Citrus Floral Ice Bowl

So the chaos has begun, with the party being only two days away I am starting to freak out a little bit.  I still haven't picked up the turkey and I have an endless list of prep work to do!  However, I think everything will fall into place when the time comes...hopefully.  Good news is that I will have a bunch of recipes to post, chronicling my adventures of creating this Thanksgiving feast just in time for Thanksgiving next Thursday.

So this recipe isn't exactly edible -- I mean I guess you can eat it if you were really hungry...but I don't recommend it :) I found this in one of my cookbooks and thought it was such a cool concept that I had to share it with you guys.  It's a really simple way to create something that will WOW your guests and it carries this bright citrus and minty aroma.  (Boys, bear with me on this post) :)

Ingredients for Citrus Floral Ice Bowl:

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced 1/4"
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced 1/4"
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1/4"
  • handful of mint leaves
  • handful of flower petals

You can slice the citrus fruit any way you would like, you can do full slices, half slices, use your creativity!

Select two bowls, one about 2 inches smaller than the other.  Place some ice cues at the bottom of the large bowl and set the smaller bowl on top so that the rims of both bowls are level.  Tape the bowls at even intervals as pictured above, this will stabilize the bowls and prevent them from moving.  Slide the slices of fruit and flowers in between the bowls and pour cold water to fill the gap.

Freeze the bowls.  You may have to use a skewer to push the fruit or flowers down between the bowls if they float during freezing. To remove the ice bowl from the molds, remove the tape and pour a little hot water into the small bowl and stand the bottom bowl in hot water.  Carefully wiggle it back and forth until you feel the bowl "pop" out.  As soon as the bowl is released place it in the freezer.

This would be a great bowl to use for ice creams or sorbets.  I am going to use my ice bowl for my fruit salad at the end of dinner -- hopefully it will not melt too quickly!  You can also use different herbs if mint is not readily available, rosemary, or thyme would also look really pretty.  The best part is that you can make these bowls far in advance and just store it in the freezer until ready to use.  Hope you guys enjoy this one, even though you can't eat it, anything you put in this bowl will taste 10 times better solely due to the visually pleasing aesthetic effect :)