This is more of a wrap up post – Of the summer of 2014, my internship and the last time I probably will get to stay at home for such a long period of time.
It’s been an unnaturally hot summer – I blame Global Warming, as does every person I have done small talk with about the weather. Air-conditioning seems to makes it easier to survive in Muscat. But breaking into a sweat for the 5 minutes that you are walking to the car from work is torture. I am such a first world problem brat, I tell you. Before anyone tells me to think of all those poor construction workers – Or even any of my friends who were posted on-site for their internships – toiling in the heat before I complain, I have to say that it was a good summer. Despite the constant breaking into sweat.
It was a summer of self-discovery. I can say I truly grew up – And grew OUT of so many things and people. I did learn so much about my family, myself, what I want in life – Both professionally and personally. Specifically what I DIDN’T want in life.
So philosophical, no? Okay, I have to stop and say I didn’t exactly reach some sort of a higher power in self attainment. But it was a step up from how I felt in the beginning of the summer. If you are meeting me after these 2 months, don’t expect me to be a totally different person. I am still sort of nuts. I did also spend a ridiculous amount of time downloading and watching TV series – Nashville, Elementary, 30 Rock, Orange Is The New Black among the regulars. Also shopping, I shopped a lot. One might think I didn’t do an internship here at all. What can I say? You have an unusual amount of free time when you are living at home with your mother pampering you, even with a full time job.
I usually come to Muscat and become a recluse – Away from not only the hustle and bustle of India, but also away from all the people. It really helps my sanity. Usually it’s just a 9-10 day Diwali vacation thing. This was a 2 month thing. I have to admit that a lot of the times I missed my friends so much and I was jealous of them hanging out together. But by the end of the internship, I had no regrets about my decision to come to Muscat. I started this blog, cooked and baked like a crazy person and actually lived with my parents for the first time as a mature, responsible adult (They would beg to differ, of course).
I also may have found my way back to something I had lost when I was not so mature and responsible. But more on that later 🙂
So enough with the wrap-up and getting to these fruitsicles I made to cope up with the horrible heat. I drank way too much Grapefruit+Orange juice over the summer. For breakfast almost everyday. I was obsessed. Then, my mom bought these black grapes that were so amazingly naturally sweet that I had to combine them with my latest obsession.
I love how sometimes such simple problems (Read: First World Problems) can result in the most exquisite creations.
These fruitsicles are simple to make and are so so healthy. Fruits and yogurt, really? Health-freak and summer-hater dream! You don’t even need any fancy molds to make these. Paper cups! They don’t even require much prep. 5 minutes of prep for each layer and some waiting for the freezing. It is also a great idea for a quick smoothie. One time I just threw a fruitsicle into the blender with some more yogurt and had a super quick smoothie. And do I even have to mention (Yes, I do) how pretty these colors are?
- 1 grapefruit
- 1.5 cups yoghurt
- 2 cups black grapes
- Powdered sugar, to taste
- 1 tsp, Vanilla Essence
- Juice the grapefruit and strain the juice through a sieve. Add sugar as per taste and stir well. Divide equally into paper cups. Freeze till the top is hard, about 1 hour.
- In a separate bowl, beat the yogurt with vanilla essence and sugar to taste till there are no lumps. Divide among the paper cups carefully, ensuring that the grapefruit is frozen. Freeze for about 15-20 mins or till the yoghurt is semi solid. Take out, place ice-cream sticks in the center and freeze again for about an hour.
- Juice the black grapes in a blender and strain though a sieve. Add sugar to the juice if it needs additional sweetness (Mine didn't, so I didn't add any). Divide equally among the paper cups, again ensuring that the yoghurt has frozen completely. Leave to freeze overnight.
- To unmold, tear the paper cups.
- Freezer times may vary according to individual freezers. Do make sure your layers are properly frozen before adding another layer.
- The sugar can substituted with honey in case of the yogurt and grapes layer, but not in the case of grapefruit as honey brings out this ugly bitterness in grapefruit juice.