July is national ice cream month in the US, and unlike the crazy food days that we were talking about last week ice cream really does deserve to have a month dedicated to it’s existence. Here a few of our favourite recipes, along with a few interesting facts!
Eton Mess Ice Cream
Gelato is a different thing altogether! It has a lower butterfat content (meaning that in the US, you can’t even call it ice cream). It has less air, to make it creamier and apparently it’s served warmer than ice cream too!
Parfait is different too! It’s actually got more air in it, through the whipped egg whites being added. It’s also much easier to make at home, because it doesn’t need any stirring while it freezes, meaning no special equipment and no hanging around the kitchen all day!
Quick Ice Cream
Ice Cream has been around for a really long time. A REALLY long time! We’re not even 100% sure where it began, but at first it was closer to a sorbet, where as early as 400BC, when the Persians would pour grape juice over frozen snow and in 37-68CE the Roman Emperor Nero had slaves bring ice from mountains to mix with fruit. Industrial production didn’t start until the 1800s.
Quick ice cream might be the closest thing to Nero’s Fruity Ice treat and he was definitely on to something! It’s not just really tasty, but way better for you too?!
Ice Cream Sandwich
It takes 12 litres of milk to make just 1 litre of ice cream! Now think that one dairy cow can produce up to 34000 litres of ice cream in a lifetime. That definitely deserves some recognition, and naturally you’ve got to put your ice cream to good use! We can’t think of much of a better use than sandwiching it between two chocolate cookies… Can you?
Whisky Ice Cream
We won’t even mention the awesomeness of whisky in ice cream for a moment. This is one of our favourite recipes for ice cream, because it’s SO simple. The sugar in the condensed milk means that you don’t need to stir, and the whipped cream makes it really light. It’s the perfect cheats ice cream and you can flavour it with anything you fancy! Try it!
Also, WHISKY IN ICE CREAM!!!
We want to see your Ice Cream recipes! We’ll be sticking ours up on the app this week, so add yours and we’ll check them out!
Theres never a shortage of great recipes from around the internet and there are some real crackers this week. Who’s making what this weekend? :)
Chamomile and Pineapple Eclairs | A Swoonful of Sugar
I am loving Irene’s blog right now! The photos are so colourful and this recipe in particular sounds so good! Go check out the whole blog!
How to Make Pie Crust | A Couple Cooks
Pastry is such a great skill to have. Memorising ratios and pastry recipes is really useful, and rolling out dough can be quite therapeutic :P How you ever made your own pastry before?
Easy Stone Fruit Tarts | Call Me Cupcake
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Simple is almost always best! There’s not much to do in this recipe… Just add some great fruit and nuts to a sheet of pastry and you’re done. It looks great and I imagine it tastes even better :)
58 Ways to Use Cucumbers | Chocolate & Zucchini
Remember how we cooked 3 different things with cucumber last week? Well Clotilde at Chocolate & Zucchini has managed to come up with 58 different ways of using this awesome veggie! Way to make us feel inadequate! :P Go check it out if you need any more cucumber related inspiration!
Vegan Coconut Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream | Two Peas and Their Pod
We try to do our fair share of vegan dishes, but there’s always room for more and there are some amazing churning (get it?!) out great recipes. Ice cream can be tough to make, but this one looks really easy and even healthy?! Go try it!
Jalapeño Cheddar Scones | The Pioneer Woman
These just look and sound downright tasty. These are now firmly on my to-cook list, so look out on the app (or the super secret beta website).
Tell us what you’ve found this week… Or who you’re following on Sorted Food!
There are so many awesome recipes coming through on the app (did you know that you can also join in here?).
We wanted to spotlight a few of the recipes that we’re loving at the moment so that you can go give these guys a follow, or bookmark the ones that you like!
Everyone should make a Tart Tatin at least once! It’s simple but a real French classic… And who better to learn from than the baking mad Eric Lanlard! Check out his profile for more tasty sweet treats!
Anna has already got a bunch of great recipes on the app as well as LOTS of beautiful photos! There a mix of sweet and savoury stuff, as well as plenty of foodie inspiration from the pics. Love it!
Go to Issy for sweet treats! The Semla sounds amazing, but you’ve got to check out the Cashew & Cardamom Milk Toffee recipe too. That’s definitely on my to-do list!
It’s summer and we’re all looking for the next refreshing drink to blitz up! tess’ smoothie looks great and is full of healthy ingredients. It’s on the front page of the app right now and people are loving it! Add Tess to your following feed for more!
Last but not least, who doesn’t love a good sausage roll?? This one is another of those recipes that is really easy to make at home, but people often don’t think about doing it! I love the addition of chilli and a little soy sauce to give them a kick!
Those are our favourites… what are the best recipes that you’ve seen recently?Comments
Food is better with friends. We’re always saying it, and it’s definitely true! Having said that, it can be pretty daunting cooking for a crowd for the first time but there are plenty of things that you can do to make it a little bit easier!
Not just about how much you can get done, but also what you can get done with your equipment and space! There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, or asking for a bit of help! If you’re writing out a schedule, plan all of your time, then add at least an hour :)
Talking of space… You’ll probably need to make a bit of room in the fridge, and on the worktops, and in the sink. Clear out everything you don’t need and start with a fresh, clean space and keep it that way. You don’t want to be working yourself into a corner and having to clean your way out halfway through cooking!
This really has to be the number 1 tip… Slow cooked food tastes amazing and there is nothing to do when your guests are there. There’s really no reason not to slow cook for a crowd!
Cook dishes that hold
Seriously, you don’t want to have to put everything together at the last minute! If you’re cooking a plated dish (don’t) for 10+ on your own, you want the food to be able to sit for at least 5-10 minutes and stay good.
No last minute prep
Just gonna say this again… don’t cook everything at the last minute!! Look for anything that can be cooked, cooled and then reheated. This is really good for roasts or big breakfasts: You can par-cook most of the veg (or even something like poached eggs), then just finish them before serving.
Salads are an easy way to add a bit of freshness and variety, particularly if you’re doing a slow cook. They’ll need a little love at the last minute, but that’s OK, because you’ve got nothing else to do… right?
Don’t bother! Stick everything in the middle of the table and either serve there, or let people help themselves. The dishes that we’re cooking are perfect for family style service :)
There is no reason to be stressing out over desserts! Choose something that can be made way in advance and chilled in the fridge. Tarts or mousses are perfect.
Never run out
The one thing I believe is that people should never be worried about taking too much or asking for seconds! Always make a little too much! The food that we’re cooking here will easily chill or freeze and keep for leftovers the next day, so play it safe and be generous ;)
So what should you be cooking?
- If you’re doing starters, then keep it cold, or simple. A really tasty soup is way better than a fancy dish that takes ages to plate up. If you do want to do individual dishes then pate is the perfect thing!
- Spaghetti bolognese or chilli are sure winners. They’re simple, easy and will hold for ages. All you need to do it cook the pasta or rice before serving (or you could even cook that early and re-heat). Then there’s the real slow cooks like a stew or even pulled pork. They’re still ridiculously easy and even less hassle, plus they’re really cheap!
- If you’re getting a bit more confident then there are plenty of more impressive dishes that are perfect for crowd cooking. Paella and risotto are some of my favourites. They’ll need a bit more work at the end, and won’t hold quite as well, but if you can time it well they’re both still great dinner party dishes.
And finally, a chocolate tart is great for a crowd. It’s chilled, and you can easily tell whether or not it’s set, which means no unexpected disasters!
There you go! Just remember these when your cooking for a crowd and you’ll never have to worry. As you get more confident, a lot of these rules can be bent or broken, especially if you’ve got an extra pair of hands around.
Got any other tips? Add them to the Disqus comments below, or if you’ve got a good recipe for a crowd then post it on the app!
Every day is a day for food but sometimes things are taken a little too far! Anyone can create a national day, and people LOVE food. There’s a national food day for almost every day of the year in the US.
This goes way further than Pancake Day or Asparagus Month… For example, this is what the week looks like right now:
July 21 National Junk Food Day
That’s today! We’re pretty sure what this means is cooking your own healthier versions of fast food at home… Right? Well we’ve got the perfect recipe for you… French Style Burger! Or any of our burger recipes :P
July 22 National Penuche Fudge Day / Maple Syrup Day
Two days in one! We may not have covered Penuche Fudge, but this isn’t a bad alternative :) If you’re not up for that, try our Sticky Maple Duck. It’s a winner!
July 23 National Vanilla Ice Cream Day / Hot Dog Day
Surely each of these deserve a day to themselves! There’s just too many… We MUST save days for Ice Cream and Hot Dogs :P Time to start a petition… Or we could just give in and cook both. Yeah let’s do that.
July 24 National Tequila Day / National Drive-Thru Day
Is tequila a food day? For us… YES! Gotta take you back to this beauty of a recipe. Tequila marinated steak fajitas; If you haven’t tried them yet then please do it now ;)
July 25 National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Seriously… Why haven’t we done this?
July 26 National Coffee Milkshake Day
July 27 National Scotch Day / Creme Brulee Day
So many days, so little time to celebrate them!
Then there’s the 5 most ridiculous days that we could find…
1. National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
2. National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
3. Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
4. National Brandied Fruit Day
5. National Cook For Your Pets Day
Whaaaaaaaat? Anyone going to be celebrating these? Let us know down below! :)Comments
(via Simply Recipes)
We’re taking salads this week, and the whole internet is all over them right now. You don’t want to be using the oven or standing over a stove top, so grab one of our favourites from around the web and jump into the kitchen!
Cucumber Mint Quinoa Salad | Simply Recipes
As we often say, sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. We haven’t cooked a lot with quinoa, but if you’ve never tried it then you should! This one is a great place to start… Easy, quick and fresh :)
Green Rice Salad with Nectarines and Corn | Not Without Salt
We love fruit in salads. This one looks seriously tasty, with green herby rice, sweet nectarines, hot Jalapeños and creamy feta cheese. Yum!
Chickpea, Lemon and Mint Salad | David Lebovitz
Another simple one, with great ingredients and a fresh dressing. Seriously, you can’t beat chickpeas with a really good quality olive oil!
Greek Salad | A Couple Cooks
We talked about this being a classic on Monday, and it’s still going strong. It’s all about using the best ingredients in a combination that just works.
(via Adventures in Cooking)
Roasted Beet Salad with Pea Chèvre | Adventures in Cooking
And finally… If you do happen to fancy turning the oven on, this salad looks worth the effort! Looks beautiful and tasty.
What have you been eating this week?
You know we love finding foodies through social media, and you know we love blogs that are a little bit different! Veggie Desserts is both of those! We’ve been drooling over kate’s Instagram images for long enough now and it’s about time we featured her on the blog!
So what makes this blog different to others? It’s all sweet treats, but Kate LOVES putting veggies into desserts. She’s not claiming that they’re super healthy, but just that little bit better for you… plus you’ll never have to chuck away another vegetable!
One of the recipes that really caught our eye (we featured this on our Facebook wall) is the Nettle and Lemon Cake with Lemon Icing and Blackberries. We’ve heard of nettle soup, but never nettle cake. The colour you get is so good and it looks fresh instead of heavy.
You eat with your eyes before anything else, and the colour really is something that draws you to the cake recipes on Veggie Desserts. Both the Spinach and Coconut Yoghurt Cake and even the Apple Pie with Kale and Lemon Pastry are a bright vibrant green after baking.
It’s not just bakes on the blog either. Kate even manages to get cauliflower into churros, the Carrot Jam looks seriously good, and check out the Avocado and Pistachio ‘Ice Cream’ recipe… If it tastes as good as it looks then I’m impressed! Really want to try this one, so look out for my version on the app ;)
If you’re interested in baking, or just want to sneak some greens into your sweet treats, then go take a look at Kate’s blog. You’re gonna love it!
Our favourite recipe: Really intrigued by Pumpkin and Spice Dark Chocolate Bark.
Top reason to follow Kate: Desserts with a difference!
Other stuff to check out: Where we first came across the blog - Instagram!