Monday, 10 July 2017

Homemade Ice Cream without an ice cream maker - Mascarpone Ice Cream

In early March, I made one of my favourite desserts, tiramisu. As there was some leftover “preparation”, I took the opportunity to make a homemade ice cream without using an ice cream maker.

This ice cream is our favourite, very fragrant and unctuous and not too sweet: to eat and cry for more!!

I promise you that this homemade ice cream is super-fast and, above all, it’s too yummy!! After you have tried it, you will never buy industrial ice cream again!

You can enjoy it with any of these toppings: raspberry coulis, melted dark chocolate, whipped cream, chocolate chips, crushed grilled walnuts, raisins macerated in rum… or like me, with macerated strawberries in syrup.

So here we go. Ready to start?

500g mascarpone
4 eggs
100g sugar
1 untreated lemon (zest)
*Optional: 250g fresh strawberries

In a bowl, mix the egg yolks with 50g of sugar until frothy; then add the mascarpone and the lemon zest.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites with the remaining 50g of sugar, then stir them gently, with a spatula, into the rest of the preparation.

Once finished, pour the preparation into a Tupperware and place the preparation in the freezer. Every 30 minutes, for 3 to 4 hours, remove the ice cream from the freezer and mix with a spoon. Thus, the ice cream remains smooth and does not form unpleasant crystals.

*Optional: wash and cut the strawberries in four, add 2 tbsps. of freshly squeezed orange juice and 1 tbsp. of sugar. Reserve in the fridge.

Et voilà, job done.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Vichy After Sun

This is without a doubt the best after sun lotion I have ever used!

I have very sensitive skin - even though I have dark skin I burn quite easily! That is why I always wear sunscreen. However, after a long exposure to the sun - whether swimming in the pool or hiking in the mountains - I always apply this after sun lotion. Not only does this after sun hydrate the skin, it also soothes the sore feeling and considerably reduces the redness/burn overnight. It’s the only after sun lotion we use now.

We love the very pleasant fragrance, I use it all the time during the summer. My skin is beautifully moisturised and slightly satiny.

As usual for Vichy, this is an amazing product for an accessible price: EUR 13.00 for 300ml

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A magical moment at Lavey-les-Bains

Today I am taking you to Lavey-Les-Bains, a day devoted to pampering, relaxation, wellness and joyful moments.

Usually, we go there twice a year to enjoy the thermal baths (see post 20 September 2015).

That Saturday, we woke up early and, after a light breakfast, got in the car and headed for Lavey-Les-Bains. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by a breath of fresh air with a promise of a peaceful day.

The setting is breath-taking, surrounded by mountains in the middle of nowhere... with the exception of the charming village of Saint-Maurice, 2 km away from the thermal baths.

In the interior there is an area dedicated to wellness: hamam, sauna, massage etc., all in a classic Arabian style decor.

Thermal Bath Kit Essentials: Large straw basket, sunscreen, after sun lotion and a traditional Fouta – very absorbent, lightweight and so stylish…

A long circuit round the various water features: jets, fountains, jacuzzis and cascades. This is absolutely great because all conditions are met: enchanting landscape, sunshine and deliciously hot water.

I am always happy to be in the water, whether in the ocean or in a pool, so I felt in my element. Honestly, who wouldn’t, amidst such fabulous scenery?

I really liked this sunscreen that I bought on 50% promotion at Coop - it smells good, spreads easily, does not leave the skin sticky, and protects very well.

Our exploration ended in the hot pool located inside and in the relaxation room.

Although we know the village of Saint-Maurice, we are always keen to visit it. If you ever happen to go to Lavey-Les-Bains, I strongly advise you to add a short visit to this charming place to your programme.

Must-see attraction: “The Grotte aux Fées (“Cave of the Fairies”) in the cliffs above Saint-Maurice, Switzerland is a natural limestone solution show cave, featuring a 77-metre (253 ft) high underground waterfall, claimed as the world's highest waterfall in a show cave.”

I love large baskets, I think they are ideal for summertime, you can put a thousand things in them. They are perfect for any occasion such as spas, swimming pools, picnics, weekends, markets, etc... I have had this one for years, I bought it at “L'échappée belle” in Carouge, Geneva. They have them in various materials and colours and with different decorations.

If I had to sum up the day in one word, I would describe it as magical.

Lots of Love