I remember it was a few years ago that I gifted my mom a color wheel that I had ordered from a art store. My mother is an artist as most of you all know, I thought a color wheel will be a great help. I explained to her what it was and how it should be used, she looked at me and said, " you don't need to think so much, you look at colors and you can tell what goes well together, look around you - it's a real life color wheel" So true and profound. She lives in India - the land of color. If you have ever visited India ...it is probably a sensory overload for any traveler from the west. Colors, smells, movement, food, people, sounds and more. It is not the land of the mystic, it is much more...it is land of paradox, a land that celebrates life and diversity. As William Dalrymple has said about McCurry's work on India, " McCurry's India is, above all, world of paradox, where the red robes of the Buddhist monk echo perfectly the red of the Coke advertisement behind him; where a businessman heads to work with umbrella and briefcase through waste-high monsoon floods; and ever border guard rides camels through the timeless desert sands of the Tihar, carrying the latest in modern M-16 high velocity assault rifles." That really is the best description, I have read about a land where I was born and is my identity.
Being an Indian, I am naturally drawn to strong colors, strong aromas and yes loud music. Incorporating color in food - is probably natural to me, not because am an in carnation of Michelangelo himself...but I come from a land of colors. Probably that is why I love fresh produce and their vibrant colors. I love the colors of summer...or probably that is the time of the year when my eyes can see so much color. In the landscape outside, in the produce. I think...mom was right, look around, you don't need that color wheel....
Don't you love the rich colors of this popsicles....
Note : No artificial color has been added to the popsicle - all natural flavors and color.
Peach, apricots and cherry popsicles
No Artificial flavors or color.
- 2-3 big peaches pealed and chopped
- 2 apricots
- 1 1/2 cups cherries seeded and diced
- 1 cup
- 4 tbsp honey
- 5 stalks of fresh thyme
- 3 tbsp ginger juice
- 1/2 cup water
- juice of a lime
- Peal the peaches, deseed and chop, deseed and chop the apricots and cherries into quarters. Keep them all separate.
- Grate ginger and keep juice aside.
- In a saucepan mix peach, sugar and ginger, thyme and 1/2 cup water and cook for 30 minutes on medium flame.
- Remove the thyme from peach mix and let it cool.
- Mix the chopped apricots with cherry, add lemon juice and 4 tbsp honey and keep aside.
- In the popsicle tray add 3 tbsp of cherry-apricot mix and let it freeze for 3 hours.
- The peach mix would have cooled by now, add it to the frozen cherry mix and freeze for 4-6 hours.
Serve chilled !!
* I pealed most of the peaches, left a few for crunch.