Planet! Schmanet! Pomegranate!

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Planet! Schmanet! Pomegranate! …or should that be Pomegranita? A frozen dessert to make you shiver with anticip…………………ation.Planet! Schmanet! Pomegranate! ...or should that be Pomegranita?


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The Rocky Horror Show should need no introduction thanks, in part, to the classic cult movie version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the infamous audience participation and fancy dress (for both the movie and the show) and possibly the world’s best known dance routine to The Thyme Warp

It’s just a jump to the left…

…it has also been brought to the attention of new generations with a Glee version (The Rocky Horror Glee Show) and the recent Fox TV Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again.

A tribute to science fiction and horror B movies, the show tells the tale of the corruption of innocent sweethearts Brad and Janet who, on the way to visit their old tutor Dr Scott, inadvertently stumble across the castle of mad transvestite scientist Frank N Furter who invites them up to his lab

To see what’s on the slab.

After a number of seductions, betrayals and murder, the denouement begins with the song Planet! Schmanet! Janet! and Frank’s revelation that he has developed a sonic transducer,

…a device which is capable of breaking down solid matter and then
Projecting it through space, and who knows, perhaps even time itself..

…but which Frank would rather use to manipulate his captives into an orgy, much to the displeasure of his fellow alien servants (yes, they were extra-terrestrials all along!)

Given that this song is named after one of the lyrics with a pleasingly spurious rhyme scheme, it seemed appropriate to insert “Pomegranate” into the title for just that reason – and making a granita seemed like a good play on words to me, so here goes.

Granitas are very similar to sorbets, but coarser in texture and don’t require an ice-cream maker.

Pour a bottle of pomegranate juice (mine was a 710ml/24oz bottle made from concentrate) and mix with a little runny honey (or other sweetener) and pomegranate molasses (to boost the taste) into a suitable lidded container, although the last two are optional. Once you’re happy with the flavour, put in the freezer for at least 4 hours, giving the mixture a stir with a fork every half hour or so to break up the ice crystals.

Eventually you’ll be left with a tub of bright reddish purple ice crystals ready to serve as a refreshing dessert or palate-cleanser. If you wish to pursue the space theme, a spherical mould may come in useful (mine is a Death Star ice “cube” mould – that’s no moon…). Eat whilst wearing a corset and heels.

Planet! Schmanet! Pomegranate! ...or should that be Pomegranita?

Planet! Schmanet! Pomegranate!
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Ingredients

  • 1 710ml/24oz bottle Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate molasses

Instructions

  1. Pour the pomegranate juice into a suitable lidded container and mix with the runny honey (or other sweetener) and pomegranate molasses.
  2. Once you're happy with the flavour, put in the freezer for at least 4 hours, giving the mixture a stir with a fork every half hour or so to break up the ice crystals.
  3. Serve as a refreshing dessert or palate-cleanser.
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