I've been feeling quite uninspired of late. I'm not sure if it is the relentless dark skies and drizzle we seem to be suffering up here in the North East, but something is suffocating my usual enthusiasm for all things edible. Not even the installation of King Kevin Keegan back at Newcastle Utd has got me kick started. Yet.
It won't last for long. When food is concerned it never does as there is always something to get you excited. Yesterday was one of those, 'I want a dessert but I'm feeling uninspired and miserable and there is nothing in the house', days.
A quick peek around found a tub of yoghurt, a lemon and some pistachio nuts to make a very simple but impressive palate cleanser of a dessert. It is this kind of thing that gets me inspired again. Sometimes too many ingredients in the fridge can lead to inspiration shut down, where as working with the bare minimum can have you cooking like no tomorrow.
This dessert entails 5 minutes of your time and a few hours freezing. The smack of lemon zest and juice and the sharp yoghurt are smoothed by a little honey, and the nut provides a pleasant texture. It was just what we needed after the spicy nettle curry. Maybe my spark has returned and I just don't know it. But either way, this is indication that good food is a thing of simplicity, that anybody can do it and that it needn't cost much money. Be inspired.
Lemon, Pistachio and Yoghurt Ice
500ml natural yoghurt
100ml good honey
Zest and juice of one lemon
A couple of handfuls of pistachios, roughly crushed
1 - In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Taste for sweetness, it may be too sharp for your palate.
2 - Pour into an airtight container and place into the freezer. If you have an ice cream maker, all the better as it will be done in no time.
3 - For people like me who don't own an ice cream maker, there are two ways you can do it. Every hour, take a fork and beat the mixture thoroughly to break down and distribute the ice. Or you can freeze for 3-4 hours then blitz in a food processor.
4 - Serve with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of nuts.