Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

November 23, 2009

Stand-back-and-throw: flamingo sorbet

About two months ago, 4-year old Argy told me how he hankered after his favourite fruit. Which one? I asked. Flamingo said he said earnestly.

Really? That's lucky, I thought. For a moment there I thought he was after mangoes and they were pricey at about $6 each. Flamingos, on the other hand, are in season year round.

Unfortunately I had little luck finding exotic wading birds, so we waited. Finally this week I made a move. Mangoes are in season and are awfully cheap - I bought them by the armful.

Mango sorbet

Take 5 or 6 medium-sized mangoes ...

.... and remove all the flesh.

Throw the lot in the blender and puree until nice and smooth.

Make a sugar syrup with about 1/4 cup sugar and 1.5 cups water. Warm gently in a saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

Throw in about 1.5 tablespoons gelatin and stir, stir, stir until it is completely dissolved.

Add the sugar syrup to the mango puree. Give it a good stir. Throw it in the fridge to cool down.

Place in a container and start to freeze it. After about two hours remove it from the freezer and give the mixture a good scrape and stir. Freeze again. Repeat the scraping process once or twice more and then leave the sorbet to freeze properly.

(Or use the lazy person's solution - an ice cream maker - as I have here)

Serve your sorbet. For the flamingo variation, consume whilst standing on one leg.


  1. YUMMO, that looks sooooo delicious, it's making my mouth water and I believe I am standing on one leg in sheer anticipation (though I fear licking the computer screen will be sadly disappointing). Love a bit of Flamingo sorbet.

  2. Yummo...nothing like a mango sorbet on a flamming hot day x

  3. I do have an icecream maker...one of those super dooper snazzy ones...but at the current rate of expenditure versus use, each litre of icecream or sorbet made so far has been worth about $45 in set up costs...this should bring it back to about $40 per litre. Must go hunt me down some ripe flamingos...

  4. I have always wanted to try mango sorbet but whenever I've had mangos I think they taste like perfume blah

  5. mmm, Flamingo Sorbet, sounds delish!!!

  6. Yumm, Flamingo Sorbet looks sooo tasty!

  7. Oh MY!!!
    That is perfect... I'm thinking we'll be having this for my daughter's first birthday which is rapidly approaching.
    Thank so much for sharing.

  8. Yum!!!
    My kids are going to love this.

  9. Perfect holiday activity!

    Our icecream maker went kaboom last summer. Me thinks Santa is leaving an early Christmas gift for me?

  10. yummm...
    so refreshing!
    Love tropical flavor~
    I'm a new visitor to your lovely & delicious blog! xo*

  11. Definitely going to give this one a go, my kids are mad for flamingoes too!

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  13. Oh, that looks so yummy. My little ones are mad about mango. I definitely have to try this one day.


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