Guilt Free Ginger Ice-cream

This lent I have chosen to follow a daniel fast. I am so far really relishing the opportunity to try out new foods and recipes and have discovered the date which has made life so much better (despite its humble appearance). However what I have really missed has been the sweet after dinner treats.

A few weeks ago, me and my friend won an eight hour poker tournament. Given our mutual love of food we decided to blow our winnings on a delicious Thai meal. In a moment of student extravagance we treated ourselves to pudding and a green tea and it was there that we discovered the joy that is ginger ice-cream. So hauntingly delicious was it that a few weeks later when I had my friends round for a daniel fast friendly meal, we decided to attempt to recreate this wondrous frozen dessert. DSC03375

Now if you didn’t know, the daniel fast basically consists of fruit, vegetables and seasonings (for a more extensive description see here ) which proves to be a challenge when attempting to make ice-cream. Luckily, thanks to the internet   I have discovered a healthy alternative to that delectable dairy dish, replacing the dairy with non other than the humble banana.

 

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It is so easy to do and has all the creamy yumminess of ice-cream without any animal products. Simply chop up your banana, freeze it and then when you would like some ice-cream, chuck it in a blender with a tiny bit of boiling water until it is creamy.

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You can literally add anything to this banana base. So far I have had cocoa and honey, coconut and ginger but I am going to try it with berries and maybe vanilla and also perhaps with frozen mango – the possibilities are endless.

For the ginger version simply add ground ginger and/or fresh ginger into the frozen banana mix and blend with the banana until it is a creamy consistency. This has been the perfect after dinner sweet and is completely guilt free. Also a great way of using up slightly riper bananas as the riper the banana, the sweeter it tastes.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Jamming

I am making christmas presents this year – a combination of wanting to get out of the overly commercialised christmas rat race and wanting to give something I could afford and which had some meaning or personality in it.

And so I have been jamming.

First of all I went foraging. So. Much. Fun. and so calming, if you are stressed and need some time out go on a long walk and pick things and put them in bags and carry them around with you and you will feel such a sense of fulfilment and calm.

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These are my blackberries picked and washed. I froze and defrosted them so I wasn’t against the clock trying to make them into jam but I would probably say fresh is best.

so 500g of these:

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Windfall apples. Loads of these around, quite a lot of people put them in bags in front of their house for you to help yourself to. Peel and core 500g of them

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Put all together in a big heavy based pan with approx 100ml of water ( I added more but this might have been my jammy downfall)

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simmer on a medium heat until everything is mush and then add your sugar (1kg) and mix it in until its dissolved

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Bring this to the boil and boil rapidly for 5 minutes and then test on a cold saucer. Put a splodge on, wait a minute for it to cool and then push it with your finger. If it wrinkles it has set.

I always have trouble with the set because I don’t it to be too runny so my jam comes out a bit over done but still yummy and still spreadable.

spoon into pre sterilised jam jars and leave to cool

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Not the most studenty gift but with a few other bits – maybe some scones and clotted cream in a tin – its a lovely present.