Showing posts from July, 2016

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

The original recipe for this comes from The Hungry Mouse but it did initially pose a few problems for me, for one, I don't have a blender, and if I tried to use cold coconut milk I ended up with little bits of unmixed coconut fat in my ice cream. For another, it was a smidge too sweet for our tastes, and it turned out just two teaspoons of vanilla was nowhere near enough for Xander. I also don't always have the time to take it out of the freezer to churn again, so I was treated to a Lakeland ice cream maker.

The result of this will, naturally, taste like coconut, but it is still a delicious, creamy treat. I chose to put up the vanilla recipe simply because it can be used as a base for so many other delicious flavours.

Ingredients Two cans of coconut milk1 1/2 cups sugarTwo tablespoons of vanilla bean paste Pour the coconut milk into a bowl, scraping out the white fat if it's separated. Add the sugar and vanilla and whizz with a hand beater until the ingredients have combin…

Warning to wheat free Brits

I know I promised some delicious desserts (they're pending photos and I have a clashing work schedule with my boyfriend, who promised to teach me to use his flash gun >< ) but I remembered and wanted to draw attention to this first.

I live in the UK (which makes the fact that most of my traffic is from the US rather surprising) so that's why I review and talk recipes with ingredients from the UK.

Those who have taken the time to read my 'Likely Comments and Questions' page may be aware that I highlight that there is a difference between a gluten intolerance and a wheat intolerance (allergies are a special form of intolerance). The ingredients of glucose syrup and monosodium glutamate are ones we cannot rule out especially.

Fortunately for us, or perhaps unfortunately, Waitrose has offered the courtesy of telling us where they source their glucose syrup in their latest range of sweets. Good news is that those with a wheat allergy won't buy them by mistake, bad…

Bring! App

This might be off my usual trail, but it is something I do feel that is worth sharing.

It's safe to say that as a couple living, but not working, together, we sometimes find ourselves near the supermarket, so Xander wanted us to have a synched shopping list rather than, say, having a notepad pinned onto the fridge to write things on before the weekly shop.

At first we used Trello, but we found a huge issue, it didn't let us change the list if it doesn't have signal, which is a problem when your local supermarket at best has emergency only and at worst no service at all.

Bring! solves this problem for us. It will cache your changes and relay them later, and if not, you can refresh it by swiping downwards like many other Android applications. You can create lists under various names (we currently use Home, which you can see in the screenshots overall, but other lists, such as Office and Holiday, are also available (during the Euros there was even a list for when you were watc…

New and Improved- Chocolate chunk cookies

While my previous recipe has earned its fans amongst Xander's colleagues, often getting snapped up  when he comes to work around his birthday with a batch, they weren't quite that supermarket chewiness that those who can eat gluten came to love.

After some tweaks here and there, I made a recipe that, according to Xander at least, replicated that texture that he had been craving. So bake and enjoy!

Makes about 20 cookies

100g soft brown sugar125g caster sugar125g Sunflower spread (if you don't need to worry about milk, feel free to add butter instead)1 egg, beaten1 tsp vanilla extract1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp Xanthan gum200g plain gluten free flour blend (I use Dove's Farm)1/2 tsp baking powder200 g chocolate, in chips or chunks Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius and line some baking trays with parchment paper.
Mix the sugars together to smooth out the clumps in the brown sugar before adding it to the sunflower spread, beat until the mixture is fluffy. Add the vanill…

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Platform: Wii UJapanese Title: Illusory Revelations #FENotes: The # is referred to as 'Sharp'

What happens when you combine the mechanics of Persona with characters from Fire Emblem and the structure of the Japanese idol industry? Apparently this.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions is developed by ATLUS, the developers of the Shin Megami Tensei series, though the story resembles the lighter storylines of the series' spin-off, Persona. Even then, some of the mechanics are more approachable (such as being able to save whenever you want).

The basic premise of the story behind the game is that you're playing as Itsuki Aoi, a high school senior who has two best friends, Touma Akagi, who plays extras in live hero shows, and Tsubasa Oribe, the only person to not have vanished from a mysterious incident five years prior while watching her sister perform in what appears to be an opera (the sound is muted over the cutscene).

The game starts with Itsuki going to meet Touma at the local TV sta…

Sausage Casserole

This is an adaptation of the Hairy Bikers recipe on the BBC website, good for comfort food, or a lazy way to make Xander a new kind of lunch.

12 good quality sausages1 1/2 cups chopped frozen onion1 tsp chopped garlic (equal to 1 clove garlic)1 packet of diced pancetta (or about six slices of smoked bacon) 1/2- 1 tsp smoked paprika1 can chopped tomatoes1 can baked beans1 tsp mixed herbs1 tbsp Worcester sauce1 tbsp brown sugar Dash of thymeSplash of balsamic vinegarSalt and pepper, to taste Put the tomato, beans, Worcester sauce, sugar and herbs in the slow cooker dish.
Brown the sausages for about ten minutes on a medium heat, add to the dish.
On the same pan, cook the pancetta or bacon, add to the mix.
Soften the onion, add the garlic, when the onions start to brown, add the paprika, cook for a few seconds more before adding to the dish.
Add salt and pepper to taste
Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, put the lid on and leave for 3-4 hours (high) or 8-10 hours (low) or until the sausage…