It might be the middle of September but with the high temperatures and sunshine we’re having it still feels like Summer. So, why not go for an ice cream instead of a coffee this week? Go with friends, instead of meeting up for a coffee meet up for an ice cream. Try your local park, specialist ice cream parlour or gelateria which are popping up all over the place. A farm shop with a cafe could be another good place to try.
Why ice cream is good for you…
Ok, let’s be clear, LOTS of ice cream is not good for you, too much sugar and fat. You can’t eat ice cream all day everyday and be healthy. Sorry. But a little ice cream, especially homemade ice cream, every now and then, as a treat, is uplifting and nourishing. The old adages, ‘A little of what you fancy does you good’ and ‘Everything in moderation’ ring true.
So, if you are going to treat yourself and we all deserve a treat now and then, make your treat a delicious one! Have an ice cream! Ice cream works as a treat on so many levels, instant gratification, that first sweet, creamy taste never fails to hit the spot and then, of course, ice cream is laden with so many feel good memories, associations with hot sunny days, holidays, the beach, family and friends, simple childhood pleasures, stopping in the shade at the park. There is a lot of love and happiness surrounding ice cream. Life without ice cream would be a bit sadder and less fun!
Ice cream memories have a lot to do with our love of ice cream. Ice cream tastes great, it goes without saying, but it’s more than that isn’t it? Our love of ice cream is bound up with childhood memories of simple pleasures, hot sunny days, trips out and being with people we love.
Admittedly, this is perhaps an odd choice of subject for a blog post about ice cream but do bear with me.
You really cannot beat beetroot. Hailed as a ‘superfood’ thanks to its high fibre, low fat and high antioxidant properties, the humble Beetroot has been subjected, in recent years to being used in so many different ways. From the utterly bizarre – beetroot and green peppercorn jelly?, thanks, Heston – to the inspired and divine Beetroot and Chocolate cupcakes, featured in the Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days book.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, beetroot has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and for those partial to a bit of physical effort, can even improve performance and recovery. Indeed, our Olympians guzzle the stuff in juice form!
I very much love the time honoured pickled version, It is however, much more versatile. If you’re not keen on its earthy flavour, try it in a sweet dish. A man that knows his vegetables, is Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. In his hugely successful 2011 Veg book, he has a recipe for Chocolate and beetroot ice cream, which HAS to be tried.
Let us know what you think!
About a month ago, the BBC aired a documentary ‘How to Stay Young’ presented by the demigoddess, Angela Rippon, and the charming Dr Chris Van Tulleken. During the programme, they visited a small island off the coast of Japan, called Okinawa, where residents live longer than anywhere else in the world. Their occurence of brain disease are 50% less and their chances of heart disease, reduced by 80%.