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Ice Cream Maker Fun Times: Strawberry Ice Cream

So, my mum loves strawberries. I mean, loves strawberries. So do I, as a matter of fact. She, however, continues to buy pounds and pounds of strawberries, so many that I can hardly eat as fast as she brings around new ones. I don’t mind. Because have I mentioned I love strawberries?

Last weekend, I made cupcakes with strawberry frosting, using a recipe for plain buttercream frosting, but adding reduced strawberry puree. Heaven.
Today has been the hottest day of the year so far – a melting 31°C in my area. As a person with lovely circulation problems (always had them, probably always will. Fun times.), that basically meant the only thing I could do today was sit around and drink water. And make ice cream.
We’ve had this lovely ice cream machine sitting around for a few weeks, after buying it from Payback reward points, so I decided to try it out. I used an eggless recipe from allrecipes.com and only slightly adapted it.

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Strawberry Ice Cream (makes 1 litre)

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar
(roughly) 1½ cups strawberries
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Puree the strawberries in a blender. I used somewhere between 1-2 cups of strawberries and ended up with slightly more than a cup of puree. Mix puree with the rest of ingredients and freeze in your ice cream maker according to its instructions. You may want to freeze the result in the freezer for a while to set.

2. Wait. And wait. And wait. Enjoy.

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Some of London’s Food

I just felt like doing a small recap of what I’ve been treating myself to lately – I haven’t really eaten out much, or eaten that well at all for the last four weeks, so I only have a few things to share. Worth it, though.

I’ll start off with the things I’ve mentioned in my last post – what I had on my birthday. Mum and I went to Oxford Street, because I wanted to show her Selfridges and the Waterstones Oxford St branch, and since we were a bit hungry, we peeked into the side streets for some interesting place to try out.
Where we ended up was Pure Waffle, which, as the name suggests, is a waffle place. They also had some cakes, cookies and sandwiches, but we just stuck to what we came for. Waffles waffles waffles.

pecan & butterscotch waffle

Mum tried their “chocolate & saucy” waffle, while I opted for pecan & butterscotch. I’m just a sucker for all things toffee, butterscotch or caramel! The waffle itself was very cripsy, the sauce was heaven, and the scoop of vanilla ice cream topped it off perfectly.
However, I remember feeling like it was terribly overpriced. I don’t remember what we actually paid, but I know that it was … well, it was the kind of price you would expect just off London’s busiest shopping street. Doesn’t mean I have to like the price. 😉

For dinner we went to Wagamama at Liverpool St. Oh dear Lord, it was so cold outside, and we couldn’t find it at first. The horror! It was a nice location though.

grilled chicken katsu curry(This is actually my mum’s dish, but since we had almost identical dishes and the photo of mine didn’t turn out nice … have this!)

Although I really, really wanted to order my favourite main, the yaki soba, again, I’d promised myself to try something new, so I ended up ordering the chicken katsu curry. My mum chose the grilled chicken katsu curry, so the only difference was that my chicken strips were breaded, and hers were grilled. And a slight difference in presentation. And well – it’s not my  new favourite dish. I’m a sucker for my noodle stir fries, sorry. 😉 I’m also very averse to all things spicy, so although the mild spice of the curry was expected and nice, it’s not enough to make it my most liked dish. Recommendable though. The curry sauce is very good, the rice was nice and fluffy, and the chicken was … well, it was good chicken!

Let’s cut to Sunday this week. After a few days of bad news and disappointing turns of events, I decided to treat myself to something and went to Westfield Stratford City. After strolling through the shops a little bit, I ended up having a burrito at Tortilla. Which has become a bit of a tradition for me, really. I love their food.

burrito

Would you look at that. I even cut the burrito in half, making it really inconvenient to eat, just to spare you a picture of a half eaten burrito to show you its guts! The things I do for you guys. I’m committed. Committed.
What you see here is a medium burrito with coriander & lime rice, black beans, grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and some more lime, with a really, really, really mild salsa. Which I like. I know “tru” Mexican food has a base spice that you shouldn’t get rid off, but as I’ve mentioned before – I don’t like spicy food. It just makes my tongue hurt so much that I can’t even taste the food anymore. I’ve tried other burrito places before (such as Mission Burrito), and although their burritos are lovely, even their mildest option is too spicy for me. Which is why I’m in love with this burrito. I would marry it if I could. It’s so delicious. For those normal people who love their spice, they have medium and hot sauces as well, and since I saw a tabasco and a “100% Pain” hot sauce on their shelf, I’m guessing even the craziest spice junkies out there (like my mum) could get lucky here.

After I did my grocery shopping at Waitrose – damn, that chain is overpriced, but their products are so yummy! It was definitely a “spoil thyself” kind of day – I stopped at one of the booths on the lower level of the centre and got myself some ice cream at Joe Delucci’s. And yet again. So expensive. £2 for a pretty small scoop!

Joe delucci strawberry ice cream

It was really lovely though. I had strawberry, and it reminded me very much of the smoothies I used to make, so it basically tasted of just fresh fruits and milk – nothing else. It even had tiny fruit bits, hah! I’d really like to try their pineapple ice cream some time. They let you have a spoonful to taste if you ask. (I didn’t, though).

Take care! x


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Chicken Stir Fry

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Yesterday, for the first time in ages, I finally cooked something that was not just “okay” and more or less filling, but actually ridiculously tasty. I’m so proud of myself! Not that I should be, it was really easy. But hey, cheap, quick, easy, delicious – that’s pretty much all you want from a meal, right? I actually liked it so much, I cooked it two nights in a row.

Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients (serves 1):
1 Packet of noodles
1 Cup of veggie mix
1 Cup of bean sprouts
½ Chicken breast
Soy sauce
Vegetable oil

1. Start off by cutting the chicken breast into small strips and tossing them in about a tablespoon of soy sauce.

2. If your veggies need cooking (mine were frozen), do so. When they’re done, drain and set aside. Heat a pan or wok with a little bit of oil and fry off the chicken.

3. Add bean sprouts and other veggies, keep stirring. Prepare the noodles as per instruction – probably something like “put in boiling water for three minutes, drain and rinse in cold water”.

4. Add the noodles to the pan and stir them in. Add soy sauce to taste. Done!

As you can probably tell, the dish in the picture doesn’t have any bean sprouts in it. That was because I didn’t have enough cash left to buy any yesterday, so I made up for that today (and it made it so much better. Yum yum sprouts).
In the future, I will probably try the dish with halloumi instead of chicken, or maybe tofu. Should make for a nice vegetarian/vegan version. 🙂


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Oh wie schön ist Wagamama

So today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite restaurant chains: Wagamama! Most English people will probably already be very familiar with it, or if not, at least have heard of it. Still worth talking about. 🙂

Wagamama have branches all over the country with lovely Japanese-inspired food. I’ve been there three times so far, and am absolutely hooked. As someone who is only used to cheap Asian take-out from Germany – even from restaurants who claim to be authentic – wagamama really stands out for me with its lovely food. It does remind me of the dishes I can find in Chinese restaurants at home, but the food is prepared with much more care, and is just overall wonderful. So far, although I promised myself to try something new each time, I’ve only eaten two different main dishes, but also tried a side and some dessert last time.

wagamama yaki soba“yaki soba”: teppan-fried soba noodles with chicken, shrimps, egg, beansprouts, peppers, white and spring onions. garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and mixed sesame seeds
[wagamama website]

Yaki soba is definitely my favourite dish. Well, yes, it’s one of the only two mains I’ve tried so far, but fried noodles has always been my go-to in Asian restaurants, so I’m still thoroughly enjoying this. Especially the shrimp and the pickled ginger give it an interesting twist.

Another one that I tried a few weeks ago was the chicken and prawn wagamama pad thai [website]. I didn’t like that quite as much; it was a bit too sweet, and unfortunately the mint was too subtle for my taste.

I’m also massively interested in one of their curries, specifically the chicken katsu curry and chu chee curry. (In case you hadn’t noticed: yes, I really like chicken!)
The prawn raisukaree looks really nice as well, but I kind of need to be in the mood for prawns, so this one might not happen too soon.

As a side dish I’ve tried gyoza with chicken and vegetables, which were also really nice. It was the first time I’ve had gyoza, and I’m definitely trying it again.

Let’s move on to the desserts – ohhh dear god.

wagamama white chocolate ginger cheesecakeWhite chocolate ginger cheesecake with chili toffee ginger sauce
[wagamama website]

This. Is. SO good! I like cheesecake in general, but this was so incredibly delicious. There were little ginger bits at the bottom of the cake, near the crust, and the chocolate/cheesecake combo just melts in your mouth. The toffee sauce has just a tiny hint of spiciness in it, which is good; I don’t like spicy things at all, but this was just the right amount to give it a really interesting twist!

They also serve frozen yoghurt, which seems good, as well as your standard ice cream. As well as, of course, your standard rich chocolate cake and another cheesecake, the passion fruit cheesecake, which I’d also really like to try.

I also had a hot chocolate with dessert, which was by far the most boring item on my menu. Not to say it wasn’t good, it was just a standard hot chocolate. 😉
So yeah. If you ever come across a wagamama, try it out. It’s absolutely lovely, and they’re all over the place!

Oh yeah, and the title is a German reference. Sadly not translatable, sorry guys. 😛

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Gnocchi in Mushroom Cream Sauce


gnocchi in mushroom cream sauce

Since last night I was craving pasta in a really nice, creamy mushroom sauce. Today during the day I went “mh, gnocchi would be pretty cool too”, and keeping true to the motto dreams will come true I marched on the the supermarket right away. Alright, alright, not immediately, first I just had to watch a few more episodes of House MD. But still!

The recipe is easy, delicious and pretty quick – I think I needed about 30 minutes in total? Even faster if you don’t remember pretty late that the water for the gnocchi actually has to boil first.
The amount stated here is enough for two very hungry people, or maybe three ordinary mortals.

Gnocchi in Mushroom Cream Sauce

Ingredients:
250g Fresh gnocchi
200g Champignons
ca. 200 ml Vegetable stock
200ml Cream
1 Large onion
Canola oil
Fresh parsley
Salt, pepper

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