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  • It has taken Jimmy so long to bring this ice down from the ice house

  • I'm surprised that on a hot day like today more of it hasn't melted!

  • I had wondered if he had gone to Alaska himself for it.

  • Anyway, as it's so hot, I think it would be nice for the family to have cucumber ice cream

  • with their dinner.

  • And to make it you will need:

  • One large cucumber, four ounces of sugar,

  • half a pint of water, a generous amount of ginger Brandy,

  • a little green food colouring, the juice of two lemons,

  • and a pint of sweetened cream

  • To start, take the large cucumber, peel it and then de-seed it. Then chop it, and cook it

  • until tender with the water and sugar.

  • While the cucumber is still warm, pound it to soften it a little and then add a little

  • green food colouring.

  • Then you add the brandy and the lemon juice.

  • Once you have put the cucumber mix through a Tammy sieve to make it smooth,

  • then you can add the sweetened cream, sweetened to your taste.

  • Now that you've made your mix, it's time to freeze your ice cream.

  • Lord Braybrooke has bought me one of these little ice cream makers,

  • and it contains in the middle a metal container that turns around

  • and inside is a little paddle so you can turn the mix constantly.

  • The lid goes on and then the mechanism, when you turn the handle

  • turns both the container and the mix at once.

  • Ice around it is not enough on its own.

  • You need to add a little salt all the way around the outside to keep it nice and cool.

  • And then all you need to do is to add your mix, and turn until it's frozen.

  • If you don't work in a house as grand as this, and you haven't got your own ice cream maker,

  • then you can simply use a metal container in a large bowl of ice with salt,

  • and then you turn the container and stir the mix yourself.

  • Now that your mix is the consistency of a better, it's time to put your ice cream into a mould.

  • There are lots of different types of ice cream moulds.

  • You can make small ones like this here, and then with these moulds

  • all you need to do is seal the edges with butter to make sure it doesn't freeze or frost up.

  • Or you can use one of the larger moulds, and then you put it in your ice box.

  • If you don't fancy moulding your ice cream, you can serve it in a glass bowl and then garnish.

  • Cucumber ice cream.

It has taken Jimmy so long to bring this ice down from the ice house

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