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King's Cross Ice Cream Festival

Are you are stuck for something to do this weekend and want to make the most of the last remaining rays of sun before Autumn officially kicks in? If so we at TheAmazingBlog have the perfect suggestion. What better way to savour the sunshine than by celebrating the most delicious and traditional frozen summer treat? This weekend Granary Square plays host to King's Cross Ice Cream Festival where you can sample some of London and the South East’s most exquisite creamy delights.

The free two-day festival not only showcases the best gelatos Britain's farmers have to offer but also gives a deeper insight into the history of ice cream as well as giving you a  chance to learn the secrets of making it. The extravaganza could have you rolling up your sleeves and milking the cows, helping to make ice cream using the latest in nitrogen technologies as well as learning how ice cream was first brought to London from Europe. When you have sampled as much of the Italian creation as you can handle then you can always head to the Granary Square Beach and build a sand castle or bathe in the golden rays.

This is a must for anyone who has every enjoyed the cooling desert, and with experts from some of London’s best renowned ice cream sellers and makers attending, it is a unique chance for both true foodies and ice cream enthusiasts to tantalise their taste buds as well as stimulate their minds as King's Cross Ice Cream Festival is sure to be as educational as it is delicious!!

King's Cross Ice Cream Festival takes place from 10am, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2012 at Granary Square.


Queens of the Desserts

When I was asked to pay gay ice cream parlour ‘Queens of the Dessert’ a visit, I was surprised to see their location was the rather conservative Covent Garden, rather than the racier neighbourhood of nearby Soho. Unsure of what to expect from the world’s first gay pop up ice cream bar (open from now until September 30th), I was impressed to see a carnival of campness. Upon arrival I was greeted by the ultimate in gay fantasies – a scantily clad Adonis, pole dancing in the shop window and suggestively devouring the contents of a cone - certainly enough to send anybody’s heart a-flutter. The staff inside are equally easy on the eye – indeed my mouth was agape before I’d even considered the array of ice creams on offer.

As well as serving ice creams with innuendoes aplenty – try Brokeback Mountain or Whornetto for size - there are resident ‘Vice Cream’ masseurs on hand offering complimentary massages and ice cream facials – certainly not for the faint hearted! The ice creams are – naturally – creamy and indulgent and certainly worth a try, but if you’re after something with a bit more of a kick, I can also highly recommend their cocktail list. I tried the Molotoffee – a mix of chilled banana syrup and cloudy apple juice topped with Dulce De Leche ice cream & insulated under a pillow of soft meringue. Blow torched at my table, it’s every bit as saucy as it sounds.

And so, for those looking to celebrate the final Bank Holiday of the year a little differently – Queens of the Dessert is certainly worth a visit. If, however, you don’t wish to venture out in the relentless rain that has become expected on all British Bank Holidays, might I suggest that you try our recipe for Lavender Ice Cream at home? Gyrating hunk optional…


Lavender Ice Cream

Serves 4-6


  • 3 heads of fresh lavender
  • 300ml whole milk
  • 3 medium egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 150g of mild runny honey
  • 250ml of chilled double cream


  • Chop the lavender into 1cm pieces using either a knife or scissors. Place in a heavy bottomed saucepan together with the milk and vanilla essence and allow to infuse. Heat until just below boiling, then remove from the heat and cool.
  • Taste after ten minutes. You want the flavour to be distinct but not remotely bitter. If it’s not strong enough leave for another 5-10 minutes (if you want a stronger flavour you can leave the mixture in the fridge overnight).
  • Pour the milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard the lavender.
  • Return the milk to the cleaned saucepan and heat over a moderate heat until hot.
  • Whisk together the eggs and honey in a large bowl, then add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture in a slow stream, whisking.
  • Pour in the remaining hot milk mixture to the saucepan and cook over a moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it’s thick enough to coat the back of the spoon – usually about 5 minutes (don’t let it boil) to create a custard mix.
  • Leave the custard mix to cool.
  • Once cool, stir the double cream into the custard. At this point you can either transfer the mix to an ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Or if you don’t have one, lightly whip the cream and fold it into the custard. Pour into a shallow container, freeze for about 20 minutes and then stir. Repeat the process three more times, or until the ice cream is set.


The ice cream is best eaten fresh, but can be stored in the freezer for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

The Wednesday Fayre

So finally, it looks as though us Londoners can enjoy some Summer weather now that August is here. I’m so ready to put on my jean shorts, brightly coloured vests and sandals and have some much needed girl time in the sun. If you find the city center too busy and suffocating in the heat (as the Amazing team do) then you will be pleased to know Greenwich Market has thought of just the thing.

The Wednesday Fayre kicks off tomorrow (3rd August) and will be open to the public every Wednesday for the duration of August. Besides the unique art shops, vintage fashion boutiques, antique stalls and famous pubs that Greenwich Market is known for, the Fayre will also provide a great variety of food stalls for foodie’s - especially those wanting to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea! Visitors to the Fayre can sit in Flowerhouse’s pop-up English garden and chat with friends, sample the delicious range of cream teas and assorted Summer treats from Ms Cupcake or indulge with Lhic’s luxury homemade ice creams whose ingredients are sourced from local Kentish farms... YUMM! If you want to get creative you can decorate cup cakes with Ms Cupcake or try your hand at some arts and crafts with beaded jewellery at the Beadoir workshops too.

Delish food and I’m seriously thinking about taking a half day off next Wednesday!

Party night pit stop

Following an unseasonably warm weekend we have started obsessing over all those summer essentials – Pimms, barbecues (at least three members of the Amazing PR team are guilty of scoffing more than their RDA of burgers and sausages this weekend) and of course ice cream. Though we are as partial as the next person to the odd Calippo, we like to think we can appreciate the finer things in life. And who does ice cream better than the Italians? The team behind the acclaimed Bocca di Lupo restaurant offer up the best in italian gelato from Gelupo, their ice cream parlour located in trendy Soho. Be transported to an Italian summer with the flavours of hazelnut, pistachio and zabaglione. Sorbet flavours, for those of us watching our waistlines, include blood orange, sour cherry ripple and even espresso.

With late opening hours - 1am Thursday to Saturday and 11pm the rest of the week - we will be making it our party night pit stop.