Here we are again, yet another weekend. The most anticipated days of the week, where muscles are laxed and the brain rest. Where the kitchen will be the hub of the home, with pots of soups simmering on the stove, or casserole for brunches and leisurely walks by the beach. We have been blessed with really good weather, minimal rain and if you live in tropics you can also enjoy ice-cream all-year long without guilt! Blame it on the hot weather..
I have been churning a lot of ice-cream for last few months, perhaps all the more since I discovered that a lot of commercial ice-creams have gelatin which is not compatible with our diets. There was also a new treasure at home, the Cuisinart Professional Ice-cream maker which I had to justify the purchase to Hubs, how my previous Magimix maker never really worked, and how tiring it was to resort to hand churning every few hours from the freezer. I did justify that we will have at least one new flavour every week, though that obviously never happens we have been enjoying a lot of homemade gelato and ice-cream with this built-in compressor system. Ice-cream is generally ready in 40 minutes!
Not soft scoop but proper gelateria style ice-cream at home.
For a while now, I have been commissioned to style and develop recipe for TOTT’s monthly newsletter and one month it was for waffles. The ice-cream machine was put to good use whereby the ice-cream was readily churned just as the waffles were ready. It was vanilla ice-cream, which paired beautifully with the waffles. It is a custard based recipe which I usually prepare the night before ( Friday night), chill overnight and churn on the next day. So far we have been making butterscotch, chocolate chip mint, pistachio, nougatine, gianduja and the latest is chocolate ganache. It really reminds me of the Thornton’s double chocolate ice-cream, sans chocolate chunks but thick, fudgy and very chocolatey
We also took it a step further this weekend by making the cone from scratch. I was a bit skeptical with this recipe, but we went ahead and it was so much fun to see that the cone did become crispy upon cooling! There plenty of precious chocolate ice-cream moments for us this weekend in those crispy cones.
In keeping with my weekend edition link loves, let’s see what others are cooking this weekend..
- I would happily call Valerie as The Cookie Queen, as she bakes a lot of gorgeous looking cookies on her blog. This time it’s her meyer lemon pound cake that makes me swoon.
- Discover Malaysian’s favourite tea, Teh Tarik through Kiran’s eyes and words.
- This book is still in my mind every time the citrus season arrives. I read it years ago, yet Joanne Harris’ profound words still has impact on my cooking till today.
- As we speak, I have the mango seed rooting away in a glass of water, ready to be planted! Yes I am ‘optimistic’ about havinga mango tree in our little patio, and if you are keen on home gardening, do hop over here.
- I am reading through archives of BBC GF Middle East through Issuu. It’s great bed time reading and have bookmarked few delicious recipes to try.
Hope u are having a great weekend!