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lemon posset
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Lemon Posset

I was fortunate enough to taste this sublime dessert at The Three Horseshoes Pub at Elsted, West Sussex when I was visiting my family in England. Deep in the depths of the idyllic English countryside we enjoyed a lovely fireside dinner. It was a very special evening but when I tasted this dessert I was practically swooning. I’ve done my very best to recreate this old fashioned British classic and judging by my family’s reaction (they polished it off in no time) I think I’ve come pretty close.

 

Possets are old English fare, they date back to the 1600s when they where used as medicinal drinks to treat fevers and colds. King Charles I was apparently given a posset to drink when he was feeling unwell, although it didn’t do him too much good in the long run as he was eventually beheaded, poor chap. But on to happier fare – now possets are more mousse like and so entirely happily delicious.

It’s so easy to make it’s almost ridiculous. It’s amazing to me just how delicious a dessert can be with minimum effort and such a short list of ingredients. It’s perfect for summer, sprinkle a few of your favorite berries over the top or do as my husband suggested, add some granola and a drizzle of honey – delicious!

Lemon Posset

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice of a lemon
  • A handful of fresh berries

Method:

1. Bring cream and sugar to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil for approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

2. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and zest, cool for approximately 10-15 minutes.

3. Stir mixture again and divide among  ramekins. Cover the possets with cling film and place in the fridge until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

4. To serve scatter a few berries over the top of each posset and serve.

chocolate smoothie
Drinks,

Chocolate Super Food Smoothie

Fasten your seat belts. This is a power smoothie. After sipping on this you will feel as if your inner turbo power has been turned up full pelt. It’s fabulous. I stepped out of my comfort zone at the health food store the other day and purchased some Raw Cacao Powder and some Raw Cacao Nibs. I’ve always thought of chocolate as a super food, however even though Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate may taste super I don’t really think it does your body (or the shape of it) much good. So I decided to go to the very source of chocolate – the raw cacao and I struck gold. Admittedly I did sweeten the smoothie with a dash of agave nectar but this is the very definition of powerful good. I went from feeling exhausted to fully charged but not in the jittery caffeinated way I know so well – this was a much more even and long lasting energy.

Rather like a soup you can mix and match your ingredients depending on what you have available. I used almond milk as a base, but coconut, hemp, soy or regular cows milk would work wonderfully. I added half an avocado as I’m a firm believer in “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away.” I offer up my recipe but be creative, perhaps a dollop of almond butter would add a welcome nutty flavor. If you can get your hands on the cacao powder and nibs I strongly recommend them.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 avocado

1 tablespoon protein powder

1 teaspoon (or to taste) agave nectar

1/2 banana (optional)

1/4 cup goji berries

A handful of ice cubes

Method:

Place all the ingredients into the blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs. Enjoy!

chocolate smoothie