My Japanese Maple inspires me again and again!
Red, gold and silver
Woodsmoke hangs in the damp air
Still, misty morning
(Sadly the leaves have almost all fallen, so this is a photo from about two weeks ago.)
I am slightly obsessed with raspberries and vanilla at the moment, as you can see…
Melding with vanilla dreams
Icy pink summer
(Really easy, and no machine required!)
Scrape the seeds of the vanilla beans into the cream, and add the empty bean pods too, and the vanilla extract. Then warm the cream gently. After a few minutes remove from the heat and allow to steep for an hour. Then chill. Once completely cold you can remove the vanilla pods and whisk in the milk and condensed milk.
Puree the raspberries with the kirsch/vodka and strain. You now have approximately 6 or 7 tbsps puree (about 100ml). Swirl this through the vanilla ice cream mix, pour into a freezer container and freeze for at least 8 hours.
The puree tends to rise to the top of the container, but this doesn’t matter. Just make sure your scoops catch a bit of the ripple!
(Tip: tastes even better with fresh raspberries on top! 😀 )
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I wish I could fly
And swoop like a butterfly
I believe this is the Marbled Fritillary (Brenthis daphne)…
And this may be the Weaver’s Fritillary (Boloria dia)…
But there are so many different fritillaries that look so similar, so if you know any better, please correct me!
(Look here, and you’ll see what I mean!)