If there’s one treat that immediately says ‘summer is here’ it’s ice-cream. Everyone loves a scoop or two, whether it’s waffled coned, in a dish or a good old ’99’ with a flake in it. Don’t they?
Well, I’m one of those who isn’t that fussed by its sweet creamy goodness – maybe I just have over sensitive gnashers! For me, it’s more of an accompaniment to a pudding, rather than a stand-alone dessert. But when the sun finally puts its hat on, I do indulge now and again.
So when we went wandering in York over the weekend, ice-cream was on the agenda. But I came over all pretentious, wanting something more artisan than a typical Mr. Whippy, and ended up getting none. Probably serves me right…
‘Make some, that what I’ll do!’ I thought. And that’s what I’ve done for Monday Munchies this week. I’ve seen loads of recipes for No-Churn varieties and they looked super easy and didn’t need an ice-cream maker. Which is handy as I don’t have one.
Seeing as it’s the start of Wimbledon (and I’ve gained quite a few new followers recently, thank you!) I thought I’d re-share the recipe that still makes me feel the most accomplished for this week’s Monday Munchies: As an added bonus, you get to see me with a strawberry for a nose!
I’m terrible for having sudden whims and fancies that I like to put into immediate action, usually much to the annoyance of S. Friday saw such an event as we were on a drive to a sporting final out in the country and I suddenly spotted a ‘Pick Your Own‘ strawberry patch.
‘Ooh, can we go there?’
‘Where, that field? Now?’
A big grin signalled that yes, I would like to detour into said field right this minute! Despite the audible sigh, S obliged and abruptly turned into the parking area. Of course, it couldn’t be that simple could it? We had no change on us (I’m also awful for only ever carrying plastic) and this field was clearly living in the Dark Ages and had no power supply for a cash machine 😉 However, after a bit of back and forth to a local garage, we had money and a basket and off we went.
I was loving it! Just the smell alone was wonderful, but there’s something very calming about pottering around a field and foraging. After about 40 minutes, we had around a kilo of strawberries (some right hefty specimens too!) of differing varieties for a bargain price.
I do like strawberries but they’re not something I buy generally as they usually get wasted. So having a kilo to use up because of my impromptu madness meant I needed to find some suitable recipes. I’ve been seeing a lot of Eton Mess recipes recently (they always seem to be rolled out as a summer staple) and a few for a cheesecake variation were looking enticing! Cheesecake at one point was my ‘go to’ dessert when out for a meal, though I think I over did the consumption and my appetite for it was lost. However, I’ve recently become reacquainted with its creamy loveliness, so announced to S that this is what he could expect as dessert when he got home…
‘Vull moon. ‘Arf moon. Total eecleeepse.‘
These words possibly mean nothing to anyone outside of the UK, but if you’re over the age of about twenty, they should be synonymous with an advert for little discs of joy: Jaffa Cakes.
What are they? Are they a cake of a biscuit? Biscuits go soft if you leave them out and cakes go hard – these defy logic and don’t really do either. They’re in the biscuit aisle, but technically shouldn’t avoid the associated tax because of the chocolate. Very confusing!
One thing is certain though, these sponge-y, orange-y, chocolate-y treats are delicious and moreish: I’ve been known to consume a packet in one go. Shush, don’t judge… I’m sure there’s only about eight in a box… And yes, I’ve used them in a classroom situation too.
So when I saw one of these speedy cooking videos, that seem to do the rounds on Facebook, for a giant Jaffa cake, I just knew I wanted to try it for Monday Munchies! I mean, everything is brilliant in miniature but small things made to epic proportions are equally as appealing!
Carrot Cake: It’s my go-to cake of choice when asked for my favourite and what I’ll generally opt for to test out the quality of a new coffee shop or bakery. Don’t worry though, I’ve never reacted in the Pulp Fiction ‘Honey Bunny’ way if I end up with a drier-than-dry slice! Yet…
However, I’ve not actually made one myself since I was about fifteen. So when my shopping was delivered with a free, large bag of carrots I thought I had better redress the balance for Monday Munchies – I have been slacking in the baking department after all!
As soon as I began though, I remembered why I hadn’t bothered after the first time! Grating carrots (the old-school, ‘let’s try to avoid adding blood and knuckles to the mixture’ way) is soooo annoying. And wet. And grotty – I mean, those little ‘goldfish’ slivers stick everywhere!
Just a quick reminder everyone – If you want to ask me a random question such as what my favourite childhood shoes were or which literary figure would I boast about the blog to, you’ll have to think of something else because they’ve been taken!! Don’t know what I’m on about? Well, what’s new! Read on… 😉
The reason for this ‘save the date’ type announcement is, well, would you believe it…Aloada Bobbins turns ONE YEAR OLD next month!! How on earth did I manage it?! 😀
Naturally, I want to celebrate this minor achievement (which for my infinitely faddy tendencies is a major accomplishment!) but I was wondering what to do.