Category Archives: Ice Cream

Ice Cream… Vanilla v Vanilla Flavoured Ice Cream…

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Oh dear!

What is in our Ice cream?

 

Vanilla ice cream is made from fresh milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla that sounds straightforward to me…Doesn’t it?

Nothing could be further from the truth according to WHICH the consumer survey company when they did a product review on Vanilla Ice cream only 1 in 5, contained fresh milk, cream and vanilla…

And they named names…Asda, Tesco and Walls vanilla ice cream contain no fresh milk, cream or vanilla. Although Asda’s Extra Special  Madagascan brand of vanilla ice cream does…

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I know that vanilla is expensive to buy and the prices have recently increased but I am sure given the sheer volume which manufacturers have to buy that the cost would be substantially reduced… It seems to me that if you buy a more expensive ice cream that it will be made from fresh milk, cream and vanilla…

All children love ice cream and regardless of the financial situation of their parents/guardians shouldn’t they all expect to be shown the same duty of care from manufacturers…

Just saying!

Not all ice cream makers are the baddies…Hagen Das vanilla ice cream contains 39% fresh cream, condensed skimmed milk, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract…at what cost though?? The pots are very small and would certainly not feed a family of 4 or the portion would be small…

To get a good vanilla ice cream the cost per portion is high…

So if your ice cream is missing any of the above ingredients what are they being replaced by??

Cream and milk are replaced by partially reconstructed skimmed milk or whey protein …Whey protein is what is left over from cheese making ( on my previous post). Historically whey used to be considered as a waste product and was pumped into rivers and streams in the US but because it prevented sunlight and oxygen reaching the water it led to increased amounts of algae growing…A hazard to the eco-system meant that the government banned this practice. Hence it was used as a cheap filler for ice cream in dairy ice cream it counts towards the dairy protein percentage required and is also used in  Protein Drinks and other health products.

Is whey safe?

Whey protein is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is low in lactose content. … Possible dangers include nausea and headaches, but at moderate doses, whey protein is not considered dangerous.

Moderate doses and not considered dangerous that all rings alarm bells for me…So many products have been deemed to be safe in the past and now they have been proved the opposite…

Vanilla is often replaced by ” general flavouring” so if it doesn’t state natural flavouring then it will most likely be vanillin which is a synthetic flavouring.

What is vanillin and what is it made from?

Vanillin is a vanilla extract alternative made from wood pulp. It is commonly used to reduce production costs. And, unlike real vanilla extract which is produced from real vanilla beans, vanillin is synthetic and may be produced using petrochemicals and byproducts from the paper industry. That puts me off straight away and we are eating that and feeding that to our children.

It sounds like, No it is a cheap and unhealthy alternative to real vanilla …

Other now that always sets my alarm bells ringing and I put it back on the shelf. What is classed as ” other”  vegetable fats i.e palm oil, palm kernel oil or coconut oil all of these replace cream as they are cheaper but still give the ice cream a smooth, creamy texture.

To me, it looks like we should check the labels but work on the premise that the more expensive the ice cream the healthier it may be and ice creams at the budget end of the scale should probably be avoided.

The only way as a consumer and the fact that we have concerns for our families health is  not buy these products the manufacturers and governments do not seem to give a jot about the health of our children so we have to do that and make ice cream a treat or make our own and then we can be sure that what our children are eating does not contain any nasties and preservatives which could be detrimental to their health.

The above link is for a basic recipe without using an ice cream maker to which you can add other flavours i.e fruit purees.

If you are lucky enough to have an ice cream maker then this beautiful vanilla, ginger and coconut milk ice cream is a must.

https://ice-cream-magazine.com/2013/07/12/ginger-vanilla-seed-and-coconut-ice-cream/

The thing is that ice cream is only a small part of the diet if everything you buy is mass produced then the number of chemicals and harmful substances going into our families bodies is horrendous and it is no wonder that cancers and chronic illnesses many of which are preventable in part or completely could be avoided are on the increase and it is no wonder.

We cannot rely on others to protect our families health that is patently obvious WE need to be vigilant and protect our children…

Cooking from scratch is something I have always done as my mother did and I, in turn, have made my children food aware by teaching them that food made from scratch is safer it is also cheaper and more nourishing …We need to tackle sneaky, money grabbing manufacturers and corporations by not buying their products… we are in charge of our families health and we need to protect them.

In case you missed my previous posts on what is really in the food you eat then here are the links:

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/natural-cheese-v-processed-cheese/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/bread-the-staff-of-life-or-is-it/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/what-is-really-in-your-yoghurt-and-how-healthy-is-it-for-you/

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-disadvantages-ice-cream-human-health-2858.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-halo-top-ice-cream-healthy#not-a-health-food

 

Christmas Recipes… Lighter Puddings

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Day 5 on the Christmas countdown and today I have some lighter puddings for you as I know some either don’t like or can’t eat a Christmas Pudding…

I always make a Fresh fruit salad and anything goes in whatever is in season and I have some lovely choice of some lovely  exotic fruits to choose from here but wherever you live check out your fruit section and I am sure you will find something exotic there and you only need one if it is a dragon fruit or something which can be expensive but they are quite big so only one would be required the only fruit I don’t use and not because I don’t like it but just because the texture isn’t right for a fruit salad is the banana but you could always make a lovely banan split and that would be a lovely alternative to a rich, Christmas pudding wouldn’t it?

The beauty of a fresh fruit salad is that you can make it as large or as small as you like one portion or ten. You can use any fruit that you have and it can different every time.

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The one I always make is very simple I use Oranges, Apples, Grapes, Pear, and section and slice them and add lemon/ lime juice to stop the fruit going brown.

Sometimes I  also add some freshly squeezed orange juice or other fruit juice.

This is now when it gets interesting as you can add a little freshly grated ginger, some crushed lemongrass even treat yourself to one of those exotic fruits you have seen in your local shop or farmers market just to liven it up, change it.

Maybe even a touch of chilli???

Some sesame seeds? Some poppy seeds?? Just sprinkled over the top of your serving???

If I use a soft fruit like melon,  mango, strawberries, peaches, apricots, watermelon or kiwi then I put those in about 15 mins before I serve the fruit salad. Otherwise, they can go too mushy and we like our fruit salad fresh and vibrant, nice and crisp.

And of course here I have access to plenty of fresh pineapples, Lychees and Dragon fruit are plentiful and in season here at the moment so into the mix they go…What is your favourite fruit salad mix???

To jazz it up a bit put your salad into a hollowed out pineapple skin… and make like a little boat…

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You can use any combination of fruit that you like just make sure you use lemon/ lime

juice to stop the fruit from discolouring and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

It can be served quite simply with fresh cream or clotted cream if you can get it…

Ice cream there are now so many flavours to choose from or make your own or add some chilli to the chocolate ice cream or as my hubby prefers just a good old fashioned custard.

Serve it with your porridge oats or other cereal with natural yoghurt… the possibilities are endless… Have fun when you make one and try different fruits.

Enjoy!

Banana Split

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Now as you know I get bananas by the cartload here and as it’s Christmas then treat yourself just split a banana and create a culinary masterpiece… Ice cream of your choice and why not mix the flavours, some whipped cream or mascarpone and a sauce, chocolate, salted caramel or my favourite a lovely raspberry coulis… Maybe some little marshmallows or some pieces of meringue…Go wild and have fun!

Christmas comes but once a year!

How about a lovely whole baked apple…I remember my dear mummy making these and I used to love them… In fact, I haven’t had one for years…

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Just stuff with some dried fruits, sultanas or chopped apricots maybe a little of the sweet mincemeat? Add some cinnamon or mixed spice… Drizzle with some maple syrup or golden syrup and bake until the apple is soft and the juices are running…A lovely light pudding after your Christmas meal…

Just some baked figs with some cheese also make a lovely lighter pudding so many dishes you can make..A pannacotta with fresh fruit?

What dessert do you make for after your Christmas meal?

I love creme brulee or fruit salad…I also love a small piece of Christmas pudding but normally save that for later when my lunch has gone down.

Until tomorrow for more Christmas recipes and ideas…xxx

 

 

Elephants Ears?

I was taking part in The Recipe Hunters monthly Challenge and this month’s challenge is the letter E and you can choose your option from a list….Me… I chose Espresso as that was easy I already had the recipes. One intrigued me so I went back to the said list and it was Elephants Ears? Somewhere at the back of my mind, it rang a bell…Ding Dong!

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So I asked my friend Mr Google who laughed at me and as soon as he showed me….The penny dropped…..We had them in Phuket by the Rai in the field near our house and the river that runs alongside had massive ones some of those leaves reached 3 feet long and 2 feet wide and the plants can grow 8 feet tall.

The elephant ears thirst for water is why they are so prolific in soggy areas and they are also popular here not only for landscaping but also near water features they are quite an impressive plant.

… The corms or roots are also to be found on every market stall it’s Taro. Silly me!

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As it is in most other Asian countries, taro is also a popular flavour for ice cream in Thailand. Like with many plain or ugly fruits they make something quite delicious.

Most Thai sweets & puddings do not include wheat flour, which makes these desserts gluten-free and suitable for those who are gluten-intolerant.

The typical list of ingredients is simply rice or tapioca flour, water, coconut milk and eggs cooked with the taro and or pumpkin the multitude of resulting variations is just amazing.

Ingredients:

  • 115gm taro root, cut into 1” pieces
  • 115gm pumpkin cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup thick coconut cream ( see note below)
  • 3 Tbsp palm sugar.

Let’s Cook!

Add taro and pumpkin to the coconut cream and palm sugar, then bring to boil. Reduce to low heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes, until tender.

Pour into small ramekins or one large dish and when set cut into squares. Sometimes this dessert is also cooked in small pumpkins, either way, it is very nice.

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N.B. Coconut Cream:

For recipes requiring coconut cream, do not shake the can of COCONUT MILK before opening; spoon out the thick cream on top. On hot days, refrigerate the can so that the cream will harden and can be easily separated from the lighter milk.

This is a very easy dessert to make and when it is ready to eat just close your eyes, and pretend you are in the lush tropics of Thailand while spooning a smooth cool coconut dessert into your mouth… Heaven on earth.

N.B…Although all parts of the plant can be eaten including the leaves…which are edible, BUT they (and all parts of the plant) contain needle-like crystals of calcium oxalate which are a skin irritant, so they must be cooked and prepared correctly first…

Saying that they are used a lot in Indian cookery as wraps or the greens or stems are sauteed.

Thank you for reading this post on the interesting Elephants Ears…

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week  xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wat Tung Tookham, Udon Thani, Thailand.

 

After the normal..you know.. Weekend food shopping etc

We decided to take a trip out and just 15km from Udon Thani Town is Wat Tung Tookham …well we went round the houses a bit and then were pointed to this little, very little soi….Big Red men Working sign across entrance….

So we travelled along a bit and thought nought here… so went back just as said workman was removing his barrier…Ah ha so down this track we went ..just one car wide and now we saw signs …so we followed the signs through a little Thai village and there it was…. Looking a bit in need of some TLC….not a bit like the pics in the tourist brochure…

It is a charming temple ..we were the only visitors and the only human life we saw were 2 lone monks and 5 laughing children… as well as Buffalo grazing in the field..it was lovely!

 

Some of the many Buddhas here are covered in Thai coins, both old and new and with the sun on them they glisten and this is made even lovelier as the temple is among the trees… it was so calm and peaceful.

Beneath the temple is a spirit ball and holy water seeps through the floor..this is a little temple which is only opened during important holy days so people can collect some water…  the water is said to bring good luck.

The roof and walls of this temple are adorned with over 8,400 images of Phra Somdej Wat Rakhang ( Amulets) it is very beautiful.

Close by is also a Thai Silk Village so if you like traditional Thai clothes then it is the place to shop.

By this time we were starving so headed back to Udon Town and joined the hordes who were eating seafood along the front of the shops it was very busy and then I had my first fried ice cream??? No pics I afraid… too hungry… will take them next time as it was all lovely, freshly cooked succulent mussels and ?….That’s just your taster for another time…I am kind to you guys … Ha Ha

 

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot …..Love you all x