Orange + rosemary popsicles

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My niece and nephew mentioned more than once how nice it would be to use up some of the oranges we had laying around to make ice blocks (the NZ term for popsicle/icy-pole) when they were visiting these past few weeks. Everyday I looked at them and briefly thought about following through on their requests, but every time I did there was something else more pressing that needed my attention. Between the constant tag-teaming need for food when four kids are involved, (my hat goes off to all you mamas with more than two kids, far out it’s full on!) we also spent most of our days out of the house, exploring Perth, doing things we’ve been meaning to do for years, and showing them a few of our favourite sights
It wasn’t until after they left, that I finally got around to juicing all those random oranges we’d acquired and I feel more than a tad guilty that I didn’t get around to it while they were here so they too could enjoy these little iced treats. I’m so sorry guys.

I was thinking of doing just a straight orange popsicle, layering the orange coloured juice with the deep rich red of blood orange… but looking out my window I noticed the tiny rosemary flowers popping up on our bush, so decided to go the herbal spring-y route instead. You don’t have to put slices of orange into the popsicles or the sprinkle of rosemary leaves and flowers on the base of course, but they sure do look pretty.
We’re taking off overseas for a little extremely long-overdue family holiday tomorrow. I won’t be posting here while we’re away (unless I get a favourites post sorted before tonight!). But I’ll be posting over on Instagram if you’d like to follow along and see what deliciousness we’re eating!
Lastly, if you have a spare second, feel free to drop a vote my way in the Kidspot 2015 Alumni competition. You can vote as many times as you like (hint, hint) and it’s a super simple one click vote. I’m into win a hefty business grant and $2500 will also be donated to my chosen charity Food Rescue, a local Perth not-for-profit that collects excess food from restaurants, supermarkets etc and gives it to those in need. I’d really love your votes, many thanks!

Orange + rosemary popsicles
You can use any type of orange you can get your hands on. I doubled the recipe below and did a batch of regular orange and a pure blood orange batch also. 
Makes 5 (double recipe shown in photo above)


250ml (1 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons unrefined raw sugar or brown rice syrup
2 tablespoons cold water
2 teaspoons roughly chopped rosemary 
Finely sliced peeled orange, rosemary + rosemary flowers to garnish, optional

Place orange juice into a large jug. Combine sugar, water and chopped rosemary in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar (if using). Boil 15-20 seconds before removing from the heat and setting aside 5 minutes to infuse and cool slightly. Strain rosemary syrup and add to orange juice. Stir well. If using orange slices, pop them into the base of your popsicle moulds, pour over just enough juice mixture to cover then place into the freezer 30 minutes or until just starting to set. Top with remaining juice and return to the freezer 1 hour before inserting wooden sticks, scattering tops with rosemary + rosemary flowers (if using) and freezing 4 hours or overnight. Run moulds under warm water to help release.

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    KateP
    October 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

    They look lovely Emm – summer seems to have come early this year doesn't it?

    Have a lovely holiday!

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    October 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I adore this idea! And your photos are incredible. I just pinned so many of them! I love the addition of rosemary and that you were inspired to seize the season.

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    Ashlae
    October 10, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    These look so delicious – loving the rosemary addition. <3 I hope you have the best time away, lady. Voted for you! And will continue to do so until it closes. XOXOX

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    Liz (Good Things)
    October 10, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Funnily enough, my man said to me last night, 'When are you going to do something with those blood oranges we have left over in the fridge?'… these popsicles would be perfect, thanks Emm. Happy holidays, safe travels xx

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    Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography
    October 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Popsicles aren't really on my to-do list right now (it's freezing cold in Germany..) but your pictures may convince me to go on a little "rosemary-hunt" in my friend's garden tomorrow 😉 and then I'll try out the qualities of my new freezer with your recipe. Have a great holiday!

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    highgatehillkitchen.com
    October 13, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Brisbane is all kinds of hot right now, and these popsicles look delicious. Perfect after-nap snack for the kids. And good luck with the comp – you got my vote!

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    Carole Elliott
    October 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

    This blog has inspired me to start my own blog. I loved the way you described your experiences throughout.

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    Jill
    December 1, 2015 at 1:12 am

    So fresh and beautiful! Perfect way to kick off summer 🙂

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    Kev Rob
    February 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    O lovely!!! It looks colourful ice-cream…. Thanks for shaeing dear!!!

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