Eight years ago this week, I met my hunk (are you reading this dear?) of a husband. Firstly, how the heck can we possibly be that old? Secondly, how did we get past that first date?
We met in a bar at 6pm on a Thursday. I thought I was on to a winner as if he was a total loser I’d be able to get away and home in time for Hollyoaks (who was the loser?) But he kind of wasn’t. Oh apart from he didn’t suggest we have dinner, just got me hideously drunk. He answered his phone during the date, so rude. He almost fell asleep in the super hip bar we ended up in and then made an utterly inappropriate pass at me (now a legendary dinner party tale among our friends).
Somehow though, he literally made me weak at the knees. He’s the only thing that’s ever made me so excited I couldn’t eat. That was when I knew it was serious.
As you’ll know if you’re a regular here, I worship at the alter of food. He, on the other hand, loves rugby, ale, watching old cowboy films and has no interest in what goes on in the kitchen. Apart from two things; there must always be excellent coffee and plenty of ice cream in the house. So Barnsey, this one’s for you..
Our Nespresso machine was a wedding gift 6 years ago and still going strong. As you might know if you have one, for the first time lots of other companies are now producing pods for the machines, rather than just Nespresso themselves.
In this recipe I’ve used my favourite new pod, Cafépod Espresso Intense. Rich, dark and smooth, this is the best home coffee I’ve had in a long time. The price works out about the same as Nespresso brand pods, but being able to buy them from some supermarkets (rather than mail order) is super convenient.
If you haven’t tried instant, frozen fruit ice cream, where have you been? Not spending hours trawling Pinterest? Oh right, just me then.. Well, it’s all over the internet and rightly so, it’s life changing. Low calorie, packed with healthy stuff and super quick. Oh, leave out the Nutella and it’s vegan too.
It works best in a food processor, but you can try with a hand blender. Word of warning, I did once blow up a hand blender making this. Totally worth it though..
Instant Skinny Hazelnut Latte Ice Cream
The perfect pudding for those who are healthy eating but have a cheeky sweet tooth.
- 3 Bananas peeled, sliced and well frozen
- 1 Tablespoon of Nutella
- 1 Shot of Espresso about 40ml, chilled (or you can use instant coffee made up)
- A handful of roasted hazelnuts to serve
Pop your frozen bananas, nutella and cold espresso into a food processor and blitz until very smooth. It will be the consistency of Mr Whippy ice cream.
Eat as it is or pop into the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour to firm up a little.
How was your first date with your spouse? Did you drink coffee or gin or both?! And just to clarify, this recipe makes it acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast, right?
(I was sent a selection of CaféPod products to review, but always my opinion is truthful.)