a matter of fact, I would love to pin your superb orange lychee sorbet!

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    1. ok ok i will try pinning soon :) thanks!

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  6. This is stunning and "good-friend worthy." Yay to friendship and sweetnesses from wherever they come.

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  7. This is beautiful, Malou! You always manage to make such pretty things. :)

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  8. What a lovely looking sorbet. I love how you presented it. And I love lychees - I'm a huge fan and it's very true about how women get through life much better when they have their friends by their side xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it. If I was your neighbor I would bring this over but I'm sure you'll spike it haha!
      malou

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  9. I laughed at the purse clutching. You're so cute. :)

    Good friends make life worth living.

    I LOVE your orange lychee sorbet and I love how you presented it. Looks yummy!

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    1. Maureen,
      I love clutching big purses, it conceals your body flaws haha. THanks for dropping by!

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  10. Good story. And good dish here - looks gorgeous. I don't use lychee much when I cook, and I know I should - good flavors. Anyway, really nice post - thanks.

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    1. Thank you KR! I've been using lychees in my drinks and dessert. I recommend that you try lychees. It's refreshing and sweet.
      Cheers,
      Malou

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  11. another winner lou, im looking forward to doing this myself, nice pics and styling too - O

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    1. Hello O!
      What a nice surprise to see you here. Thank you for the kind words it means so much especially coming from you!
      hugs to the kids!
      malou

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  12. Malou,
    It's really wonderful to know that you've settled nicely in St. Louis. It's amazing how the Lord brings new good friends in our life. You are blessed.
    I cannot help but to comment on this one because it's really beautiful: the sorbet and the new friendship.

    Lita

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    1. Thank you, for an art lover like you, I take that as a complement. Enjoy your weekend!
      xo,
      Malou

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  13. Wow. Can I say it again? WOW! I love the sorbet. I caanot help but gaze at it. The writing is always to look forward to. Reading your essays is like a drug, it is addicting. There are nights that I read 5 of them, but seriously please write a book soon.

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    1. Thank you again and thank you for signing up in my FB page as well.
      Have a great weekend.. and with the book/cookbook, well will see. Paging publishers out there haha!
      malou

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  14. Wow, the presentation is just gorgeous!
    I have just discovered sorbet, and I've got to say, it's very tasty :)

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  15. This is such a refreshing dessert! I love both flavors of lychee and orange. Can't wait to try this. As I said in my earlier comment, I was just searching for your "dinengdeng" and found myself browsing thro' more of your delish recipes. Thanks for the inspiration, Malou! And I love your "friendship" story ~ so precious!

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  16. Lovely post Malou, and delightful sorbet!

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