Last week I took a trip to London to attend Iceland’s Autumn collection showcase at the swanky Aveqia. The purpose of the event was to unveil their up and coming Autumn range of products and to see how they can be prepared. The menu focused around the themes of new vegetable innovations, luxury fish and the launch of Iceland’s new own-label ice cream, and the tasters were prepared under the supervision of Neil Nugent, Iceland’s head chef, who also took the time to come and chat to us about the food and answer any questions we had.
The food was truly some of the best I have ever eaten, all of it cooked from frozen. Many of the dishes and combinations of ingredients I would never have been able to come up with but it was all absolutely delicious and it was really interesting to see frozen food used to create such fine dining.
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…)
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…)
I absolutely could never, and would never, go vegan. This is for two main reasons, those being cheese, and ice cream; which are probably my favourite food groups (don’t try telling me that vegan “cheese” is any kind of substitute for the real stuff). That being said, I do occasionally make a vegan recipe, more out of necessity than on purpose – because I’ve run out of eggs for example. In the case of this vegan roasted banana ice cream, I had some bananas that needed to be used up and fancied making ice cream with them but didn’t have any cream in the house; I did however have a tin of coconut milk; so there you go, accidental vegan ice cream. (more…)
I am lucky enough that both my parents and in-laws grow quite a lot of their own fruit and vegetables so in exchange for the odd pot of jam or bag of apples and pears from our own garden we often receive a carrier bag full of whatever has been newly harvested. Most recently it has been potatoes, pears, runner beans and damsons; the latter I deliberated for a while as to what I wanted to do with them, it was going to be either jam, gin or sorbet. In the end seeing as I had just made a big batch of blackberry jam I opted to combine the other two options and make damson and gin sorbet. (more…)
I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but in the UK it has been HOT (relatively…I know that some of you will sneer at our paltry 30 degrees, but we don’t do heat well in the UK, and being a goth I melt when exposed to bright sunlight…); I made the mistake of attempting to do a kettlebell workout yesterday…and I have never sweat so much in all my life…the floor around me was actually wet (pleasant I know). So obviously I have wanted to live off of nothing but ice cream. (more…)
I have been on something of an ice cream bender recently; not all of them have made it as far as the blog though for the simple reason that they got eaten before I took any photos… I made sure that I photographed this one in time though (before it got devoured…) as it is exceedingly good… (more…)