I don’t care if LA is still under the cloud of June gloom. I’m ready for summer! I bought a heirloom black prince tomato yesterday and planted it in a large container with two basil plants. I hope the three won’t be too crowded. The two basil plants, originally sitting in smaller pots in my windowbox, were starting to look yellow, which is why I transplanted them outside into this larger container. After just one day, they already look better.
Another way to usher in summer: home-made mango sorbet. I don’t have an icecream maker, so this was more labor intensive than usual. I made the icecream mix: coconut milk, mangos, freshly squeeze orange juice, and grated ginger, froze it for about 5 hours, stirring with a hand blender every half hour. It’s a little more solid than I expected, but pretty refreshing and tart after thawing for ten minutes.