Not Camping Day One

Not Camping with Tom is not at all like Not Camping alone. I'm not sure why because he's quiet and does his thing while I do my thing. It just feels different. Having someone else around checks my inclination for over-indulgence (but not entirely) and the experience feels more like normal life than a week of hedonism. I like it better I think.


There have been currants to pick. I have quite a stash in the freezer now. I think I shall make redcurrant jelly later this week.

There has been laundry and ironing too, but there has also been some very pleasurable cooking.

We ate ice cream daily in Cornwall last week. We're eating it daily this week too. Tom approves. This one is caramel salt ice cream. It is bloody delicious.


So easy to make. I used the basic recipe described in this post. Once it had churned I scraped it into a plastic tub and stirred in about half a jar of this gorgeous sauce. It really is seriously buttery. I also sprinkled in some flakes of sea salt. Then I put it in the freezer to get nice and firm.


I shall use the rest of the caramel sauce to make another batch for when the campers return. I will not of course stick my finger in the jar every time I open the fridge.


Tom is very fond of prawns and so am I. These are spicy garlic prawns based on this recipe. We ate it as a main course with salad. Tom had bread with his. Again, bloody delicious.



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  1. Your ice cream sounds incredible. Salted caramel is exactly my bag.

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  2. Mmmm that all looks incredible!

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  3. Waitrose here I come. Good to have you back.

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  4. Sounds like not camping is fun! I would not have been able to even try and keep the caramel, I would have had to use it on something straight away.

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  5. I shall be doing the ice-cream and pretending I'm not camping too.

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  6. You always eat such delicious looking, and sounding food, Sue. That ice cream is making my mouth water.

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  7. I love your 'not camping' posts!

    Being a savoury girl, I'm not a fan of ice cream but salted caramel might just turn me.

    Heather x

    PS. I'm pretty sure I can see a finger groove in that dipping sauce!!!

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    1. Ermmm.....I think that must have been Tom...

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  8. We seriously need a Waitrose oop north - lol - your prawn dish looks delish (nothing like the original recipe) - it looks much nicer - any chance sharing your version of the recipe xx

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    1. It really was the same as the original recipe Ali except I didn't really measure anything. I heated some olive oil, sautéed a couple of cloves of crushed garlic, added a teaspoon of smoked paprika and some dried chilli flakes. Then I added about a pound of defrosted raw tiger prawns, a splash of vermouth, a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and some parsley.

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  9. They also delicious. I've pinned them for when I'm back from hols - some treats to look forward to! x

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  10. Gorgeous food! I find that whenever anyone else is in the house, even if they are demanding, it *is* very different from being completely alone. You are a good mother to be so obliging.

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  11. please make that "undemanding"! : )

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  12. Hurrah, my favourite posts! Love the not camping series as it is a topic close to my heart - I try to put off the dreaded activity every year. It has rained incessantly since you left Sue. Please return forthwith & bring the ruddy sun with you! Off to make some ice cream xx

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  13. Oh yes I love your not camping posts! That icecream . . . . .!

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  14. what's wrong with hedonism anyway?

    that ice cream looks a good deal more sophisticated than my whipped cream and condensed milk Evil Ice Cream

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  15. All looks delicious! I really look forward to your Not Camping posts! :o)

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  16. Sue, it seems to me that Tom is very bright and has great taste, too.

    Not camping surely triumphs over the alternative on day one.

    The caramel ice cream looks superb. Is it possible to check fingerprints left in a salted caramel jar? Surely not.

    The prawn recipe looks like something I would try. Betraying an ongoing ignorance, what is the difference between shrimp and prawns? Sue. at my advanced age, there are not many folks to whom I would feel comfortable asking this question.

    Oops, almost forgot to say how much I like the idea that you have glistening currents to pick.

    xo

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    1. What you call shrimps we call prawns. Here shrimps are very tiny -about an inch long when cooked and are a speciality of the North West of England. Morecombe Bay shrimps are famous. They are cooked and potted with butter to be eaten for tea.

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    2. Thank you, Sue, for clearing my prawn/shrimp confusion!

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  17. I am not sure about salt in sweet things. but I've never tried it.... Obviously the only solution is to make the ice cream and try it out.....

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  18. It looks totally delicious.
    The diet may have to wait until you have done not camping.

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  19. Anonymous6:10 pm BST

    I actually like camping, but when you present Not Camping this way, it makes one wonder why you would choose the discomforts of camping over this. It is also fun for this American to figure out what your references to foods are, in this case the candies that you want to put in the linked ice cream recipe. And then I found a recipe for making a Dime or Daim bar, which I'd never heard of but it sounds good so I had to save that recipe, too. Thanks for this little escape.

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    1. It's fun for me too! I when I read a recipe for Heath bar ice cream in the B&J book I googled Heath bar and thought they looked the same as Dime bars (which are actually Swedish). Maltesers are malt balls.

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  20. Looks delicious - I'm a bit scared of making my own ice cream for some reason... And if Waitrose is a bit far (we have the same problem) Marks and Spencer do a very nice caramel sauce in a jar. I too struggle with leaving it alone, being a total full-fat dairy lover.

    Talking of butter, the mention of potted shrimps now has my mouth watering.

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  21. Hmmm I feel the police of deliciousness need to do a spot check to ensure the absolute loveliness of the garlic prawns and caramel salt icecream; after all a finger check is not a forensically approved method of assessment.
    They will, I'm sure, be in touch at an appropriate juncture. Until then I think it best to continue with your ad hoc assessments.

    Sounds delicious - my mouth is watering.

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  22. S-C-R-U-M-M-Y!

    Looks better than Roskilley's.....I had salted caramel when we were there, it was a bit sweet. Beam me down a tub of yours! x

    Ps I see Pip says it's been raining incessantly....not in Penzance (except Sunday)! Aaah, the difference of 25 miles in the cornish climate....

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  23. I really must try those prawns, I like anything with garlic and parsley in it.

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  24. Your food posts are making my legs feel weak! I want to try everything! x

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  25. I so need to make that ice cream! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Best wishes, Pj x

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