There’s nothing quite like simply liberating an idea and sharing the outcome with everyone…and one such idea is here!
How, on a wonderful summer’s day in balmy August, can one hope to create something magical and tantalizing that sets your taste buds alive? Easy! Think cool…tasteful…refreshingly classic…no, sillies – not the author of this piece ;O)
Recall alfresco style dining? Picnic blankets laid on a bed of cushioned green velvet-like grass crowned by plate upon plate of visual delights to feast one’s hungry eyes upon? From red, green, orange and yellow jewels of fresh and glistening peppers, statuesque cucumber, textured lettuce leaves dancing in the sunlight to crunchy coleslaw chiefs sat overseeing legions of row upon row of cooked meats of ham, pork and chicken…with tums full but craving something sweet and delicate to round-off such an abundance of summer day treats, one thing comes to mind and with it, an energy that pushes all other sweet indulgent thoughts away as it clambers to the forefront of one’s mind…
Dawn: Slave! Bring me something smooth, rich and sophisticated!
Andrew: Like this?
Dawn: (exasperated) Andrew! That’s you in a George Clooney mask!
Andrew: Can’t you see any similarity?
Dawn: A comatose myopic pig could see through that disguise!
Andrew: That’s a bit short sighted of you!
(Dawn raises eyebrows)
Andrew: I’ll try again!
Dawn: You do that!
Andrew: Ah! I have it! The Cary Grant of puddings! Oozing easy charm, flavoursome and elegant!
Dawn: I will await your efforts to convince me!
Andrew: Give me about 5 hours to dress it up!
Dawn: I can wait! It had better be worth it!
Andrew: Oh it will!
200g caster sugar
450ml double cream
½ tsp salt
Dawn: Salt in my ice cream! Better be a great reason!
Andrew: Stops it from over-freezing! And it goes with lemon and tequila!
Dawn: Tequila Mockingbird!
(Andrew returns raised eyebrow gesture of earlier)
Dawn: I will leave you to it!
Andrew: You do that! Now this has to be the simplest ice cream recipe ever.
- Grate the peel of one of the lemons using the fine side of the grater.
- Squeeze the juice from all three lemons, taking care to pick out the pips.
- Combine the lemon juice with the sugar. Add the cream and salt slowly. Mix carefully. You will find that the mixture thickens very quickly.
- Pour into a shallow container and lace in the freezer.
- Check regularly. When the ice cream is solid around the outside but still mushy in the centre stir with a fork.
- Freeze again until the ice cream is firm.
- Serve with raspberries, other summer fruits or simply with a sprig of mint.
Dawn: (Claps hands) Come slave! I desire to consume said creamy comestibles!
Andrew: Here Mistress! Thank you for your patience!
Dawn: MMMMMMM!!!! You certainly pass the smooth, rich and sophisticated test!
Andrew: And pray… what did your last slave die of?
Dawn: Not boredom, that’s for certain!