After the most recent storms which resulted in quite unbelievable and devastating flash flooding across the Cape, our swimming pool, which stands on the side of our house which greets the South Easter, has been having some difficulty. Bar a few murky almost blue-ish days, our swimming pool has pretty much been showing off the same vibrant colour as its closest neighbour, the grass. Forest green is that particular green which gardens receive as a reward for withstanding a brutal storm and it is a perfectly wonderful hue on lawn. It is not however a great look on swimming pools, especially not in summer.
When you cannot see the bottom of a swimming pool and it appears to be surreptitiously brewing all manner of disease in its deep, and even more alarmingly serving up the occasional a knot of small toads, I become deeply and quite weirdly upset. And it is not even because I am great fan of swimming. In fact, once my requirements for air temperature, wind speed, and water temperature are met, few are the days that you will find me doing anything more than a super quick cool off plunge in the water. (My kiddos do not consider me fun to have at the pool at all.)
Rather, my wish to have a crystal clear sparkly blue swimming pool comes from Dallas. Nah, just kidding, but you remember Bobby swimming in that beautiful pool don’t you? Actually, my wish for a crystal clear sparkly blue swimming pool comes from the part of me that wants to watch my kiddos sit on the side of the pool and splash their feet in the water while they eat slices of watermelon bigger than their heads; or homemade ice lollies which melt faster than they can lick them, leaving sticky drips down their elbows.
Because its summer, and to my mind summer consists of blue pools to
swim in sit next to and frozen treats to eat, Dear Husband is hard at work. Since the weekend he has been lugging salt and stabilisers and a mixed cocktail of pool drugs fighting the fight all the way back to blue. He gets my wish for sparkly crystal blue pools in summer. While he does that, I went ahead and made the ice lollies.
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and drained
- ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- ¼ cup sugar, to taste
- 1 x 175 g tub smooth cream cheese
- 1 cup plain natural yoghurt
- Place the strawberries in a small saucepan with the vanilla seeds.
- Heat gently and as the strawberries start to release their juice add enough of the sugar to sweeten to taste.
- Simmer gently until the sugar dissolves.
- Cool the strawberries and then puree with a blender and set aside.
- Soften the cream cheese and stir in the natural yoghurt.
- Mix the cream cheese mixture with ⅔ of the strawberry puree.
- Pour this mixture into the ice pop moulds.
- Finish the top of the ice pop with the remaining strawberry puree.
- Insert the ice pop handles or use wooden ice pop sticks.
- Freeze overnight.