The craziest pudding I have ever received was frozen grapes.
It happened one hot late summer evening when those giant rose-pink seedless grapes were presenting themselves at the local supermarkets, fresh fruit and vegetable outlets and along the roadside farm kiosks.
I was visiting a friend and we had just eaten some rather rich pizzas full of a variety of cheese and delectable toppings. My palate was feeling furry and my body lethargic from the heat.
The next moment Shelagh came out from the kitchen with a bowl of frosted balls. She said I bet you’ve never had these before. What are they? I replied. Frozen Grapes she said triumphantly, passing them around.
So how does one eat a frozen grape?
The answer depends on the state of your teeth, how you handle extremes of temperature and hard spherical shapes. If all is well and you taste by popping the entire grape into your mouth all at once then be prepared to keep your tongue ready to roll the grape around until it warms up a bit. Don’t try and bite into it immediately. If on the other hand you are like me, you might like to wait a bit until, like rock-hard ice-cream, the grape softens slightly at room temperature and then you pop it in.
Whatever method you try you will experience a sensation that is not often felt and a guarantee of a clean palate. You will also feel awake – any previous lethargy will be a thing of the past.
If by chance this extreme experience is not for you, then less time in the freezer gives you a very cold grape without the hassle of waiting for it to soften up in your mouth.
Frozen grapes can be eaten as is or combined with whatever takes you’re fancy. One of my favourites is fruit juice. It acts as a ice-cube with a difference.