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!
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
"Breakfast: The fifth most important meal of the day!"
OK so I may be quoting a film. A film I saw over a decade ago. Surprisingly it stuck, with both me and my brother. We've been quoting it to each other periodically since then!
I know some people eat constantly, and possibly do have that many meals a day! I don't! haha! : just a small disclaimer there!
xylitol! - is soooo funny. You can't make a syrup like you normally would be able to do with sugar. The minute the syrup gets too cool it crystallises. And becomes pretty unusable. It's easy to fix, you simply add a little more water in, and heat gently until it dissolves again.
I currently have quite a few different food obsessions. Chia seeds are one of them! I absolutely love how you can use them in so many different ways. They are brilliant "thickeners" for jams or sauces. They are so much fun when used to make puddings, but I also really like them in granola.
I have to admit. I'm not the best when it comes to remembering to eat breakfast, however I have been trying. I've been finding that keeping a jar of granola on hand has been really helping (I tend to bounce between two households - which means knowing what food is available is a little difficult)
I know I've mentioned it before, but my love is a little. . . bad at eating properly. He does coffee in the morning. Nothing else. I have sneakily left pots of this by the kettle with the hope that he picks it up at some point!
I think I may make a feast of a Sunday brunch this weekend, convince him to eat. . . breakfast in bed?!
Whilst typing up this blog post, I got thinking about different combinations I could try. I think that a hazelnut and cacao nib granola would be divine. And this has also made me slightly hungry!
When serving, coconut yoghurt, blueberries and an optional drizzle of dark agave are absolute musts!