Archive | April, 2011

Creamy Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream

8 Apr

Ever since I got my Cuisinart ice cream maker last year (actual model: Cuisinart Pure Indulgence™ 2 Qt. Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker) I’ve been making frozen goodness non stop just for the fun of making it and to give it away (sharing is caring, always remember that). I have to say through tests, trials and tribulations, the most popular and requested flavour is the Creamy Earl Grey. I’ll definitely be making it again this year (requests are already coming in), and I hope you like the recipe too.

I took the basic Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from David Lebovitz‘s The Perfect Scoop (a must buy for any ice cream lover) and adapted it. The tricky thing about working with tea is the flavour infusion – of course the longer you infuse the more flavourful it is, but when working with tea, the longer you steep the more bitter it becomes. So this is not one of those “leave it in the ice cream maker until it becomes ice cream” kind of recipes, but you must sit by, watch it churn, taste and keep adding (you can’t subtract when it comes to food) till you get it right. Enjoy!

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Budget friendly Sangria

5 Apr

Whilst back and forth with @DealByDay on Twitter today, he mentioned that I posted a sangria recipe that he’s interested in trying. Searching back, I realized that I forgot the sangria that I make for larger groups (company parties, family BBQs etc.) The sangria recipes that I posted up from Food and Wine I would serve for brunch, dinner parties, or just whenever I have a couple of friends over. They require a bit more prep and labour and the ingredients will cost a bit more.

Here is my tried and true recipe for sangria that’s tasty, easy to make and budget friendly. Sub red for white, measurements are as usual as you will – you can’t really go {terribly} wrong with sangria!

  • 1 bottle of chilled Franciscan California Burgundy/Red ($6.99/750ml, $12.99/1.5L, $33.99/4L), BC Liquor stores. Sweet, fruity & affordable.  Don’t think I’d sip this though
  • Ginger ale (Sprite/7-Up is too sweet) – chilled
  • Orange juice (or any other fruit juice) – chilled
  • Easy way: use canned mixed fruits, peaches, pears, mandarin oranges OR frozen fruit (strawberries, mangoes, peaches, raspberries). If you want to add frozen fruit, make sure defrost and you might want to add some simple syrup for sweetness. If you want to do this the hard way, use fresh fruit including sliced oranges, sliced granny smith, ambrosia, any crispy apple and not Red Delicious.

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