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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lemon and Blackcurrant Sundae with Vanilla Mövenpick Ice Cream

The lovelies at Mövenpick Ice Cream have asked their fifteen favourite food bloggers, including me, to create a brand new sundae recipe using delicious Mövenpick Ice Cream.

Once all recipes have been posted, they’ll select the best sundae and the winner will receive a fantastic prize of an exclusive 2 hour Masterclass with the Head Pastry Chef of the Langham Hotel in London, Cherish Finden, followed by an afternoon tea for two at Palm Court.

Choosing which sundae to enter into the competition was difficult. I ended up asking my family and neighbours to taste test two sundaes and they chose my Lemon and Blackcurrant Sundae with Vanilla Ice Cream as their favourite.  I used fresh blackcurrants from our allotment to make the compote.  You can purchase a total of 10 delicious Mövenpick Ice Cream flavours from Ocado in 900ml tubs.

Lemon and Blackcurrant Sundae with Vanilla Ice Cream

You will need:

Vanilla Mövenpick Ice Cream
Leftover lemon drizzle cake or muffins
Blackcurrant compote

Layer the three ingredients in a sundae glass, finishing with a drizzle of blackcurrant compote.  Serve immediately.


Blackcurrant compote

150g fresh or frozen blackcurrants, washed and destalked
Sugar to taste

Put the the fruit in a saucepan with a couple of teaspoons of sugar and bring it slowly to the boil.   You shouldn't need to add water, but if the fruit looks as if it is starting to catch on the bottom of the pan or stick, then add a tablespoon or two. When the mixture thickens, remove from the heat and allow to cool.  Adjust sweetness to taste.  Store, covered, in the fridge.


You might be wondering what flavour the other sundae I created was.  It was a Black Forest Sundae with Cherry Compote and Chocolate Fudge Cake drizzled with Kirsch layered with Swiss Chocolate Mövenpick Ice Cream.  Obviously you could leave out the Kirsch if you were serving this sundae to children or others who do not consume alcohol.  My taste testers said it was a very hard decision but the Lemon and Blackcurrant Sundae with Vanilla Mövenpick Ice Cream was chosen by 6 votes to 4.


What is your favourite sundae flavour?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Our Family Meal Plan this week - 21/07/14

Last week was a long and challenging one. Scorching hot weather combined with medication that didn't agree with me at all meant I felt dreadful most of the week.  Am feeling a little better now, thankfully and counting down the last few shifts at work.  Blogging has definitely taken a back seat, along with all other 'work' type activities this week.

I can't wait for all 3 girls to be on school holidays, 14yo finished on Friday but younger two finish this Wednesday.  It's going to be a challenge getting them to school for the last 3 days with their older sister being able to have fun at home whilst they are still in school.

I am feeling rather huge and tired so dinners are definitely low faff and need to be suitable for the diet I am on because of gestational diabetes.  So far I am managing to keep it fairly well under control with diet and only have to have insulin once before bedtime each night.

Breakfasts will be cereal and milk or toast and spread with a piece of fruit for afters.  We will have pancakes and crumpets on the weekend.  

Packed lunches will be sandwiches with crudties, a piece of fruit and a small baked treat.  I'll be having salads.  Weekend lunches will be Crustless Quiche and lunch with friends on Sunday.

Dinners

Roast Chicken with Salads (homemade coleslaw, potato salad, crudites and tomatoes)

Satay Chicken Noodle and Lettuce Cups

Mini Chicken Lattice Pies with salads

Mini Frittatas with Sweet Potato Wedges and Salads

Homemade Wholemeal and Lentil Pizzas

Honey Soy Salmon with Stir Fry Vegetables and Steamed Greens

Homemade Burgers on granary rolls with salads

The Shopping List should be back next week, once again I ran out of time before having to dash off to work.  Don't forget to check out other Meal Plans over on At Home With Mrs M.