Me (mouthful of Sundae): “Oh my gosh. These are TOO good”.
My American mama friend: “I know. Bad, isn’t it?”
Which about says it all (I want to add a y’all after that, since she’s from Texas, but I did that in the last post about Denim Look nails, so that’s probably enough of that for now).
So, no food blog awards for presentation OR photography, I know, but I HAD, had to share what went into the altogether yumminess that my lovely friend constructed when she said ‘I’ll bring dessert’.
Essentially, you’ve got 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream – plus a Galaxy cake bar, for good measure if you feel so inclined – as your base; slices of strawberry and banana (see, it’s healthy!! *Splutters*); toasted almond flakes and oven-toasted-for-a-couple-of-mins pecan nuts and desiccated coconut.
Those are the pecan nuts (cake pan, far left) after being roasted for a minute or two, although it occurs to me it sort of looks like salami in the photo.
Which is why I’m not a food blogger. Anyway …
You plonk (arrange didn’t really describe it) whatever you fancy from the above into your bowl, and follow with squirts of ice cream-style chocolate sauce from a squeezy bottle AND the all-important caramel sauce, which you get in a jar (Sainsbury’s, in this instance) and microwave to melt (or, as we did, a Pyrex bowl over a pan of hot water. Don’t ask about the lack of microwave. It involves a bad experience with lots of sparks and a call to John Lewis to ‘please come and collect it’. I haven’t gone there since).
Finish with one enormous dollop of whipped cream.
As if the rest wasn’t bad enough.
Obviously, you could do this and make it look a LOT fancier in glass bowls, and more beautifully plonked.
The mix of flavours and textures is SO yummy!!
And sorry for sharing if, like me, you’re trying to get back on track after the Easter hols!!
The lovely team at TM Lewin sure know how to make a bleary-eyed, going on autopilot, slightly hormonal mama happy on a mad Monday morning …
And not just any kind, but these lovely ones made by Biscuiteers, the oh-so-trendy, London-based cookie crafters (because, really, that’s what they are), made and hand-iced to replicate TM Lewin womenswear (most famous for their classic, fitted shirts).
I’m off to check out their Spring collection over (another) tea - although I think this version will be better for dunking.
As every (did someone say exhausted?) nonstopmama of a toddler knows, the growing up stage between 12 months and three years is an amazing time developmentally. Things move fast (like the little ones!), they’re growing quickly and ensuring that your child is getting a healthy, balanced diet – with all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they need – is a priority.
A way to ‘top up’ toddler diets, Growing Up Milk is an alternative to giving cow’s milk which has been specially formulated to meet the needs of children in this age group.
‘Believe it or not, between the ages of one and three, toddlers grow faster than at any other time since they were born,’ says Amanda Ursell (left), nutritionist and nonstopmama of two, who offers advice on toddler nutrition and introducing Growing Up Milk at the Growing Up Milk website. ‘On average, they gain an astonishing 40 per cent in height and weight over these three short years.
‘What’s more, toddlers have very active brains and bodies. They need lots of energy and the right amount of nutrients to fuel their daily exploring, discovering and tearing around.’ Read more.