I keep seeing 2 ingredient icecream knocking around on Pinterest, but when I click through it’s actually frozen bananas. I had a go at that version but it really isn’t anything like icecream. It’s severely lacking in the cream department. It might be healthy but it sure as hell isn’t good, and what use is that? I’d rather have the real deal.
Prepping this for the freezer takes 5 minutes. There’s no churning or fancy equipment, just a whisk and a bowl. You’re left with creamy, smooth, rich ice cream ready for whatever flavour combination you dream up.
For the icecream base you’ll need:
500ml double cream
400g condensed milk
This honestly couldn’t be any easier. Add the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until it forms soft peaks.
Now for the goodies. I decided to split mine and mix 150 grams of Skittles and Jelly tots in with half, a homage to my favourite ice cream from Kitchen Wizard. The other half received the bashed up Oreo treatment.
What have you got in the cupboard? There are so many things you could add to create amazing combinations. Crushed nuts, crystallised ginger, rum soaked raisins, coulis for a fruit ripple, your favourite chocolate bar, cookie dough, chunks of brownie, marshmallows, dessicated coconut, peanut butter, meringue pieces, honeycomb, vanilla essence, lemon curd, maple syrup, Nutella, Baileys, coffee, christmas pudding… I’ll stop there. Whatever you choose, load it up and fold in.
Pour in to a 2 litre tub or loaf tin and freeze for around 12 hours before you dive in.
I don’t care if Summer is nearly over, this recipe is too good not to share! If you give it a go don’t forget to leave me a comment below to let me know how you got on and what you chose to load yours up with. If you take a photo email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll link them all up below.
Perhaps it’s a sign of adulthood that new cleaning products and practical things suddenly seem appealing. I grew up wondering why my Mother needed so many different sprays and cloths and now I find myself down that aisle in the supermarket, telling Matt that “this one kills 99.9% of bacteria”. What have I become?
When Appliances Direct asked me if I’d like to try something from their website I really cemented my practical ways. Aside from the large appliances, there were so many cool things I could have chosen like fondue sets and doughnut makers. I chose a steam mop…
I was so excited for my Morphy Richards Steam Mop to arrive. Suddenly with the addition of a plug, the lowly mop had become a gadget and I was interested.
I wasn’t sure you needed to see photos of me in my finest pyjamas, pushing around a steam mop so I’ll supply you with lovely stock from Morphy Richards themselves.
The mop comes with two pads, one for carpets and one for hard floors that can be chucked in the washing machine with your towels after use. It’s funny, I’d never really thought about how unhygienic a conventional mop is before now.
As far as cleaning carpets with it goes, I can’t really comment but I’ve been using it to clean our solid oak, pine and tiled floors and I am impressed!
I was worried that the cord wouldn’t be long enough to get around our living room/diner but it’s never ending! So many manufacturers over look things like cord length but Morphy Richards has it covered. 10 points for that.
The water tank isn’t very big but it’s easy enough to top up as you go if you’re tackling a few floors and comes with handy jug for just that. It’s amazing how quickly the floors dry after steaming too, it’s pretty much instant which cuts out the slip hazard.
I’m so pleased i got to test this out. It’s much easier and safer for me to get this around the house than a bucket of scalding hot water. For £41.97, I think it’s really worth it just to make your cleaning routine that little bit easier and quicker.
If you’re ever looking for cleaning appliances or kitchen appliances, I’d highly recommend taking a look on Appliances Direct. They’re one of the few companies that provide reliable time slots for delivery get things out to you next day and even unpack and set things up for you. You can’t really ask for more than that.
If you’re a coffee fan, I have a real treat for you here. I get to introduce you to something that’s brand spanking new- Brown Bear coffee.
Brown Bear was set up by massive coffee lovers for people just like them. The fresh branding colours are a welcome change from the usual palette chosen by coffee brands and the prices are rather attractive too.
So far they have seven varieties of fairly farmed beans available whole or ground. As a girl that normally needs sugar or a glug of my home made vanilla syrup in my coffee, I decided to go for the Sweet Brazil in whole beans:
I know I’ve mentioned my lovely Lavazza pod coffee machine plenty on this blog so it might seem odd to you that I ordered whole beans… well I have a confession to make; we actually have two coffee brewing beauties. Matt’s Mum gave us an awesome percolator last Christmas that brews from grounds or beans, works on a timer and keeps the coffee hot for 3 hours. Imagine filling the machine up with and waking up to freshly brewed Sweet Brazil – it’s a essential part of our lazy weekend routine.
If you need a weekend coffee fix too or just a cup of the brown stuff to see you through the week, Brown Bear have kindly offered you all 20% off by entering GEEK20 at the check out before 15th September. Happy caffeine fuelled days.
As lovely as coffee shop trips can be, sometimes you just want your fix in pyjamas you know? Let’s arrange that…
I’ve already taught you how to make your own syrups for all the fancy flavour shots now it’s time to tackle the mysterious Chai Latte *wavey arms*. For some reason, people seem to think Chai is edging in to the too complicated zone. They’re wrong. Just think malty, milky spiced Assam.
I’m using Blue Diamond Almond Milk to make this recipe friendly for vegan and dairy free tums. Believe it or not, it’s almost half the calories of semi skimmed milk so you can whip these up all day long, guilt free.
To steal this Starbucks classic, all you’ll need:
Almond milk – I’m using Blue Diamond‘s
1 Chai tea bag per person
Nutmeg or Cinnamon for serving (optional)
This is one of those times where I can’t give you precise measurements, how big is your favourite mug? We’ll work in thirds.
Chai needs water on a rolling boil so start brewing the second your kettle gets there. We want all the lovely spices trapped in that tea bag to make it into our latte. Add a tea bag and fill 1/3 of your mug with the water. Leave to one side whilst we prepare our milk.
You’ll need around 1/3 of your mug of milk in a jug. In the ideal world you’ll have a steam nozzle to froth your milk to perfection but if you don’t, you can still make this work. Put your milk in to a jar and screw the lid on tight. Shake, shake, shake it until the milk has nearly doubled and there’s a good layer of foam on top – this works best in jars with plenty of room. Be a cheaty microwaver and warm, lid off for around 90 seconds.
Take your teabag out of the mug and pour in the silky micro-foam milk.
Here’s the point where Starbucks would pile in a whopping amount of sugar but as an added bonus, almond milk is naturally sweet. You probably won’t need to add any but if you’re a sweet tooth, make it raw cane or demerara.
If you like some extra spice or prettiness, top with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.