I can’t believe my little blog has turned 3…I have a very short attention/interest span so the fact that I’ve managed to keep this up for three years is nothing short of a miracle! I’d like to thank all of you for reading my posts – there’s been a few times where I’ve felt like giving it up but I feel a part of a really friendly community of people here so that has always persuaded me to stay. And let’s be honest, I’m not much good at anything else and a girl’s gotta have a hobby haven’t they? I feel like I should’ve been celebrating more but I am packing tonight for my holiday to Sweden! I’m so excited, I haven’t left the country for 2 years so am really looking forward to it. I have still got to get my other post prepared for when I’m away…so much to do, so little time!
So enough of me professing my undying love for you, I don’t want you to get a big head or anything! I was sent the new Icecreamists book to review – yes it’s THOSE people, the breast milk icecream people. And THAT RECIPE is in there. I’m not lactating myself, my next door neighbour is though – do you think she’d mind if I asked her for a couple of pints if I gave her back some of the icecream?
Anyway, it was a Sunday afternoon and obviously I can’t review the book unless I at least try and make something from it. Having flicked through so many great ones, Mr Ltt clapped his eyes on the cherry marscapone ice cream. He is an ardent fan of anything cherry flavoured. This was pretty much the least exciting recipe (that’s saying good things about this book!) but it was 99.99% guaranteed to make him happy so I thought I best make it. The recipe calls for Amarena cherries in a jar which I’ve never heard of – it proved even more of a challenge as I found that our local Asda doesn’t even stock ANY jars of cherries (seriously this is the biggest ASDA store) and I had to traipse around to Morrisons in the city where I luckily managed to locate some morello cherries.
The recipe calls for a custard making and the instructions were really straightforward. I had to chill it overnight and then churn with the marscapone the next day. The resulting icecream was SO good – marscapone really makes the ice cream soft and smooth. I won’t tell you the embarassingly short time span in which we ate the entire tub…
So the book itself is very different from other books you’ll see – Icecreamists branding is very Sex Pistols and all the images are very anarchy styled – lots of skulls and dark backgrounds, great product names (sex, drugs and choc ‘n’ roll, che geguava) and loads of cool and experimental flavouring combos that I’ll now only dare to make based on this book. There’s one in particular that caught my eye: Cold Sweat which is chilli, ginger and lemongrass icecream. I can imagine the cool icecream mixed with lemony flavours contrasted with the heat of the chilli and ginger to be a great one to try – definitely one on my list! There’s also Lenin And Lime – a gin and tonic sorbetto for those gin freaks among you!
To celebrate Lay the table turning 3, I’ve got a copy of Icecreamists to give away! I’m opening up the competition to any country to make it fair – there’s loads of great international blogs I read and also leave me comments. To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry form below…that’s it!