5 Great Ice Creams & Sorbets for Hot Summer Days

As the UK continues this run of hot weather, then the best way to cool down can only be – ice cream! Gelato! Sorbet! Well … for this gelato-loving foodie who doesn’t even need a hot summer’s day to find an excuse to eat ice cream, it just has to be the season of ‘an […]

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Pear Sorbet

I know, sorbet is rather a strange thing to make on a day when the ‘beast from the East’ – as the strong winds have been named – returned with flurries of snow and the temperature dropped below zero. It’s bitterly cold outside and why on earth would I even dream of making an ice-cold […]

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Gianduioso Ripple

This ice cream became part of a dessert that evolved in that wonderful way that happens when serendipity touches our lives. Not long after I got back from Turin last month, buoyed – gastronomically speaking – on having brought back some of Barratti & Milano’s wonderful chocolate cream, I was in my local Carluccio’s Caffè […]

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Christmas Recipes: Cakes & Desserts

I’ve rarely ‘done’ Christmas. When my kids were small we nearly always went to my parents’ home and they cooked; in recent years I’ve often gone to my brother Adam’s; last year I was at my daughter Nicola’s; the rare occasion I’ve hosted Christmas my son or daughter have stepped in offering to cook the […]

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Chocolate Semifreddo with Raspberry Coulis

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ goes the old English proverb. Well, of course, I didn’t invent semifreddo but my venture into making one came because I still haven’t got round to buying a new ice-cream maker. I lent my old one to my daughter at Christmas when she wanted to make a clementine sorbet for […]

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Honey & Whisky Ice Cream

This is definitely one for the grown-ups; grown-ups who love whisky and honey. Rich, deep in flavour and quite alcoholic, you could almost apply the description tira-mi-su – pick-me-up – but unlike the Italian dessert of that name, this one has Scottish overtones. It was my son’s idea. Perhaps it came from seeing the bottle of Chivas […]

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Strawberry & Mint Ice Cream

There really is nothing more summery than a bowl of English strawberries over which you’ve poured some fresh cream. Sadly, strawberries are one of those foods that are becoming readily available out of season, flown in from afar, and stacked on our supermarket shelves as if they in themselves might bring a taste of summer; but really, […]

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Three Citrus & Gin Sorbet

I promised the friendly people at Richmond Towers Communications – a leading PR company in the food and drink world – that I’d come up with a recipe or two with the Beefeater 24 they sent me after the Chivas Brothers’ cocktail and canapé evening at Hixters last month. Having got my act rolling with Jonathan’s […]

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Citron Green Tea Ice Cream

When I was at the brilliant noodle and tea tasting at The Noodle House with Whittington’s Tea Emporium, we had a wonderful tea ice cream at the end of the meal. I immediately decided I’d just have to try this at home but it’s taken me three weeks to get my act together. A large […]

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Raspberry & Old Gin Sorbet

I wanted to make some ice cream to have ready in my freezer for when my friends Linda and George arrived from Spain this evening to stay for a few days. It seemed like a good idea to be a bit prepared in advance and homemade ice cream is always a treat. I decided to make a […]

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