So very 70s – that long hot summer day, the tins of fruit sitting on the shelf, including evaporated milk… And then I opened up one of Miss Reeve’s recipe books and lo and behold out popped a frozen fruit cocktail recipe. Why not, thought I. It is hot. I have to use up some tins (I rarely have any but just occasionally a tin of fruit appears from somewhere) and I was in one of those moods where you say ‘wherever the page opens, I shall make the recipe’. Luckily for me nothing too daunting appeared where the page opened!
This is what the recipe says (and here’s the photo to prove it really is a recipe!):
Mix together contents of 16 oz can crushed pineapple, 1/2 pint canned orange juice, 1/2 pint grapefruit juice, 2 oz caster sugar, 1/2 pint ginger ale. Pour into an ice cream tray. Freeze. Spoon into glass dishes and garnish with mint.
I had to adapt! I had a couple of tins of fruit, two cans of ginger beer. The ginger beer gives it a real tang. And some fresh single cream. And I don’t have an ice cream tray (whatever that is). So I used an old ice cream tub. All very easy to make. I froze it. I added the cream – which froze on contact. A bit like those old sauces in the 80s (time travelling here) which did so as well. To give you thick chocolate! Oh and I added some herbs – fresh mint on this occasion.
Here is what I will change when I make it again – for make it again I shall.
- I think I will cut the fruit pieces up small. And then mix it all (except the cream).
- I will put the mixture into the small ice cube trays. This is because it was so frozen it was almost impossible to cut!
- I will probably use less of the liquid that comes in the tins with the fruit and more of the ginger beer as the fizziness made it quite soft in parts – but of course not soft enough everywhere. As I have said, tricky to cut!
- Or I might replace the ginger beer with prosecco or Babycham (to be truly 70s!) but I do have to say that the ginger beer was nicely tangy.
Anyway, here is what it looks like ‘as per recipe – adapted…’
It tasted really delicious. Very refreshing. Took me back to the 70s. Although not the fashion of course. Thankfully…