Tangy Raspberry Sherbet (Guest Post)

Hello, everyone! Right now T-Hubs and I are getting ready to return home from our vacation — returning to the so-called “real world,” where we have to deal with “life,” and “work,” and “cooking delicious food we really can’t wait to eat long enough to take a picture of it.” Man, we’ve got it rough. Until then, though, I’ve got one final guest post for you, from my friend Rachael… er, I mean, Movita. Movita Beaucoup isn’t your average food-blogger — this girl has some serious personality (and I mean that as a compliment). She isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and she makes me laugh harder than any other blogger I know. That’s talent, right there. Plus she makes the most incredible sherbet… did I mention the sherbet? Incredible.

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Recently, I developed numbness on the left side of my face. I made the huge mistake of googling my symptoms, and found out that I was probably going to die in four days. So I cleaned the bathrooms and purged the contents of my bedside table.

When you’re middle-aged and develop symptoms such as mine, you get pushed through an otherwise sluggish medical system at an alarming rate. Within 48 hours, I had multiple tests run, an MRI scheduled, and a visit with a neurologist. Thus far, I’ve been diagnosed with JOOTT (Just One Of Those Things, also known as: your body and mind are in decline).

I was pretty happy that I hadn’t had a stroke or any other obvious maladies, so a JOOTT diagnosis didn’t seem so bad. The doctors were, after all, very reassuring, and seemed confident that they wouldn’t be naming a new disease after me anytime soon. Yes, my face is wonky, but I can still eat and go to the bathroom, so… bases covered. I was told that in the unlikely event that my symptoms become “alarming,” I should head to the emergency room. I set aside my one pair of underpants that still has functioning elastic just in case.

I began reflecting on my genetics. Sure, all senior Dyers hike their slacks up to their ribcages, but they have generally fared well as aging. Why, yes! The Dyers are a long-living and competent sort. I’d be okay! And then I remembered the family reunion at which my grandfather made everyone wear name tags with both their first and last names on them, despite the fact that only family members were attending. And that at that same event, Great Uncle Ed got confused and wore Great Aunt Amy’s coat home…

Remaining positive, I figured that in the worst case scenario, I’d have the loving support of 2.0 (my partner in crime). I mean, should I start exhibiting symptoms of dementia, he could probably take care of business, right? He’s strong and very bright, and the two of us combined are at least as capable as one mediocre 20 year old. But then I remembered that 2.0 has forgotten me at the grocery store twice in the past year, so I bookmarked home healthcare services online.

So, unable to rely on anyone but myself, I’ve been watching the first season of Girls to make myself feel way better about not being in my 20’s again. And, to ensure that I don’t forget what summer is like, I’ve been eating a lot of sherbet. This sherbet is tangy and refreshing. It’s summer in a bowl. If you find it a little too tart for your tastes, you could always add a little more honey or sugar. This sherbet sits well alongside a piece of sweet vanilla cake topped with buttercream – because life is all about balance. I use frozen berries for this recipe, which means that in the darkness of winter, when you’re longing for the lazy, hazy days of summer, you can whip some of this up to awaken your senses. Because fully functioning senses are never a bad thing…

Tangy Raspberry Sherbet
recipe: movita beaucoup
Yields about 4 cups.

3 cups frozen raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon

Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Measure out all of your ingredients. Ensure that the bowl of your ice cream maker has been frozen. Chill the container you intend to use for storing the sherbet.

In a bowl, sprinkle the sugar over the frozen raspberries and allow the raspberries to thaw until they can be broken up and combined with a fork. The raspberries don’t need to be entirely crushed, as they add nice texture to the sherbet, but big pieces can clog some ice cream makers, so small bits are best.

In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream, buttermilk, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Combine the raspberries (accumulated juices and all) with the buttermilk mixture, mixing until well combined and smooth.

Freeze and churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, then transfer to a chilled storage container (for example, a loaf pan or glass dish with lid) and freeze until hardened. Allow to freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe and photos by Rachael @ www.movitabeaucoup.com
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19 Responses to Tangy Raspberry Sherbet (Guest Post)

  1. Emmalina August 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    On the plus side just imagine all the time incontinence will save you! No more trips to the bathroom using up precious sherbet making time, just you, some mouldy slippers and cats wearing flannel pj’s looking at everything disdainfully. I paint quite the picture there my friend…hey, why you cry?

    • movita beaucoup August 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      Sniff. Because you paint such a beautiful picture. Such a beautiful picture…

  2. Stacy August 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    That sherbet is such a beautiful color! I love the way this could, most probably, bring the bright sunshine of summer into the deep of winter someday.

    I am wondering though if eating enough cold stuff could affect the nerves in your face, Movita. Please ask the doctor on your next visit. And just to be safe, better send all the sherbet in your freezer to me. ASAP.

    (Hi, Willow! Hope you had a good holiday!)

    • movita beaucoup August 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

      This is a good point, Stacy. I will lay off the sherbet and increase my buttercream consumption.

  3. Ruthy @ Omeletta August 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    This made me laugh out loud- sorry about your face, but not sorry you wrote such an entertaining guest post! :) I agree, watching Girls is the surest way to make me feel better about not being in my 20s anymore. And this sherbert looks like a keeper.

    • movita beaucoup August 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks, Ruthy! And not to worry about my face. It’s bringing joy to a great number of people. My father, for example, has taken to calling me Numbskull. He doesn’t ask for much…

  4. Amy @ Elephant Eats August 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    mmmm, this sherbert looks like the perfect way to forget about your troubles…and your hopefully non-life-threatening issues.

    • movita beaucoup August 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      Still alive, Amy! And eating copious quantities of EVERYTHING to ensure I stay that way…

  5. natalie @ wee eats August 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Omg. Girls.

    And I’m glad that you’re not dying (as far as we know, at least). At least you’ve got the two most important functions covered! <3

    If you do die, though, I’ll make some of this and eat it in your honor. <3 If you don't die, I might make it anyway, though, on account of it looks darn tasty!

    • movita beaucoup August 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      Dear Natalie,

      I’d expect no less from you.

      Sincerely,
      movita beaucoup

  6. DogsDontPurr August 28, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    Well, this sounds a bit like Bell’s Palsy. Not to worry, I’ve had a couple a friends who had it, and it went away over time. It’s often brought on by stress.

    (I’m not a real doctor, I just play one on the internet!)

    Mmmm….sherbetttt!!!

    • movita beaucoup August 29, 2013 at 9:15 am #

      Nope. Bell’s Palsy was ruled out right away. No paralysis. Also, too obvious to get my JOOTT diagnosis, silly! Unless it’s a NEW Palsy… Movita’s Palsy? Maybe we’re on to something!

  7. burnttoast August 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I JOOTT! Wish I could use it on a patient!
    Hay, I went to the doctor with shoulder pain and he said “Well, as we get older these things happen”. I was 28. Murder was not legal. I only hope, where ever he is now 40 years later, that he has lots of JOOTT!

    • movita beaucoup August 29, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      A few years ago, my eye doctor made the huge mistake of saying, “this often happens to people when they are middle aged.” At that time I was in my late 30’s. I don’t know what came over me, but before I could stop myself, I yelled, “I’m not middle aged, YOU’RE MIDDLE AGED!” And jabbed my pointer finger at his chest. The look on his face was priceless – poor man.

  8. musingmar September 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Oh, my goodness, this sherbet looks so good. Just the thing to perk up our declining years. I’ve grown tired of my doctor saying that my ailments are due to my age. While it’s nice to know that I don’t have a hideous ailment, really, does everything have to be attributed to age? I’ve found a cure for this though: I pretty much don’t go to the doctor. Hah, that’ll show her!!

    • movita beaucoup September 2, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      On the plus side, stupidity is attributed to youth, so…

  9. shannon weber September 3, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    oooh now one of MY favorite people is guest posting on one of my favorite blogs! The world works in mysterious and wonderful ways. AND you made me raspberry sherbet, which sounds wonderful. raspberries are so cheap right now, and this may be the final push i need to go replace my broken ice cream maker. I need to just do it.

    i can’t talk about getting old. do you KNOW the shows i have lined up on Netflix to watch, same reason? I need to be younger. i need to forget i creak now sometimes. I’ve started watching MTV to counteract the aging. it’s BAD.

    • movita beaucoup September 5, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Shannon, don’t watch MTV. I made that mistake a couple of weeks ago. There was nudity, foam fingers, things happening with pelvises. Solution? Watch Mad About You on Netflix. It helps.

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