Strawberry Chamomile Granita

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I have a tendency to go on kicks…  and I’m on two kicks right now. Kick #1… a Cosby Show kick. While in Ann Arbor, I met up with a friend who said that she was watching the Cosby Show from first episode to last. I was intrigued… and found myself on Netflix following suit. Now, after making my way through Season 1 in less than a week, I think it’s safe to say, I’m on a kick. Like many folks, I watched the Cosby Show growing up, but I was Rudy’s age, so I watched it from the kids’ perspectives. Now, an adult (albeit an adult who doesn’t yet have children), I am watching it from Cliff and Claire’s perspectives. Hilarious. HILARIOUS, I tell you! 😀

Kick #2… you guessed it… a granita kick. I made my first granita two years ago for a dinner party I was having. I served it as a palate cleanser of sorts–that first granita was a watermelon-ginger granita with vanilla vodka and frozen blood oranges. I’ve been hooked ever since. So, when a few days ago I found myself too hot to think, I knew a nice, icy granita would cool me down. I had some fresh strawberries in the fridge and chamomile tea in my cabinet. The combination exceeded my expectation and if taste was a feeling, this granita would be like a gentle feather gliding again the back of your hand. I’m not exactly sure why, but something about the chamomile made the granita taste soft. This recipe is a keeper… for sure. Stay tuned for my other granita creations!

Strawberry Chamomile Granita (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

3 cups water

6 chamomile tea bags

2 tablespoons sugar or agave

1 cup fresh strawberries–pureed

Method:

*Bring water to boil in large pot. Add tea bags and sugar/agave. Steep the tea bags in the water until the liquid cools to room temperature. Puree strawberries. Blend pureed strawberries with cooled tea. Add the chamomile-strawberry mixture to a 8 x 8 glass dish. Freeze until completely solid.

*Scrape the frozen mixture with a fork until the entire dish is scraped up. Freeze approximately two hours. Scrape again. Freeze approximately two additional hours. Scrape for the last time (three scrapes is good!). Enjoy!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. This sounds good. I am usually a sorbet maker, but I just may have to try making some granitas this year.

  2. Only 2 Tbsp of sugar?! Awesome! I am going to try this. Love the cosby show too- Rudy and Bud, so cute.

  3. I would love to try to make a granite. This combination sounds delightful.

  4. I love granita! I did the same – I watched Season 1 of Glee in about 4 days! Looks delicious!

  5. Perfect treat on these hot summer days…and strawberry chamomile sounds delish!

  6. Looks amazing! I have never made granita, but this makes me think it is definitely something I should try!

  7. Wow this granita looks so refreshing! Love the flavors too!

  8. “the chamomile made the granita taste soft” – I love this description! Could almost taste it from my seat. :)

  9. The Cosby Show! Awesome. I loved all things Bill Cosby when I was younger. Do you remember Picture Pages???

  10. Oh Tiffany! This is so beautiful! With all the food you make…your colors always look so vibrant! I love granitas. I have yet to make one. But I especially love the addition of chamomile tea in this. It’s what I drink when I want to escape the chaos of my own head some days! And such a beautiful presentation! No wonder you are becoming a top 9 champ! Congrats to you! And….Happy Tuesday! : )

  11. This looks great! We’re hosting an online seasonal potluck and June is strawberry month! If you’d like to link your recipe, we’d love to have you! http://bit.ly/eLlgG2

  12. Oh the Cosby Show! I used to watch it too as a child… and used to love it back then as well! hehehehe I love granite… I have never made them at home as I have always been “scared” of the ice scraping part… hahahaha I have tried so many new things recently that I may give granita a try too in summer! I LOVE chamomile…. I drink litres of it! It must taste divine with strawberries! :-)

  13. Granita! That’s what I need right now… it’s getting warm here in SF (finally). I wish some strawberry granita is ready for me to eat! Looks beautiful and yummy! I see there are 3 serving… those 3 for you? LOL. =P

  14. Your granita looks beautiful…lovely color. I sure could have served myself a helping or two of your strawberry chamomile granita today (so warm this evening!) Perfect for the onset of Summertime! 😉

  15. I was so into the Cosby show when I was little too! Never missed an episode.
    The granita looks so inviting! It’s so crazy hot here … I need that!

  16. Oh, yes! Just in time for this hot morning, over here (30 degrees Celsius already and it’s only 9 o’clock…)

  17. What a great color! And I love that chamomile flavor :)

  18. I don’t know if I’ve ever had granita. Is it like Italian ice? In and case it sounds and looks delicious and pretty easy!

  19. Oh I loved the Cosby Show as a child, but had forgotten all about it. Maybe I need to get the DVDs and watch it as an adult. I love when you discover a whole new layer of humour.

    Beautiful granita – what an amazing colour! I’m intrigued by the chamomile flavour (my favourite herbal tea) – I am going to have to try this (when the weather warms up – it is more like mid-winter here than mid-summer!)

  20. Tea and strawberry-neat idea. I have yet to even see strawberry tea and you have made Granita. Refreshing and creative post here-thanks for sharing.

  21. This looks not only pretty – but so refreshing! I’ve never made granita before – I think I’ll start with your recipe. Thanks!

  22. Chamomille tea?! That is sooo interesting!! Awesome recipe, Tiff..thank you for sharing! Bookmarked.. can’t wait to try it!

  23. Oh I thoroughly enjoyed readign this post. There wasn’t much on British TV featuring ‘Black’ families or families from visible minority ethnic backgrounds, so The Cosby Show was one show my whole family would sit down to watch. I would like to do what you have done, watch it through adult eyes.

    Love the look of your strawberry granita, though I am liking the sound of the watermelon one moreso.

  24. Chamomile tea is a nice addition to this fantastic dessert! Lovely shots….

  25. Great idea to mix in chamomile!

  26. Ooh, I get on “kicks” too! I had pneumonia for a week and watched Desparate Housewifes nonstop!! Now as for granita, I haven’t made it in years but I’m thinking once I try your recipe, as it looks so good, I’ll be starting a new “kick”!!

  27. Wonderful flavor choice….this looks so good.

  28. Your granita looks so refreshing — so perfect for the very hot Texas weather!

  29. Love your Granita recipe. I have never made them but you make them sound doable at home.:-) It has got pretty hot here these days and this is a perfect recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Not only does this look and sound delicious it is so pretty! Such a gorgeous color!

  31. Well, I’m not going there…Cosby show wasn’t that long ago, in the eighties?…every one claiming to be a child back then?…just an observation!
    Your strawberry granita is gorgeous, colorful, and super yummy. The photos are spectacular!
    Thanks, for sharing:DDD

  32. Soft? Okay, now its my turn to be intrigued…

  33. I use to watch the Crosby Show. Your recipe looks great.

  34. How perfect is this description, “a gentle feather gliding again the back of your hand”. Way to get all mellow and smooth Tiff! The colors is gorgeous the flavor combo is off the charts.

  35. Haven’t seen that show in forever! I love strawberries and I LOVE chamomile (I actually have some chamomile tea waiting for me right now)..the two together in a granita = wowzer yumzer.

  36. Beautiful Color.. Bookmarked it ^,^ And Congratulation on Top 9 !

  37. Living in southern Italy I love granitas, in particular the almond with coffee one, what can I substitute strawberries for?

  38. Hello again, just dropping by to say congrats on the No.1 spot – well deserved :)

  39. Love it when you’re on kicks like this: that granita looks so refreshingly vibrant for summer. Isn’t it interesting about the chamomile making it smooth? Beautiful. Loved the Cosby Show: haven’t seen it in years!

  40. Congrats on Top 9 again!! You’re on a roll! I love this granita it sounds heavenly with the camomile, really soothing in this heat! I loved The Cosby Show too, I wanted to be Lisa Bonet (Denise) she was sooo gorgeous!! 😀

  41. So very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Lovely dessert, the color makes it so attractive.

  43. This looks like the perfect way to cool down during this hot summer!

    Getting on TV show kicks is the whole reason I LOVE Netflix! I’m currently on a Saturday Night Live kick as we speak – the 2000’s are PACKED with hilarious episodes =)

  44. I love granita. It is so refreshing. I have bookmarked this recipe and I think it is going to be my summer ‘kick’ too! This is so deserving of the Top 9. Congrats!

  45. This is torture for me! I can’t get strawberry here this season in India :) I wish I could make that for the weekend :)

    • Make it with mango! 😀

  46. I get on kicks pretty easily as well! I tried watermelon granita for the first time last summer and fell in love.. I love the flavors youre adding to yours though! I can’t wait to try more this summer!

  47. what a beautiful delicious granita!! I have never made one, you make it look so good I may have to try it!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  48. Granita is so refreshing in summer, and I really get what you mean (I think) about the chamomile. Neat addition!

  49. There could be far worse things then a granita kick!!! This looks wonderful. I love the flavor combination you have going on. Yay for the Cosby show! I havent watched it in years but I always loved it as a child.

  50. Congrats on Top 9!!!

  51. Granita–that, is a GOOD kick! Maybe I need to jump on that as well. :)

  52. Strawberry Chamomile Granita, the name itself sounds something magical and calm for summer. I think I will be getting used to kick#2 pretty soon.

  53. I loved the Cosby Show! I think I’ve seen each and every episode, and while I’m a bit older than you – perhaps more along the lines of Theo’s age – I’ll bet it would be fun to watch now. I saw Bill Cosby one time in Las Vegas and he was fantastic, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
    Love the Granita as well. Gorgeous colors, love everything about it! Congrats on the Top 9!

  54. Strawberry and chamomile! Sounds fresh and delicious… slurp :)
    Congrats on top 9!

  55. Top 9, woo-hooooooo! Congratulations!!!!

  56. Refreshing and love the chamomile! Love the Cosby show too!

  57. I was on a Cosby show kick not too long ago and I think after this post I’ll be on a granita kick in no time- love the chamomile!

  58. Congrats on Top 9. This looks so tasty and refreshing. I look forward to seeing your future granita posts. Hot weather makes it easy to go on a granita kick!

  59. That gorgeous, vibrant colour says SUMMER! Looks delicious (as always!)…Theresa

  60. Thanks for the comments everyone! 😀