"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Monday, July 19, 2010

"Bery" Berry Sorbet

After a lovely afternoon at the beach with friends it was time to make it back to the Valley. In this last year and a half of living in Sherman Oaks I have discovered that there is another side of LA.

Many people living the the Valley is ghetto..... "OOO you live in THE VALLEY!'. though i agree maybe some parts of the valley are not as pleasant, living in Sherman Oaks has been nothing but a pleasant surprise. Where in LA can you actually walk places? From coffeeshops (open 24/7) and restaurants to local bars (where you still can get free popcorn and 7 dollar cosmopolitans). Sherman oaks is also the home to the one and only Natas Pastries (the only portuguese bakery in Los Angeles county). Wholefoods, TraderJoes, farmers market, massage parlors, psychic readers, beads stores, dance studios, free jazz concerts, vintage stores......all jusut a walk away. Living in Sherman oaks has been nothing but refreshing exerience!

Well refreshing, i.e. except during summer time when  it can get pretty damn hot :).....  (I know this is not very "green" of me but thank you Jesus for Willis Haviland Carrie and the AC).

and what about summer heat? You gotta FIGHT IT! And nothing does it better than endulging in some icy cold sorbet...yummy!

Anyway, after I made it home last  nigh no one could get me out of my 76F air conditioned chalet! as much as I wanted to eat sorbet.... the thought of the agonizing heat was stronger than I. All of a sudden it hit me..... maybe i should make my own. I bursted to the fridge and jumped with joy, there was frozen fruit at home..... And that's how it all started! A quick glance over a couple recipes for the thermomix (off course i was out of eggs)..... but hey if there is a will there is a way, and so there was plain yogurt.  The result, delicious, refreshing, healthy to die for homemade berry sorbet.

"Bery"Berry Sorbet
(serves about 4-6)
3 Tbs of Sugar
12oz (350gr) frozen berries (I used organic blueberries and mixed berries from TraderJoes)
6oz (170 gr) of ice
Graded lemon peal
2 Tbs of sweet vermouth
4oz Plain Yogurt

Preparation (TM)
Place sugar in TM bowl  and program 10sec/vel10
Add fruit, ice, lemon peal and vermouth and program 30sec/vel9. Open top and make sure you push down whatever got stuck on the sides of bowl.  Program 15sec/vel9.
Add yogurt, with a spatula push down again, whatever got stuck to the sides. Program another 30/vel9.
Move sorbet to a container, scoop it out to a serving dish and voila.... the result!

(if you don't have a thermomix you can used a food processor or blender, just make sure your blades are powerful enough to handle the ice chopping, my blender sucks, but if you have a good one then i invite you to try)

Bon Apetit!!!!


  1. Que gelado delicioso que ficou.
    A TM é de facto fantástica

  2. Obrigada :)
    Marta ficou o maximo agora quero fazer de maca verde.

  3. That seems soooooooooo delicious!!!!!


  4. Way to go! It looks very delicious!

  5. Thank you ladies it was indeed delishhhhhh


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