Here are the lovely recipes (and stories) we shared:
Karen, author of Lavender & Lovage, spent some of her childhood years in Hong Kong. In this post she remembers sneaking off, at the age of five, to the The Shatin Heights Hotel where she demanded an Ice Cream Soda. Kind staff obliged, while phoning her parents who had no idea where she was! She shares her low-calorie recipe for the Ice Cream Soda of her memories.
Chloe, who writes Gannet & Parrot, created a Blackcurrant Fruit Pastilles Sorbet inspired by the fruit lollies which were themselves based on the fruit gum sweets. The fresh fruit came from a friend’s allotment and she boosted the flavour (and the vitamin C) with some damson vodka for a grown up treat.
Foodycat Alicia always comes up with such fun ideas and her entry certainly brought a smile to my face. She shares a marvellously retro TV advert for Gaytime ice cream before creating an ice cream with the flavours of Golden Gaytime – but instead of trying to form toffee ice cream around a vanilla ice cream core and coat the entire thing in chocolate and biscuit crumbs, she used the flavours as inspiration for an ice cream featuring vanilla custard, canned caramel and crushed chocolate-dipped honeycomb biscuits.
I took a literal approach to the theme, deciding to recreate a Mr Whippy-based Screwball. Sourcing the gumball bubblegum wasn’t too difficult but creating the distinctive white soft-serve ice cream was more of a challenge. I found a gelatin-based recipe that involved whipping, freezing and blending and it worked pretty well. A lack of moulded plastic cones resulted in my upside down Screwball.
My American friend Monica of Smarter Fitter had the clever idea of making a grown up version of the Snow Cone. Her Snow Cone Margarita features tequila, lime juice and agave or flavoured syrup over shaved ice. Very refreshing!
Hannah from Corner Cottage Bakery paints a (slightly disturbing) image of childhood Egyptian burials for her teddy bears and a creepy ice cream van that played a distorted version of Greensleeves. She goes on to share her recipe for Ice Cream Oysters. The oyster shells are made by shaping hot waffle cone pancakes over bowls and she has filled them with vanilla ice cream and toasted marshmallows.
Rosana, who writes Hot & Chilli, has fond memories of the ice cream van. She used to love coconut or lime popsicles but now she’s more interested in chocolate. For this month’s challenge she has recreated the Magnum – a vanilla ice cream core dunked in a thick dark chocolate shell. I think her version looks absolutely beautiful!
Thanks to Karen, Chloe, Monica, Hannah and Rosana for joining me in this challenge. I’ll post May’s theme in the next couple of days.