Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Simple Vanilla Ice-Cream

Since buying my ice-cream maker a few years ago I have experimented with lots of fun flavours, with  my strawberry, rhubarb and anise sorbet being the pick of the bunch so far. Whilst it is fun to play with different flavours, sometimes nothing beats a good old fashioned vanilla ice-cream/ With a few simple ingredients you can whip up a testy dessert that is miles better than anything you can buy in the supermarkets. Here's my quick and easy vanilla ice-cream recipe

Image courtesy of Chinogypsie


2 egg yolks (save the whites)
50g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
500ml double cream
100 ml semi-skimmed milk (you can use whole milk for a richer taste if you like)


1. If you are using an ice-cream maker that requires container to be kept in freezer, ensure that you have popped it into freezer
2. Add sugar, cream, milk and vanilla (scrape the seeds out and then add the pod) to a saucepan and gently heat until sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Beat the eggs together and whisk quickly into the cream mixture, once it has cooled slightly.
4. Leave mixture in fridge overnight then remove the vanilla pod and use ice-cream machine as per instructions. Place into tub and pop into freezer for when you are ready to eat.

With the saved egg whites you can make simple sugar cones to serve with your ice-cream. I used this recipe and they turned out pretty well for my first go. I think I used a little too much batter so they were a bit thick but with practise I think I can get them as thin as they should be.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Review: Maray Liverpool

Bare walls √ Unfinished Flooring √ Camping Plates √ Bearded Hipsters √ Snooty Vibes X. Whilst Maray may appear to be just another hangout for Liverpool trendsetters as soon as you walk inside it is clear that it welcomes all. I visited for lunch recently with my daughter and there was certainly no hesitation in the greeting of a toddler that was sure to be running around the table and spilling hummus all over the floor. Similar in layout and design to it's Bold Street neighbours Nolita Cantina, Maray keeps its decor simple and puts all of it's efforts into it's food. That is not to say that the food served in over complicated, the lunch menu is very limited but that is a good thing. Maray advertises itself as being all about falafel, cocktails and small plates, so that is what you would expect when you see the menu. Meat lovers need not worry as there was slow roasted lamb and chicken on the menu, with the evening menu boasting an array of special dishes, such as slow roasted pork belly with chilli jam and a ham, asparagus and pistachio terrine.

Our visit was all about the wraps. You can choose from classic middle eastern offerings of hummus, halloumi, feta and, of course, falafel. All wraps come unopened so you can build it up as you like with the side offerings of salad, olives and chilli sauce. The Lebanese flat bread was excellent, as was the slow roasted lamb and a superb falafel. I am such a big fan of falafel, as is my daughter, and can definitely say this is some of the best I have tasted. The highlight of my meal though, was the fresh jalapeno dip that was served as a side to my wrap. I am a chilli addict and this hit all the right spots. The portions are pretty generous and are very reasonably prices, which always makes me wonder how people choose a generic coffee shop with stodgy panini's and lukewarm soup. Speaking of coffee, Maray have it nailed. The coffee we had to finish off our lunch was very, very good indeed.

Our lunch stop was reasonable quick so I am looking forward to returning to sample the evening menu, with the aubergine risotto sounding particular good and I have heard nothing but great things about their version of the humble fish finger (or goujons as they prefer to be called in the hip places). More importantly, I wan to return to work my way through the imaginative cocktail menu, bring on the gin!

All images taken from Maray Website