Happy first of December! It's official, it really feels like Christmas now. I hit the shops this morning, and the Christmas songs were in full swing; last week I felt nothing with them, today I actually felt festive. I have to say though, I feel a bit like Cindy Lou from the Grinch.... there's gotta be more to Christmas. One thing I really don't like is the craziness at this time of year. People lose the plot.
I was in queue last week, and the lady in front of me had a baby bottle that wasn't scanning. The shop assistant needed to call someone out, and I heard the lady behind me mutter a mouthful of expletives. I turned to see a very classily dressed woman. I guess it gets to the best of us :)
Anyway, on a cheerier note, I found the most awesome activity that you can do with the kids these holidays, or even just for yourself if you need a quick icecream fix. It's icecream in a bag and it it so quick and easy. I can guarantee that you'll be sitting down to eat it within 20 minutes of pulling out your ingredients.
So if the festive season is making you sour, (I'm looking at YOU, classy, expletive-spewing lady ;) put some of this sweet goodness in your gob!
It is the best tasting icecream, and while normally shop icecream makes me feel ill, this was really easy on my tum. If you're like me and are not into dairy, you can apparently do the same thing with coconut cream. (recipe originally found here)
Here's what you need;
1 cup thick or light cream
1 tspn vanilla essence
2 tbspn sugar (we used fine, organic raw)
1/2 cup coarse salt, or rock salt
1 sandwich ziplock bag
1 large ziplock bag
Optional; Food colouring, flavours.
Method: In the sandwich bag, mix the cream, vanilla essence and sugar.
Add a few drops of colouring and/or flavour if you wish.
Miss S used strawberry chocolate flavouring. Seal well.
In the large bag, fill with ice half way and add the salt on top. Place the sandwich bag inside the ice bag. Seal very well and shake, shake shake!!
You may need to double bag the large bag. We found the ice made a couple of holes. You can wrap it in a tea towel if it's easier too.
Shake like crazy for 5-8 minutes.
The results is a delicious, creamy icecream! You can eat it straight from the bag, or freeze if you wish.
For hubby and I, I added a teaspoon of good quality instant coffee (go for an expresso roast) with the vanilla essence, and I tell you, it was like the best gelati from your favourite gelateria. Add a short black on the side, and you have the best treat.