Tuesday, 22 April 2014
OK so I admit it.
I am 100% obsessed with the television programme Dexter.
I am 100% in love with the character of Dexter.
I am also a cat lady (how is that relevant? keep reading!!)
I love cats. My mother, grandmother, rest of family hates cats. I was brought up in a cat-hating environment. The house I lived in wouldn't allow pets. So I've never really had the oppurtunity to have a cat. Until now.
I've decided to name my ginger cat. Dexter. Because I am just that cool!
Anyway. What does Dexter and Cats have to do with Key lime pie you ask? well. There is an episode of Dexter (read :best show ever) where the character of Dexter hunts for the best key lime pie before his friend dies.
I had a yearning for damn key lime pie after that.
but. . . .
Traditional key lime pie, which was created for the sailors, used condensed milk (Uber sugary. . .eek) and other such ingredients you could get hold of. . . on a boat!
But my scurvey preventing dessert called to be made healthier, and sans dairy products!
Plus, we have a glut of coconut ice cream hanging around now from my ice-cream projects!
And what goes well with ice cream?! yea, you know, pie.
Traditional pies have pastry (which I really hate) so, I'm really quite OK with key lime pie, no pastry and all that.
If I had a little more patience I would totally have made some thick soy cream and piped something round the edge, 1980's dinner party style (which I think is the best era for dinner parties, this was totally not a dig!)
We are currently decorating our bathroom and hallway, trust me when I say you really do not want to see it before. It has never (in 5 years) been decorated, and the woman who lived there before, really had zilch decorating taste.
As I was sanding off the bright red (!!) paint from every visible surface in the hallway (splatted on woodwork, doorframe, ceiling) I found a pencil drawing of a cat (it also said "F*** off underneath, what a lovely person right?!) and I am taking that as destiny for me to have my cat! Pete has agreed, and shook on it, so there's no going back now! There is just something comforting about having another life force around, especially since I work from home, and Pete works CRAZY (and I mean crazy) shifts.
Anyway, here's my recipe for Key lime pie, #AccidentalVegan style!
Thursday, 10 April 2014
OK, so it may not quite be the time of year for ice cream yet. . . but it sure is close!
If anyone has seen my old blog. . . before I became fully vegan, way back in the beginning when I began exploring different vegan food, you will have seen my first attempts at vegan ice cream.
I made one with coconut milk, and one with rice milk (I called it "rice cream" ; yeaa I know, I'm witty!).
I'd managed to get the texture about right, but when it lived in the freezer, you needed to let it defrost for about 15 minutes before you served it, mainly because it froze SOLID almost like a sorbet.
Then a couple of weeks ago I saw Ashley's post on ice cream and I had a bit of a "dammit! why didn't I have that genius idea??!?" moment.
What a bloomin genius move!
in adding the alcohol (it's only a minute amount) the freezing point is lowered slightly, and doesn't freeze like a block.
In all honesty as much as I love Ashley's blog. . . I was slightly jealous I hadn't thought that one through.
I didn't decide to make ice cream to keep in the freezer until summer. . . oh no!. I'm currently having a few problems with my wisdom teeth *sad face*! They've been coming through for yeeearrrsss. . and every now and then decide that they want to come through a little more.
To be honest with you, I've been getting a little bored of eating on one side of my mouth. . it's awkward! (a lot of banana smoothies have been consumed of late!)
So whilst everyone is still waiting for summer. . . I'm going to eat ice cream! . . . in spring!