Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gruffalo Owl Ice Cream

Dear Bleaders,
We're back!!! Please see the "Reborn" post for a full apology.  As a way to jump back into blogging, I'm going to post this recipe and photo that was sent to me by the fantabulous Christy Meisler, who sent this to me several months ago.  She's an awesome friend and a great librarian, and I can't thank her enough for this idea (and recipe... and photo.. and book talk!).  Thank you, Christy! You've got me blogging again!  All of the words below are hers.
In the picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, a little mouse meets several animals who think mice are tasty.  He tells each of them he's meeting his friend the Gruffalo, a scary monster who eats foxes, owls, and snakes.  When each enemy flees, Mouse chuckles, "Doesn't he know?  There's no such thing as a Gruffalo!" 

...Or is there? Is the joke on Mouse after all?

The book combines fun rhyming text with adorable illustrations.  Mouse tells the owl that the Gruffalo's favorite food is "owl ice cream," so I decided I had to try making that.

Owl Ice Cream:
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla ice cream
2 slices banana (eyes)
2 chocolate chips (pupils)
1 candy corn (beak)
6 slices peach (wingfeathers)
Sliced almonds (feathers)

The result tasted as good as it looked -- I think peaches, bananas and almonds taste great with chocolate ice cream!  For a healthier version, you could use frozen yogurt, with blueberries instead of chocolate chips, and a whole cashew instead of a candy corn.


Dear Bleaders,

I'm sorry I've been missing for so long.  I've been working at a bookstore and...well... experimenting with recipes is expensive and time consuming, and I've been short on both time and money.  But things are looking up, and... well... I missed you!  So I'm back.

The blog will be up and running again shortly.  Please stay tuned... and please forgive me for disappearing!  As always, ideas, comments, and emails are always welcome and appreciated.  You can reach me at, or on my Facebook fan page.