Summer's finally here - banana soft serve and cappuccino chia pudding
After what seemed like a never-ending, practically Game of Thrones-style winter, London has finally remembered it needed to get on with this summer thing and cranked temperatures up to the mid to high 20s. Hooray!
When this happens, for about five minutes everyone goes a little heat-crazy and colonises every spare pavement or inch of grass for an imprompu bbq or place to crack open some weak lager and pretend like we're all oh-so-continential, yuh?
After a while though you start to feel like those dogs that featured in adverts telling you not to leave your pet locked in a car, all swivelling eyes and plaintive expressions begging for relief.
What to do in the heat? Bust out the chilled desserts.
I've had a couple of such icy wonders on my to-make list for a while - first up, banana soft serve as championed, perplexingly, by Gwyneth Paltrow.
If that's not enough to put you off, then by all means, this is a recipe that you can't go wrong with: chop up a banana into thin coins, then freeze them overnight. Once they've all set rock solid, blend them with a couple of tablespoons of non-dairy milk of your choice. Add vegan chocolate chips if you like, or a bit of rum, and you get some pretty darn tasty ice cream.
Something else that takes an overnight to make is chia pudding. I know I'm so far behind the curve on this one that the curve can't even see me in its rear view mirror, but still, better late than never.
If you'd have told me about the realities of chia pudding before I got stuck in, I'd have been a little skeptical - so, it's like cold frogspawn, you say? Mmm, tasty - so I'm pretty glad I went into this one without being forewarned.
And it turns out that cold frogspawn makes a decent dessert - I introduced some cappuccino soy milk to a few chia seeds and left the lot in the fridge overnight for something beautiful to happen. Like banana soft serve, I'm convinced that a bit of rum and a few chocolate chips would probably take this from very nice to where have you been all my life?
But then, I think that's pretty much the case for anything I can think of. Rum, anybody?