Certain food is expensive, so to justify buying it, I try to prepare it many different ways. To savour it, in a way. Last time I bought strawberries, I turned them into strawberry tarts, fruit pops and strawberry sabayon. This time, I bought a box of frozen berries and here’s one of the most basic way you can play with it. The hardest part is to get the ice cream off the glass mould (to the point I put it in microwave for few seconds!). But it seems things work just fine with plastic glass.
MIXED BERRIES VANILLA ICE CREAM
(inspired by so many things that I can’t pinpoint one)
1/2 tub vanilla ice cream
5-6 heaping tablespoonful of mixed berries
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
couple of biscuits, preferably the chewy type with strong flavor such as orange or ginger biscuits
- In a small pot, add in the mixed berries (even if they are still frozen), the lemon juice and the honey. Over small fire, boil them about 2-3 minutes. Mashed the berries a little bit with the back of your spoon. You would want to still be able to see and bite the fruits. Transfer into a bowl.
- Place 2 scoops of ice cream into the same bowl and leave it in room temperature until the ice cream has thawed a little bit.
- Mix the ice cream with the berries, making sure the vanilla ice cream is stained with berries evenly.
- Using a (small) glass (preferably a plastic one), scoop in the plain vanilla ice cream 2/3 through. Then add in the mixed berries vanilla ice cream to the rim.
- Put them into freezer until serving time.
- To plate it: with the aid of warm towels (or simply wash your hands with warm water), release/ dislocate the ice cream off its mold.
- Once the ice cream is releasable, top the glass with biscuit and a serving plate, and turn it upside down. Voila!
- Garnish with fruits and melted chocolate, if you like.
And if you’re particularly genius, like me (ahem), create a Pisa leaning tower. C’mon, I challenge you.