As the travellers set out into the China Seas on the graceful Tankadere, they are nearly halfway through their journey and moving swiftly towards Japan. A refreshing granita to lift travel-weary spirits is in order, and Tiddly is the Queen of the Granita-makers.
Put the sugar and water into a large pan and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved. When you have reached this point, add the zest of 2 of the limes and the juice of all 4.
Turn off the heat and allow the liquid to cool
Pour the liquid into a shallow dish — a metal dish is best if you have one — and put it into the freezer. After 2 hours, take the granita out and rake through the surface of the ice using a fork, working from the outside in, until you have a tray of light, fluffy ice-flakes,
Pop the granita back into the freezer for an hour, then serve in shallow dishes or glasses with pretty leaves of bright green mint on top.
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