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.
(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
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)