Friday, 29 October 2010

Calling all pomegranate users

"I´m on the pomegranate, hello hello, you´re breaking up on me.Are you there Ga Ga?"
Did you know you can make coffee with your phone, that you can talk on the phone on the way to your hot date and shave at the same time, whip your phone out of your handbag and shave your legs in the office before going into a board meeting where you can liven up an editorial meeting by playing the harmonica to your colleagues on your phone. Hands free, coffee makin in just 30 seconds - Pomegranate phone.
But does it make real good Jelly - I think not.. so back to reality "Still there Ga Ga ?"


Pomegranate and Orange Jelly
Casa Rosada served this last night. It is labour intensive, but makes a very unusual and delicious desert.Pomegranates are now in season and with Christmas just around the corner, this would make a refreshing grand finale to the Christmas lunch.
Serves 6
 6 large juicy oranges ( 750ml juice)
100g caster sugar
3 pomegranates
1 unwaxed lemon
6 green cardamom pods
6 sheets gelatine


Squeeze the oranges. You will need about 750ml of juice.
Squeeze 2 of the pomegranates and the lemon.
remove 3 or 4 strips of zest from the orange and lemon with a sharp knife.
Pour the juices and peel into a stainless steel or enamelled saucepan and add the sugar.
Split open the cardamom pods, extract the seeds then add them to the juice and bring almost to a boil.
When the juice shows signs of bubbling, cover with a lid and turn off the heat. 
Leave to cool a little - 15 minutes should do it.
Slide the gelatine sheets, one or two at a time into cold water and let them soften for 5 minutes.
Remove the lid, then pour the juice through a sieve into a large clean jug.
Reserve the cardamom seeds. 
Lift the softened gelatine sheets from the water- they will be just short of dissolving
and stir them into the warm juice.The gelatine will dissolve in seconds. Stir thoroughly, making certain that all the gelatine has melted.. add the reserved cardamom pods. They will float around, but will subtly flavour the jelly as it sets. Pour into glasses and refrigerate overnight.

This is supposed to be a soft set jelly, so dont worry about "a bit of inner thigh wibble" Nigella!!!!


HOT TIP, NOT LEMSIP: Pomegranates are in season just when winter colds are taking hold.When juicing the pomegranates, save the bitter pith as it supposedly acts as a cold remedy, infuse in some warm pomegranate juice and take as needed.

 

2 comments:

  1. what unusual combinations of flavours, I bet this tastes incredible... might save this for next spring here in the UK!

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  2. Are pomegranates available in Uk In Spring? I guess in Turkish shops.Theis season here is October to January, and even then you find some imported in Supermarkets around Christmas and New Year

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