Apr 26, 2017

Leap Into Spring With Delicious Mint Ice Cream!

For those of us who live in the western hemisphere, it's the time of year when we get to spend more time outdoors. It could be as simple as a local walk, or more adventurous such as visit to a tourist attraction or even going away on vacation. In all those scenarios, eating ice cream becomes an option and a pleasurable one at that!

I've just been for a walk in the Spring sunshine around a lake not far from my home. No sooner had I parked my car than I spotted the small ice cream counter at the boathouse cafe with a queue forming! The walk could wait a few more minutes I thought :)

So I waited patiently for my turn and without hesitation chose a mint choc chip ice cream cone. Just one scoop, no sauce, no chocolate flake. At the start of the ice cream eating season you have to build up to such things! It was delicious and not too much of an indulgence to put me off my walk. So I was able to feel indulgent without any guilt! I love this ice cream flavour and, indeed, have my own recipe for homemade mint choc chip ice cream.

This is a great ice cream to serve at home for family or friends. One of my favourite ways of serving it is with fresh fruit and a sprig of fresh mint from my garden, all set in a chocolate waffle basket.

It makes for an interesting and colourful dessert whilst not being too heavy such as a pudding might be. So it's ideal for completing just about any menu.

Note: I chose the sprig of fresh mint because it is a timeless and wonderfully versatile herb. I was reading about it just recently and its history in culinary dishes goes way back. It was popular in medieval times as a salad ingredient along with purslane and even flowers like the primrose. So if you fancy a salad with a difference check out this page about medieval salad dishes from the 12th century. Having a cup of fresh mint tea is another option of course. I love to pick fresh mint from my garden, drop it in a cup and just add boiled water. Letting it steep for 5 minutes produces such a refreshing drink. I love it!

So whether it's ice cream, a salad or a hot drink, fresh mint can be on the menu in your home in many different ways!

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Jan 11, 2017

Delicious Ice Cream Gallery

Have you ever enjoyed an ice cream but you were unable to describe how delicious it was? I have had that experience many times which is why I always try to take a picture whenever I have a special sundae or an unusual ice cream cone.

A search engine like Google is always looking for 'keywords' and 'relevancy' in a blog post and whilst that is good practice if you want to rank a page, it does not always suit the purpose of what and how you want to describe something to your blog readers. Sometimes words just don't do the subject justice and when it comes to ice cream, I can tell you that that is definitely the case!

This post is a prime example of what I am talking about. My idea for the post was to share with readers some of the most delicious ice creams that I, my family and friends have ever eaten. I am certain that the best way is to share the pictures and use very few words because I want you to use your own imagination about how the flavor and texture of each ice cream in its own right.

Ice cream sandwich with bubblegum and banana ice cream

Blue vanilla, coconut and chocolate ice cream cone

French crepe with vanilla ice cream

Profiteroles with real vanilla ice cream

Caramel ice cream sundae

Red fruits sorbet sundae

After looking at these I hope you will agree that pictures can sometimes really tell a story better than words. That is why I LOVE taking pictures of ice cream so that I can demonstrate just how glorious a fun food it is :)