A wee while ago, one of my flatmates (risotto man) walked in with a look on his face that was something like a mixture of a grinning demon and a gleeful child. My other flatmate and I were slightly alarmed at first, but we were soon reassured when Risottoman pulled out a smallish, square box from his bag. The day had come: he’d finally acquired a blender.
My flatmate has an interesting rapport with his blender. Maybe it’s because he was thinking about buying one for so long, but he’s not been the same since Gino (because that’s what the blender is called) moved into our kitchen. First of all, he’s been happier and more relaxed than I’ve ever seen him before. Everything and anything can be a reason for a party now. Having breakfast? How about we have a smoothie party instead? Having a bad day? Smoothie party will make you feel better! Already having a party? Let’s make it into a smoothie party.
On the other hand, he’s also absurdly protective of the blender. He’ll make a face if you even so much as point at Gino, he flinches when you touch it, and he’ll just shout at you if you dare to stick a fork in to check your smoothie for chunks. I feel this boy’s eyes on my back whenever I wash up the blender cup.
Apart from the occasional anxiety, the blender has brought us mostly joy. Our daily fruit intake has skyrocketed, so we’re feeling pretty healthy. Parties have been made more interesting with the addition of smoothie shots. And we’ve learned to make banana ice cream, plus our own better version, banana and pistachio ice cream! Banana ice cream is awesome because you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it! All you need is a blender or, even better, a food processor, and a freezer. And the following ingredients!
So for 3 portions of ice cream you will need:
- 3 bananas
- 50gr fresh, unsalted pistachios
- 1 egg white
Chop up your bananas and stick the pieces in the freezer for at least a few hours, or otherwise just overnight.
Put your pistachios in the blender first. grind them up, leaving a part slightly chunky. Then add the bananas and the egg white. If you’re using a blender, add the bananas bit by bit. If you’re using a food processor you’re safe to add them all in one go. Now grind everything up and keep grinding until it becomes a thick paste. The ice cream won’t be as thick and solid as normal, but I don’t think it really matters. However, if this bothers you, you can stick it back in the freezer for an hour or so, and it’ll turn out fairly thick. Give it a good stir when you take it out of the freezer and you’re good to go!