Speaking of fame, I made up a recipe that I really think is The One. Nay, THE ONE. I don't like blowing my own trumpet (truly) but this really is something. It is - tentatively titled - Cinnamon-Date Ice Cream. I was going to call it Sticky Date Ice Cream but I thought it didn't convey the cinnamon aspect so well and also I didn't want it to seem like an icecream version of a pudding, you know? Anyway, as soon as I tasted a spoonful I said to Tim that if I ever get famous, it will be because of this recipe.
Above: Pity it doesn't look that great. It was nobody's fault really; the ice cream was too melty and I just ain't that great at taking photos.
Above: Even when I did that whole, "close up and dusted with cinnamon" thing it didn't really mesh. In fact...it kind of looks like hummous.
Nevermind - it tastes brilliant! Brilliant I say! Dense, fudgy, intensely caramelly and warm - somehow amongst the cold - with cinnamon. Really, ridiculously moreish. I meant it when I said that I'm not one to boast, but this really is pretty special. There are a whooooole lot of posts below where I don't talk myself up like this, if you are a new reader thinking I am some kind of egomaniacal, er, maniac. Honestly, I'm so amazed that I of all people managed to come up with something like this.
The recipe is still in its loose stages but I will write it up soon so you can try it (if you like - I'm pretty bashful about it, in spite of all the shameless self promotion.) I have bought myself a little red notebook to write my recipes in. Who knows what will happen if I get enough of them! "Remember my name...FAME!" Ahem, etc. At the very least, I'll have a collection of recipes that I made up.
Above: Well...you probably don't need to see another photo on here of roast veges, least of all beetroot (no cauliflower though!) but I liked the colours of this. I can't even remember which night we ate this, since I make roast beetroot so regularly.
Above: This is another recipe I made up (I need a more sophisticated term than made-up, I think...) I dubbed it Hearty Lentil and Chickpea Soup, since that's what was in it (y'all know I'm a fiend for lentils) and to be honest...I wasn't 100% taken with it. It sort of felt like it was missing something elusive.
Surprisingly though, Tim absolutely flipping loved it, so it might still be going in the notebook. I used red lentils - which I love for their ability to dissolve into mush - and canned chickpeas - along with a selection of vegetables and a can of tomatoes. It was nice, don't get me wrong, it just didn't make me want to jump on a couch a la Tom Cruise the way the ice cream above did. More garlic next time, I think...
Above: I went to the public library the other day, having quite forgotten what a treasure trove it is, and found Vatch's Street Food, written by the same guy (with one heck of a name that I can't even begin to spell off the top of my head) who did my Healthy Salads of Southeast Asia book. Judging from a quick read, the main difference that street food has over healthy salads is that everything is fried. And it's pretty seductive reading...Last night I made some pork satay, which was incredibly delicious. I looove satay sauce and this one, coconutty and tangy with tamarind, was amazing, and not the slightest bit throat-catchingly peanut buttery.
Uni starts next Monday so my Thoroughly Modern Millie phase comes to a close. I'm looking forward - yes - to learning, but I'm not looking forward to essays...First term papers are - Renaissance Lit, some media paper I'm doing to make up my major, and - get you this - beginner's digital photography class! Everyone wins!