Money Spent - £0 Money left in purse £16
As I mentioned in the 'Fridge' post the other day there was a full tub of double cream left in there from Christmas. It was just one day out of date, but smelt and tasted absolutely fine, but it needed using up now not wasting. So I put my thinking cap on ... and thought ......Icecream!!
I got out a couple of my favourite books, one real and one on the Kindle and both by a Blogging Buddy, Suzy Bowler. She really is the 'Leftovers Queen'.
The one on the Kindle is all about how to make icecream without a machine, and as I don't have one is perfect for me. The other is my leftovers bible. If I have something to use up, a quick glance in there either tells me exactly what to do or gives me inspiration. (I've put links to both on my sidebar, I want to build up a list of the most useful books for me to use during this Challenge and this reminds me that I actually have them.)
I fancied the Maple Syrup icecream as I had all the necessary things, well except Maple Syrup but I seem to have masses of ordinary syrup so that needs using. Grabbing the little bit of fudge that was left and the Maltesers box that was taking up so much space in the fridge but in reality had hardly any left in it and the condensed milk from the cupboard (I had bought this in error ages ago as it was mixed up on the supermarket shelves with the similar design tins of toffee that I use for my cheats Banoffee Pie).
It was a simple job to whip up the cream, fold in the condensed milk and then the syrup and then split unto two icecream tubs. Into one half I put the chopped up Cranberry Fudge and into the other half the crushed Maltesers. As you can see I got two tubs with almost 500g in each.
Just under a kilo of bargain icecream then.
It's now been labelled and is tucked in the freezer waiting for one of those 'I must have icecream moments'.
Of course all this left me with just under half a tin of condensed milk, I never know what to do with this so I read the side of the tin ... there was a recipe for Chocolate Fudge. Looking for more ideas I dipped again into Suzy's book ....
... and there was a similar recipe for Chocolate Fudge and it was an even easier one. I took this as fate telling me I must make fudge ;-)
So fudge it was!!
Now I don't have a very sweet tooth so I wanted to take the overly sweet edge off this, I went back to the cupboard for more inspiration and found a quarter of a tin of roasted salted nuts (Lovely Hubby's from Christmas) I pinched just enough so when he goes to the tin it looks as though there is still enough left to nibble on, but enough that when crushed up they would cover the top of my now setting fudge.
It worked a treat. As you can see I did it in a one pound loaf tin as I was only using a half of the stated recipe and I wanted a little bit of depth to my fudge. It took ages to set in the fridge, after one night it was firm enough to take out of the tin open out the paper and slice into lengths, but it was still a bit sticky, so I left it in the fridge in the lengths on the paper on a plate overnight again and then yesterday sliced the lengths into cubes.
It tastes gorgeous, it is very rich and would be wonderful as a sweet nibble after a dinner party, or maybe just as I had it last night with a glass of wine and with the Great British Bake Off Sport Relief thingy on television.
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In amongst the comments yesterday was this one from Steve -
I've added a link to his Blog on to my sidebar in the 'Inspirational Blogs column 'One Pound a Day Diet January 2014', so you can nip over and follow his progress. I read his Blog from the beginning last night and I must say I'm impressed with his progress so far.
See what you think.