Being in the southern hemisphere, it is the beginning of fall in Auckland while it is the opposite in the northern hemisphere. Summer passed so quickly I donâ€™t even remember being out in a singlet without a backup jumper.Â Itâ€™s been a really crazy summer for us further down under as it wasnâ€™t as hot as a summer person like me would want it to be.Â The long holiday was full of rain and the nights were chilly. Oh wellâ€¦ not too late to make ice candies (called ice blocks in NZ)Â for Kulinarya Cooking Club though. Especially when this is my first post as a new member. Â Arnold of Inuyaki and Jun of Jun-blog said, â€œDo whatever strikes your fancy as long as they’re frozen, sweet, and reminds you of summers back home.â€Â Cool!
I remember quite vividly the summers my siblings and I spent when we were kids.Â Running on neighboring vacant land sections with tall blades of grass that gave me painful cuts.Â The first time I learned to bike, tried on scooters and roller skates I donâ€™t remember how many times I fell flat on my tushy.Â We put a leash on dragonflies and beetles using long pieces of thread to fly them like kites. We climbed a mango tree to run barefoot on our roof!
No computers or handheld video games, definitely no iPads, we were left to entertain ourselves. We played in the streets and we made our own games. You can say my siblings and I were literally â€œbatang kalyeâ€ till our mom called us in. She would shout our names one by one with a loud voice from more than 20 meters away ala-Howard Wolowitzâ€™ mom.Â Mga nagigitata pagbalik sa init ng panahon.Â Ah, summer childhood memories are endless and one of these is the refreshingly cold fruit snacks we were served.Â “Kain muna mga bata!
Our old home in a little suburban town was surrounded by fruit trees and my parents often prepared fruit juices â€“ chopped fruits like rockmelon, coconut, avocado and guyabano mixed with milk, crushed ice and a bit of sugar.Â Fruits were coarsely chopped, as smoothies were virtually unheard of then.Â Or at least by my parents.Â Though Iâ€™m pretty sure we did try making them into ice candies, we preferred them just like that.
I donâ€™t actually remember when was the last time I made ice candies.Â A is the one who does it for the boys. Pretty basic though â€“ Milo or tropical fruit juice.Â But for KCC, I decided to whip up the following using plastic molds:
Mango Ice Candy – reminds me of the mango tree we used to climb to get on the roof. It also has a twist â€“ no-drip as I used tropical flavored jelly crystals to mix with chopped fresh mangoes.Â Got the idea from the Kiwis. Couldnâ€™t find Philippine mango but the Thai ones are good enough.Â (Oh, and I wanted to layer different jelly flavors but too lazy haha!)
No-Drip Mango Ice Candy
- 4-6 heaped tablespoons chopped fresh mango
- 1 packet tropical-flavored jelly crystals
Rockmelon Ice Candy – inspired by the melon fruit juice dad used to prep for us when we were kids.Â Like frozen smoothies but I still like the rockmelon flesh coarsely chopped, then mixed with buttermilk and fresh cream with a wee bit of vanilla extract.
Rockmelon Ice Candy
- 1 wedge rockmelon (seeds discarded)
- 1 part buttermilk
- 1 part fresh cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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