Lavender and Blackberry Ice Cream.

This is a gorgeous creamy ice cream full of the lavender aroma and taste. With the crunch of the blackberries. We were told that lavender ice cream is delicious from Hayley and Paul who came to visit us a few weeks ago. So I gave it a try and yes I totally agree with them. Thank you this ice cream is a winner and I shall make it more than once over the Summer period.

No-churn creamy, lavender and fresh blackberry ice cream.

Ingredients

1 cup whole milk
1 tbsp dried lavender buds
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g sweetened condensed milk
half a cup of mashed fresh blackberries

Instructions

1 Begin by creating the lavender infusion. Warm the milk over a moderate-low heat in a small saucepan until the milk is just beginning to simmer. Lower the heat to low, add the dried lavender buds and let the buds rest in the milk for about five minutes. Pour this mixture into a small bowel and cover with cling film and refrigerate for about an hour.

2 In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the heavy whipping cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla extract, then continue to whisk until stiffer peaks form. Only a second or two.

3 Gently fold the condensed milk into the cream using a plastic spatula.

4 Strain the lavender using a sieve, tossing away the lavender buds, leaving the infused milk to be used. Add this to the whipped cream/condensed milk. Then add the mashed blackberries. Gently combine.

5 Pour the mixture into a plastic container and/or small ramekins, cover with a lid or cling film and freezer for about four hours.

Should last for about three months.

 
 

Craft and Social Sessions in Daglan Village

If you fancy making something new or bringing whatever you are making to the craft and social sessions it would be great to meet you. It is a good opportunity to meet the ladies of Daglan village for a chat, watch a demonstration by one of the ladies or like me to try to improve my French speaking skills while working on my embroidery.

Every Wednesday afternoon 2-4, in the craft room at the Salle des Fêtes, all are welcome.

There is an excellent sewing machine, fabrics, wool, cotton etc. that people can use.
 

Two expert knitters.
 

Coffee or tea with delicious home made gateau or biscuits every week.
 

I love the expertly crocheted snow flakes.
 

A gorgeous sweater at the front and cute Noël decorations at the back of the table.
 
 

It’s the time of year for two of my favorite events :-

Festival of Chocolate in Sarlat, I can not wait.
 

Also the Daglan Spring Fete Flowers Festival 18th March, wonderful, we shall be there.
 
 

Spring Festival (Fête du Printemps)

To celebrate the first day of spring our Mairie organised a Spring Festival in and around La Place De La Liberté, which extended down the main road and the many side streets of Daglan. This is the first Spring Festival and what a success it has been. Paul and I bought flowers for our balcony, veranda and our petit garden, plus mint and tomato plants.

There was also a five course luncheon held at the Salle des Fetes for about one hundred and forty people, which unfortunately we could not attend, my fault for being a vegetarian, but the menu looked excellent and I am very sure tasted superb.

 

Spring FestivalView from our balcony

 

DSCN1206Le Lavoir, which was decorated with dragon fly’s made by the children in the local primary school.

 

DSCN1208Totting up the bill, Paul buying pansies not all of them on show but nearly, with tomato plants and mint.

 

DSCN1210There was even major garden equipment for sale.

 

DSCN1211We had never seen these Japanese trees before.

 

DSCN1216Cactus plants, daffodils, roses, alpines etc anything that you would want to buy for the garden was on display.

 

DSCN1217Including ready made topiary – I was tempted but did not buy.

 

A few of our favourite things

When you reach the last month of the year it is time to reflect upon the last year and our time spent in the beautiful Perigord/Daglan: the friendly people who always stop and say hello, the gorgeous countryside, medieval villages, fresh food, sunshine the list goes on.

So here are just a few of our favourite things.

 Gorgeous vibrant colours of the flowers

Gorgeous vibrant colours of the flowers

We love the wine and liquors of the area. However, I do think that the lady below has had just a few too many grapes!

a few too many

a few too many

This is one of our favourite Patisseries, Maison Carré at Castlenaud.

One look and we had to buy a few.

One look and we had to buy a few.

My mouth is watering just looking at the picture.

Truly delicious

Truly delicious pâtisserie

This will be our last ‘blog’ until January, so Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel) to everyone, and thank you so much for reading our ‘blog’ the comments were unexpected but really appreciated. When I first started to write a ‘blog’ I did not think that many people would read it, I was presently surprised.

Thank you and seasons greetings

Phoebe under our tree at home, she always finds her own present and patiently waits for the big day

Is it Christmas yet?

Is it Christmas yet?