Delicious French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Making velvety smooth and luscious ice cream at home is even easier than you thought possible. It just takes some equipment and a little planning ahead. If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, I would highly recommend getting yourself the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment. Just remember to store the bowl in the freezer so it’s ready to churn when you are.

If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can get a great stand alone model, the Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker. Either way, you’ll be eating velvety smooth ice cream at a fraction of the cost of premium store brands.

With this recipe, you can make delicious French vanilla ice cream in no time.

Ingredients:

– 2 large eggs, preferably fresh. We get great eggs from our local market in Los Angeles.

– 2 cups of heavy or whipping cream

– 1 cup of milk. I used 2% but I don’t think it really matters too much.

– 3/4 cup of white (granulated) sugar

– 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

Don’t forget to put vanilla extract in your ice cream mix, or else your ice cream will just taste like cream. Not good!

Instructions:

  1. Start by whisking two eggs in a large bowl for a few minutes.
  2. Then while mixing, slowly add the 3/4 cup of white sugar in 3 parts, mixing well and incorporating each time.
  3. Next, add 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of cream and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  4. Then, simply put your ice cream mix in a sealable container and put it in the fridge for an hour or two to chill. I like to put my ice cream mix in an old jar. You can put yours in any container you want, as long as it’s airtight.

Once chilled, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and prepare according to your manufactures instructions. With my KitchenAid attachment, I churn the mix for about 25 minutes until it achieves a nice soft serve consistency. Then I put the ice cream in the freezer for a few hours to harden.

After a few hours, your ice cream will have set and it will be ready to eat (if you’ve managed to wait this long).

Just to let you know, this recipe contains raw eggs, as do most non-custard based ice cream recipes. If you’re pregnant, it’s probably best to avoid this recipe.

The Best Milk Frother to Buy For Home Use

If you love delicious hot drinks like coffee lattes and hot chocolate then you’ll absolutely fall in love with a milk frother.

When making lattes or hot chocolate at home, there isn’t much you can do. To be honest, whenever I make hot chocolate, I just pop it into the microwave. No wonder my hot chocolate is nowhere near as good as some of the shops. While the flavour is due to the recipe, the frothy milk also contributes to this. If you end up buying a milk frother, this is precisely the reason for the purchase: to get a delicious hot frothy drink with a click of a button. Even if you don’t like froth, you can still get delicious hot steamed milk by using this appliance.

So, if you’ve made up your mind to get one, what’s the best model that’s available these days? To be honest, it’s quite a tough decision because there’s just so much choice available. For this reason, you need to spend a lot of time to do the research!

But, the best milk frother I’ve probably ever come across is the Breville BMF600XL. I love this model because it’s just a complete machine and has a variety of impressive features. It’s a good-looking machine and looks to be very study and robust. One of the main features that impressed me was the way you can change the temperature of the milk. This means that making a delicious latte would be a breeze as you could choose the best temperature. But when I said that this is a completely machine, I wasn’t kidding. This is because you can actually add all the ingredients like chocolate powder or shavings to make delicious hot chocolate.

There are many things that I’ve come to like about this product. You can make hot or cold froth with a push of a button. There are different frothing discs, which you can use to optimise the froth for lattes or cappuccinos. On top of that, the machine is very easy to use and is also suitable to put in the dishwasher. You can also use different types of milks and alter the content and taste of your drink in that way. However, the only negative point is the price. This can be quite expensive though you are looking at a very handy little tool for your kitchen.

I’ve tried other similar products in the past too and the one that has been second best is the Secura electric milk frother. This almost looks like a kettle though I must say I really like the appearance and the smooth finish of the design. It’s available in two different sizes (250ml and 500ml) so you can a size depending on your personal needs. This machine is similar to the previous model though it cannot be used as a hot chocolate maker. It has several features that we can use very easily. With the push of a button, you’ll be able to create hot or cold froth while the steel exterior provides superb insulation to maintain the temperature inside. Like the Breville BMF600XL, this one also uses two different frothing discs: one for heating milk and the other for making froth. This model would perfectly suit someone who just wants to create a higher quality hot drink with froth. It won’t be able to make a drink by itself and you won’t be able to put any ingredients in it. Furthermore, even though it is easy to clean, you won’t be able to put the parts into the dishwasher. Obviously there are some obvious disadvantages of this product but it’s also by far the cheapest one that I’ve come across. Due to the high quality and the low price, I would say this was my favourite milk frother to use. It’s certainly what I would buy if I needed a machine to create only froth for my hot drinks.

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Frothing Milk for Latte Art – Video

I’ve always wondered how coffee shops manage to get their latte art so perfect. It looks very delicate and something that I’d happily pay extra for when I have my latte.

I’ve been doing a lot of research over the past month, and have come across some really good resources. This video was quite helpful, as it shows you how to froth milk without any expensive equipment.

You don’t need a coffee machine nor is any steam used. All you need is a simple milk frother and you’re good to go.

Have a look at the video and let you know if it works for you.

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How Unhealthy are the Festive Coffee Drinks?

With the Starbucks Eggnog Latte having over 500 calories, it just shows how unhealthy these festive coffee drinks are.With Christmas just around the corner, Starbucks, Costa and other coffee shops are getting ready to roll out their festive menu.

I’ve never been able to resist an Eggnog latte from Starbucks, and I patiently wait for it every single year. This year though, I won’t be having any festive drinks whatsoever. It’s obvious that these drinks aren’t exactly good for you. However, until I came across this article, I had never really considered just how bad they were.

The medium Eggnog latte for example, has almost 550 calories, which is absolutely crazy. What’s worse though is the fat and sugar content. With over 25g of fat and 58g of sugar, it’s perfect if you want diabetes. Even if you only have it occasionally, it’s still empty calories. I’d prefer to drink a glass of water and have a full meal at a nice restaurant instead.

I don’t know about you but I tend to overeat during the festive period. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially when you’re with the entire family and just enjoying a nice meal. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to skip the empty calories and eat something that you will actually like.

I’ve tried those Tassimo latte drinks and they taste very nice. Most importantly, they have less than 200 calories and around 5g of sugar. While that’s still not good, it is certainly a lot better than those festive drinks at Starbucks and Costa. They’re a lot cheaper as well, and cost less than 50p per drink.

This Christmas, I’ll be saving my hard earned money for better things and won’t be having any store-bought festive coffee drinks.

What is your opinion on all of this? Do you have a favourite festive drink and do you think it’s worth drinking 500 calories?

Let me know your thoughts!

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The Best Soup Maker Review: Morphy Richards 501011

The Morphy Richards Saute and Soup Maker is quite cheap and works brilliantly.Creating a warm soup may sound easy but it isn’t if you are to do everything manually. Morphy Richards have always provided a helping hand by creating a couple of high quality soup maker models in the past. From customer reviews, it seems like these have been very successful in most households. As a response to this, Morphy Richards have aimed to further strengthen their foothold in this market with their Sauté and Soup machine.

But what does it do and why the fancy name?

Well, the name seems to indicate that this is essentially an appliance that will blend your ingredients and create the perfect warm soup for a chilly day. However, there’s also a Sauté feature that will be considered to be quite handy for most of us. This feature indicates that alongside making soup, the machine can also sear meat and lots of other ingredients like different veggies.

When it comes to the design, this product is quite good looking and is bound to catch some attention while sitting at the countertop in your kitchen. Obviously the main drawback is that this soup maker is completely closed off. This means that you won’t be able to monitor the cooking process from the outside. Despite this, there are lots of other features that will impress you.

Firstly, we get a kettle-like design that has a capacity of 1.6 litres, something that is quite a lot especially if you’re going to be preparing a lot of food or will be feeding a large family. In addition to this, this product is capable of making a lot more than just soup. On the inside, we have serrator blades that would be efficient against all kinds of ingredients used to make creamy milkshakes and thick smoothies. The serrator blades are usually associated with better quality when compared to normal blades and they are certain to stay much sharper for a longer period of time too.

As mentioned above, the design is quite good in terms of the appearance. The good thing is that it looks very simple and comprises of simple controls for easier functionality and usability. There are four different modes that allow you to select the texture. For example, you can press the smooth button for a smooth texture or a chunky button for a bit thicker chunky taste.

The Sauté mode is conveniently located on the handle of the jug and this makes it very easily to use. All of these features and functions ensure that the soup maker is extremely easy to use, something that would definitely be considered as an advantage for the demographics that Morphy Richards are trying to target.

The performance is probably the main part and this does that to perfection. The soup will definitely be perfectly cooked but some of the solid bits might not be cooked as well. The solution for this is to cut these ingredients into smaller pieces. The bottom line is that this soup maker works to perfection. It’s simple to use and after you’ve chopped all the ingredients, all you need to do is throw these into the machine and everything will be ready within 20 minutes. Give it another 10 minutes to cool off and you’ll have delicious soup ready without you doing all the hard work. Again, my only wish is that if only I could see how everything is being cooked inside! But at least, the machine beeps when the soup is ready!

For this reason, I would probably give consider this as the best soup maker out there and give it a 9 out of 10!

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Best Soup Recipes to Try During Winter

This Chicken Noodle soup is quick to make and tastes delicious.As winter approaches, now is the time to be thinking of preparing foods that will keep you warm.

Considering that soup is a very popular dish in most households, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some tasty soup recipes.

My personal favourite is Chicken Noodle soup, due to the fact that it can be very tasty if prepared properly, and is also very easy to make. It might sound very minimalist but there is actually a good mix of ingredients.

The whole process takes less than 30 minutes, which is perfect if you’re not sure what to make. The main ingredients include chicken stock and meat, egg noodles and your vegetables of choice. My kids like carrots in their soup but you can easily put in something like potatoes or corn. The egg noodles can also be substituted for pasta if you prefer.

The good thing about Chicken Noodle soup is that it’s quite filling. Typically, most people consider soup to be a starter dish and one that is included along with your main meal. However, as long as you add in plenty of vegetables and some chicken meat, this soup should fill you up.

To get started, all you need to do is heat up the pot, and put in chicken stock. Let it warm up for a couple of minutes and then add in your preferred ingredients. Bring to the boil for about 5 minutes.

If you’re good at multi-tasking, get another saucepan and fill with water. Bring it to the boil, and cook the noodles for 5-10 minutes. Once they’re fully cooked, drain the water and mix the noodles with the chicken stock and meat. Then, just let it cook for a few more minutes and wait until it’s very hot.

I realise this sounds very basic but the end result is actually delicious. My kids loved it and are asking me to make it for them again.

As always, please let me know how you get on with this recipe.

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Making Delicious Homemade Broccoli Soup with Cheese – Video

Have you ever heard of Broccoli soup with cheese? I hadn’t either, until a few days ago.

The thought of using cheese in soup never really occurred to me, and to be honest, I didn’t like the sound of it. However, a friend of mine sent me the following video and I thought I’d give the recipe a try.

It actually turned out quite good and everyone at home really liked it. Broccoli is a vegetable that my kids hate, but they seemed to really enjoy this soup. There was a tangy cheese that was really nice and dominated the soup.

Have a look at the video and let me know your thoughts.

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Choosing the Right Milk for your Morning Coffee

Using organic milk for your morning coffee makes a huge difference to the taste.Not many people realise just how important it is to choose the right type of milk when making coffee.

I often wonder how people can drink black coffee. It tastes extremely bitter, and is not something I’d like to start my day with. For those of you who like to drink a cappuccino or latte, you know what I’m talking about. There is a huge difference and this is how coffee should be enjoyed. It should be creamy and delicious. If you’re only drinking coffee for the energy boost, you’re doing it wrong. There’s no reason why you can’t do both.

If you do have milk with your coffee, it’s important to know which type of milk to use. To be frank, it depends on whether you have a normal cup of coffee, or a cappuccino.

If you’re going to be using full-fat milk, you’re going to be getting a thick and creamy texture, and a sweet taste, which is perfect for a cappuccino. On the other hand, that will increase the fat content significantly, so you want to make sure not to have it regularly. Semi skimmed milk is ideal for making a normal cup of coffee because you don’t want it to be too sweet or heavy.

From my experience, own-brand milk from supermarkets like Asda and Tesco won’t cut it. This is due to the low protein content.

I would highly advise you to use Yeo Valley Organic milk. It’s not cheap, but the difference in quality between this and supermarket-branded milk is huge. It’s my personal favourite and I use it to make my morning coffee daily. It helps to give my cup of coffee a sweet taste but doesn’t eclipse the taste of the fresh coffee beans. It gives me a good feeling in the morning and gets me through the day.

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