My own experiences … for your own journey

March 13, 2015 2:25 am | 1 Comment – Make a Comment

[This was written for a talk for Propel Youth Arts WA. The peak body for youth arts in WA. They have been running a program to help young creatives launch their business idea at the Kickstarter Markets during National Youth Week for the last five years. This year’s market is at the Perth Cultural Centre on the 12th April.

Last night I was asked to talk about my own experiences and offer advice to anyone starting out at markets and running a business.

Also along side of me spoke Jacquie Hughes, Abstract Artist and Co-Founder of the Made on the Left Markets, Kelsie from K Gets Organised and Lauren from Little L, who shared their advice on branding and promotion, stall displays and market day tips.

I’ve edited it a little for clarity and with some extra information. I hope that it is useful and inspiring for anyone starting out on their own entrepreneurial journey, and those on the path, but a little lost and disillusioned.  Thanks Katie xxx]

 

Hello lovelies

Thanks so much for having me here.

It’s a milestone for me, as for the last couple of years there is no way that I would have been able to make the time to create a talk, let alone attend.

Jacqui called me last year, inviting me along, and my reaction would have been something along the lines of:

[High Pitch Voice] “Aaarghh, no way! I don’t even have enough time to breath let alone prepare something. Arrrgghh maybe next year.” [slams phone down]

Not quite so melodramatic probably but close. But when I put the phone down, I felt a little disappointed in myself, because entrepreneurism is a subject close to my heart, and it was a dream of mine to help anyone get started on the path.

But then was not the time…… However now…. a little over 12 months later… here we are!

Yay!

So, for those that aren’t familiar with my baby … Delish Ice….. we create hand crafted ice pops, and peddle them around Perth and down south from our vintage vans, Poppy, Hemingway and our cute-as-a-button carts – Frankie, Matilda and Ruby.

Delish Ice began four years ago with a simple thought “ Ah ha! I’m going to start my own popsicle stand!” and it’s kind of snowballed from there.

Basically it all started with the need, and one which I am sure you know what I am talking about .. the need to satisfy that urge to create. For me, it was to create and craft a business that delighted all those that came in contact with us – customers, passersby, clients and staff. Also the fact that I love food and combining flavours.

We sling pops all over the place during the warmer months (September until end of April), until we go into “hibernation” for winter, re-emerging when the sun begins shining again.

We pop up at markets, such as the Propel Markets in April, Farmers Markets, Street Festivals such as Beaufort Street, Angove Street and the like, weddings, do branded corporate events, pops for parties…

Essentially……. wherever anyone needs pops, we’ll do our darndest to be there.

I know nothing (and have no interest in cars) but I like the metaphor of carefully assembling all of the components of an engine and working over time to keep tinkering until it purrs.

I stand up here tonight to chat to you about my journey so far, and share with you the things I have learned, or noticed along the way, and a few of my personal opinions.

The one thing I REALLY want to impart is…. this is your OWN journey. There is no right or wrong way to do things, and there is no blue print for success.

I have been struggling a little with what to talk about tonight, as I wanted to make this as informative as possible, but I also appreciate that every single one of you here has their own path and journey to make, so not every thing I say may resonate. That’s ok. If you take away just one or two things then that’s perfect.

So….. let’s get down to the business side of things.

I want to cover a few points today

  1. Your Beginning
  2. Your Journey
  3. The Nitty Gritty of Markets

Here we go……

Your Beginning

The first takeaway for this evening is………

 

Remember this is your own journey

If you’ve not done so already, take some time think, dream, journal and plan.

Dream big, but make sure it’s your own dream. Be in charge of your own journey, and don’t worry about the path that any one else is taking. Don’t worry about how other people define success. Define your own success.

The initial “dream” for me was to create a business where I could work in for a period of time (over the summer), and then leave the country and explore and travel (and still take my laptop and work if I wanted).

Two years ago I spent time in Byron Bay, Bali for a month and then up north for six weeks, last year I spent three months in Bali…. albeit both times completely burnt out…. but that’s another story I want to share a bit with you later on this evening.

Isn’t it amazing what you can do just by starting with a dream!

What I have realised though, along the way is that it is really important to make sure it is your own dream.

Looking for inspiration and learnings, I have dived in to podcasts, magazines, books about entrepreneurism.

They are filled with stories about successful people who have achieved more, done it faster, done things differently, seemed to have just known what to do, when I was still figuring things out.

So, I used to tie myself up in knots trying to be like some of the other entrepreneurs I admired. I would think:

  • why aren’t I more ambitious
  • we’ve been in business for nearly the same time amount of time
  • why haven’t I sat with Richard Branson on a panel
  • why aren’t I flying all over the country having meetings
  • my dream isn’t to own a jet or have a massive house, and cars…. does that mean I’m not ambitious enough to succeed.

Phew! Exhausting! When I came to realise that it was ok to just do my thing, and take my own path, things became a lot more easier and more enjoyable again.

Look towards successful people, learn from them, study them, speak to them, but take what you need and then just be yourself.

Dream your own dream, and do your own thing. Whatever you decide is perfect.

 

Start with the End in Mind

Decide on where you want to take your business and then build the business around that.

Where you want to take your business in the long run will dramatically affect the decisions you make today.

For example I have a few different options for Delish Ice.

I could work a 9-5 job and make some pops and sell them on the weekend for some extra cash.

That’s fine for some people. There are pop businesses I know, where people work full time, makes pops in the evening and sells them at markets on the weekend. Perfect… for them. Not for me

But that’s not what I wanted to do. If I take the path of doing it as a side business, without any plans for growth, then maybe I run things more casually, I don’t document systems and procedures, I don’t have to worry about things like volume and turnover, I use simple, domestic equipment instead of investing into commercial equipment. If I have a bad market, maybe the weather is terrible or not many people attend then ….eh whatever really… I always have my full time job to fall back on.

Another outcome is that I could aim to build a franchise model and use that as a basis for expansion nationally and internationally

If I do this, then right from the beginning I need to be thinking about documenting systems and procedures, I need to have very strong financial reporting and control, I build a business that can sustain staff, give the franchise owner profits AND return profits back to “me”.

I could build up a fabulous business with certain level of turnover that brings me an income that affords me the lifestyle I want, grows steadily year on year. It is a well recognised brand that people love to interact with. It brings me the chance to explore, travel, meet new people, have adventures.

This is the scenario that resonates with me, for many different reasons. Because I he this vision it has affected the way I have built and run the business.

I’m focused on steady growth, not a massive explosion. I focus on our product, our authenticity, our customer service, I tinker with things to make sure we get them right. I am focussing on building a solid foundation to the business so that we can grow… I am planning world popsicle domination, but at a steady pace. I want balance with my work and life.

Think about “then end” and it will give you direction and focus now.

Your Journey

Fall in love with the process

Don’t dismiss building your business with it being boring. It’s a craft in itself. Fitting all the components together, until you build an engine that works. Knowing that you’ll get it to work, but you can always tinker to make it better.

Sure, recognise that there are some things that other people can do better than you can. Get them to do it. You focus on the the things you love and are good at. Book keeping is one of those things for me. I tried to save money my first year of business, because I didn’t want to spend the money on a book keeper. In the end I had a mountain of receipts, spent a week sorting things out, hating every minute of it, hired a book keeper in the end and never looked back.

I think it’s good to know how to do a lot of things, so you know what to expect from people, and whether they are doing a great job or not, but learn when

Recognise that it will take time, and that right now you know a bit, but not much at all. That’s totally fine.

Tinker, learn, try, apply, win…. do more of that, but keep making small changes and maybe things will get even better. Try something … it doesn’t work. Stop. Try something different.

Talk to people, learn from them. Leverage off their experiences.

…..and then this leads me to my next point.

 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Like I said Tinker, try, apply.

Make a decision to do something based on the information you have to hand at the time.

Know that sometimes you will get it right, sometimes you’ll get it wrong. Learn from it, try something different next time, persevere, don’t give up.

I’m the eternal optimist. We get approached all the time to do markets. I am starting to get better at knowing what elements of an event are vital for our success.

In our case:

  • Weather
  • Footfall, especially past our van
  • Location on site
  • Demographic of patrons
  • The kind of promotion done in the lead up to the event.

I’ve been doing this for four years now, and my optimism still gets me into trouble. Before the event I can tell you a 100 different reasons why the event was going to work for …. if it is successful, I’m on cloud nine and if it’s not I can tell a hundred different reasons why it didn’t work and what I would do differently next time if we were to attend.

Just try things. Try different stall set ups, try different ways of interacting with people, alter the things that you say, or how you tell your story, or educate people about your product. Try different titles or ways of describing your product.

Try new products, see what people respond to. I spent two years trying different flavours, tweaking recipes and seeing what people responded.

Some times I failed spectacularly. Now we have a range of flavours that people love, and always ask for, that it’s hard to bring in new flavours as we have to decide what to leave out.

The only mistake is not trying.

 

Look after yourself

This is a point that is really close to my heart, especially at the moment.

Please try and look after yourself. Nurture yourself, nourish yourself in whatever way you need to keep you passionate about what you do, and to stay creative and engaged.

Delish Ice at times has been a pretty tough journey for me. I’ve had the business now for four years and the last three winters I have managed to burn myself out completely.

I worked so hard, pushed myself to the edge, didn’t exercise, ate terribly that all started to contribute to a fragile head space. Slowly I began comparing myself to other people, anxiety set it, I had all this negative chatter in my head that I could not get rid of.

I didn’t take time out for myself, forgot about the day to day things that made me happy.

So here’s my brief little story about what can happen if you work too hard, and don’t look after yourself.

So I launched my business in November 2011, just started out as an idea, tried a few farmers markets in Margaret River, then found myself driving to Perth most weekends. I’d stay at friends houses, drag Poppy my little caravan around to events. Sunday night/Monday morning I would drive south, get unpacked, cleaned up, start making more pops get organised for the weekend, jump in the car and do it all again. Late nights, early morning. I’d have events where I’d sell out… BEST JOB IN THE WORLD! and then times when I’d hardly sell a thing and leave deflated.

At the end of my first summer, coming into winter, all the business stopped. Soon I found I lacked purpose and direction, I had no energy, no motivation.

I’d get a small order for say 15 raspberry lemonade pops for a shop that sold my pops. All I had to to do was:

  1. Got the cupboard and take out 15 labels
  2. Write Raspberry Lemonade on the labels 15 times
  3. Stick 15 raspberry lemonade labels on 15 popsicles.

…. could not do it.

Lacked so much motivation and energy, and then would subsequently beat myself up about not having motivation and energy and therefore question my commitment to my dreams, and chastised myself for not being better…. and so the spiral down continues

I have had time up north, away, not had to do much with pops, and kind of recover I guess.

Then the new season begins and I basically work myself into the ground, doing most things myself (save for the help from my wonderful family).

I make the pops, I drag a caravan up and back from Margaret River, I sell the pops, I do the paperwork, do the sales, marketing, bookwork… the business grows…. end of the second summer…. exhausted, burnt out, lack energy, motivation, beat myself up for not being good enough…… Partially recover over winter.

Get started again the next season. Relocate from Margaret River to Perth, which really takes the business to the next level. Working seven days a week, sometimes eighteen hours a day… have a bit of help, but largely doing a lot by myself. Strung out, existing purely on adrenalin.

May last year, season ends. I’m a wreck, can’t wait to get out of Perth… I make it to Bali, I have a ticket for three months…

Woo… let’s stop and reflect… I’ve achieved part of my dream which was to be able to spend a few months out of Australia over winter, to travel and work from my laptop.

But, I am so tired I can’t appreciate it… I am so completely exhausted, and weighed down by anxiety and self doubt. I do some work while I am there, but I am always trying to give myself a pep talk to to try a get things done, and feeling guilty because I never feel like it’s enough.

So I get back and the season starts again this year (and I think I am ok, but actually, not so much), and I am slogging it out (and I preface this all by saying that I really do love what I do), but I was just exhausted.

I used to pride myself on being quite resilient and quite not too “emotional” about things, but … woah, I’d have my ups and downs. I really felt like things were effecting me more and I wasn’t able to deal with them as easily.

…. And things were really starting to reach melting point…..

And this is where my next point begins. I stopped and ……

 

Asked for help

1. I joined a mentoring program, and now have the support from both people who have built successful businesses that I can seek advice from and learn from. Not only that I am surrounded by people who are on their own journeys’ that I can also garner support from, learn from, give encouragement and get encouragement from.

Entreprenuership can be a lonely journey at times, so get a support network.

Lovelies, become friends with each other, support each other. Be vulnerable, talk about your dreams, your fears, your concerns. Share the things you have learnt along the way, and learn from each other.

Want anyone else to talk to, please give me a call. I promise you, I’ll be your biggest cheerleader. I totally love seeing people live their dreams and follow their passions.

And I mean that, honestly. If you are ever feeling lost, have a question, concern, want to chat about business, want to bounce ideas off someone, feel like a cuppa…. please pick up the phone, drop me an email, come say hi at a market…. I’d be ever so chuffed. I’m here for you.

2. I went to the doctor. Told them I was tired, exhausted. Weighed down by the anxiety and the constant chatter in my head. Got some blood tests and a referral to talk to someone. Turns out I was extremely deficient in iron and B12. Doctor said she was surprised I was still functioning. B12 injection, started taking iron tablets, the chatter eased up, and life didn’t seem so difficult.

I got a referral to see a psychologist and we just chatted. Realised a couple of things, that almost once I acknowledged what happened, did not seem to be much of a problem any more.

Anyway, I still feel like I have a way to go, I know I still don’t take as much time out for myself as I should, I have kind of forgotten how to relax, I should exercise more, I should eat a little better .. but I also don’t beat myself up for it either… as much as I used to. I’ll get there in time, in my own way, and that’s ok.

So the last few points kind of melded in together, but what I really wanted to say is recognise that we are all human and you’re not superhuman. Take care of yourself and allow time to do things that recharge you and inspire you and motivate you to continue to create. If you feel like you are not yourself, ask around, seek help and talk to people.

This leads me on to my next point, and was a revelation recently when speaking to my psychologist. I was talking about how I was feeling, how I was overwhelmed with how much I needed to do still, and casually mentioned “when I was in Bali last year for three months..” and she stopped me, and said “That’s pretty incredible. You went away for three months. Not everyone gets to do that.”

“yeah but… “ I continued, wanting to further expound my perceived inadequacies.

She stopped me there, and reminded me the importance of …..

Stopping and Reflecting … often

It’s so easy being creative and as an entrepreneur, to see all the things that could be better.

I have a dream, and I know where I want Delish Ice to go, and so it’s so easy to focus on all the things you still have ahead of you.

That can get overwhelming, and cause frustration, anxiety, feelings of self doubt…. well it has for me in the past anyway.

But actually if you just give yourself 30 seconds each day (I’ve gone so far to put it in my phone) and think about where you’ve gotten so far…. it can be pretty amazing.

I mean just the fact that you are sitting here, and you have your market … maybe it’s your first one, how incredible is that!!

You’ve created something, or a collection of things, and you are going to put them on public display, and people are going to love them…. AND give you money for something you have created. That’s so freaking awesome.

You had an idea in your head, and you took action and made something. Woah!

What I think is even more incredible, that now as an entrepreneur you don’t even have to rely on anyone for your own survival. You don’t need anyone to give you a job. You have the skills to make something and sell it. And if you can do it with one thing, you can do it with many things, and even start identifying other skills that you have.

How liberating is that?

….. So in the spirit of this, I want you all to close your eyes…. no matter how dorky you think I am, or feel and let’s all just take 30 seconds to stop and reflect and think of three things you are proud of in regards to what you’ve done so far and where you’re at.

… OK so upon reflection, who’s came up with some things you’re actually pretty chuffed about.

…. If you feel like it, I’d love for you to email me after this and share them.

OK, so lets leave it there.

 

The Nitty Gritty

Markets

My set up is a little different, and I think by the nature of what we sell, the way we interact with people could be a little different, but I just want to make a few pointers about what I have noticed during my time

  • Engaging with people: So important. Not in an over-the-top, salesy kind of way. Smile, chat, let them know about what you do. Don’t look at your phone. Don’t look miserable. Be lovely. Tell your story, inject yourself into everything that you do. Notice things that make you delighted when you buy something. Do those kinds of things.
  • Signage: So so important. I did not have adequate signage for years, despite a good friend and mentor from a local business (Globe Signs) telling me numerous times. Once I invested in good, bold signage from up high, I swear it paid itself off after the first event. Make it big, easy to read, make sure it can be seen easily from a distance and people know within one second what it is that you do. Do it.
  • Lighting: Any evening events, make sure you have super, bright lighting. Nothing dark and dingy. It makes your product look dark and dingy. People are attracted to light like moths (no offence people….. it’s evolution baby… or something!). Bunnings have great Bat Lights (rechargeable), and there are lots of other places with battery lights as well that you can try. It’s an investment worth making.
  • Business Cards: Have something people can take away with them. Don’t rely on them remembering who you are, and what you do. If they tuck your business card away it might remind them later to check you out on line, tell their friends, make a purchase. Be clever, make the card memorable. Maybe you don’t sell much at the market, but fifty people take your card away, some of them tell their friends about you, some of them join your social media accounts, they later buy on line…. it was worth it. Invest in good quality design and good quality print. It is a reflection on your brand and product.
  • Own Your Space: Stand out, be different. Own your own space. You are competing with so many other people for one person’s attention. We can be in a sea of marquees, (in my opinion) have the sweetest little blue van in the west, complete with big signage, flower pots, a lucky gnome, swinging 50’s tunes, a bubble machine, and a lovely lady offering free samples….. and people still walk past sometimes without even a second glance…… own. your. space. Stand out.
  • Keep Records: At the end of every market. Evaluate how the day went.
    • How much did you turnover
    • What sold? What did not sell?
    • What worked well? What didn’t
    • Anyone you need to follow up with. Do it.
    • Comments on the day. Weather, location, things you noticed.

Learn from this. Make improvements. Refine. Do it better next time.

Had a terrible market. Evaluate — maybe for some reason it’s not right for your product… or perhaps you try it again next time, and there are things you could do better next time right.

We have markets that we try once, and decide again, and some that we have been attending regularly, and by adjusting how we do things, they become more successful.

Pricing

Arrrrgghhhh… this is a hard one. Consider your costs of goods, your time in making and selling, your talent, the cost of being at a market… all those associated costs. Have a look at other comparable items in the market. Where do you want to sit? Same, above, below? Do you have a point of differentiation.

Choose a price. Try it out. Does it work. Did you sell? Did you sell enough? Did you sell too many? Maybe too cheap. Keep trying. Keep adjusting until things line up. Does it cost you more to produce than people are willing to pay? …. maybe time to re-evaluation m’dear.

The End!

 

Thanks for making to the end of all that. Hopefully that was of some use. If anyone is looking at getting started out at markets, has a business idea and is in need of a cheerleader, or is having a flat day/week/month and wants to chat about a few things, please give me a call. I know how isolating entrepreneurism can be….. but actually there are so many of us out there tinkering away, you just got to reach out.

Katie xxxx

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1,000,000 Delights!

March 5, 2015 3:53 am | Make a Comment

 

Katie and Poppy the Vintage Pop Caravan

 

Hey! Why hello there! Hope you’re day is going splendidly!

So it’s been a while between blog posts! (Embarrassingly over two years), and when it gets to

Since it has been so long, I wanted to make it a good one … but where to start?

The beginning would be a good place to start. I want to start with my “why”!

  • WHY Delish Ice?
  • Why start a business?
  • Why we do what we do, at Delish Ice
  • Dreams for the future.

I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now, and when it comes to why did I start Delish Ice in the first place, I think there are two main reasons right at the core.

 

Scratch that Itch!

It’s almost indescribable (but for those that have it, you know what I am talking about) but creating your own business can be about scratching that itch. That ‘itch’ being a compulsion to create something of your own. To be in charge of your own destiny.

I know nothing about cars but I feel like I am surrounded by all the pieces of an engine, and it’s my job to rebuild it. Once I get everything right, my car will purr. Of course cars require care and regular maintenance, but the challenge right now is getting it humming.

If I look back to where I began four years ago, I am chuffed about how far we’ve come, and looking forward I get so excited for the future.

Got to keep scratching that itch, and being the driver of my own dreams and destiny!

My personal dreams is to build a life of ease and grace, filled with people and experiences that make me smile, to travel and explore the world, do something to help make the world a better place (I am really passionate about entrepreneurship and the way it can help you be the driver of your own dreams and destiny, I would love to help set up micro-enterprises locally and internationally) and to build a business that helps me achieve those things personally,  and is also loved by those that work in it and who we serve.

Which brings me to the next point.

 

Bringers of Delight!

One of the main aspects about Delish, and really the underpinning behind everything that we do, is that I want to be able to bring delight to everyone we interact with.

Our “why” is something that I have ruminated on for a long time. I’ve always said that Delish Ice is my perfect job and incorporate’s everything that I love – food and concocting flavours, fun times and adventures, meeting loveiy people, frocking up and building a business. When it comes down to it, at the heart of it all is about bringing delight.

Bring delight to our customers by serving up an exceptional product, with amazing customer service by our fabulous, friendly team from our achingly beautiful vans and carts.

Bring delight to passersbyif you wander by and sight of our vintage vans Poppy and Hemingway and the pop carts (Matilda, Frankie and Ruby) makes you smile, you enjoy our music, the bubbles are a nice surprise or you appreciate the gals giving you a big smile and a friendly wave, then that’s perfect enough as far as I’m concerned. If you grab a pop from us and you love it, well then we’re chuffed you love it!

Bring delight to our clients and their guests – for anyone that hires us to serve their guests on their behalf we will be professional and easy to deal with, and on the day we will serve a range of delicious pops in such a way that delights all, and has people asking about who we were after the event.

Bring delight to the Delish Ice Team – Every day I am so grateful for the team assembled around me, and I almost want to pinch myself ….. “how did I get so lucky to be surrounded by such awesomeness?” I think.  I want to create an environment that is a pleasure to be at, inspires posts such as #bestjobever , and the money earned assists each person in achieving their own personal goals. Be it travel, giving them an income while they study to get their dream job, saving up to buy a home, or whatever else they desire.

What a lucky lass I am, to be able to bring extra delight to people – best job ever!

 

Our goal – 1,000,000 Delights!

I decided the other day, that I have a goal of brining “1,000,000 delights”.

That by this time next year, we would have “brought delight” to 1,000,000 people.

I’m not entirely sure how to track all the smiles, and conversations, samples and pops, but I’ll think about this a bit more and get back to you.

In any case it’s got me all fired up and I’m so excited about the future of Delish Ice and the fun times and adventures to be had.  This aspect of “delight” really intrigues me, and I really want to explore it further. What it means to people, how we can deliver this every day to people and how to bring the idea into every day life.

Thanks for reading and being part of the story.

Would love to hear about what brings you delight each day.

Lots of love, Katie xxx

Strawberry Margarita Popsicle Recipe

February 14, 2013 3:07 am | Make a Comment

 

Due to popular demand I present to you the Strawberry Margarita Ice Pop recipe I made the other week.

I’m always a little hesitant about giving out recipes per se. Not that I don’t want to share, but I am not really one for following recipes, and usually cook by taste. In this instance, also I’m making slightly larger batches than you would normally do at home.

If you ever make ice pops with alcohol, a good rule of thumb is to remember 1 part alcohol to 12 parts non alcohol (based on spirits). Based on this the classic margarita recipe was never going to work in a popsicle being (1 part lime juice to 3 parts tequila/triple sec). Hence the addition of strawberry, to add flavour and reduce the amount of alcohol in the pop.

Whenever I try to recreate a cocktail into a poptail/cocksicle (I’ll let you choose your preferred name) you just need to think about a couple of questions:

> Does the alcohol contribute much flavour to the cocktail?

> What percentage of the recipe uses alcohol?

> If  you dial down the alcohol content what can you do to mimic that flavour another way? Or do you need to?

Then remembering the 1 part alcohol/12 parts non-alcohol you can take a cocktail recipe and “reverse engineer it”. (At this point I feel like a complete popsicle nerd! Stay with me, though, I just feel it’s better to understand the “why” rather than just posting up a recipe)

So in this case to make 1L of  Strawberry Margarita Pop

You’ll want to have on hand……

Ingredients Notes Rough % Quantities for 1L
Fresh Strawberries By the time you hull them and eat a few, I’d buy about a 1kg 71% 713 grams (buy about 1 kg)
Lime Juice Aaahh… you’re going to ask me how many aren’t you? Who knows. Grab a handful. You’ll use them for something else. Otherwise just freeze any left over and use another time 9% 89mls
Sugar Syrup Being half water, half sugar brought to the boill and cooled 12% 119mls
Tequila Treat yourself and buy the good stuff. I used Espolon – tastes good, great label and use the bottle afterwards as a vase. 6% 60mls
Triple Sec Use Triple Sec or Cointreau 2% 20ml
Orange Have a couple on hand to use at the end if needed
Salt Use the good stuff – no Saxa please!
Lime Zest Zest the limes before you juice them

 

1. Hull and puree the strawberries

2. Zest the limes and put to one side, squeeze the lime juice

3. Add the sugar and the water to a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool. In this instance any sugar would be good – white, brown or cane sugar.

4. Combine the strawberries, sugar syrup, lime juice, tequila and triple sec together and taste.

5. At this point you can make adjustments to suit your taste – I added a little salt, and also the zest and juice of an orange as Triple Sec is an orange flavoured liqueur (plus I LOVE strawberry and orange together)

6. When you are happy, pour the liquid into moulds and freeze

7.  Turn the oven on to about 120C put the lime zest on a baking tray in the oven until it dries out. Once that is done mix equal parts salt and zest and put into a small bowl

8. Once the pops are frozen, sprinkle on some lime salt just before devouring.

Although I haven’t tried them, here are some ideas you could try as variations to the recipe

1. Add more tequila and triple sec and make a slushie

2. Replace some or all of the strawberries with watermelon

3. Add some chili to your lime and salt zest

 

Would love to hear how yours turn out, if the recipe worked, or if you tried any variations.

Enjoy!


 

Why hate is better than nothing

January 21, 2013 11:36 am | Make a Comment

So I have a confession to make….

If I serve you a pop beneath that smiley, shiny exterior, bubbling away is a touch of anxiety and neurosis about whether or not you like it.

You might hear something like this…. 

“Here you go, one Ginger Beer, Mint and Lime pop. Enjoy!” [Hand over pop]

 

Inside my head I’m saying

[Hand over pop] “Oh god, I hope you like it. Hope you like it. Hope you like it! Eeep!”

 

True story. 

If you ever want to torture me, buy a popsicle, preferably with a group of friends, walk away and stand just in front but off to the side of the van, just outside of earshot and eat your pop, chat away but without much emotion. 

If I’m lucky it’ll be busy and I’ll be concentrating on serving the next customer. If it’s not so, (sorry to freak you out) but I’ll try and busy myself in the van, making furtive glances across to your group, trying desperately to ascertain the level of pleasure you are deriving from your popsicle. 

Freaky I know.

Sorry.

 

I had a revelation the other day at the beach, which I think has gone a long way to subside the anxiety.

Friends and I went to one of my favourite beaches not too far away, and this particular place always has a soft serve van in the carpark. The ritual being jump out of the car, saunter to the beach, slap on sunscreen, splash about in the water, do a little bit of sun baking whilst giggling at people who had forgotten their thongs hot stepping it through the volcanically hot sand, head back to the car park, grab a soft serve and meander home.

So on this day we did all that as per usual, and then fast forward to the icecream van.

We waited in line, debating as to which combination of single/double serve; chocolate, flake, nuts, sherbert, sprinkles we would each choose, trying to work out if anyone would actually order the fruit salad cup and if there was any fruit salad in the van at all, and pondering whether we would be daring enough to try a combination other than our “usual” – I always go a single soft serve with a flake. I leave it for as long as I can in the icecream, take it out, eat the rest of the cone and then eat the cold bit of the flake before it has time to melt .

As we waited in line and we got closer to the front I started to get this unsettling feeling. My eyes narrowed, and I recognised this unsettling feeling as a way of preparing myself for disappointment. I wanted the experience to be fabulous and I knew it wasn’t to be so.

I ordered, and as I was handed my single-soft-serve-with-a-flake, I sighed as walked towards the bench seat my friends were at, looking at this pale, white iceyness atop an insipid, pale cone.

We each ate our icecreams, chit chatting and staring back out to the beach. It was at the moment of eating the cold bit of the flake, that I had my revelation….

There was nothing really to hate about the whole experience, but there was nothing really to like either. The whole experience was devoid of any real emotion.

How sad.

I think that moment, changed the way I have been thinking about the pops I make.

In the first instance, I really, really hope you like them. I hope that reading the menu makes you excited and there are at least three flavours you can’t decide between. Or perhaps there is one flavour that you love and can’t bring yourself to try any other (there are a few of you like that!)

I hope that that first lick or bite (are you a licker or a biter?) makes your taste buds dance and puts a smile on your face. 

Hopefully. 

In the second instance maybe you don’t like it – perhaps the lemon pop is too sour and you have a sweet tooth, perhaps you taste test the watermelon lemonade and the strawberry lemonade only to be reminded that you’re not a huge fan of watermelon, maybe you decide that you don’t enjoy so much the texture of the toasted coconut in the mango, coconut and lime pop.

I’m ok with that. At least you screwing up your face at the sourness or running your teeth around your mouth to catch the coconut is making you feel something. Everyone is different, and for the one person that hates the sour lemon pop there are ten that love it. So you don’t love that particular flavour, lets move on and find you something you love.

What I am not ok with, and the thing that I dread is that you walk away with a pop in your hand, and you just eat it with out thinking about, and that it does not elicit any kind of emotion. There’s too much food being sold like that around the place, and I don’t want any part of it.

 

So just to recap, here is a list of possible pop reactions in order of preference.

1. [You taste pop and think] “Holy heck that is amazeballs. That’s the best popsicle I have ever had!” (Yee haw.. job done. Take that Frosty Fruit!)

2. [You taste pop and think] “Eeeep! Woah that Sour Lemon Pop is way too sour for me. I think that just blew my head off.”

Then you say to me “Umm, excuse me, I really don’t like this” and I say to you “That’s ok, we have a deliciousness guarantee – if you don’t love your pop we’ll swap it. Here, have a taste test of this one. What do you think of this flavour……”

3. [You taste pop and think] “Hey, look at that brown dog over there!”

Whatever it is, and however you feel when you try a pop, at least I hope you feel something. Something is better than nothing at all. I think – a feeling – either positive (hopefully) or negative (sorry) is better than standing in line, handing over money and walking away with something to consume that brings you no emotion at all.

Something that has been designed for the masses and therefore something that stands for nothing at all. There’s too much of that around already, and I for one am sick of it!

 

Much love xxxx

Ever think the universe is conspiring with you?

December 27, 2012 6:02 am | Make a Comment

What do you think of my new wheels?!

 

This was an old delivery bike from Boans, which was a department store on Wellington Street, Perth from 1895  to 1986. If your parents or grandparents grew up in or around Perth I bet they’ll have a story to tell, and they probably even had a job there.

I’ve been given caretaker status of this gorgeous old delivery bike that I am going to turn into a pop-cycle cart to take to events, or for weddings, functions, parties and the like. Just need to make a little cooler box for the front and et-voila!

Why I have this is from a bit of a chance encounter (and proof that good things happen when you go out for a drink on a Friday night!) Met up with a friend after her work Christmas party, and her workmate turns to me and says “I have this old bike you can use for your ice pops. Call me next week”. Long story short, the pop-cycle cartis hanging out at home with plans to build a little cooler box   to fit.

Every time I look at her I grin, and it reminds me of a quote from The Alchemist that I reread recently,and think about a lot when it comes to Delish Ice.

 

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it

 

Have you read The Alchemist by Paul Coelho? If you haven’t read it already, I won’t tell you to rush out now and read it. It’s the kind of book that you should read at least once in your life, but it’s also the kind of book that you need to read at the right time too.

There are lots of quotes throughout the book that are uplifting and poignant, but this is the one line that I  keep coming back to. I still think about it often, as almost weekly little things happen to me, chance encounters, offers of kindness, that make me think that the universe is conspiring with me to help me reach my dreams for Delish Ice.

There’s big things like how I was inspired to start Delish Ice, why I even have the popsicle van and now the honour of looking after the pop-cycle. Little things like meeting new people are excited about Delish Ice and who help me make new connections, a chance detour along the Highway and passing an autowrecker where I was able to find a spare rim for the van only to get a flat tyre a week later.  There’s lots of little things like that.

It’s this quote, and all these little things that make me keep moving forward and dreaming big dreams.

Is there something that you really want? Ever get the feeling that the universe is conspiring to help make it happen?

 

Happy birthday to Delish Ice!

December 12, 2012 2:23 am | Make a Comment

Today is a reason to celebrate!

Well, actually a couple of weeks ago was a reason to celebrate, but it slipped past me.

Delish Ice is one years old! I guess it all depends on how you count my birthday. There have been a few milestones, along the way like…

 

  • That light bulb moment in January 2011, inspired by a Donna Hay Magazine
  • Deciding that I could and would make a real go of popsicling and then placing an order for my special freezer and moulds in July 2011
  • Trundling off to my first Margaret River Farmers Markets to sell popsicles for the first time (when I say trundle, my dad actually towed the van down for me)

But let’s mark Saturday November 26 2011 as Delish Ice’s birthday! Which is the first day I trundled down to the markets to sell pops for the first time. A date which I obviously completely missed.

It’s been such an awesome journey. Have to say that I never thought I would grow up and own a popsicle stand, but I am proud to say I do!

Delish Ice has grown from an idea, to a spreadsheet to a van with a little engel freezer holding 100 pops, to a freezer that holds 1500+. Now there’s the van and a couple of popsicle carts run by some amazing popsicle ladies / girls / princesses ….. umm pop stars! Des, Hayley and Nic, you are now Pop-Stars I think! As of yesterday there’s now an awesome vintage tricycle. What a family we are!

We’ve served ice pops all over the South West, Perth and even the North West of WA. In less than a year we’ve been to weddings, Christmas parties, birthday parties, engagement parties, hens parties, family fun days and baby showers. Farmers markets such as the Margaret River Farmers MarketsPalmyra Farmers MarketsSubiaco Farmers Markets and Growers Green in South Fremantle. Music festivals such as SouthboundParklife and soon Breakfest. This week we’ll be at the talented Sharma’s Art Exhibition at Hatched in Perth and next week we’ll be serving up Tiki-Pops for the Red Tiki Christmas Party (fun!!).

Guess what – we’ll be serving pops over the summer at Gracetown/Cowaramup Bay and Hyde Park in Perth near the new water playground!

Ahhh…I love my job!

On this one-ish year anniversary I want to tell you some of my dreams for Delish Ice for the coming few years.  I’ve not really told anyone a lot these dreams but here they are; out in the world now, and to be held accountable to.

I think popsicles can help change the world, and I want to try and leave things a better place for being part of it.

So here are a few of my dreams……

I want everyone that tries a pop to want another one, because they taste so darn delicious. I hate paying good money for mediocre food and good food seems to be the exception not the norm. Why is that? It shouldn’t be. Lets not consume for the sake of consumption, lets consume for nourishment and pleasure, and lets eat “real” food.

I dream of a Delish Ice popsicle cart on every street corner. A little popsicle cart, sitting on green lawn, surrounded by a white picket fence, bubbles floating around, tunes cranking and a lovely, friendly pop-star serving up tasty treats – a little bit of delicious  joy on a stick.

I dream of a fleet of vintage caravans travelling to events all across the country.

I dream of helping popsicle micro-businesses getting off the ground. Laura from Enterprise Learning Projects and I have just been awarded a grant to put a program together to teach interested groups in remote communities how to start and run their own ice pop business. This will be a bit of a work in progress,  but I hope it’s successful and I dream of being able to help other popsicle micro-businesses be set up in developing countries. I do think popsicles can help change the world :) I’ll try and expand on this point one day in the future in another post.

I dream of going on a popsicle tour through the United States and Mexico. I want to go to Mexico, home of the paletas (popsicle), and travel through the US and meet the owners of businesses such as La Newyorkina, Pop-Bar, King of Pops, and Issa from Mompops and Kaileigh from Suck It, Sweets who I really, really, really want to meet one day.

I dream of setting up a mentoring program to nurture the entrepreneurial streak in young “pop-stars”.

I dream of Delish Ice being a household name, known for delicious, tasty ice pops with flavours for adults and kids alike.

I dream of building a successful business, doing amazing things and being in Business Review Weekly (sounds a bit nerdy but it is one magazine that I really love to read and geek out on), being nominated for the 40 under 40 Awards (better put my skates on, I’m not getting any younger!), and as much as public speaking terrifies me, giving an inspiring talk at a Tedx Event.

I want to build a great business that people love to work for, is innovative, provides a great product, with fantastic customer service and something I can be proud of.

Well, that’s a lot of dreams.. I  have more, but I’ll leave them as a suprise!

So now a few thanks need to be said, to everyone that has unwittingly been bought into “Team Popsicle”. My parents and brothers, cousins, uncles and aunties, grand parents, friends, pop-stars and all the new people that I have met along the way. There are too many stories to list everyone, but you all know who you are and what you have done. Thanks to everyone that has stopped past my little popsicle van, visited one of the girls at their pop cart or bought one at a shop.

‘Thank you!

I’ve told you my dreams, what are yours?

 

Living fabulously is the best revenge

August 29, 2012 6:01 am | Make a Comment

So let me tell you a story…

I’ve been single a couple of years. Ended a decade old relationship. Walked away from someone who thought I was amazing, loved me unconditionally,
and we had a great time together. As hard as it was, I knew it wasn’t the right thing for me, and it had to end. I really believed that we both had our own separate journeys to go on and that by being together we made up one whole, but actually we should have been two whole people. Does that make sense?

Being single and turning 30 was good for me. Some people get depressed about leaving their twenties, but I just had this feeling that my thirties were going to be great.

I started my own business, something I had always wanted to do, had a great group of friends that I adore both here and in the city, but you know what it’s like when you are single…. you just really want that person to wake up to, to do things with, to talk to …  to love you. So yeah, I wanted that, but those kind of guys down here all seem very few and far between. So I keep pepping myself up with “Katie, just go on your awesome popsicle journey and somewhere unexpectedly you’ll meet him.  Besides, you don’t need a guy to complete you. Just go out in the world and do what you want, and the rest will fall in place.”

Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I still want cuddles.

So one Friday night in April, after a crazy but awesome summer, I walk into my dear friends house to pick them up to head out. I’d been working so much that over the summer I’d lost contact with a lot of my friends, so wasn’t really up with what was happening in their lives.

There is a car I don’t recognise in the driveway and as I stride in there is the guy, sitting on the bar stool watching me walk through the front door. We both just looked at each other, and something clicked.

We go talking and I’m standing there, mentally ticking off everything, thinking… “this is too good to be true”.
Confident and chatty – tick
Loves vintage furniture and op-shopping – hello!
Likes camping, making things, fishing, surfing – ooh so manly. Love it. ooh what adventures we’ll have! (Isn’t funny how quickly you start projecting the future!)
Used to be a chef, loves food and wine – cha-ching! Me too! (not the chef thing, the food and wine). Squeal
Has owned his own business – you’re talking my language :)
Just moved over from the east coast – oh yeah, this guy must like adventure.
Reading Hemingway? – oh, stop it! :) Well, i myself have never actually read Hemingway, but I should, and I’d like to, and you are, so that’s like totally fabulous.

And he stops and looks at me after meeting for such a short time and says “you’re a bit different, aren’t you?” – and I think “wow, I think this guy kinda gets who I am”

……

So, to cut a long story short, we got together pretty quickly, and lets just say I got carried away in what was a fairly intense month or so. In hindsight,  I think I had actually burnt out; I’d been working really, really hard for almost 4 years with very little downtime and summer was crazy. I didn’t have the energy to work, I lost my focus and passion and the next summer was such a long time away. It was awesome doing things with this new guy – cooking, exploring the south west, op-shopping, and hanging out with my friends, and you know what….. just having someone to take care of… can’t help it, it’s the Cancerian in me.  I totally got caught up in it all…. tisk tisk.

I guess there were warning signs… particuarly through my friends who weren’t all that sold on him. And with perspective, I am a firm advocate of “if your friends/family don’t like your partner, there is an extremely strong chance it’s because your partner isn’t actually good for you.” But it can be hard to have that perspective when you really want to be in a relationship. I was also making changes and allowances that I shouldn’t have, but did…tisk tisk.

Anwyay, so it all ended pretty quickly. I’ll spare you the details, but the “relationship” (if you could even call it that) died this kamikaze-suicide-mission death, and in the wreckage of it all, I was left wondering “how did this happen and how did we get here?” and also “I’m AWESOME, how dare you not think that and not want to be around me!”

So I was left moping and folorn for a while and my friends were stuck with “woe is me” conversations, and “let me rehash and reanalyse this situation one more time” . Disturbingly there was at least one phone call of just high-pitched yammering, and not much sense (sorry K).

I was just so angry, mainly at myself I think, because I’d had this dream, the popsicles, and I’d lost my focus, and I’d let my guard down and then he’d just stomped on my heart and discarded me. I was angry with myself for letting this happen and frustrated because I could sit there and rationalise everything and know that this wasn’t right for me, but why was I still so sad. Plus god forbid,  it was only really for six weeks – get over it Katie.

You know what though,  I am actually glad to have had, and am better for the experience. It taught me a lot, and gave me the impetus to try and get to the core of who I am and what I want out of life. It helped realign and refocus.

It was a crappily-good-glad-that-I-had-it experience and it taught me a few things, even just brought back to home a few truths, which I have written down as a reminder.
1. I am really fortunate to come from a place of love. My parents, friends and family love and support me, therefore in turn I am able to love myself, and importantly I can pay this love back to them, and also pay it forward to people I meet. During this time I watched a TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability. It’s ok to open your heart, and be vulnerable, you just need to know that you might get hurt, but you know, it’s ok.  >> Watch the TED talk

2. Don’t think that there is someone out there that will complete you. You need to be a whole person yourself. One day you’ll meet a whole person and you’ll click and fall in love, and you’ll do amazing things in the world together. >> Read this great article by Colin Wright on “relationship maths”.

3. Even if you don’t want to believe it, don’t try and ignore those feelings when you know it’s wrong. You know when you’re not happy or when someone is pushing you away. It’s really hard, and I couldn’t even do it this time but try and muster the courage, stand up tall and walk away. >> Read this short article on Thought Catalog about when you just know it’s all wrong.

4. Don’t settle for someone that isn’t amazing. As random as it is, I was watching a TED talk about this guy who gave up his dream job to help clean up the BP oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico and it  made me realise that there are amazing people doing amazing things out there. Don’t focus on losing someone who has their own small, unhappy world, just get out there make your own mark on the world and interact with amazing people. >> Watch the talk

5. If you have plans, and then you meet someone and you start to change those plans…. Don’t do it! I am really grateful we were only together for a short time, otherwise embarassingly and regretfully I would not have been able to go (and survive) on a glamping trip of a lifetime with a great friend, nor would I be about to head off on  a fabulous adventure to East Timor, and I might not have such an awesome summer planned.

6. I’ve never really done this whole dating thing, as I was 19 when I got into my first relationship that lasted 10 years, but since being single and with this encounter I think that whole “women are so complicated and crazy” is bollocks. I say “we wouldn’t appear so crazy if you boys didn’t make us crazy!” Not all of you of course, a lot of you are lovely and well adjusted. But some of you aren’t either, and you all need to be put on an island together with a fence around it and just fed carrots.

7. If you are going through a break up, or just feel like you are never go and meet someone, just  keep doing your own thing. Go and have an adventure (see #5), or or join or start a community project, or do a course or something. Anything. Anything that puts a smile on your face, and makes you stand taller and reminds you to love yourself and that you are awesome.

8. I know sometimes you feel like you are alone, but you’re not really are you? You are surrounded by amazing friends and family who love you. And now I think you should tell them in person how you feel, or drop them an email or send a text. Too shy, or want to suprise them? Try this. Thanks to my friends and family for putting up with my melodrama…. I’ll try not to let it happen again.

9. The best revenge is living fabulously. Just get out there and live your life, and have fun, be vulnerable, open yourself up to love, give back to people, be kind and caring, laugh a lot, surround yourself with friends and family who love you, and learn to respect yourself. Just go out today, and live your own fabulous life that is “full of passion, and worthied of being storied” and things will unfold in time. Have faith.

But today, if it all just seems too much – listen to this.… as many times as you need. Trust me, you’ll be fine….. just breath.

(Oh, and if worse comes to worse, I recommend medicating with cheese and champagne, whilst wearing a fabulous dress and red lipstick)

 

 

Flower popsicles!

August 22, 2012 9:38 am | Make a Comment

A friend of mine posted this picture on my facebook page the other day of these beautiful flower popsicles and I immediately fell in love. What an awesome idea for a vintage inspired wedding, tea party or a little girl’s birthday party.

Courtesy of Marla Meredith of marlameredith.com

 

Thanks to our friends at wikipedia here’s a little list of flowers that could be used. The other thing to be mindful of, is of course what they would actually taste like. These popsicles have to taste as delightful as they look of course.

Flower Taste Colour
Apple blossoms Floral White to pink
Borage Sweet, honey-like Lilac
Camomile Sweet apple White
Carnation Sweet clove Variety
Chrysanthemum Strong Variety
Citrus blossoms Citrus White
Daisies Mildly bitter Pink
Elderflower Floral White
Hibiscus Mildy Citrus Rose, red
Japanese Honeysuckle Sweet White to pale yellow
Jasmine Floral White
Lavender Varies Lilac
Marigold Slightly Bitter Yellow, orange
Nasturtium Sweet, peppery Variety
Pansies Vegetal Variety
Rose petals Perfumed Variety
Tulips Vegetal Variety
Violets Sweet, perfumed Purple, white
Woodruff Sweet, nutty, vanilla White

 

Leaves such as basil, thyme and sage would also be good to add a bit of greenery, and a bit of flavour too.

Hhhmmmm…. so I wonder what kind of flavours I could make. Best to keep the popsicle as transluscent as possible to show off the flowers. I’m thinking fruit and flavours along the lines of

  • Watermelon
  • Lychee
  • Ice Tea
  • Rose water and orange blossom water
  • Home made cola – I made some popsicles one day based on a recipe like this. So maybe you could add citrus blossoms and lavender to compliment the ingredients
  • Mojito popsicles (!)
  • Lemon or lemonade
  • Hibiscus – popular Mexican flavour
  • Coconut water
  • Boozey pops – I’ve made some lovely gin & tonic and also summer pimms punch studded with finely diced strawberries, mint, peach and cucumber

I’m sure there are more flavours that would go together. It’s just  hard to come up with a l0t of inspiration when outside it’s pouring with rain and I am huddled by the heater.

Bring on summer and chance to try these out properly I say!

 

Oranges, pineapple and limes, oh my!

August 21, 2012 2:23 am | Make a Comment

It’s cold and blustery outside this morning, but inside I’ll be making some Orange, pineapple and lime ice pops for Yahava Koffee, Margaret River. They’ve been stocking Delish Ice ice pops, and I expected for it to be pretty quiet over winter, but they just keep on selling. Must be lots of kids impervious to winter.

Orange, pineapple and lime was a winner over summer. Sweet from the oranges with that zesty hit from the lime. Today, I’ve got some beautiful juicy local oranges from my neighbourhood grocer the Fruity Cow and some beautiful limes from a biodynamic, 30 year orchard in Margaret River. Happy days.

As the season rolls on, I want to use this blog as a way of finding out more and more about the ingredients I use and I hope that you find the information useful too. So here goes.

Quick facts about oranges

  1. There are generally 6 oranges to a kilo
  2. 1kg of oranges make about 500ml of juice
  3. When choosing oranges, try and find the ones that feel heaviest in your hand. They usually are the juiciest. Less weighty oranges usually mean that they will be a lot drier and/or lacking sweetness… blah!
  4. Avoid using the white pitch between the skin and  the flesh. The pith gives a really bitter flavour that you can’t disguise
  5. Once an oranges once juiced, detoriate very quickly, so squeeze fresh when you need it and use it right away.
  6. Don’t just throw away the skin, it is full of flavour – try zesting and use in the recipe that you are making, or freeze and use later. Otherwise zest, make a heavy sugar syrup and turn into candied orange…. to die for! See a recipe here. I love candied orange, drizzled in dark chocolate. They’d make a great little present, if you have enough will power not to eat it all yourself!

Quick health facts about oranges

  1. We all know oranges are high in Vitamin C. One orange can give you 60% of daily recommended intake. Why is Vitamin C important? Well, for many reasons! Growth and repair of the body’s tissues, helps with iron absorption, is an antioxidant, and can help reduce the formation of carcinogenic substances that can cause cancer. Read more here.
  2. Oranges also contain good levels of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important in maintaining good eyesight, healthy skin, supporting the immune system and producing red blood cells.
  3. They are a good source of fibre, and we all know why that’s good. One orange can provide up to 12.5% of daily recommended fibre intake.
  4. It is reported that the nutritional benefits of oranges can aid in the reduction of ulcers, stomach cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis and protect respitory health.

So what are you waiting for…. grab an orange.

Oranges are just so versatile and when the weather starts to warm up again, I have had a quick brain storm about other flavour combinations and ice pop recipes I would like to try with oranges.

  • Dark chocolate and orange and spices – this flavour combination is one of my all time favourites! Dark chocolate and cocoa mixed with orange juice and zest and spices such as cinnamon, star anise and maybe even chill – either hot or something smokey like a chipotle chilli. Yum!
  • Orange and spiced pumpkin – we made this last season too and it was a bit of a winner. It was a little hard convincing people to try a popsicle with pumpkin in it, but the pumpkin gave a smooth silky feel and weigh, and the orange complimented the sweetness of the pumpkin and gave it a lift.
  • Orange and strawberry – this combination just sings of summer. Bring it on I say!
  • Orange and thymeI think this would make a beautiful ice cold drink and go equally as well as an ice pop. I think the savoury characteristic of the thyme would compliment the orange, and perhaps even better lemon thyme.

I am sure there are lots more combinations, so if you have any ideas, let me know! Otherwise, that’s enough pontificating for me, and to the kitchen I go!

 

 

My favourite popsicles!

April 10, 2012 6:20 am | Make a Comment

Spiced amber jewel plum and orange popsicles….. how do I love thee? … let me count the ways!

Did I tell you that I love this flavour. As I write this, I am on to my second in about 10 minutes. This picture is of the first one I ate today, and as I write this I have another one in my hand.

The other week I sourced some beautiful amber jewel plums from Dianne and Jim, down in Manjimup. I deseeded them and put the flesh into a saucepan with a touch of water and sugar and cooked until soft. I then blended and sieved the flesh to give a silky smooth texture.

Next I juiced oranges that I sourced from a grower in Nannup, not long picked fresh off the tree.

I infused star anise, cinnamon, vanilla, lavender, lime zest, lemon zest and orange zest in a simple sugar syrup, and then mixed the orange juice, plum flesh and sugary syrup.

The sourness of the plums balanced with the sweetness of the oranges and the components of the sugar syrup complimented the fruit and gave the popsicle an interesting twist.

Not sure of exact quantities of everything as I didn’t write anything down. Sorry! I also work on larger quantities than you would make at home.

Give it a try though – I’m certain if you just go with instinct you’ll create something tasty.

The amber plums are coming to the end of their season, so I might have missed my chance to make any more this year, but next year they’ll be out in force.

Yum!

If you do make a batch, please email me and let me know how you go.

And I finish this post as  I finish the second popsicle, and I’m off for a third (please don’t tell anyone!)