~ Down Memory Lane ~
The Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae
Down my memory lane are tall hedges with berries, grassy banks covered with primroses and violets; bluebell woods, babbling brooks and tree houses. Hot summer days with the drowsy humming of bees, sandwiches wrapped in greaseproof paper and bottled “pop” in bottles with pot lids and rubber seals………packets of crisps with a little blue bag of salt in the bottom and milky way chocolate bars. Old woollen rugs and wicker baskets, Thunderbirds on Saturday evening and afternoon tea with fresh boiled eggs. My parents young and laughing at our childish antics, stinging nettles and dock leaves, sticky boiled sweets in fluff filled coat pockets……….sea shells with sand still on them and crabs in jam jars. Tinned salmon and vinegar with soggy lettuce leaves and salad cream……..wibbly wobbly jelly and ice cream in wafers. Ice cream sodas and little cheese triangles……..Mr Whippy ice cream vans and Wimpy Bar burgers…..
……99′s and fruit flavoured ice lollies called “Rockets” and “Cornish Mivvys”. Old cars with deep seats of leather, pinnies and hair nets on grandmothers and aunts; buckets and spades, sand castles and sun hats……….sleeping in the back seat of the car and fish and chip treats; Winceyette nighties, blankets and eiderdowns with floral cotton curtains, “Gonks” and teddy bears. Gingham table clothes and “Homemaker” crockery…….spangles and walnut whips with a walnut inside as well as on top……walking to school and then going “to tea” at a friend’s with bread and butter with jam. Tartan flasks and tartan rugs…….sweet tea and Mr Kipling’s Fancies. Empty roads and cycling along quiet country lanes, butterflies, bird song and the smell of sweet hay. Biscuits in tins, Bluebird toffees in tins……..fruit cake in tins…….
Tupperware, trifles and ice cream with jelly…….as well as KNICKERBOCKER GLORIES!
A taste of childhood and uncomplicated days, and a coveted dessert, a knickerbocker glory was reserved for special days such as birthdays and holidays at the seaside, but that didn’t stop me for asking or one every time I saw one on the menu! I also had a penchant for banana splits and ice cream sodas too…..the nearest I got to these decadent ice cream treats was when my grandfather gave me a threepenny piece or maybe a sixpence if I had been good, for the ice cream van when it came around………a real treat. Trips out to the shops with my grandmother often resulted in being treated to a ice cream wafer – a block of ice cream between two wafers, not what I would have picked, but I never turned one down! Other desired ice cream treats were those little tubs of whipped ice cream with nuts and syrup on top…….or a 99, whipped ice cream with a Cadbury’s flake stuck in it……..STILL a favourite even today.
This post may be dripping in nostalgia, but that’s what happens when you are asked to make an ice cream recipe that reminds you of your childhood, as Kavey did for her March Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream challenge……the theme was a nostalgic “… recreate a favourite childhood ice cream experience or flavour….” and this is what I have come up with! I was a trifle disappointed that I had no wafers, but never mind, the flavours were all there with the tinned fruit cocktail and little cherries bringing it all together. I made this for myself after my husband sneered at the idea of such a frippery being served after dinner, not a problem for me as I polished off the last of the ice cream! I have posted a recipe for this knickerbocker glory, such as it is, it’s really just a list of suggestions as I feel that this extreme ice cream sundae is a moveable feast ingredient wise…….don’t eat it all at once and have a fabulous Sunday, see you tomorrow with another retro treat! Karen.