Our routine has gone haywire eversince we decided to put our house, up for sale in late November last year. There were so much work involved... moving belongings and furnitures, selling old furnitures, cleaning, vacumming, scrubbing and weeding from top to bottom, inside and outside, week in week out... until the house is sold... all that 'exercise' has left us exhausted... physically and mentally.
Finally.. that chapter is over..
I can take a long deep breath, drawing in as much O2as my lungs could take.
Its nice to wake up to a less stressful mornings, not having to think about 'things' that needed immediate attention like lawn needed mowing, lawn is not 'green' enough, leaves strewn everywhere... this and that not working and bla bla bla...
We wanted the new owner (whoever it might be...) to move in and have the same 'warm feeling' as we did when we first moved in ... a good indication that the house is very much loved and well looked after...
I dont think I'll ever want to go through 'selling house' again!!!
(and mine too) .
I owe you, both (plus myself...) .
D wanted an ice-cream cake but I was unable to do so...
Then he asked for 'White Cake' like I used to bake him 10 years ago.... sssshhhh....at that time, I cheated and used 'Betty Crocker's' .... and I did bake him...
But it turned out to be ONE lousy 'White Cake' with horrible frosting... so I won't consider that as baking... as I didn't put in much thought and effort...
Guilt ridden Mom ... plus his birthday and mine was only days apart... I decided to try and make up for the 'lousy' cake with Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream...
Everything was good... peachy rosy hunky dory... leaving the tub of ice-cream in the freezer overnight...
Then came the crunch ~ SCOOPING...
Phew!!!... I nearly sprained my wrist... It was as hard as block of ice... no good trying to scoop and sawing didn't do any good either.
Panic and was a bit upset with the outcome ... I SOS on Twitter for help... Pickyin of Life is Great answered my SOS. Pickyin suggested that I leave it out on the bench for awhile and wait for it to soften... then it occurred to me... turned around and looked at my freezer temperature... it was set at -22C, anything would be like a block of ice at that temperature... doh!!! immediately I increased the temperature to -16C ...
and what do you know...
My Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream was as soft and scoopable as the store-bought tubs...
Kids were pleased .... it didn't stay 'frozen' for long in my freezer...
Recipe (serve 4-6) (fr Love Food ~ Ice-cream Summer Eating)
300 ml milk
100g dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g caster sugar
75g golden syrup
300ml whipping cream
- Pour 175ml milk into a heavy based pan.
- Break chocolate into milk and add butter and vanilla essence, heat gently and keep stirring all the time until the butter and chocolate melted and smooth.
- Add in sugar and golden syrup, turn up the heat and bring the mixture to boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 4 minutes.
- Remove from stove and leave it aside to cool.
- Beat eggs in a mixing bowl and slowly add the chocolate mixture, stirring all the time.
- Strain the mixture into a heatproof bowl.
- Using a double boil method, cook the mixture over low heat until the mixture thicken (consistency~ until the mixture coat the back of the spoon). Note: Do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Remove the custard from heat and stir in the remaining milk and cream.
- Leave to cool and stirring from time to time to prevent 'skin' forming.
- Using Ice-cream maker, churn the mixture according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.