I bought my husband an ice cream maker for his Christmas present. It was kind of against my will. I have to move the many pieces of his juicer every time I want to get to the butter beans, so I knew this would mean further clutter in what is already a very spacially challenged kitchen.
But selflessly, I bought it. And, I am SO glad I did, I’ve had a good ice cream or sorbet pretty much once a week ever since. Last night was probably one of the best. Blood orange and rose water sorbet. I’m not very good at talking about the “intense flavours of this…” and the “superb texture of that…”. All I can say is that I ate everything on my plate, then seconds, then scraped out the container and finally went into a separate room and drank the remnants from the frozen bowl of the ice cream maker. Yep, it was good.
All that pleasure for about £30. I initially did an enormous amount of research, scouring Which? and online reviews, trying to decide which ice cream maker to buy. I ended up with a Kenwood which broke in the first week, so now we have a John Lewis own make and it’s fine.
Also, although ice cream is very rich and a bit expensive to make, because of all that double cream, sorbet costs virtually nothing. My husband is the king of odd flavour combos, using up wierd things leftover in the fridge, but they always work. Kiwi and coriander; beetroot, apple and ginger. It’s opened up all sorts of new culinary avenues, and it’s a fantastic and relatively healthy way to end a meal. I’d like to say the kids love it too, but to be honest I don’t think there’s ever been any left for them to try the next day. Which is a bit mean really, isn’t it? Maybe we’ll try something for them at the weekend. Claire
Lucy says: “My five-year-old asked for an ice cream maker for her fourth birthday (haven’t a clue why, she must have seen it on an advert) so we got her a small freezer size magimix and we use it lots. Mostly for sorbet too – orange and lemon being the favourites.
“I am trying to encourage the soon-to-be-three-year-old to ask for a Kenwood Mixer for her birthday next month, but so far she’s sticking by a new toy pram, but with three weeks to go I am still hopeful.”