Friday, 15 July 2011

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!

July, it seems, is Ice Cream Month and the 17th of July is National Peach Ice Cream Day according to my list of American Food Holidays!

Would you like to join me in the garden to celebrate?

Where would you like to sit?

My contribution to the Ice Cream Socials being hosted this weekend by

Peach Melba Knickerbocker Glory - a Barney Desmazery Recipe from BBC Good Food.

It's so good and so easy and soooooooooo delicious
you're probably going to want to try it yourself!

This one is yours, grab a spoon and dive in!
You can even dip the madeleine into the sauce, I won't watch, promise.

300g raspberries
50g caster sugar
200ml double cream
4 ripe peaches, halved - stones removed
8 scoops good quality vanilla ice cream
and a large handful of flaked almonds, lightly toasted.

This is so easy:
Blitz half the raspberries with half the sugar and a splash of water to make a raspberry sauce, then tip into a small bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk the cream with the remaining sugar until stiff and spoonable, then set aside. Thinly slice the peaches.
In tall sundae glasses, layer the peach slices, raspberries and raspberry sauce, finishing with scoops of ice cream, a generous spoonful of whipped cream and a scattering of flaked almonds.
Serve straight away with long spoons.

and, since this is a social event after all
I'll be linking this post to
Beverly's Pink Saturday gathering @ How Sweet The Sound just so that I can show off the gorgeous pink hydrangeas that are still blooming so beautifully,
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
and also
Mosaic Monday with Mary @ the little red house. one of my favourite blog parties.

Please pop in and say Bonjour to all of our delightful hostesses this week
by clicking on the links above or on their buttons on my sidebar..

Bon weekend a tout!


  1. HPS!

    Just had one! Lovely gardens and that ice cream. Yummy!


  2. Your garden is just delightful. I would love to join you for a chat and one of those delicious ice creams. The chair, the table, the flowers - it's all like a magazine shoot.

  3. Hi Maggie,

    I'm so glad I discovered your blog. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous. I love your hydrangeas! The peach ice cream dessert looks delicious; and since I love rasberries and peaches, that should be right up my alley.

    I saw your Bastille Day post yesterday, but didn't get a chance to comment. Hope you enjoyed the celebrations. We are still watching the Tour de France at our house. I plan to do a French-themed tablescape very soon. Thanks for sharing your lovely food and flowers with us!



  4. Yes, it would be a pleasure to sit with you in that lovely garden, eating ice cream. It is terribly hot here.

  5. Wow, this does look delicious with all that lovely fruit and sauce and, last but not least, ice cream and whipped cream. And your setting is so lovely too. I'll be right over, thanks for the invitation! ;-)

  6. That ice cream looks so good!!! It's so hot here and anything cool looks really refreshing! I need to freeze my container and make some homemade ice cream -- except I'm afraid that I WILL EAT THE WHOLE THING!!!

  7. A very pretty *and* delicious post...perfect for PInk Saturday. I hope you have a happy one!!! :D

    Ricki Jill

  8. Hi Maggie!

    Thank you so much for joining in on the fun. Your sundae is so pretty and sounds delicious. I would love to share one in your lovely garden.

    Have a wonderful weekend. La

  9. In a word: "YUMMY!" - thanks for sharing, have a fun pink weekend!

  10. Such a gorgeous setting. It is a perfect place to enjoy ice cream. I am your newest follower!

  11. Oh perfectly lovely in every way! I think that raspberry sauce would work beautifully with so many ice creams. I'll definitely be giving it a try.

  12. ummm...sounds so delicious...and the setting, very beautiful, indeed.
    xo bj

  13. I don't know what says 'summer' more - the setting or the ice cream. I'd like to eat a flute of ice cream and then drift off for a nap right there.

  14. dear Maggie, I would love to sit anywhere in the beautiful garden with you, and beautiful it is. The ice cream looks delicious, and perfect for all this hot July temps we are having. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe..........yummy.
    Hope your weekend is fabulous.

    The French Hutch

  15. Maggie, I'm on my way. I hope my ice cream doesn't melt!



  16. Maggie, Your ice cream looks great and you have a beautiful garden. You are so lucky to have wisteria! I long to grow wisteria, but not sure I have the room for such a large plant.
    xox Beth

  17. I don't know which is more beautiful, Maggie. Your garden (which I would love to sit in with you, talk, sip tea and enjoy) or the raspberry ice cream. Delightful! And that color is divine.

  18. Yum! I'd love to join you in your lovely garden!

  19. What a gorgeous setting for an ice cream! I am in love with your sweet table cloth and your garden looks lovely. Your ice cream creation is calling my name! I do have fresh raspberries but need to seek out some peaches. Its so pretty! Thanks so much for coming to the Social this year. Mark your calendar for next year!

  20. Okay, not only beautiful surroundings but ICE CREAM too !
    thanks for sharing this Pink Saturday (())

  21. Yummy! And the flowers are beautiful. Happy PS!

  22. Oh my goodness...what loveliness! I must try your recipe and I love the name!
    Lovely garden!!

  23. Oh, my! That looks sinful, Maggie. It's certainly large enough to share, but considering how hot it is here, perhaps not. Beautiful garden setting. I may not leave! ~ Sarah

  24. Oh my gosh, this is beautiful--it looks like a magazine...WOW!!!


  25. The Peach Melba looks great Maggie and your setting is just beautiful! Love the list of holidays, there's something to celebrate every day:@)

  26. A gorgeous dessert in a most beautiful garden, can't ask for more than that, what a great way to celebrate! The Peach Melba looks fantastic.

  27. Hi Maggie, it's been a while since I visited here! Thanks for stopping by to visit me and for your nice comments. Your garden is lovely, and your desserts, well, let's just say I wish I was there! xo,

  28. Beautiful photos and delicious ice cream.

  29. Lucious looking! Your garden is breathtaking...

  30. This looks yummy! I love it in the tall glass with the peaches, thanks for the recipe too... and yeah, I scream for ice cream! LOL! Hugs, FABBY

  31. This looks so devine. Your ice cream creation is magnificent and coupled with your gardens, just amazing. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  32. Wow that ice cream looks divine but as you know from meeting Phil and I we are both overweight so we will look, droll and not eat!!!
    Great mosaics, have a good week, Jackie in Surrey.x

  33. Oh wow that ice cream looks delicious. Love your flowers photo's and mosaic .Beautiful

  34. I am so thrilled that I found your blog. Your garden and pictures are a feast for the eye!! Will save the ice cream which looks utterly delectable for my summer..


  35. Beautiful photos.:o)

  36. Love the ice cream sundae dish that you makes the ice cream look extra special and I am sure that it is delicious.

  37. the hydrangeas are stunning. I wish mine were "fat" like that. Hi Maggie, I was delighted to have you visit The Vintage Nest and hope to see you often. I had a big bowl of ice cream last night....a real treat for me. Have a wonderful week.

  38. what a beautiful setting! Everything looks just gorgeous! And the ice cream looks and sounds delish!

  39. Hello again Maggie- Your homemade ice cream success is inspirational ...I'd love to duplicate some of those wonderful flavours I sampled in Italy. It seems like you are really enjoying the days of summer!

  40. You have such a lovely garden!
    Will have dinner first (fish) and then maybe an icecream.......Wonderful mosaic.

  41. Well I never knew there was a special day for ice cream. Guess your lap top survived the dampening it had! Your orto is looking really good,ours not so good this year due to excessive heat at wrong time. By the way thanks for your comments on The Alchemist I was disappointed it was not to your taste after all.

  42. I enjoyed my stay in the beautiful garden. The table is gorgeous.

  43. Your ice cream sounds like it has a wonderful burst of flavors and is very yummy - but truth be told if I was there sharing it with you, I would be so busy admiring your gardens I would forget to eat it :)

  44. What a delicious sounding dish for an ice cream social. I wish I was attending one in your beautiful garden.

  45. it all looks so delicious - and such a beautiful setting!
    Happy MM back to you too Maggie!
    amy of four corners design

  46. Oh boy, I sure do hope that will work with canned peaches as I don't know if I can wait until summer to try this! What a yummy recipe!

    I hope you have been enjoying summer. My in-laws are visiting Mr Attorney's sister who lives in Paris and they said it has been quite cold at times. Your garden is looking so pretty Maggie so I guess the weather must be okay.

    Well, thanks again for sharing the yummy recipe. Hope the rest of your week is wonderful!

    Best wishes,

  47. This setting, and the ice cream, certainly looks inviting!

  48. Maggie, your garden is beautiful and so inviting - especially with that wonderful concoction in the sundae glass. Yum! laurie

  49. My favorite combo for a hot Summer day - anything with peaches and raspberries! This looks and sounds so yummy! Right now I'm on a sorbet kick - especially raspberry - find it so refreshing.


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