green tea ice cream



Ice cream has always been one of those things that I've wanted to try making from scratch. I can't really explain why, either – it's not like I don't already have tubs full of it in the freezer, or that we're deprived of good gelato options in Sydney. I guess the idea of whipping up wacky flavours à la Masterchef is super appealing, but a lack of an ice cream machine has been the only thing ruining my plans!

Anyway, I guess my mum heard my wishes, because one day she randomly came home with an ice cream machine. A small, low end model, but an ice cream machine nonetheless! Unsurprisingly the first thing I wanted to make was green tea ice cream, since it's my absolute favourite but kind of hard to find apart from those tiny tubs you can get from the Asian supermarket. With this baby in tow I'll be able to make one litre batches at a time, so now I'm pretty much set for life when it comes to obscure ice cream cravings. Keep on reading for the recipe...

      



   Recipe adapted from Sunbeam Instruction booklet
Cooking & Prep time:
20 minutes + chilling time
Ingredients:
1 cup (250ml) milk
1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
4 egg yolks
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
3 tsp matcha powder
3 tsp hot water

1. Freeze your ice cream maker's cannister according to the manufacturer's instructions. Combine matcha powder and hot water in a small bowl.

2. Combine milk and cream in a saucepan, then add the matcha mixture. Bring the mixture to simmering point over low heat.

3. Whisk egg yolks and sugar together for 3-4 minutes, until light and creamy

4. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture into yolk mixture until well combined. Ideally you'll have someone to help you with this one!

5. Return the mixture into the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, over low heat until mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Make sure not to overcook it or let it boil, since the mixture could curdle!

6. Transfer mixture to a bowl (or preferably a pouring jug). Allow to cool before placing in the fridge to chill for 4-6 hours or until very cold.

7. Set up your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Turn unit on, and add mixture through the pouring hole. Allow to churn until the mixture has thickened. Depending on your ice cream maker, transfer to a container and freeze until solid.



Unfortunately this recipe won't exactly work without an ice cream maker, but see here for a way around that! Anyway, now that I've made ice cream once it's like a whole world of possibilities has been opened up to me. In fact, I've already added Ferrero Rocher ice cream and frozen Coke to the list of things I need to try making in the near future. What are some of your favourite ice cream flavours? I'm sure there are plenty of weird ones I've never even heard of before!
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sydney food bloggers picnic

Isn't blogging a funny thing? I consider so many bloggers to be friends just because I regularly read their little corner of the internet, when in actuality we might never meet in person. While some of my IRL friends that blog are exceptions, I've never actually met anyone through blogging or attended any blogger events... That is until Sunday, when I attended the 6th Annual Sydney Food Bloggers Picnic! Myself and over seventy other bloggers risked melting in 40ºC heat for the occasion, but it was so worth it. I had lots of fun chatting to likeminded people who love food as much as I do (if not more) and understand the all important habit of taking pics before eating, haha.







With so many people attending, there was no doubt that the spread would be HUGE. I've seriously never seen a more impressive picnic feast in my life, and didn't even manage to eat or take photos of everything. Some special mentions include these strawberry Nesquik cheesecake shooters by Crystal Noir though, which were oh so cute (and not to mention tasty)! Not to mention the macarons brought by Ramen Raff, which were pretty much gone in a flash. I managed to snag a Thai milk tea one though hehe.







There were so. Many. Sweets. This strawberry and chocolate tart was super good, but unfortunately it escapes me who made it!



     

Ham, mini quiches, empanadas, kale chips, and baked egg boats, just to name a few! The croquettes were my humble contribution, yay.



So afterwards we played Secret Santa, and it's probably the biggest one I've ever been involved in. Within my group of friends there is literally no point in keeping a secret, so the whole thing's usually lost on us! Anyway, we played evil Secret Santa which has a twist. When it gets to your turn you can basically choose to unwrap a pressie or steal some unwitting person's one, and it can literally go on forever. There were sooo many hotly contested items, with stuff like mason jars, cheese boards, and tea pot sets (many of them) passing hands multiple times. I gave up trying to play the game though and ended up with this adorbs egg mould!



Anyway, apparently I had so much fun chatting that I completely forgot about taking photos of people. As in real, live humans. So this group pic (thanks Rosa!) will do just fine. Crazy to think that this wasn't even everyone, considering half of the attendees went home at this point... Anyway, shout out to Suze and Helen for organising such an epic picnic, it was heaps of fun! Until next time!
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snag stand

Oh, hey hey! So I definitely didn't plan on dropping off the radar, but two words pretty much sum up the reason: blogger's block. In fact, it took an overdue catchup with friends to snap me out of my inspiration drought, and I think the change of scenery made all the difference. Anyway, we grabbed lunch at the Snag Stand, which is actually one of my favourites that I've never gotten around to reviewing. Every time I'm in Westfield Sydney, it's just so darn convenient to have a haute-dog after a long day of shopping. It also doesn't hurt that these are arguably the most legit hotdogs you can get in the CBD, plus service is pretty fast despite the lunchtime rush.









So I got the Wagyu Beef, served on a rustic roll with butter and garlic mash, gravy and topped with sautéed onions. DROOL. I've actually had it before, and it was just as good as I remember. The mash is super creamy and adds amazing texture, plus it doesn't make the bread soggy like you'd expect it to. The fried onions also add a nice crunch factor, although I could swear they are the same ones that you can get from Asian grocery stores! It doesn't bother me though, I love onions and there are even more softened onions below the sausage anyway.



Jen got the Spicy Cheese Kransky, a impressive-sounding affair with sun-dried tomatoes, Sriracha mayo (!!) and cheddar cheese topped on a toasted brioche roll. She really enjoyed it, and mentioned that it wasn't overly hot despite all those spicy components.



Carmen opted for another popular item, the Spicy Spanish Chorizo. It basically involves the chorizo with sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle aioli, baby rocket and Spanish goats cheese all on a glorious brioche roll. Her review? She said it was nice and spicy but not overwhelmingly so. The cheese also seemed to be a hit, and did a good job of mellowing out the strong flavours.



      

Aaand last but not least, those chips. Not quite a normal chip nor a wedge, these are super crispy and salted to perfection. Plus, they're pretty much compulsory whenever I visit the Snag Stand! Maybe it's the 100% Tasmanian Russet potatoes, but I really need to learn the secret to whatever makes these so good every time. I'm eager to try the chilli cheese fries on my next visit, but maybe as a snack because the hot dogs are already quite filling as is. I completely missed the onion rings too, so those are definitely going on my never ending list...



      

After lunch we had time to kill and hopped down to My Sweet Memory, aka Sydney's answer to indie Korean coffee shops. All of the branches I've been to have really cute interiors, as well as a nice casual feel to them! Naturally we all got the ice blended green tea drink, which were on par with most of the other ones I've tried. There are also a range of other hot and cold beverages on the menu, as well as a varied selection of cakes. Plus, free wifi! I mean, if that's not a deal breaker then I don't know what is.
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