15 July 2013

15 July - Saint Swithin; Rainbow Parfait

"How, if on Swithin’s Feast the Welkin lours,
And every Penthouse streams with hasty Show’rs,
Twice twenty Days shall Clouds their Fleeces drain,
And wash the Pavement with incessant Rain."
John Gay, (1716) Trivia, or the Art of Walking the Streets of London

Today we celebrate the Translation of Saint Swithin, of which you can read more here.

Well, we may get incessant Rain or very nearly, but rain brings rainbows, so while praying for just enough rain and no more, celebrate with RAINBOW PARFAIT (a cool treat for hot weather).

The original recipe calls for a little raspberry sauce at the bottom of a tall glass (a couple of spoonfuls will do) but it you don’t like raspberries, use a sauce made from blueberries, cherries, strawberries, lemons, limes or oranges.  Remember that there are several colors in the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet are the usual, although for some reason indigo is often left out.

Pour a little sauce (your choice) into the bottom of a tall glass.  On top of that, layer various fruit sherbets or ice cream to the top of the glass.  Top with a piece of fruit – a raspberry, blueberry, cherry, strawberry, or twist of lemon, lime, or orange.

And serve with a tall spoon.