Photography by Chris Court. Donna Hay magazine, issue 42, dec/jan 2009.
I don't think I'll ever be the type of hostess who cuts individual shapes into butter for guests to 'ooh' and 'aah' at before spreading their dinner rolls. (But thank you Donna Hay for the tip. I am sure their are some who will). I do love her doily table runner idea though. I've admired something similar created with paper doilies in the latest Elle Decor. But I'm not sure I'll be re creating that either.
However, the culinary foray that I have most recently attempted is making ice cream. Or frozen yogurt to be exact. I was lucky enough to receive an attachment for my Kitchen Aid as a birthday gift. (Thanks again to my DH.) He ordered from the people of yuppiechef (which I am not). I'd not heard of them before but if you are local and into kitchen gadgets then that's the site to visit.
After a bit of research my experiment was strawberry frozen yogurt. It is strawberry season here and a stop at a farm market in the winelands was necessary. David Lebovitz (author of The Perfect Scoop) provided the recipe and I was happy with the results. He has a great blog - living the sweet life in Paris.
So here's to a summer of sorbets and other icy creations. Hopefully as impressive as star cut shapes of butter!