Chocolate coconut sorbet – rich and chocolatey but lighter than a traditional ice cream; this vegan chocolate coconut sorbet is an easy to make, refreshing treat.
The year seems to be hurtling towards Autumn at a rapid pace and I am almost ready to start sharing pumpkin and Halloween recipes. Summer is not quite over yet however, so for now I’m posting this chocolate coconut sorbet recipe while the weather is still warm. (more…)
Mango lassi sorbet – a smooth, tangy vegan sorbet made with fresh mangoes, coconut yogurt and lime. The perfect refresher for hot weather!
The UK is in the midst of a seemingly never ending heatwave at the moment. I have been walking Ringo early in the morning and late in the evening to escape the heat, and staying out of the sun with plenty of iced coffee in between. Obviously it is perfect weather for ice cream and a batch of this vegan mango lassi sorbet has been helping to keep me cool! (more…)
Hazelnut praline ice cream – rich and creamy vanilla ice cream filled with pieces of delectable hazelnut praline. Delicious all year round!
I actually made this hazelnut praline ice cream before Christmas and was so busy at the time that I didn’t get round to posting the recipe. I came across the photos while I was having a laptop clean-up and figured that I really should get round to sharing the recipe for it! (more…)
After a period of nothing but cold, rainy days we have at last seen some sunshine in the UK! Finally an excuse to break out the ice cream maker (not that I need an excuse). This roasted rhubarb and strawberry crumble ice cream is an ideal ice cream for spring; full of seasonal fruit with a sweet, fresh, slightly tangy flavour and plenty of chunks of crisp, buttery crumble. (more…)
Can you believe that until I made these manuka honey coconut ice cream sandwiches I hadn’t had an ice cream sandwich since I was about 13 years old?! That’s nearly twenty years – unacceptable! I’m not sure why, I guess they just haven’t really been on my radar; which is a shame because after making these ones I was reminded of just how good they are, and how much fun they are to eat. I promise not to leave it so long this time before I make them again. (more…)
It’s nearly the second best day of the year (after Christmas) – pancake day! I love pancakes in all forms and make them regularly, for breakfast, dessert, dinner (savory or sweet ones!) or a snack; they are infinitely adaptable, easy to make and one of my favourite foods. I realised that I hadn’t really posted any dessert pancakes on the blog, just breakfasty ones; so I am remedying that with these indulgent pancakes with caramel oranges and almond ice cream. (more…)
I did a very grown up thing last week – I bought a house with my fiance! Granted, it’s a badly designed, hideously decorated, 1960’s build, terraced ex-council house but hey, it’s ours and it’s a start. We also already live in it so there’s no need to move house, and now that we own it we can do something about the hideous decor (a visual onslaught of colours, patterns and textures, including the most intricately patterned artex ceiling I have ever seen (painted peach….the horror!)). Doing it up is going to be a very slow and frustrating process involving a huge amount of wallpaper stripping; it also needs a new kitchen and bathroom, but I think we may have to save up a bit before we can afford such drastic improvements so sadly I’ll have to put up with my awful oven for a while longer (sob). (more…)
It was only a few years ago, while managing a country pub, that I started to like beer; before then I had found the taste too bitter. But maybe something to do with the fact that I was serving many pints of it a day and taking care of the casks in the cellar changed my mind, and I grew to appreciate the bitterness. I have not however managed to grow to like drinking stout or porter, it is just too strong for me; but, pair it with chocolate and add to to ice cream (or cake) then it is a whole different story. Used in this way the deep, rich flavour complements and accentuates the chocolate and adds a malty flavour without overpowering. It is in short, utterly delicious.
It feels like an age since I last posted, and I was planning on putting this post up last week but life (and my seven month old niece who I was babysitting for the week – how does anyone get anything done while looking after a baby?!) got in the way so it’s taken me an awfully long time to get this done! I’m also going to Bloodstock festival (heavy metal) tomorrow so will be away until next week; I’m hoping for a warm, sunny weekend but doubt I’m going to get it so I’ve got my (black, naturally) wellies packed just in case; I say packed, but currently I just have piles of stuff to take dotted around the house and haven’t actually packed anything yet…I am not very prepared! (more…)
Something amazing has happened this past week – Britain has actually had some Summer! As in actual hot, sunny days and clear blue skies rather than torrential rain and gloom… This has meant that I’ve been having to get up early to walk Ringo before it gets too hot to move and the pavement burns his little paws, and all I’ve wanted to eat is ice cream and watermelon, but I’m certainly not going to complain about some much needed sunshine! The heat has also been a good excuse (not that I’ve ever needed one) to put my ice cream maker to good use and this white chocolate allspice ice cream is one of my recent creations. (more…)