More cottage gotta-have's - and some delish summer drinks
This week’s Hot Home Products column looked at great stuff for the cottage. I’ve added below some pics that didn’t make it into the paper, including PC Home forged knives, the Lokkii grill and Adventure Medical Kits. I also promised to share a couple of blender recipes. The first one listed below (Cranberry Thyme) I found on Dana McCauley’s blog, which I often read
when I’m ignoring a deadline, when I need to do important research. Seriously, though, this is one great blog, whether you’re a dedicated foodie or merely an enthusiast and curious home cook.The second blender recipe comes from the folks at Breyers, who have just added three new flavours — Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Velvet — to their line of double churned ice-creams. (The second churn gives it a creamier, smoother texture.) Below Dana’s recipe are a couple of ideas for yummy ice-cream based treats. Hamilton Beach, which has just launched a clever thermos blender (see pic at left), also has good recipe ideas on its website. And yes folks, I did test the Breyers double-churned ice cream, although my son James insists we’re not done until we do a blind taste test with it against his fave, Kawartha Dairy, when we’re next at the cottage.
3/4 cup cranberry juice
3 1/2 cup each ice cubes and frozen cranberries
1/4 cup strawberry or raspberry
3 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Mix on high speed until well combined.Dana suggests that a shot of vodka adds a lovely grown-up element to this drink.
Banana Cream Pie Bellini Freeze
Blend 1 scoop of Breyers Double Churn Banana Cream Pie ice cream, 1/4 cup peach nectar and 1 cup of ice. Serve in a martini glass.
Blend 2 cups Breyers Double Churn Dark Chocolate Velvet ice cream, 1/2 cup cold espresso or double strength coffee and 1/4 cup milk. Serve and enjoy immediately.