Kirstin: These are both sorbets, but one of them, the raspberry one, contains a very small amount of wine and double cream. The raspberry one was much easier to make; the strawberry one involved hulling a lot of strawberries. I used an ice-cream machine for both of them, but you don’t need one. So which one will my guests (Georgia, Alex, Tom M and Kathryn) prefer?
Georgia: The raspberry is slightly tart… slightly fizzy! What’s that word?
Tom M: Petillant.
Kathryn: Like a sherbet!
Kirstin: The raspberry one has a little bit of cream, which a sorbet is not supposed to have.
Georgia: Why? Maybe it’s to make sure it’s not too icy.
Kirstin: I had trouble with the quantities again. I halved them both, and the raspberry didn’t make enough, and the strawberry made too much.
Georgia: Alex has finished his!
Alex: And it was great. It was jolly good. But I think I preferred the strawberry.
Tom M: It was a very good match, the sweetness and the tartness of the raspberry one.
Kathryn: The colour is deceptive, you think it’s going to be sweet.
Tom M: The strawberry one has a sugary aftertaste, though. It’s like a dog with peanut butter!
Georgia: I don’t get that feeling. But that’s why I usually like sorbets.
Tom M: I am swinging back to the raspberry.
Alex: Very fickle, Tom, very fickle.
Tom: So if you could have another helping of one or the other, which would you have?
Georgia, Kathryn, Alex: Strawberry!
Georgia: Definitely. It reminds me of a recipe called strawberry freezer jam. I must send it to you. It’s like jam, but you put it in the freezer.
Tom M: Raspberry.
Alex: Tom, you’re wrong. You’ve been voted down. What does it feel like?
Tom M: I started off preferring the strawberry. But it had this sugary aftertaste…
Tom: “De gustibus…”, I suppose. Or, “When the facts change…”
Tom M: “…I change my mind. What do you do?” It’s Keynes.
Georgia: It was a brilliant column in Prospect, but they’ve stopped it. All good things must come to an end.
Tom: That’s because they couldn’t find enough people prepared to admit that they were wrong.
(meanwhile, outside in the garden)
Ella: The dark one has wine in it! That one! I like the red one. The strawberry one.
Sophie: I like the red one, too. Try the dark pink one, William! It’s quite nice, but it’s not *really* nice.
Ella: It’s too winey!
William (screws up face): Erm. I like the strawberry one! The raspberry one has too much wine added.
Ella: Can I have more strawberry?
Kirstin: No. It’s in the freezer.
Ella: NOOOO! I will give you my pocket money! Please!
Tom: So, the clear verdict: Strawberry wins. Except for Tom M, who preferred the raspberry. Look, empty plates.
Kathryn: That’s a wonderful colour palette.