“Is that your medicine?” asked Michael. “No, it’s yours,” said Mary Poppins. “I don’t want it! I won’t!” But suddenly Michael understood that he could not say “no” to her. He closed his eyes and opened his mouth. “Strawberry ice,” he said. “More, more, more!”
-Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers
Saving Mr Banks comes out in cinemas (finally, I might add) in Australia this week. To celebrate, we dove back into the book and dug out some favourites of the characters. In the movie, we all know Mary Poppins has a soft spot for rum punch. In the book, Jane’s medicine comes in the form of sweet lemon juice, while Michael’s is strawberry ice, also known as sherbet.
- 1 quart/ 4 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup strawberries
- In a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil the water and sugar and let boil for 5 minutes. Puree the strawberries and stir into the sugar syrup you just made. Let sit to cool, pour into a container and freeze for several hours.