One of the greatest discoveries you can make as a child is the world of reading and the twins are huge fans of the world of fiction. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch them devour books and have opinions on them. Alice enjoyed the first Harry Potter book so much she wants to re read it.
There are so many wonderful books around for kids today including some great timeless classics such as the BFG by Roald Dahl, what an imagination. His books really do transport you into another world.
We had been invited to the premier of The BFG in London but sadly it clashed with the twins birthday and a family party that had already been organised but it didn’t stop me coming up with a fun ice cream recipe for the summer months ahead – Snozzcumber ice cream.
The Snozzcumber is a fictional foodstuff featured prominently in this The BFG. The Snozzcumber resembles a cucumber but differs in various respects. The snozzcumber varies from nine to twelve feet long. It is striped lengthwise black and white, with wart-like growths all over its surface.
It’s the invention of words like snozzcumber that tickle me and it is the language that the BFG uses that is so clever and gives him such a great character
“But if you don’t eat people like all the others,” Sophie said, “Then what do you live on?”
“That is a squelching tricky problem around here,” the BFG answered. “In this sloshflunking Giant Country, happy eats like pineapples and pigwinkles is simply not growing. Nothing is growing except for one extremely icky-poo vegetable. It is called the snozzcumber.”
“The snozzcumber!” cried Sophie. “There’s no such thing!”
The BFG looked at Sophie and smiled, showing about twenty of his square white teeth. “Yesterday,” he said, “we was not believeing in giants, was we?
Today we is not believing in snozzcumbers. Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own little winkles, we think it is
Alice is currently reading The BFG and Bessie Matilda, another Raold Dahl favourite so it seemed the perfect excuse to invent a Dahl-ish ice cream.
Snozzcumber ice cream
When coming up with ideas, I knew instantly it has to be green but it also had to have black flecks in it. I didn’t want it tasting too weird as I wanted the girls to enjoy it so I went for kiwis and cucumber with the addition of chocolate chips.
Snozzcumber ice cream recipe
- 375ml whipping cream
- 125ml whole milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 75g caster sugar
- Fruit mixture
- 250g kiwis, peeled and choipped into chunks
- 200g cucumber, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 55g caster sugar
- Chocolate chips
- green food colouring
- Place the cream and milk into a medium heavy based saucepan, heat until the mixture just starts to simmer.
- Meanwhile beat the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale and thick, once the cream mixture is hot, slowly whisk it into the egg mixture.
- Clean the saucepan and return to a low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
- Pour the mixture into a heatproof bowl, cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
- To make the fruit base, blend the kiwis and cucumber, add the sugar and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate until cold.
- Once both mixtures are cold, gently fold together, add the green food colouring to the desired tone of green, I added 7 tsps.
- Churn in the ice cream maker adding the chocolate chips when the machine beeps for add ins.
- Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 1 week.