Lakers GOLD Mango Sorbet, Game 6

Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Blog, Desserts & Treats, Ice Cream, Lakers | 16 comments

 

Lakers ROCK!!!  The Lakers took Game 6 of the Finals against the Celtics, 89 – 67, and tied the series 3 – 3, keeping the dream alive and getting us to Game 7 on home court.  Thank you, Lakers!  Thank you SO much for not letting us down!!!!!

I must also thank the Lakers for maintaining a significant lead during the entirety of the game because this kept my stress level at a minimum.  This was a HUGE relief after an anguishing day filled with tumultuous emotions.  Yes, friends… my Lakers neurosis was back in full-force yesterday. I started my day still feeling very disappointed and depressed over Sunday’s Game 5 loss and my heart was heavy. I didn’t want the Lakers season to end last night with the Celtics taking the championship. Other times throughout the day, I had moments of sheer positivity and strongly believed the Lakers would win big that night and take us to Game 7.  All day my emotions swung from one end of the pendulum to the other… but my bipolar-Lakers-neurosis was only the beginning.

I found myself driving Big Onechan to swim team practice in the late afternoon and suddenly realized I was wearing a teal cami underneath my shirt – OH NO! I quickly announced that I HAD to change as soon as I got home because teal is too close to the color GREEN – Celtics green, that is. (I am certain Big Onechan secretly tells her friends at swim that I am neurotic – LOL).  When I got home, I changed into a lavender shirt (close enough to Lakers purple), then I set-off to hunt down Bebe E’s Lakers onesie.  Knowing the game was about to start in half-an-hour, I frantically dug through her clothes in the drier and found nothing.

CONFESSION #1: I am still behind on bebe laundry.  (Ok, ok… I am still behind on everyone’s laundry.)  I only did one of two bebe loads and of course all three of her Lakers’ onesies were in the second load that was still sitting in her dirty laundry hamper.  For a split second I wondered if I could wash and dry her onesie in 1/2 an hour – nope, wasn’t going to happen. Oh well, we’d have to settle for the pink Winnie the Pooh onesie she was already wearing.

My Lakers neurosis doesn’t stop there.  It gets worse.

After swim practice, the game was underway and Big Onechan showered and came out wearing her GREEN pajama t-shirt.  I made her change. She then came out wearing Bebe Dada’s burgundy USC shirt and she asked me if this was OK.  I said, “Hmmm, well the writing on the shirt and the Trojan are gold – Lakers gold – so that’s perfect.”  Plus, in our household the USC Trojans and the Lakers are like best buds so if anything, the Trojan would bring us some luck.  (If I had any doubts before, now I’m 100% certain that Big Onechan tells her friends that I’m neurotic – LOL.)

Sadly, I don’t believe my Lakers neurosis ends with being anti-the-color-green of the Celtics, Bebe E’s Lakers onesies, my belief that the USC Trojan will bring the Lakers good luck, or my many other crazy Lakers superstitions.  I think I might just be a little crazy, period.

CONFESSION #2: Over the past three weeks I have purchased 18 mangoes. That’s right.  E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N. 18.  Am I crazy?!??!!? YES, undoubtedly so…

I purchased two boxes of mangoes, each with 9 mangoes.  You’d think one box would be enough, but our family loves mangoes and we go through them quickly. Even Bebe E loves mangoes.  She likes them pureed and frozen because it soothes her aching gums from all the teeth she’s working so hard to grow. Since Bebe E loves frozen mango so much, I thought I’d make mango sorbet for us bigger folks. PLUS, mango sorbet is the color of Lakers GOLD – perfect for enjoying after cheese pizza on game night.

I Googled mango sorbet and there were a number of recipes but I went with an unusual find – eHow.com. That’s right…  At eHow.com one can learn “how to”: wire a car stereo, remove a tick, resolve wedding planning conflicts, know if your dog needs a jacket, build a ship in a bottle, properly feed your goldfish, and “rock it like Zac Ephron” (yes, this was an actual “how to” article), but most importantly eHow.com can teach one to make mango sorbet.  Gotta love the Internet!

Lakers GOLD Mango Sorbet

  • 4 cups chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup sugar (original recipe calls for 3 cups)
  • 3 cups water
  • Some fresh squeezed lime juice (optional)

1)  In a medium pot, heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves to make a simple syrup.  Remove from heat, transfer syrup to a container and allow this to cool to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to use.

2)  In a blender, puree chopped mango, then add simple syrup, lime juice, and blend until incorporated.  Refrigerate until chilled.

CONFESSION #3: Yesterday was a furlough day and Big Onechan didn’t have school, so we picked up burritos from an unnamed Baja Fresh location.  I remembered that the mango sorbet recipe called for limes but I was going to do without them, or substitute some fresh lemon juice since I had lemons at home, but instead, I went rogue.  I packed two large salsa containers with about 8 lime wedges to use for the mango sorbet.  I considered taking a 3rd container but I’d already set a bad example for Big Onechan and I didn’t want to make matters worse.  Let’s just blame my tacky behavior on my Lakers neurosis.

3)  Add ingredients to your ice cream maker and process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.  Our ice cream maker took bout 30 minutes to make the sorbet.  I’m not sure what was better – the aroma of fresh mangoes in the kitchen as the ice cream maker churned the sorbet, or actually eating it.   If necessary, transfer your sorbet to a container and freeze for an additional 2 -3 hours.

Taste the sweetness of victory and enjoy!

GO LAKERS! LAKERS GO!

Judy | bebe mama

Mango Sorbet
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chopped mango
  • ½ cup sugar (original recipe calls for 3 cups)
  • 3 cups water
  • Some fresh squeezed lime juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves to make a simple syrup.  Remove from heat, transfer syrup to a container and allow this to cool to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a blender, puree chopped mango, then add simple syrup, lime juice, and blend until incorporated.  Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Add ingredients to your ice cream maker and process according to your ice cream maker's instructions.  Our ice cream maker took bout 30 minutes to make the sorbet.  If necessary, transfer your sorbet to a container and freeze for an additional 2 -3 hours.
Notes
Recipe adapted from eHow.com

16 Comments

  1. avatar

    EEK, I’m SO nervous for tomorrow’s game!!! I hate how it starts at 6. Most of us are still on our way home from work! You should make this sorbet again for tomorrow’s game… it obviously did wonders for yesterday’s :P

    Did I thank you for the restaurant recommendation yet? Sorry if I haven’t, I’ve been so incredibly busy lately. I totally know what restaurant you’re talking about, it’s right down the street from my place. I’ve actually been wanting to check it out for a while now. I can’t wait to go now!

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    Oh-that lime story is a page out of our family’s scrapbook! Except we were taking garlic cheese toast from Sizzler’s and hiding them in my mom’s purse. It was gross but we all ate it the next day.

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      That is so funny, Christine! Our family used to go to Sizzler all the time too and we didn’t get to take home garlic bread, but we should have! That was my favorite item! I think Sizzler’s went out of business… I don’t see them around anymore.

  3. avatar

    That sounds deliciously refreshing.

  4. avatar

    Namu Amida Butsu! Go Lakers Go!!!
    Since we don’t hang out much anymore I forgot how neurotic you could be!!! You go girl…my stomach will be turning all day today and I will be developing an ulcer until we take the championship title once again and can tell D to go hide in the corner!
    Okay…I don’t like mango but the sorbet does look good and it would soothe my ulcer! I suppose you can do this with any fruit?
    Go Lakers Go!!!!

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      YAY LAKERS!!! LOL, thanks! I wish we could move back to LA so I could share more of my neuroticism but even then we probably wouldn’t see each other much since we’re so busy w/ our families now. BTW, I texted D last night to gloat and he sent back a less-than thrilled text. LOL. Oh… how you and I can rub our 2 back-to-back championships in his face ALL summer long and ALL of next season too!
      Yes, you can do this with any fruit. I’m going to try lemons next since we have tons of those lying around all the time.

  5. avatar

    Great post, Judy. I remember when I was so enthusiastic about basketball. I have watched the last couple of games and it’s been great!

    Your mango sorbet looks great and was so appropriate for the Lakers win. I just made my own gelato for the first time a few days ago so my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker has finally been baptized, yay!

    Cheers!

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      Thanks, Jean! I’m glad you’ve been watching more of the games. :) My friends and I grew-up playing basketball in a Japanese-American league, hence our continued passion for basketball. I just visited your blog and your kiwi gelato is beautiful! May I have some, please?

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    I love that you named this “Lakers GOLD Mango Sorbet “! Sounds yummy!

    Your posting made me smile and laugh out loud! I felt your emotions, too. My bipolar-Lakers-neurosis has also been effecting my professional and personal life. We need to form a support group! :o)

    GO LAKERS!!!

    • avatar

      Aw, thanks!

      Forming a support group is an EXCELLENT idea – we already have 3 members: us and KyuriKat. LOL. YAY LAKERS!!!

  7. avatar

    I enjoyed reading your post, really laughing here while I’m reading it. You are the Biggest FAN of Lakers. I’m very happy for you, because, last week was terrible for the Lakers.
    I love this mango sorbet, and I’m not surprise you called this Lakers Gold Mango Sorbet.

    Go Lakers!

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      Hi Madin, Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed my neurotic post. YAY LAKERS! :)

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    Oh I want that sorbet! I wish I had one to eat right now…I would cheer with you but I have no clue about basketball, I have been somehow following the world cup, nothing to cheer up, since France has been lousy. Can I have a bowl of that sorbet please?

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      No worries, Silvia – you could still cheer on the Lakers with us! My bebe doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, but she claps when we clap. ;)

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    Hi Judy,
    Oh my…I love love love Mango sorbet. Many thanks for sharing this great recipe. Good luck with laundry and nothing wrong with buying 18 mangos. don’t feel guilty about it lol

    • avatar

      Aw, thanks for understanding about my mango splurge, Liv. :)

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