Saturday, August 31, 2013
When I first spotted this recipe, I immediately bookmarked it with the intention of making it for my mom's birthday. She prefers "refreshing" desserts--fruity and light--to heavy, cake-y, chocolatey ones. So, a watermelon sorbet with vanilla and pistachio ice cream couldn't be a better combination. Go Martha Stewart!
What I learned:
-If you have an ice-cream maker, use it. I didn't have one and my watermelon sorbet was a little bit icier than I would have liked.
-Don't be afraid to use a little less sugar than the recipe calls for--I found the watermelon sorbet to be extremely sweet. It was still delicious, though, and complemented the pistachio ice-cream well.
-Give yourself ample time. I tried to pull this off the night before her birthday and couldn't present my masterpiece until a few days later!
When she took the first bite, her instant reaction was, "This is so refreshing!" Definitely a win.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The other day, my friend Chiara and I were talking about having how important details really are. I've tended to view my own close attention to detail as more of a curse than anything--staying up until one or two in the morning to finish a project, retaking a photo until it's perfect, changing my whole outfit because clearly this bag will not work with those shoes, etc. But Chiara had a more refreshing view--while focusing on the most minute information might seem excessive, sometimes remembering the name of an acquaintance whom you've only met once or noticing a stone pattern on a pair of sunglasses can make a person or an average day feel special.