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Ah, summer. The lazy, hazy days of the sunny season. A time for cookouts, leg shaving and, for some of you, sports.
You should know that the Beaucoups are not an athletically inclined family. We are a short, pale tribe, and we don’t like running (unless absolutely required). My brother, Adopamop, is the one notable exception. He’s taller than the rest of us, and seems less intimidated by athletic wear.
That said, all Beaucoup children were strongly encouraged to spend summers trying to be more athletic. There was bike riding. Some ill-advised tennis lessons. And swimming – there were lots of swimming lessons. Bill and Rosie Beaucoup felt it was very important that we know how to survive in a water emergency, and didn’t want our lives to be limited by a fear of free-stylin’ in the ocean. Yachting and cocktail parties by the pool were to be no trouble for a Beaucoup child.
Being rather petite children, we did not fair well in the frigid waters of the local outdoor aquatic centre. I have vivid memories of standing poolside early in the mornings, purple lipped and shaking uncontrollably. I also remember paying very close attention to the information provided on the HELP position – Heat Escape Lessening Posture. This is a life-saving technique which involves drawing your limbs in close to the body to prevent the loss of heat from your armpits and… groin. Now, Rosie Beaucoup felt very badly that we were shivering during our quest to become Olympic athletes, and employed the lesser known heat retaining position, SINK – Swaddled In Nordic Klothing. In this method, the frozen child is bundled up in clothing such as sweatshirts or sweaters to keep them warm in the water. This method also makes the child about eight times heavier, thus making the child work about ten times harder to stay afloat/alive, and as a result, the child is less chilled.
I did not become an Olympic swimmer.
I’m going to assume that you aren’t shivering right now. I’m going to assume that your armpits and groin might require cooling, and that you aren’t currently employing the HEAT position. I’m also going to assume that you might, in fact, be sweating profusely, and that you might like an icy treat. This sherbet is made with blueberries and buttermilk. It is smooth, sweet and incredibly easy to make. Did you know that blueberries are good for your cardiovascular system? That’s got to improve your performance in the pool.
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Yields about 3-4 cups.
- 1.5 pints (about 3 cups) fresh blueberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Measure out all of your ingredients. Be sure that the bowl of your ice cream maker has been frozen. Chill a loaf pan (or storage container of your choice) for at least 10 minutes.
Purée blueberries and sugar in a blender until smooth. You could also use an immersion blender or a food processor – keep an eye on the fill-line of your food processor, you don’t want blueberry purée exploding over your kitchen.
Pour the purée through a fine sieve set over a bowl, pressing the liquid out with a spatula; discard the solids. Stir in the buttermilk, lemon zest, and vanilla.
Chill a loaf pan in freezer at least 10 minutes. Freeze and churn blueberry mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions, then transfer to the chilled pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until hardened, at least 2 hours. Sherbet can be made and frozen up to 2 weeks ahead.