If you have liked our facebook page, you will have seen our pictures of my blueberry ice cream.  Its been gorgeous weather- till this past week anyway and the old ice cream maker has come out of the cupboard early.

But this year I am on a low lactose diet (low FODMAP diet to be exact) so I have had to rethink old recipes and come up with some alternatives.  And as Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” so I have been experimenting with herbs in my food more than ever – on the journey to creating a new book too!

Of all the recipes I have tried my Orange Blossom Ice Cream has been the winner so far, so here it is for all those who have asked and all those who might like to try this gorgeous ice cream…but first a little bit about this amazing medicinal herb.

Citrus Aurantium Flores – Orange Blossom Aromatic Water

A distilled aromatic water from the bitter orange flower, also used to create the divine essential oil ‘Neroli’.  Traditionally used as a calming nervine tonic.  It can help the Chi to flow smoothly through the body, on a physical level it works as an mild antispasmodic relieving any associated pain; emotionally relieving feelings of frustration, anxiety, worry and anger – helping you to express your feelings more calmly. I also use this herb as a mild sedative at night to help sleep, just 5 ml in water, seems to work as well as valerian – my other favourite sleep herb!

If you want to try this herb without the ice cream recipe it can be made into a delicious drink ‘white coffee’ – add 1 teaspoon to warm water, sweeten with honey or sugar and enjoy.  I also tried adding it to Orange sorbet and my 3 year old loves it!

But here is our indulgent ice cream recipe…please substitute the lactofree products with ‘normal’ milk and cream if preferred

Orange Blossom Ice Cream

Ingredients:

350ml lactofree milk

350ml lactofree cream

3 tbsp corn flour

100g sugar

1/4 tsp xanthum gum

45ml (3 tbsp) orange blossom aromatic water

Method:

1. Mix the cream and cornflour in a bowl, making sure there are no lumps

2. Heat the milk and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil

3. Mix the milk and cream, add in the xanthum gum and reheat until just boiling, then simmer for a few minutes until the liquid thickens and tastes cooked with no powdery flour texture.

4. Allow to cool, then stir in your Orange blossom aromatic water

5. Either put in an ice cream maker, or in your freezer, and whisk every 30 minutes to keep the mixture light and fluffy.

I hope you enjoy its a divine flavour, and it makes you feel so relaxed…a great way to spend an afternoon in the spring sunshine.

Of course I can supply the Orange Blossom water, and your local grocer/supermarket can supply the rest.  Just get in touch if you would like to order yourself something divine to play with today.

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