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Ramadan special – Vimto Ice Cream

This year Ramadan has been the hottest. It makes me wonder how all who are fasting are keeping up! I hope all of them are hydrating well after sundown. Each year, Ramadan also inspires me to try something new keeping up with the local tastes and ingredients. Vimto features prominently in all the Bahraini households that I know. Vimto is a mixed berry drink that is quite high on sugar but works wonders after a day of no food and drink. Usually Vimto is simply mixed with water and tonnes of ice to create a refreshing drink at home. It is also served at restaurants as an accompaniment to dinner. 

When I tried Vimto for the very first time, I wasn’t impressed. To me it tasted like medicine at that time and I vowed never to try it again. It was not until several years later that in 2016 that I tried Vimto at a local cafe that I actually found the flavour interesting. With tonnes of ice after a walk in souq, under the hot sun, Vimto revived my sagging spirits. Since then, I have enjoyed this drink on and off. This Ramadan, I felt like experimenting with this much-loved syrup-drink and thought that ice – cream was the safest way to do so. 

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While researching this drink, I found this interesting trivia that really surprised me –

“This  purple drink was first manufactured in Manchester in 1908 ( 105 years ago) and made from grape, blackcurrant and raspberry flavouring and lot of sugar”

Also the Vimto sold in the Gulf states is thought to be even higher in sugar levels than that sold in Western countries. 

With this interesting trivia engaging my thoughts, I embarked on creating this simple 4 -ingredient ice cream at home.  This ice cream uses Fresh cream, whole milk, Condensed milk and Vimto.

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It was very happy with the way the ice cream turned out especially because I don’t have an ice cream maker. It was creamy and the Vimto flavour was spot on. 

Vimto Ice Cream
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups whole milk
  2. 2 cups fresh cream
  3. 1 cup vimto
  4. 1 tin condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Blend the condensed milk with whole milk well.
  2. Add Vimto to this mix
  3. Whip the fresh cream until it form soft peaks and fold it into the mix. ( if you feel it is not folding well, just don't bother and blend it all in)
  4. Pour it in a container and cover it.
  5. Freeze it for atleast 2.5 hours or 3 hours and then bring it out. Give it a good mix to break all the ice formation until the ice cream is creamy.
  6. Send it back to the freezer for another 3 hours, bring it out again and blend it again to break the ice;
  7. Do this atleast 4-5 times for the creamiest texture.
  8. Serve the Vimto ice scoops with berries
Sliceofmylyfe - a Food blog based in Bahrain http://www.sliceofmylyfe.com/

Keep calm and have a very berry loaf cake

To have faith is like trusting yourself to the water. When you swim you shouldn’t try grabbing hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead  when you relax, you’d float. It is so simple a fundamental, yet so difficult to grasp when you are in between things that are not in your control. Running your business can teach you things about yourself that you never knew before. It is like doing a crash course in all kinds of adrenaline sports at the same time. Deep sea diving, jumping off cliffs or most of time swimming with the sharks. But you know what, I wouldn’t change a thing because there is so much character polishing that happens every single moment of being an entrepreneur. 
 Last two months were extraordinarily difficult, work-wise. I was told that the region worked a certain way and I had no choice but to adapt to the nature of it. Overall everything was so slow and excruciatingly frustrating. 

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Though it was very grey in the months of August and September, there was never a dull moment. I met many people and each one of them had so much to teach me. 

I understood that I needed to get out of my employee mindset and accept the fact that there will not be a monthly cheque coming into my bank account at the end of every month

Once I managed unrealistic expectations like not having a regular income, it was easy to focus on what I needed to do to get out of this murky situation. Let me tell, it is not at all easy to see anything clearly when finances aren’t robust and your lifestyle is feeling threatened because anxiety rules the roost. Yet, I learnt to accept. Somehow. 

I am not saying that I don’t feel anxious anymore. Oh, it is just that, I manage it better now. Breathing helps and so does pushing myself away from the situation mentally into a completely different environment. 

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It is also unbelievable how far the firm has come in the last 5 months with a team that help deliver projects. By the grace of God, I have a talented lot on my side – smart, intelligent and very capable. I feel safe from that perspective because I can rely on them for any kind of work. 

Yet, there are days when I don’t feel like getting out of my bed because in my head, it feels there is nothing worth looking forward to. Then those days pass and I get back to work. Well, I am a moody entrepreneur like that. What I am not is the fearless kind. I know I operate from a position of fear. Fear of the future, the fear of putting myself out there in the crowd of the unknown and the fear of feeling like a fraud. That is  fear I constantly struggle with. But what I have understood is most people who have willed themselves out of their comfort zones feel like frauds. Confident frauds, if that makes sense. Ofcourse, capability exists and so does commitment and sincerity yet can’t escape feeling like a fraud. How are we doing what we are doing and getting away with it? A keen and educated observer would say, through your skill, sheer determination and hard work!

Such a shame, isn’t it!

However, I have all the confidence when it comes to enjoying some splendid cake. Especially the kind that I bake myself. For no reason. This cake is stellar and trust me you will have your family and friends fighting for crumbs. In the making of this cake, I coated the berries with flour so that they do not sink at the bottom. But they sunk anyway. Now this is why I have trust issues but I am letting it go because the cake turned out amazing. 

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This recipe is from BBC Good Food Magazine- 

Of New Year Parties, Resolutions and Cheers ( Berry Delight recipe)

An amazing New Year to you all.

A tad late ( its the 3rd of January 2011)  but nevertheless, the spirit’s still soaring. After a lack lustre vacation, I had little hopes about ending the year with the bang.

Being an eternal optimist, I had prepared well ahead for New Year’s Eve. I had bought myself a red dress and a black, shiny, short jacket. So I was very sure that I would atleast go out for dinner if not a party, so dress could be worn. It is a perfect dress for I ( read ,  my body) am still under transition and so  I wanted something comfortable yet smart. I bought this dress from New Look and when I tried it on, it felt right. It was the right color- Red- bold and making a statement, the frills added some drama and it was as comfortable as my night gown( tsk tsk :-))!! The black cardigan/short jacket covered the bare shoulders and gave the flowy garment some definition. Okay, enough about the dress! The point is, I love that dress and I will wear it even when it is worn out and out dated. Oh, by the way, I observed Carrie Bradshaw aka Sarah Jessica Parker on E! News wearing the same dress in lavender on the sets of Sex and the City (Movie-II). I think she’s quite the fashionista, so few quick pats on my back for picking up a swell garment. Continue reading Of New Year Parties, Resolutions and Cheers ( Berry Delight recipe)