Ice Cream in a Chocolate Coat


Summertime and ice cream – there is no way to avoid this cool treat. I have a friend visiting me for a few weeks and she asked me about ice cream. I thought that it is a good idea and prepared some almond ice cream covered with chocolate in two versions: on a stick and as confection.


To make the ice cream more almond I put a few drops of almond extract into the mixture. As sweetener I used raw honey. I put also a teaspoon of carob gum so it will not make ice cristals in the ice cream which can be disturbing.

Try this recipe with other kinds of ice cream flavors like orange ice cream or just vanilla ice cream!

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Ice Cream Confect
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
16 confects 15 minutes
Passive Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 confects 15 minutes
Passive Time
6 hours
Ice Cream Confect
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
16 confects 15 minutes
Passive Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 confects 15 minutes
Passive Time
6 hours
Ingredients
For the ice cream:
For the coating:
Servings: confects
Instructions
  1. Clean the peaches and cut them in chunks. Put all the ingredients for the ice cream into the blender and blend until super smooth.
  2. Fill the 16 molds with the ice cream and freeze at least for 6 hours, better overnight.
  3. Take the confect out of the freezer and prepare the chocolate coating. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil and let it cool a little. Now pass one confect after the other in the chocolate and put them on a parchment paper on a plate and again into the freezer. Let them stay for about 15 minutes until the chocolate shell is completely hard.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can use all kinds of fruit but prefer the ones, that have a good own taste like banana or strawberries. Apples or pears are poor in taste.

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Graz by Night


A couple of weeks ago I was in Graz to visit a friend together with my honey. We had some wonderful time together. And my sweetheart enjoyed very much the food (I think in the first place) and the sight-seeing. We have been also in the armory which is the biggest storage for armor and weapons of centuries ago. Four floors of tremendously heavy and long swords, knights armor that is watching you wherever you turn and pistols beautifully decorated.


I enjoyed very much the walk through a Graz by night, with all those beautiful lights, music in every corner, restaurants and pubs open and young people sitting outside in the street at little bistro tables. We had some vegan ice cream (I have to compromise on refined sugar), my two men Schnitzel and Spätzle for lunch, and we listened to a concert in the main square.

I like Graz at every season but summer is definitely my favorite! The lights gave the city a very romantic touch.

Enjoy the photos!

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Graz, Styria/Austria:


For further information:

Graz Tourism webpage
More about Graz on Travelwriticus

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An Early Morning Walk in Venice


Venice.. just a couple of days and I fell in love with this beautiful city. But I am not the only one and have to share my strolls through the many little alleyways with at least half of the world in the same day.

So one morning I decided to get up right away when I woke up and have a walk through the narrow walkways. And that was the best decision ever! Nearly no people, only a handful of tourists, a couple of weddings on Piazza San Marco, shirt-less gondoliers getting ready their boats and lots of pigeons feeling free on the big open space. It is definitely something to do during a Venice stay!

Here are some impressions of the walk… enjoy!

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The Yellow Chair – A Talk with Artist Christa Wächtler


‘Der Gelbe Stuhl’ is similar to the ‘Der Rote Stuhl’ I was already a few times. ‘The Yellow Chair’ is a smaller group of artists that are only in the community of Scharbeutz and surroundings. One of my friends – Petra Krabbemeyer of Creart (in German) – is participating every year.

I was in the area and wanted to go around to see some art, but also some of the typical houses and gardens/yards that make Schleswig-Holstein in summer so beautiful and special. Of course, it came different that expected.


The first artist (and also the only one) we visited was Christa Wächtler. She is a pretty worldwide famous painter and poet from Sierksdorf. She lives in a nice old house surrounded by an amazing garden or yard, full of trees, bushes and flowers around a green green lawn.

Christa Wächtler was born in 1935 in Rostock, but grew up in Sierksdorf and studied Pharmacy and History of Art, later also Graphic. Since 1968 she is a self-employed painter and graphic designer. Since then, with the help and respect of her family and especially her husband, she participated in many exhibitions worldwide, gained many awards and is known in the highest artists’ world.

By that time she became also a lyricist and started to write Haiku poesy. She even designed her own fabric which was produced in Japan. She still is very active and produces calendars, photo compositions and paintings of different styles and is very agile at 83 years.


We had a very thorough walk through her house, full of art, with little space for living. Very different, very interesting. She explained some techniques she uses for photo compositions, paintings and more. She offered tea and cake and was very enthusiastic to show us her work. She speaks a very good English!

We had a very unexpected, long lunch-time walk through her house viewing her amazing work and were overwhelmed after the visit. We needed to relax and let all this sink in. So we went on a hunt for a still open restaurant as it was nearly 3 pm and most of the restaurants in Germany at this time shut down their kitchens. But we were lucky…. in Eutin.

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Sierksdorf, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:

For further information:
Der gelbe Stuhl (in German)
Christa Wächtler (in German)


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Until the Last Crumb – about a Fig Tart that disappeared in Minutes


To my surprise this year I had some figs big enough to harvest. I didn’t wait this time until the birds had their fig parties – I picked them even though they could stay a little longer to be more ripe. I didn’t want to risk it! There are still loads of figs on the trees – I have three. Let’s see if I will have more..

I decided to make a quick fig tart. Just some short pastry, fig jam and vanilla custard. All in layers, decorated with figs on the top. Served cold this little quick-treat is really delicious. So delicious that it finished super fast in one evening and all was gone. Just crumbs left for breakfast. OK, I had guests, but just a couple, not too many for a whole cake!

Short pastry is something you can make ahead and store in the fridge for several days. This way you are always ready for a fast treat when friends and relatives show suddenly up.

Here you find the recipe for the short pastry.

In this article you will find the recipe for the custard.

For the jam you find the recipe here. I only added seabuckthorn juice to make it more fruity.

If you are addicted to whipped cream: make some whipped coconut cream and put it on top of all.

With the remaining short pastry I tried a new cookie cutter 😀

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