Banana and Raspberry Ice Cream With a Whole Lot of Nice
Last week was one of those weeks where it felt like we were out and about, committed to doing something every night of the week. By the end I felt I’d run a marathon and was definitely in need of some rest and relaxation. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the week, because I did, very much so. It was a week spent catching up with friends and enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures: partaking in good food and sharing in each others lives. But, it left me pretty spent and if I’m honest, a wee bit cranky from a lack of sleep. So I decided to do what any sensible person with my disposition would do, and that is, make a whole lot of ice cream and eat it while reading, writing and pondering the meaning of... life.
One of the things that kept on popping into my mind as I let it wander, was the fact that our lives (particularly if you’re a foodie like me) are largely designed around the meals we eat. We have breakfast and lunch and dinner and in between those, let’s admit it, most important times of the day, we accomplish all the other things we need to, which, for me, is largely spent thinking about food, shopping lists and recipe testing. Of course, it’s not the only thing I ever do, but it’s one of the more enjoyable, besides spending time with my baby girl (who’s not so much of a baby anymore at 19months) and my partner in crime, Sandy. The three loves of my life! Actually, I might have to change that number to four, as I’ve recently fallen in love with ice cream made from frozen bananas!
Who knew?! Not me, that’s for sure. I had no idea that ice cream made out of frozen bananas would be so damn good. It’s a revelation! I’ve always been a massive ice cream fiend, but I haven’t enjoyed it very much in the past few years for a number of reasons, some of which include that fact that conventional ice cream from the super market is pretty nasty stuff and the discovery of the heinous treatment of cows in the dairy industry. I just couldn’t stomach eating it after being made privy to this, so I went dairy free. But, I did miss my ice cream though. Luckily, I discovered something much better, and a hell of a lot healthier in home made ice cream made from the humble banana! To date, I’ve only tried raspberry, vanilla and chocolate, all of which have been delicious, but I’d love to conquer the king of all ice cream flavours: salted caramel!
At this stage I have no idea how I would pull this off dairy free, but I’m always up for a challenge so stay tuned. On second though: if I actually do manage to make a salted caramel version I’ll probably end up eating myself to death, so there won’t be anything to tune in to. Hmmmm… it’s quite a dilemma I have on my hands.
What to do? Make it, of course! And hope and pray that in that pivotal moment I can conjure the will power to put down the spoon.
Love and light!