In light of the zen and healthy state of mind I’ve been in lately, my stomach has put in a request for something different and quite opposite. Actually not so much requested, but demanded unhealthy, fattening, horribly artery-clogging eats. I don’t know if anyone else suffers from this affliction, but there’ll be periods where I’m eating healthy. I’ve been a good girl. Then from the depths of some place unseen, my body is really, REALLY wanting the bad stuff. And this isn’t even when I’m PMS’ing!
What am I craving? What exactly do I want dancing on my tongue? Who do I turn to?
If I have to have any kind of girl crush besides Angelina Jolie (sorry Team Aniston fans), it’d be Nigella Lawson. I love watching her on tee vee. I love how she bashes things about; makes no apologies for her love of food; and makes raiding the kitchen in the middle of the night almost seem guilt-free.
Several months ago, I was watching one of her Nigella Bites episodes. I watched rapt, still, and hungry while she made Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding. I saw it, tried to find when it would air next and hit record on the PVR. I wanted to make this and I wanted to make it quite badly. But, as aforementioned, that was several months ago. How could I go from such a state of sheer absolute need and NOW! to one of, I can wait several months?? I’m not entirely sure. My parents came over for Sunday dinner and I needed to make a dessert. Well, I didn’t need to but since mum had made dinner – it was the least I could do. Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding it is!
But I didn’t want to just top it with some plain ‘ol whipped cream. I felt it really needed to be paired with something with a little more spunk.
Coffee ice cream. YES!
Verdict: Love, LOVED! the coffee ice cream. I cannot stress the importance of an ice cream maker for the home. You will not go back to buying tubbed ice cream. Ok, Häagen-Dazs yes, but Breyer’s NO! (Bob was craving the chocolate chip mint and it had the texture of FOAM. Seriously disgusting.) Also, a book that I would completely recommend is the Williams-Sonoma Frozen Desserts book. We picked ours up at Home Sense for 7,00$. I thought making ice cream at home would be a complete pain, but I love making it! This book breaks it down easily and it’s got great visuals. Making ice cream at home is now one of my favourite therapies.
The pudding…. Maybe in my mind, I had a lot of hype surrounding it. The way Nigella describes things is absolutely amazing. She totally mesmerizes me first with her words, second with what she makes sometimes. Though it was good, I could really sense the effects of the baking soda on my tongue. (I never have self-rising flour so I made a substitute with baking powder and baking soda.) Not so much of a taste but more so a sensation? It’s hard to describe. It looks fantastic but in a lot of ways it seemed to be lacking. Maybe I should try Jamie Oliver’s version because he spices his up with some Ovaltine and cinnamon…
Recipe for Nigella’s Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding.