Saturday, July 30, 2011


For my 50th birthday party my husband invited a few of our friends to join us at one of John Besh's restaurants. La Provence. It was FABULOUS!! The food was incredible and of course celebrating such a big event as turning 50 with family and friends just made it the best birthday ever! But to top things off my husband bought me Chef  Besh's book "My New Orleans"!

And he got everyone at the party to sign my book!

AND...then he got Chef John Besh to sign my book also!!!

I have the best husband!!
After buying some strawberries at the grocery store I started looking to find a simple dessert I could make for dinner. I found this one:

and decided to give it a try...
***Note to the entire recipe before starting it!!!
I had everything I needed as far as ingredients but after preparing everything I realized that I needed an ice cream maker.
Well I was determined to have this (or something like it) for dessert so I improvised! Here are the details:

1 pint of strawberries
1 cup of seedless watermelon
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
***and yes there is an egg in the picture but I will explain that later!

Chop the strawberries and watermelon into small cubes.
***I really didn't stick to the recipe here as far as the amount of strawberries and watermelon. I just put a bowl full of each.
Puree the strawberries, watermelon, sugar, and lemon juice
**I used a small food processor
Here is where the EGG comes in:
To make sure you have enough sugar in the sorbet mixture, float an egg in it! If it sinks to the bottom---add more sugar.

There should be a nickle size area of the egg showing. If  to much of the egg is showing add more lemon juice or water.

I added more water.
Here is where the title of the post comes in and my advise to make sure to read the entire recipe before you begin!
You are suppose to put this is an ice cream maker! (Well of course you do, it's a sorbet! Sometimes my brain just doesn't work)
I don't have one so here is what I did next:

 I poured the mixture into a shallow baking dish and put it in the freezer. Granita anyone?!

 After an hour or so I pulled it out and started scraping the top and sides of the mixture. The middle was not quite frozen. I put it back in the freezer again for another hour or so and started scraping it again and breaking it up with a fork.

 And here is what the finished "Sorbet" looks like! Soooo good and so refreshing on a hot HOT summer day!

This recipe is very easy but since you have to freeze it, it takes awhile to make but it is worth it! Try it out and let me know what you think! Enjoy!!


  1. Happy Birthday! glad you had such a wonderful day! Your husband sounds like a really sweet man. your recipe sounds delicious, even better that you made it work without the machine!

  2. Happy Birthday! The sorbet looks lovely, must give it a go as I love watermelon! Thanks for the lovely idea!