2 articles Tag dessert

Nostalgia Foods

Source

As we grow older and our palate develops, we discover a whole new way of eating. We are introduced to different foods, changing cuisines, experiment with our own recipes, and try food we never thought that we would. We can become cultured, bordering on being foodies, loving experimentation and something new, innovative.

Nevertheless… sometimes, you just can’t beat food that tastes of the past.

We all have that one food that is liable to trigger our sense memory and make us think of another time in our life. It might be the taste of an ice cream we once ate on holiday; even if we nibble it in our kitchen on a grey day, it reminds us of walking on the beach with the sun on our skin. It might be sampling a few retro sweets and being transported back to our school days, almost as if we can feel the scratch of our school uniform against our skin once more. It doesn’t have to be sweet, of course – sometimes it can just be the taste of an evening meal that reminds us of the food our Mum used to serve each evening.

There is a real power in nostalgia. For all our changing tastes and experimentation with different cuisines, there is something inherently comforting about food that is familiar and brings with it a smile of days gone by. Rather than ignoring the food of previous years, experiment in a new way and see how it can blend in.

  1. Use Sweets As An Addition To A Dessert

If you like to bake, you could make the most delicious dessert using all the new techniques that you have picked up over the years. Spin sugar, craft with pastry, drizzle with a ganache. Then, for that nostalgic twist, add a few old-style penny sweets on the side. Not only do they add an extra flavour, but they can make the resulting dish extra Instagram worthy!

  1. Old Cooking Techniques

There’s no doubt that we know more now about food and nutrition than we ever have. In the midst of all this knowledge, we have abandoned several methods of cooking. When was the last time you fried something with butter rather than coconut oil, for example?

The best way to bring out old flavours on occasion is to use old cooking methods. Fry with butter, opt for boiling over steaming – you’d be surprised the way it can release flavours you thought you’d forgotten. It doesn’t have to be every day, of course, but it can be a nice twist for a special occasion.

  1. Have An Evening Of Nostalgic Food

Source

If you want to keep fun with nostalgia to a minimum, then a one-off treat night every few months could be just the ticket. Think of it: a starter of a prawn cocktail and nibbles, a main meal of simple meat and vegetables, and a dessert of spotted dick with a few sweets on the side. It’s the quickest way to make yourself feel like you’re 16 again!

Slow Cooker Lava Cake

I have to say it: I am becoming a slow-cooker obsessive. Since Husband bought a Crock Potfor me about a month ago, I’ve cooked about a dozen meals in it, getting slightly more adventurous each time. Last night, I tried making dessert in it for the first time and I was so impressed with how easy it was and how well it turned out that I thought I’d share it with you. Behold, the LAVA CAKE!

slow cooker lava cake

What this picture is not showing you is that although it looks like a humble sponge cake, there is actually molten goodness inside (hence lava cake…), like a low-effort chocolate fondant, if you will. But, I cannot stress how easy this is to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 package of chocolate sponge mix (we used Betty Crocker as it was all they had in the Co-Op at 4pm on a Saturday) plus the wet ingredients stated on the box (I think it’s eggs, oil and water)

1 package of Angel Delight (we used butterscotch and it worked SO well!) plus 300ml milk

Chocolate chips or chunks (I used a bag of milk and a bag of white chocolate chunks)

  • Grease your slow cooker with a little oil spray or butter
  • Mix up your cake batter and pour it into the slow cooker
  • Mix up your Angel Delight, leave to thicken for 5 minutes and then pour directly on top of your cake batter in the slow cooker
  • Sprinkle you chocolate chips evenly over the top of the mixtures
  • Cook on high for 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Serve with custard or ice cream and try not to make inappropriately lustful noises whilst eating.

It really is as simple as “chuck it all in and wait”, which is my favourite type of dessert. We got 6 massive portions out of ours, or 8 reasonable portions, and although it may not be the best looking dish once it’s served up, I’d be more than happy serving it to guests as it’s so damn tasty! I’m going to experiment with different flavours too; I’m thinking vanilla sponge and strawberry Angel Delight next time!

Have you made this before? What flavours did you use? Leave me a comment below!

(post contains affiliate link)