As the heat is finally dying down, it seemed like this was the last best chance I would get to bring some ice-cream to the Novice Gardener’s Party. But when I first made this ice-cream the heat was downright unbearable. I’d dreaded going outside to hang up the washing, because a hot, dry wind would come straight down our street and wallop anyone bold enough to step outside during the day. And when I was invited to a dinner and get-together on a particularly hot day at a friend’s house, I decided to bring this ice-cream as dessert. It was a hit, despite it’s richness, so I definitely wanted to bring it to this fiesta friday! But don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you, this no churn ice-cream packs a flavour punch!
I’m not a big fan of coffee, but even I kept finding myself taking small scoops of the mixture from the beaters. And it didn’t give me a tummy ache, or cause swelling in my legs! Going off gluten really has made my lactose intolerance less of a problem, much to my delight! It’s an intense, rich, coffee and brandy combo that gives this ice-cream it’s oomph. But although I ended up doubling the basic base of cream and condensed milk, I have kept the coffee and brandy to a minimum. This is because the espresso powder I used is strong enough that it doesn’t get lost in the sweet cream and condensed milk flavours, and because the brandy I’m using is also intense. But combined with the coffee it becomes a strong, smooth, highly addictive flavour. Not to mention that the Brandy helps keep the ice-cream soft, which is an added bonus.
I know this post is very belated, but so much has been going on this week I haven’t had a chance to sit down and try and find an appropriate recipe to cook as my show of support for this amazing event. So instead I wanted to post up the image of this flag raising, as found on the Australian Mardi Gras website. I am a proud supporter of this event, as I believe in equal rights for all human beings regardless of sexual identification, sexual orientation, religious persuasion, age or skin colour. We all have the right to live, love and be, and I hope you all agree with me on that, and have a great day.
I was delighted at how popular the apple cider donuts were, to the point that I was even showing one of our guests where to order the donut pans from and sharing the recipe around. So I decided to try and bake more donuts when mum had another guest over recently. Unfortunately this next recipe turned out not to be so good, so I scrapped it, and went for something a little that seemed more trustworthy. Since these cookies were such a hit I decided that it would be great to bring them to the Novice Gardener’s party this fiesta friday!
Super Food Ideas magazine has never let me down in terms of quick, cheap and delicious food, and their gluten-free, allergy friendly recipes are always a big hit. I’d been meaning to try their gluten-free thumbprint cookies for awhile, but never got around to it. So naturally I thought – why not, especially since a friend of ours gifted us with an enormous jar of homemade raspberry and vanilla jam recently.
Well, these cookies were so straightforward and delicious that I wonder why it took me so long to make them! I popped the mixture into my stand mixer to make it even quicker, but even with a hand mixer this recipe would still be a snap. And the result is delicious, soft, sweet cookies!
As a follow-up to my previous fiesta friday post, I would like to bring some delicious pancakes to The Novice Gardner’s Party! These pancakes were made on request, as we were all looking for a sweet, one-off treat to bring the week to a close. But I hadn’t expected them to work out quite as well as they did! These pancakes were soft, fluffy, and so easy to make! To be honest these might be the quickest and easiest pancakes I have ever made, and the buttermilk in the mixture gives them this rich flavour that works so well with maple syrup! Although my brother still insists that these worked better with jam.
So if you’re looking for a quick, and unhealthy breakfast treat at the end of the week, or simply looking for something to cheer you up on the weekend, or to surprise a gluten-intolerant friend/lover/relative with, I suggest these. We certainly had a good time with them. My dad even got involved, insisting on helping whisk the batter to make sure there were no remaining lumps. It was a great moment for us all to de-stress, and just to be laughing and eating together as a family.
So, I’m wishing you all a happy friday and a lovely, pancake filled weekend!
I’m very flattered to be invited to the Fiesta Friday party, by the Novice Gardener. Although it’s valentine’s day today, some recent events have made me more inclined to post up this beautiful quote, rather than something valentine’s related. We’ve had our stresses with a certain friend causing us trouble, and costing us money we simply don’t have. But at the same time, it’s allowed us to bond together as a family, and it’s taught a certain member of our family to be more careful for the next time something like this happens.
I myself am in the middle of a full-scale hunt for full-time work. But due to a lot of different economic and social factors, it’s becoming a struggle for graduates like myself to find decent full-time work, or work at all, (especially in degree related areas, which is just salt rubbed into the wound). I’m also limited in what work I can physically do, due to musculoskeletal problems. But I’m not giving up hope. I’m working at it, making tons of applications and putting myself out there. And, to be honest, changing my wardrobe for work, and getting ready for the next stage of my life, is really very fun.
So that’s my message for this fiesta friday, do not give up. Because the troubles will ease, and the stress will pass. You’ve got just to hold on, and remember to stop and breathe, and to take pleasure in the little things in life. Like requests for buttermilk pancakes…
Chocolate rules the world come Valentines Day, and although it’s not quite Valentine’s Day yet, I thought I would go ahead and put up a chocolate themed post in honour of this occasion. After all, this is one well-known and complex event. Some people love it, others dread it, and some are particularly bitter about. I know for a fact that a large portion of my friends in high school and college used to call it Singles Awareness Day, and perhaps some of them still do. But for those of you who, like me, have someone special in your life, this is a lovey-dovey occasion. It’s also an occasion for chocolate.
These chocolate cupcakes are too good, and were light and deliciously fluffy although I had to tweak the recipe several times to get it to work. This is because, up until this point, I didn’t realise that we still had our old scale that measures both in ounces and in grams. I thought we had thrown it out during our move. So I struggled with the conversions for the ingredients, hence the tweaking. But now that I do know about the scale I’m sure that if I were to make these again using ounces rather than converting things to grams I would do much better. Although, if you do find that it’s too wet a mixture, which was my problem, just keep stirring in a few tbsp of gluten-free plain flour until the mix thickens.
So with all that in mind I’m putting up the original recipe, and I seriously encourage you to check out the original post as well. It has some delicious looking chocolate moustaches in it~
Surprise invites are wonderful, not the least because I then have the excuse to cook something and bring it along. And on this occasion I decided to again, go with something simple, something which used what ingredients I already had in the house. I flipped through one of my books and pulled out this recipe for polenta cookies. It seemed straight forward, but I was a little nervous about whether polenta would even make good cookies, never having used it before. I was also wondering how such a small amount of dough could produce a decent amount of cookies. But it turns out that I worried for nothing. Polenta is delicious in cookies. And despite the dough ball being quite small, once I re-rolled it twice, I was able to get quite a few cookies out of it.
But making these was also fun when it came to watching them rise and then harden in the oven. This new oven is awesome! It has a great timer, which is good to use when someone else has pinched the one meant to live in the kitchen. And despite being fan-forced, the cooking times have been more or less the same as what is listed in the recipes for convection ovens. I was always told that fan-forced ovens meant less cooking time, but in this case the times are still spot on, even though the temperatures are different. So, so far I am more than a little impressed with the oven. I’m even a little bit bewildered. Our first oven had no handle and need re-calibrating, our second oven had inconstant temperatures and a badly fitted temperature dial, and our new oven works. It’s…wonderful and strange.