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Cold as ice: Any-weather iceblocks

This post has been a long time in the making.

I started it on a warm weekend that included my first time driving on a proper highway, falling asleep on a sunny stoop with a book in my hand, unexpected encounters with friends and stroopwafels for breakfast.

Now I’m finishing it on a week day in which I’m drinking soup, wrapped in a blanket, and wearing woollen socks (which aren’t helping, I think my feet may fall off).

There is no good excuse, I was just too lazy to finish writing it up. Another thing there is no good excuse for is not making iceblocks. The moulds cost about $2, they are super quick and easy and, despite what people say, there is no inappropriate weather for an iceblock.

Freeze time: at least 5 hours. Don’t, like me, wake up late on a day when you’ve told people to come round for iceblocks at 3pm then think you can just ‘whip some up’. Unless, like me, the freezer angel is looking out for you and you are prepared to work like a maniac to churn out 4 batches of different flavoured iceblocks in an hour.

Avocado and Lime iceblocks
1 avocado
1 lime
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
pepper to taste

Bring sugar and water to the boil until sugar is dissolved then allow to cool
Scoop out the avocado and blend in a food processor (or I mashed it by hand, still works great) along with lime juice, pepper and sugar syrup to taste
Scoop (pour is not an appropriate word in this case) into iceblock moulds and freeze

Watermelon, mint and gin iceblocks
1/2 watermelon, chopped into pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 lime
1/4 lemon
2 Tbsp chopped mint
Gin (not too much or they won’t freeze very well)

Bring sugar and water to the boil until sugar is dissolved then allow to cool
Mash/blend watermelon along with sugar syrup, lemon, lime, gin and mint (again add all ingredients to taste)
Pour into moulds and freeze

Mango, passionfruit and strawberry lassi iceblocks
1/2 mango
1 passionfruit
6 strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup yoghurt
pinch of cinammon

Mash mango with coconut milk and yoghurt, mix in strawberries, passionfruit pulp and cinammon (you know the drill, to taste, including if you think you need to add any sugar syrup)
Pour into moulds and freeze

Spiced hot chocolate iceblocks
2 cups milk
2 squares dark chocolate
1 Tbsp cocoa
1 Tbsp sugar
pinch nutmeg
pinch cinnamon
pinch salt
chili flakes

Heat milk and spices over a low heat until warm
Add chocolate (if you don’t have any just add more cocoa), cocoa, sugar and salt and heat till hot but not boiling, whisking continuously
Allow to cool
Pour into moulds and freeze

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