So, it’s finally happened. Summer (or the pathetic excuse for a summer that we in Melbourne had over the past few months) has waved au revior and departed, leaving in it’s place blustering winds, ice-cold mornings and shorter days.
Despite the lack of heat this summer, there was a part of me that was somewhat eager for the colder seasons so I could put on my soup apron and get into the long simmer samba, full of stock and comfort foods which light a fire in your belly which warms so steadily that eventually you feel toasty from your head to your frostbitten toesies.
However, now that the cold has actually arrived, I find myself longing for light salads with acidic dressings, barbeques and ice cream.
Yes, you read that right. Ice cream.
As I’ve only recently come into possession of an ice cream maker, after getting it for myself as a Christmas present, there was about a month where I was making ice cream and sorbets at such a frantic rate that there was little space for anything else in our freezer. It became such a problem that I was actually handed a blanket ban from making any more frozen custards by the maternal figure, and thus the ice cream maker sat in the corner and began to gather dust.
Two months on, the family has finally almost finished all the ice cream that I made (there’s only about a cup of green tea ice cream and strawberry frozen yoghurt left), so this weekend I decided to roll up my sleeves and throw myself into an icy wonderland of sugary bliss. With pears being so magnificently in season now, I went for a stunning roasted pear, cinnamon and pecan praline ice cream.
As far as I’m concerned, this is by far the best ice cream that I’ve ever made. Bar none.
Because I’m an insane person (and also because I tried taking photos of my creation way too late tonight), the recipe is going to have to wait till I get a chance to take some better food porn-y shots, but I’ll leave the photo above up as a teaser. The fact that it’s currently 12:30am on Monday morning and I have to get up in 5 hours kinda has something to do with that too – so let’s keep this short and sweet!
In keeping with my insanity, Kitchenware Direct have offered to give one of my Australian readers the below ice cream maker – so you can be a crazy person who makes ice cream in autumn/winter like me! That’s right folks, your own gorgeous 2L Cuisinart Stainless Steel ice cream maker, so we can be unseasonal ice cream makers together!
So, how do you win this hot (or cold??) piece of kitchen sexiness?
With Easter around the corner, all you need to do is make or create a dish that makes you think of Easter. Sure my ice cream has nothing to do with Easter, but Easter for us here in the Southern Hemisphere is in Autumn, and pears are an autumn fruit!
See how loose that connection can be?
If you’re a blogger who is based in Australia and want to take part, all you need to do is:
- Blog your ‘Easter’ dish (nope, it doesn’t have to be a recipe you’ve created, just anything that makes you think of Easter…sorta!)
- Provide a link back to this blog post
- Email me with a link to your post
To non-blogging readers out there in Australia, it’s pretty much the same deal!
- Make your ‘Easter’ dish (it can be as loosely related to Easter as you like! See my example!)
- Email me a photo, the name of the dish and why it reminds you of this time of year
How easy can it get? And to up the ante, if you’re a twitter user you can double your chance of winning this ice cream maker by simply tweeting the link to this post!
The draw closes at midnight on Monday 18th April, so what are you waiting for? Go on and get cracking for your chance to be making your own ice cream for Easter!
For those of you who don’t care about the ice cream maker and just want the recipe to this ice cream? I’ll try and get it up by tomorrow