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Millions of Peaches…

Jan
29

With age comes maturity (for the most part), and if there is one thing I’ve learned when it comes to buying produce, it is to buy fruit that is in season. This only really dawned on me in the past year or so, as in times gone by, I would see a pack of prepared watermelon slices, think, “ooh yes watermelon”, and then after languidly devouring the tub, rue the purchase when I spy the extortionate price sticker as the tub goes into the trash. This is now a thing of the past, and if I have to sit and plough my way through an entire watermelon, I will.

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Strawberry & Lime Sublime

Oct
29

I grew up in a household where the only ice cream available was of the sugar free, sugar free (!?) kind, due to my Mother being a serious diabetic. This was graciously tolerated up until the point of teenage-dom, when the complaints became more frequent about how ‘everyone else’ gets normal ice cream after dinner. My Mom eventually caved and stocked the fridge with a hearty supply of Magnum’s for my brother, Dad and I. Thus, ironically out of my own callous demands, was born my first weight problem. Once the complaints shifted from the lack of sugary cream in the freezer, to the abundance of sugary cream on my muffin tops, the Magnum’s were swiftly phased out. What a delightful child I was.

This is such an easy dessert to make – honestly the only skills necessary is to operate a scale and have a bit of gusto with the whisk. What I particularly love about it, is that the two core ingredients – double cream and icing sugar – make an amazingly kind canvas for flavour combination experiments. That, and it is a super easy pudding to prepare days in advance for a dinner party.

Serves 4         Takes 30 mins       Freezing time  5 hours

Ingredients

400g Strawberries, topped, squashed & strained

75g Icing Sugar, sifted

250ml Double Cream

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

2 Limes, juiced

Method

Clean and top the strawberries. Pop into the food processor and pulse until they form a nice pulp, takes about 2 minutes. Remove from the processor, and pour into a sieve placed above a medium sized bowl. With the backside of a large spoon, smear the pulp around whilst applying pressure – so that all the beautiful juice is pressed through into the bowl below. This takes a bit of time, probably 10 minutes or so – but is worth it. If you like having the seeds in your ice-cream, then skip this step – I have just never liked anything that has ‘bits’ in it. Once all the strawberry juice is in the bowl, squeeze in the juice of the limes and then sift in the icing sugar, stirring vigorously with a fork for a few minutes.

Add all the double cream into the bowl and with a whisk, beat the mixture for about 10 minutes until it forms soft, stiff peaks. Spoon into a tupperware for freezing. Depending on how cold your freezer is set, it can take up to 5 hours to freeze properly. I couldn’t resist a spoonful after 3 hours and it was a delicious soft smooth texture – but not quite officially ice cream. Eat it how you please!

 

Banana Hazelnut Bread

Sep
17

After returning from what was intended to be a relaxed afternoon walk along the promenade with Oslo, (which escalated into what can only be described as a highly inelegant rumble of a woman getting yanked into a life of running that she just wasn’t ready for ) – I came to two realizations; one – I have ruined my puppy, and two – I needed cake.

So, I set forth and contacted a dog trainer who could show me how to walk my dog and not the other way around. After which, I stuck my head into my bedlam of a pantry to see what ingredients I had at hand to soothe my frazzled self, and allow me to slip back into blissful denial about my parental shortcomings, as only cake (and wine) can do.

Thus out of this despair, was born a toasty loaf of banana bread. Needless to say, it was had for pre-dinner nibbles, dessert, breakfast this morning and 10am coffee break treat. Best I leave some over to console myself after today’s walk!

PS. I have searched afar for the right sized loaf tin – not too deep, wide or long and with some kind of rust-proof guarantee. This was surprisingly hard to come by, until good ol’ Le Creuset released their 2lb Loaf Tin which was the exact dimensions I was after, and came with a lifetime guarantee. Highly recommend!

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