Last time I mentioned that the annual Spring cleaning started here at Danish Exchange. Well, since then I’ve had a couple of work related deadlines that needed some final touches and my boys wanted to go camping last weekend. So needless to say the Spring cleaning kinda came to a halt. This weekend though I couldn’t bare it any longer and with the help of the love of my life we somehow managed to get it all sorted. Winter boots packed away, tick, summer clothes, flip flops and cowboy hat out, tick. Beds vacuumed underneath, tick. Floors that have been begging to be washed, washed, tick. Boot room come laundry tidied, tick. Might I just add that in the final chore, a smelly live snail that must have died a slow death, was found amongst other things such as sticks, stones and a damp sock behind the washing machine. Yes, believe me the ‘girly’ squeal did come out. This is life living with boys, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am just relieved it’s looking clean and tidy and I can sleep peacefully again.
I suppose you won’t believe me when I tell you, that while throwing jumpers and long johns out of our wardrobes and unpacking summer clothes from old suitcases, I decided to stop in the middle of it all. Why? Because the sun was shining and my love had just finished mowing the lawn and the blossoms on the apple tree were calling me. So I decided to make home-made ice cream instead and do a photo shoot. My love thought I had lost the plot, especially as I had taken on the task of Spring cleaning this weekend and we were expecting some friends over for a braai the next day. In his own words, “the living room is strewn with clothes”. To which I replied “I know, I’ll get it all done tonight!” and I did, well almost….
You also won’t believe me when I tell you that little people can be very impatient when their mommy wants to take pictures of the ice cream she made for them, all they want to do is tuck in. All in a weekends work! Well a long weekend that is.
Here is the recipe, and quite healthy too!
Approximately 300g of frozen raspberries or blueberries or a mixture of both
Approximately 400g of natural yoghurt [I used a lactose free one, but Greek Yogurt works a treat]
4 to 5 tablespoons of Maple Syrup or to taste
Place your frozen raspberries in the blender, add the yoghurt, syrup and blend. If it is too runny, just add some more berries or if hard to blend add more yoghurt. Add more or less maple syrup to taste. You can substitute the maple syrup for honey or even icing sugar if wanted. If you are finding it hard to blend and perhaps have added too much yoghurt you can always place it in the freezer and wait for a couple of hours to freeze. However, mix through with a fork after each half hour so that not too many ice crystals form. Alternatively, if you are lucky, you have an ice cream maker.
Have toppings such as fresh berries, little kammerjunkere ( little danish cookies), choc chips or whatever you fancy to hand. Scoop in ice cream cones or bowls and enjoy with your favourite topping.
P.S. There have been a few warnings out in the media recently about frozen berries, particularly here in Denmark. So do be careful. Read more about it here.
P.P.S. A ‘braai’ is a South African word for barbecue.
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