Blood Orange Granita
The idea for this Blood Orange Granita came from the need to finish my final project for the last photography class I will be taking at Suny Orange. My final project consisted of 4 photos taken with the phrases: Where are you going, Sound, Geometric Shapes and Delicious. Since I wanted to show geometric shapes with food, my mind first gravitated towards baking a lemon pie. This would have shown two different shapes: a circle from the pie itself and triangles after I cut the pie into pieces. Soon it became clear that there wasn’t enough time in my day to do that since the project was due. Instead, I went to the store and bought a lot of blood and navel oranges in order to show circles. I cut the oranges in half and threw some lemons into the mix. When I was done, I juiced the oranges and decided to make something with the juice for the last phase of the project: Delicious.
After handing in the CD of my final images and final reports, I felt lost. I didn’t feel the relief I thought I would feel as I graduated college. First, I was excited to be on to the next chapter of my life and suddenly I was terrified of the unknown, of what’s next. Even though I have somewhat of a solid plan for my future, I still find myself in the dark.
This Blood Orange Granita is a lot like graduation — A little bit sour and very sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be onto better things and look forward to my future. Transitions in life can be scary, challenging, full of adventure and even fun. I find my stomach wrapped up in all of those emotions at once and it is a bit overwhelming. I’m already looking into going back to college to continue my education but am having a hard time deciding if I can afford it. Here’s to looking into scholarships, loans and financial aid! So far, I’ve paid for every class I’ve taken out of pocket and I’m pretty proud of that.
This graduation was a big deal for me, a rite of passage, if you will. I have always been a quitter. I quit everything I begged to join, even things I was good at. I joined soccer, brownies and the cross country team in high school and quit them all. I went to college directly after high school graduation and I never finished. Going back to school was a huge step for me in the right direction and I finally followed through. Thanks to everyone who has supported me through this experience… I couldn’t have done it without you.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 2 hour 30 min
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups blood orange juice
1/2 cup navel orange juice
Juice the oranges and combine the juice.
Stir the sugar into the water and heat on low until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
Combine sugar water and juice in a 9x13 baking dish. Freeze for an hour, scrape with a fork to form crystals and re freeze. Repeat until no juice remains and crystals have formed.
Using your fork, scrape and fluff the pan and add ice crystals to a serving dish.
adapted from: Food and Wine