South Africa Series: Litchi, Rooibos, Peach & Mint Ice Lollies


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Sawubona from South Africa! I’m currently on the sunny east coast in Durban where I’ve been since the start of the year – hence the lack of posts. You may or may not know that South Africa is one of the places I consider home as I was born in Johannesburg, and lived in Durban for the first 9 years of my life. It’s been almost 12 years since I’ve been back so returning has been such a surreal and nostalgic experience.

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Over the course this blog, I’ve realised creating recipes that celebrate local ingredients is something I want to channel, hence why most of my recipes feature Malaysian and Southeast Asian produce. Initially, I was unsure of how I would post recipes being away so I planned on taking a break until I returned home, however I’ve been so blown away by how incredibly fresh the local produce is, I couldn’t resist. 

I’ll be posting recipes heroing the amazing summer produce here in a ‘South Africa Series’, so if you’re local say hello and give them a go! I also don’t have a lot of fancy equipment and ingredients with me, just the bare minimal so these will be quick and easy to follow!

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I’ve been so lucky with timing as all my favourite fruits are in season now and in abundance. Last weekend I made my way up to the beautiful Litchi Orchid near Ballito for their farmer’s market , on every second Saturday of the month (thanks for the recommendation Ash!) At the moment litchi season is coming to an end, so on top of a fun morning out I also came home with 2kg of fresh litchi!! We used to get litchi from the roadside trucks as kids but since leaving we haven’t had any, so I guess the 2kg is to compensate for its 12 year absence from my life and until next year…

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Summer has also brought in the best peaches and what could be more South African than to compliment all my fruity flavours with the country’s favourite Rooibos tea. I’ve made a recipe for these summer lollies that will keep you cool when the weather is scorching and you need a icy refresher. It’s also a good way to preserve your fruits when you can’t eat them all so give these a go before summer ends! xxx

 

 
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