I’ve written about food vans before, not your everyday burger or kebab seller but foodie entrepreneurs who really care about the ingredients they use. Whilst there is an explosion of gourmet food trucks in the States,
States, we are slowly catching up here. And summertime festivals are the most likely places to taste their offerings.
The Spring Food Festival in Marlow last Sunday attracted several local makers, with fabulous cheese from the Oxford Cheese Company. Free range meat, sausages, duck and goose eggs from Timpson’s smallholding in Stockenchurch. as well as a number of other cupcake, chocolate, fudge and olive producers. But dominating the lake front was Daisy.
Daisy The Vintage Ice Cream Van is an original 1972 converted Bedford Van, lovingly restored and interior designed, to be a perfectly decked out wedding or party guest. Daisy, in quintessential English garden party style, offers nostalgic dessert flavours from Taywells, such as rhubarb crumble, lemon meringue and although not a dessert a definite Garden Party favourite, Pimms Ice Cream. Nostalgia in a cone!
All this reminiscence about ice cream reminds me of a request from Mr Glam. As a small boy he had to have his tonsils out. The only thing he could eat was Ice Cream (shame!). He remembers his Mum making him some with evaporated milk. A creamy light, soft scoop. But with no idea, beyond the evaporated milk, what the ingredients were, he asked me to make it. After some experimenting I came up with the recipe below, which delighted Mr Glam and has become a family favourite.
Soft Scoop Evaporated Milk Ice Cream
- 400mls evaporated milk
- 120g caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or essence
- Place the evaporated milk in a bowl and whip until it has thickened and increased in volume by about a half. You will need an electric mixer or stand mixer for this as it takes some time.
- Add the sugar and vanilla and whisk lightly to combine
- Transfer the ice cream to the churner and churn as per the instructions
- The ice cream is a soft scoop, creamy and lighthttp://www.das