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Ice Cream… Vanilla v Vanilla Flavoured Ice Cream…



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…


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.


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:




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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Christmas Recipes…Drink anyone???


Day 8 of my Christmas recipes and today I thought I would you some liquid refreshments to make ….they would make a lovely gift in a nice bottle with a bow or some other decoration… make 2 and keep 1 without leaving home a lovely way to beat the  Christmas rush…

I hope you enjoy and if you have a favourite homemade Christmas tipple then please let me know…

Irish Cream:


10 oz Irish Whiskey

1/2 pt whipping cream

1 can condensed milk.

2 eggs.

11/2 tbsp Chocolate syrup.

1/2 tbsp each of, Vanilla Extract, Coconut Extract, and Chocolate Extract.Home made Baileys

Blend all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Serve cold and or over Ice.

Now isn’t that easy? and …you can get about 4 batches from one bottle of  Irish Whiskey so by my reckoning that’s a real saving and lots of Baileys…yay……

Homemade tonic for your gin???



My favourite Tanqueray Gin no less and a tonic recipe ..you will never ever pull that metal ring and pour it over your gin again…This is sublime, the ultimate in a mixer and just what gin deserves and no I am not including the recipe for you…you will have to pop over to Chez’s blog and find it…haha…….Now you can all guess what I will be making this weekend 😉 If I can get Cinchona bark which gives the quinine flavour of tonic…..but Chez has it covered if you can’t she has given us the link to a man who can!




  • I litre bottle of your favourite vodka
  • 10 Lemons
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 cups of granulated sugar

Let’s Brew!

Well, lets cook wasn’t really appropriate …Was it???

First, wash and peel those lemons and put the peels in a glass container ( big) enough to also hold the litre of vodka.

Leave to soak for at least 10 days. then drain off the liquid and dispose of the peels.

Make a syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water, cool and add to the lemon/vodka mixture. using a clean coffee filter strain the liquid…Voila!

You now have your own homemade Limoncello…

This last one is a lovely non-alcoholic apple-based drink.

  • 200 ml apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 mace blade
  • 2 whole cloves
  • small strip fresh ginger
  • 1 clementine with the peel very finely zested.
  •  100 gm golden castor sugar

Let’s Cook!

Heat the apple juice with the whole spices, ginger, clementine zest and sugar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain the syrup into small bottles.

Refrigerate until required and serve in a glass with some apple slices and ice or warm with a stick of cinnamon it is also lovely drizzled over ice cream.

All of these could be given as a lovely Christmas present and everyone loves a gift which is made by your own fair hands much nicer isn’t it????


Until tomorrow when I will be back with some more Christmas treats…


Fresh Fruit Salad anyone?



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.


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 lemon grass 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??

And of course and how could I forget? Well, I did and it was only when my dear blogging friend Marian told me of her gift of a mint plant and that she was going to pair it with some strawberries that I remembered I had forgotten one of my favourite herbs. So thank you, Marian Beaman, from Plain and Fancygirl   

If I use a soft fruit like banana, 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???

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 or even custard which hubby prefers.

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.