Thank you so much to all my amazing readers for entering this giveaway. I had a record number of entries for this, which tells me you are all ready for ice cream :)
The winner is Comment Number 162. Talk about leaving it to the last minute and getting lucky!
I also wanted to let you all know, that since this giveaway received so many comments, I decided to add a second prize. Comment number 29 is the lucky winner of an ice cream scoop + scoop and stack.
Congratulations to the winners, I will be in touch to get your details. And remember, there are a few more giveaways coming very soon (especially if you like popsicles, coffee and noodles), so don't go anywhere!
Spring and summer weather is finally (finally!) here in Edmonton, and I can't wait to cook and post recipes that zing with flavour and freshness. To celebrate the warm weather, I have the perfect giveaway. What screams summer better than ice cream? Well, that's exactly what I have in store, and I've even thrown in a easy, light recipe that you will want to make straight away.
You all know that I love my ice creams here at The Tiffin Box. My father-in-law started me off... he and I make ice creams and sorbets together every summer, and its our summer holiday tradition. Last year we really knocked it out of the park with this incredible, yet super easy Raspberry Ripple Icecream. I can't wait to head back to BC this year to see what we have in store.
This mango-ginger sorbet, for me, is the essence of summer. Mangoes signify the start of summer in India. Schools close in April and May, and that joy is indelibly associated with mango season too. We were packed off to my grandparents' farm, where we spent the hot summer days wandering wild and eating fruit straight off trees. Every generation in India has their own mango story. My mom remembers her own mango tree, by the pond in her parents' house... she describes sitting under the tree with her brothers and sisters, waiting for mangoes to drop, because that's when they were perfectly ripe. She then talks about all the fighting with her siblings, as to who gets the first bite. I can imagine my aunts and uncles squabbling over those perfect mangoes, with the winner getting to scoop out a tiny hole, and suck all that mangoey goodness, until all that was left was the stone.
My mom's mango tree was no longer there when we went to our grandparents' house for the summer. So I never really knew if the whole ripe-until-juice-dribbles-down-your-chin mangoes existed or not. And I suspect she may have been slightly exaggerating the whole experience.
On the other hand, I remember many of my own mango stories. Of waking up very early in the morning, so my sister and I could pick up all the fruit off the ground before the other kids got there. Or, sweet talking the priest at our local church, so we got first dibs on the mango tree in the churchyard. Or maneuvering dangerously long bamboo poles with nasty looking metal knobs attached to one end, all the better to hook the fruit off tall trees. Or even just getting grandfather to get the ladder out, so we could collect green mangoes for my grandma's famous mango pickle.
So when I was developing a recipe for this post, it was only natural that I picked the two predominant tastes of my childhood... and they are perfect together. This sorbet is very easy to put together, and is so creamy, it can almost pass for ice cream. The flavours are fresh, zingy and absolutely reminiscent of summers... both mine here in Edmonton, and those of my childhood in India. What more could I ask for?
Regular readers of this website will be aware of how much I LOVE my Donvier Ice Cream Maker. My father-in-law has one that must be close to forty years old. When I realized that I needed my own, I didn't even bother looking at any other ice cream makers. I was going with the Donvier, and continuing the family tradition. Unlike other machines, the Donvier is not electric. All you need is a freezer to chill the patented cylinder, and other than that, you can pretty much make ice cream wherever you want. It goes to the patio, the garden, the living room and even, ahem... occasionally, the bedroom. This is not a review of the machine, by the way... I have had it for over four years and absolutely love it. There isn't really much I don't like about it, and so I won't be very balanced when it comes to reviewing it.
Adz loves it too. Its perfect for her little hands, and we have hosted many a ice cream paty where kids have come over and made their own ice creams. Its a fun party activity, and what's better than eating freshly churned ice cream. I can guarantee that once you make your own ice cream, there is no going back...
So... when you love something this much, you share, right? I really wanted to be able to give away a Donvier to my readers, so I contacted Saskia of Crave PR who works with Cuisipro and
begged politely requested one. She, very nicely, sent me one... along with a bazillion popsicle makers, which thrilled Adz to no end. One giveaway then turns into two, so stay tuned for a popsicle recipe and giveaway coming soon.
Cuisipro has kindly provided me with a (pink) Donvier Ice Cream Machine, along with a matching ice cream scoop + an ice cream scoop and stack to give away to my readers.
I don't like to make giveaways too complicated, so please read the simple rules below to enter.
Browse the Cuisipro website here, then come back and and let me know in the comment section what kitchen tool you'd love to have from there. Please leave me a name and a contact email, if commenting as Anonymous.
For extra entries, please 'Like' my Facebook Page here. Once you've liked it, come back and leave me a separate comment. If you've already liked, please let me know in a separate comment that you have.
For an additional bonus entry, you can tweet the following -
'Enter to win a @Cuisipro Donvier Ice Cream Machine via @michpetersjones. #icecreamtime #giveaway http://www.thetiffinbox.ca/2014/05/mango-ginger-sorbet-donvier-ice-cream.html'
Once you have tweeted, please come back and leave me a comment.
This giveaway is open internationally. I will ship the machine from Canada, however, please be advised that you are responsible for any customs fees or duties that may be applicable to the shipment.
The winner will be picked at random at around 5 PM on Friday the 30th of May, and notified by email. The winner has until Monday to respond, and if I have no response by Monday evening, an alternate winner will be picked.
What are you waiting for? It's ice cream... now hurry up and enter!
What are you waiting for? It's ice cream... now hurry up and enter!
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 inch ginger, finely grated
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cups chopped fresh mangoes (or 3 cups canned mango puree)
Combine the sugar, water and grated ginger. On a medium to low heat, bring to the boil, gently allowing the sugar to dissolve. Once the sugar dissolves, turn up the heat and boil rapidly for one minute.
Turn off the heat, and let cool completely, allowing the ginger to infuse. When cold, strain into a jug, and stir in the lemon juice.
Transfer the ginger simple syrup and chopped mangoes into a blender, and blend to a fine puree. Chill.
Churn in your ice cream machine, following its instructions, until creamy.
Transfer into a freezer safe container, and freeze for a few hours to let it set (if eating straight from the machine, it will still be soft scoop). Let the sorbet soften for a few minutes before serving.
Disclosure: Cuisipro provided me with a Donvier Ice Cream Machine and accessories to give away. My own Donvier was bought and paid for by me, and all opinions are strictly my own.