Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nigella Lawson Roast Poussin and Maple Ribs

After a nice few days off work it's fair to say that I'm suffering that "back to school" feeling right now!

All my laundry has been done, the flat has been kept clean and tidy - I've even started painting my hall (more on that when it's completed!) and I've been popping backwards and forwards to my parents who have been babysitting my nephew, I could quite happily become a lady of leisure!

There's also been some more cooking from Nigella Express; Saturday night I made Roast Poussin & Sweet Potatoes. It was nice but not worth £2.39 for a poussin in my opinion. I'd rather spend more on a whole chicken and eat over a few days like I have done previously

Today's lunch I will DEFINITELY be making again; Maple Chicken & Ribs

These were delicious and I favoured these as the ribs were not drowning in sticky sauce like some do. I had so much that after feeding myself and a friend I was able to make a delivery to my parents and save a couple for dinner this week

And what follows a good meal? Dessert of course!

My ice cream maker came out of it's box last week in preparation to make Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream from Gizzi's Kitchen Magic (using leftover Marbled Chocolate Brownies)

Unfortunately I hadn't read the instructions for my ice cream maker and the bowl needed to be frozen for a minimum of 8 hours before using so plans were postponed till this weekend

It was worth the wait and I think anyone would be hard pushed to tell the difference between my ice cream and Ben & Jerry's (if I do say so myself!)

I will definitely be making more ice cream if it tastes this good - or maybe it was just because it's chocolate!!

For those of you thinking about buying an ice cream maker from this experience I'd say go for it, especially if you have children. I was concerned that I would be using more space on storage but they recommend you keep the bowl in the freezer so it's always ready to use leaving just the lid and paddle to be stored. It'd be great fun for children to watch their ice cream churning and once you've made up a basic vanilla recipe you can add anything to it

So there's my weekend, how was yours?

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  1. Sounds just perfect. You obviously enjoy cooking! The comment about an ice cream maker was very interesting as I have been toying with the idea for some time. We have had a lovely weekend. family birthday and just relaxing in the sunahine (Not something we get to do most summers). Just lovely.

  2. All of that yummy food!!!
    I must think about getting an ice cream maker for my children - considering the amount of ice cream they get through. I am sure they would love it!!
    Kerry xxxx

  3. Homemade ice-cream - yum yum - I might have to look into getting a maker at some point.

  4. Homemade ice cream...yummy! As you know I hate cooking & when I'm alone I hardly eat anything!
    I too have that back to school feeling, I love not working! I've been cleaning all day & washing work clothes....don't want to go back :( Shall we run away together???!! :) x

  5. you are quite the domestic goddess! :O) Trouble is, visiting you makes me hungry every time!!!

    So you are going to be busy helping out with babies next year :O) Gorgeous!

    It's clouding over here now, so hopefully the same for you too. Looking forward to seeing that glorius rain! xx

  6. Your ice cream looks scrummy! That's the worst thing about time off work - going back!! x

  7. Oh your cooking looks yummy.
    Those ribs look soo good and the ice cream... I'm drooling now,lol!
    Glad you had a lovely weekend, hate that back too school feeling too.
    Luv Sophie xxx

  8. OOOH - I love the idea of homemade ice cream... been thinking of getting a magimix myself for all those summer garden parties... and your ice cream looks delicious! Sx

  9. Victoria, that ice cream looked so yummy! All the food you made looked yummy! Good job! Glad the ice cream turned out so well for you.

  10. Sounds like you had a very busy but rewarding few days Victoria, that ice cream look professional, can't wait to taste some.

    Hugs RosieP x

  11. It all sounds so delicious, especially the ice cream, of course. When, oh when, can I come over for dinner???

  12. Your right into your cookery at the moment ar'nt you Victoria :) and everything you make looks lovely xxx

  13. It all looks delicious! Homemade ice cream sounds delicious! You make it all look so easy.

  14. ooh an Ice cream maker!! I once had a popcorn maker! arnt the gadgets have fun x x

  15. That's the only bummer about the ice cream makers...when you forget to freeze the bowl! Great Post!

  16. Hi Victoria

    The prefect post for me as I have seen it advertised in a food magazine recently wondered whether it's any good or not. To get to read a review of it just 2 days later is brilliant. The results does look very tasty!
    Thanks for your very timely post!
    Take care
    Isabelle x

  17. A perfect weekend Victoria and I hope you have settled back into work - I wish we could all win the lottery and I will join you as a lady of leisure! Ooh there are some lovely icecream recipes I would love to try - interesting to hear your experience of the maker. I've only tried making it from scratch a few times as we have a teeny tiny freezer.

  18. I'm hoping to be getting to taste some of your creations soon!!!


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