Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Saturday, 3 August 2013

A day of firsts ...


My first home-made ice-cream; strawberries and cream.  It was absolutely gorgeous, if but quick to melt in this heat.  Which was no bother, because I wolfed it down in minutes.  Sorry it does contain sugar but at least the recipe was simple, fresh and additive free.  I am sure my little ice-cream maker is going to be put to good use in this weather.

The other first was my food-bank volunteering session at the local Asda, handing out leaflets and asking people to donate whatever they could afford.  Loved every minute of it, some people were very generous and others made the choice not to donate.  It's a free world and giving is not compulsory.  A lot of people have their own troubles and concerns but you could see the positive boost a donation gave people, however big or small.  Hats off to them all because I know it can't be easy especially when they have families to feed.

Right then I am off to do some salad building.
 
Have a wonderful weekend. xxx

23 comments:

  1. Home made ice-cream is so tasty and yours looks lovely and yummy.x

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  2. How lovely homemade strawberry ice. Well done with your food bank volunteering, I donate but have never thought to volunteer.

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    1. Thank you for donating. It is tough out there and great to know there are people like you willing to help feed people in crisis, because that it what you do when you donate.

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  3. I do believe my mouth started to water when I thought about your strawberry ice cream. I've been reading about cucumber sorbet today (Hugh F-W recipe) and wondering whether it might be a sensible use of the cuke glut we have at the moment. Is there something similar for courgettes? I mean, how much chutney can one household consume???

    Good on you for the volunteering. I always think there should be some payback for any work, even unpaid, and loving every minute of it is the perfect reward.

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    1. Have you seen the Melt book, hopefully I can get it from the library. Recipes like coriander and marmalade and toast ice-cream. As for courgettes, frittata all the way, although I do have a recipe for courgette cake that you have just reminded me of. There are a couple of courgettes in my veg box whispering please eat me!

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  4. Mmm lovely! Good on you for volunteering too ... So sad that the food banks are a necessity nowadays, I wish people would think before they throw good food in the bin, an insult to those who can't afford it .... I know there are lots of people who really can't afford to donate, these are the people who should be benefitting from the food banks, but I bet you saw a lot of people with laden trollies walking past you, pretending they hadn't noticed what you were doing?

    Not going to rant today, the sun is shining and it's Saturday ... have a good one!

    Love Claire xx

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  5. I agree with Claire, it is so heart breaking to know that Food Banks are so cruical to supporting so many. Our local has teamed with 99p store to help with fund raising.

    Well done on the success of the ice cream xxx

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  6. Well it looks delish, and yes, eat quickly before it melts! :) x

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  7. Looks lovely! I tried to make some (sans machine) recently and it just wasn't good enough ( I didn't whisk enough, often enough!) so I am very jealous :) Oh and well done with the volunteering too, have you been following A Girl Called Jack? xoxo

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    1. I also had banana ice cream for breakfast this morning, very decadent! Apparently there is a banana ice cream that doesn't require an ice cream machine from Jamie's 30 minute recipes and Nigel Slater does one sans machine with leftover coffee and shop bought custard. You might be able to get the recipes on line. I had read about the Trussell Trust yonks ago but there was wasn't a local one where I could volunteer that fitted in with work, until recently. Yes I have read A Girl Called Jack, incredibly creative, I also find Frugal Queen fascinating.

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  8. That bowl of ice cream is making my mouth water. I hope your machine has been used to make some more tasty iced delights.
    When we had our Christmas party for family and friends we asked everyone to bring a food donation which I then took to the local food bank. It felt like the right thing to do at that time of year, enjoying being with people you care about and extending that to help others.
    Lisa x

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    1. What a great idea. I might just steal it.

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  9. That ice cream looks so yummy, I don't think I would have stopped with just one bowl :)
    I wish I had more time to volunteer, I will make a point to do so once I have finished my degree, but right now with working full time and school I just don't have the extra time... Right now I'll just use my RAK's as my volunteering, I do love to send them and give them.
    Anyone that does find the time to volunteer is my hero!
    Have a great week!
    Tammy!

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    1. I have tried to volunteer before but unfortunately Volunteer Reading Help lost its funding just as I had been trained. Don't be too hard on yourself, if it is in your heart the time will come. Good luck with the degree, I am faffing on my blog instead of finishing my assignment for a qualification I am pursuing. Oh yes and thinking cleaning even seems a more inviting alternative, so hats off to you doing a degree because it takes some commitment.

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  10. That ice cream looks nice - have never tried homemade before but suspect it's far tastier than shop-bought.

    Good for you with the volunteering. Many people only think to give at Christmas (or sometimes harvest time). It made me think - I haven't come across anything similar locally but will keep an eye out and happily donate when I see anyone collecting:)

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  11. Yum, yum! Nothing beats the taste of homemade strawberry icecream. My mum makes the most delicious strawberry 'water ice' which is strawberries with a hint of orange. Divine on a hot summer day - feel I need to make some right now!
    x

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    1. The frozen batch was even better. I kept saying 'it looks like real ice-cream'. Doh!

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  13. OK so there's suger in the icecream but as you said, it's natural and additive free and that makes it so worthwhile. Anyway, a little sugar now and then is lovely. :) And your ice-cream looks delicious!

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  14. Looks delicious - and presented in the perfect bowl! You did well to get a photo of it before eating it all up. I'd love to have a go but don't have a machine and my freezer is rather full at the moment...
    Axxx

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  15. Looks so yummy; I once made strawberry ice cream which was gorgeous but did involve me eating a huge quantity of double cream all in one go - I haven't made it since!

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  16. i've never had any luck with fruit ice cream from recipes yet in my icecream maker. Only recipes that I have seen on youtube etc have worked out for me! But I would love to try this!

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