I finally got all three ice creams made and assembled my gelato cake. It turned out much nicer than I thought it would and looks very pretty on the plate. It is a lot of work to make all three layers from scratch but once it is done you can leave it in the freezer as a good standby dessert which would go down well with kids and adults. I haven’t given specific quantities for the ice creams because it is going to depend on the container that you use. Try and use the same amount of scoops for each layer to get some consistency and press down well to get rid of any air bubbles.
Personally I’m not sure it needs the biscuit layer on the bottom and would try it without next time I make it.
I have to confess that chocolate ice cream is not my favourite but in the latest Food and Travel magazine there is a dessert which intrigues me. It looks fabulous but I just can’t see how all the different flavours can work together. It involves making three different ice creams and one of them is this chocolate gelato. I’ve now made two – one to go. Hopefully by tomorrow my dessert will be ready to try in time for National Ice Cream day.
It’s that time of year again. A month to go before we go on our summer holiday and the panic sets in. I start thinking about the trips to the beach and what I’ll be wearing. All that lovely food which has to be sampled and of course all the lovely French wine to go with the lovely food. As a result my Weight Watchers recipe book has been dusted off and given pride of place in my kitchen for the next month – or two. These fresh salmon burgers are very tasty and substantial enough to not feel like a diet meal. I served them up with a big bowl of side salad and one was enough for me but I think my hubby was left a bit hungry. I think I would make two for him next time round but they are a definite keeper.
Don’t you just lover summer? Trips to the beach, spontaneous picnics in the park, sundowners on the patio as you watch the kids play in the garden till late at night. Well, here we are at last – it’s July and summer is here!! Or is it?
As I look out the kitchen window the skies are grey, the rain has been relentlessly beating down on my windows for days now with no sign of disappearing. In fact we have severe flood warnings throughout the country for this weekend. The long term forecast is no better – rain, rain, rain. The kids are due to break up for their (very) long summer holidays – HELP!!
Well, I am going to think positive, sunny thoughts and just maybe the weather forecasters have got it wrong and our long overdue summer is just round the corner. I am going to fill my freezer with lots of light summery dishes and of course the obligatory ice creams and sorbets for the kids. I made a start today with this very summery raspberry sorbet which is so refreshing and delicious. Go on – make it and dream of summer, or if you are lucky enough to be living somewhere where the sun is shining make it and cool down after a long hot day.
Don’t you just hate it when a recipe doesn’t work? I understand that when it comes to baking you will always have slight variances due to different altitudes, slight differences in ovens, size of pan etc. but sometimes it is just so wrong that you wonder if the recipe was ever made by the author.
Today was one of those days. I had an hour or so to myself this afternoon and decided to make some crunchies for the biscuit tin. I turned to one of my favourite cookery books – Home Cooking by Francois Ferreira. What could go wrong with a simple recipe for crunchies?
I first looked at the quantity for the dry ingredients and thought it looked far too much for the amount that I wanted to make – 1 kg of oats!! I decided to halve the quantity and it was still a lot but everyone loves crunchies so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem to make a big batch. As I had halved the dry ingredients I then halved the liquid ingredients. It was completely wrong – I ended up using 4 times the amount in the recipe book. How can it be so wrong in a published book – don’t they use proof readers? Anyway – the end result was delicious . Crunchy and chewy – perfect with a glass of milk.