I’ve never felt super talented at cake decorating because it’s extremely intimidating. Which piping tips do I use? Do I need more than two? What is a coupler? What if my buttercream doesn’t pipe out the cleanest edges?
Continuing right along in our quest for no bake desserts and treats that help you keep your chill in ridiculous summer heatwaves… these Pretzel & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches are going to be your new summer favourite for sunny day snacking, and a quick throw together option with pretty minimal prep work for dessert post barbecue dinner.
The buttery cookie dough, with it’s salty, crunchy, chocolaty bits strewn throughout, is smooshed down around my favourite tangy lemon ice cream, hugging it into submission and creating optimal mouth happiness. They are the type of ice cream sandwich that brings you back to childhood. Because the dough is raw (but egg-free, don’t fret), it doesn’t harden like a typical baked cookie would, meaning when you bite down into your ice cream sandwich, the ice cream isn’t going to ooze out the sides as you try your damnedest to bite through that hard cookie shell – you know what I’m talking about. The texture of the ice cream and the cookie dough are both soft and easy to bite into, making for the perfect bite every time….
It’s hard to deny the pull of summer on all the senses: the heat beating down during the day, the cool relief of the evening breeze, the sweat, the stickiness, the fat slices of melon and the ripe peaches, the abundance at the market stands, the sudden bloom of the peonies. Each of these brings joy, but for me, the greatest joy of all is that it is finally, finally ice cream season.
…any recipe ever written, any meal ever eaten, is a story, the story of home cooking which, in turn, is about who we are, where we’ve come from and the lives that we’ve lived and what we say to each other – all those assertions of love, friendship, hospitality, hope – when we invite people to sit at our table and eat the food we’ve made for them.
– Nigella Lawson, At My Table | a celebration of home cooking
This newest cookbook from Nigella Lawson, who needs not an introduction I’m sure, was a rousing reminder for me that the food we make matters. It matters for our own well-being; feeding people brings us joy and gives purpose when days are long, and hard. It matters to the people around us; making a meal for someone is one surefire way to let them know you care enough to take time from your day and use it to make theirs better, to nourish them both inside and out. It matters for our families; gathering at the table at the end of each day, or whenever time permits, allows stories to be shared, memories to come back to the surface so we can carry them through generations. It’s a handful of minutes delibrately spent on the ones you love most. Food matters, and the stories told around the table, wherever that table may be, are the ones that stick with us….