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 :)

Dec 6, 2016

White Christmas Ice Cream

Here is my recipe suggestion for 'White Christmas Ice Cream'. Well, the ice cream is not exactly white .... it's more off white! However, it is made with white chocolate as one of the key ingredients.

This is a seriously indulgent rich ice cream. Using eggs, fresh milk and heavy cream as the base, you then add some of your favourite white chocolate and it takes the flavour sensation to another level!

How To Make White Chocolate Christmas Ice Cream 

First, the ingredients you will need for the recipe:

4 egg yolks
1/2 pint (250ml) fresh milk
1/2 pint (250ml) double/heavy cream
3 oz (75g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or according to taste)
9oz (250g) white chocolate

Method - Get the chocolate ready first!
Carefully chop the white chocolate into small chunks. Place into 2 separate but equal portions in 2 small bowls and keep to one side for later.

Making the custard base and final ice cream in 9 easy steps
Step 1 -
Pour the milk into a saucepan. Bring slowly up to the boil.

Step 2 - While the milk is heating up, in another bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar - beat until thick.

Step 3 - Pour the hot (but not boiled) milk into the mixture of egg yolks and sugar whilst stirring.

Step 4 - Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat gently, stirring until the custard thickens. DO NOT BRING TO THE BOIL OR IT WILL PROBABLY CURDLE. 

Step 5 - When you can see a film form over the back of your spoon remove the pan from the heat.

Step 6 - Stir in the vanilla extract and half of the chopped white chocolate pieces.

Step 7 - Keep stirring until all the chocolate has melted. Leave to cool.

Step 8 - When fully cooled, stir in the cream.

Step 9 - Transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

* If you don't have an ice cream maker Christmas is the perfect time to get one! Check out these ice cream makers from Amazon starting at as little as $27 and going right up to pro level. *

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Jul 1, 2015

Historic Flavors Of Summer Ice Cream

Ice cream is great any time of year but Summer is by far the best! A walk in the sunshine and you soon want a thirst-quenching, cream icy cream treat especially if you are visiting one of the many tourist attractions that are open this time of year.

In fact many tourist attractions sell their own ice cream either from their own ice cream parlor, from a little cute kiosk or even from an ice cream truck that parks up nearby. All kinds of places do this, from medieval castles to animal and theme parks.

This gorgeous looking purple ice cream was a cone treat I bought whilst visiting a brilliant outdoor spectacle in France. Stuntmen and actors dressed up as medieval knights fought each other whilst a medieval story played out behind them. Amazing!

Violet flavor ice cream

The place? Puy du Fou (pron pwee dew foo) in France.

Puy Du Fou Medieval Battle

Another historic site I once visited in summer was Rocamadour where, halfway up the steep and ancient hill climb of hundreds of steps, I found an ice cream parlor! I couldn't believe the amazing ice cream they sold there - prune gin, goats cheese, saffron and walnut were 4 that I particurlaly remember. All the ice cream was locally made too and the lady at the ice cream counter was only too happy to let me sample as many as I wanted. Such was her pride and delight in sharing her passion for great ice cream.

Amazing ice cream flavors at Rocamadour parlor

My tub of goat's cheese ice cream

So if you are ever in France and can visit Puy du Fou or Rocamadour, don't get carried away just by the history and spectacle ..... remember the great ice cream they serve up :)

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