Recently I have been ‘girl about town’ and got myself a writing spot with BITE magazine which I’m rather chuffed about. My first ‘BITE’ was for home-made ice cream, torturous assignment I know but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do…..here are my words on the matter. Please see the APRIL 2011 edition of BITE mag for published article or click right ‘here‘ 🙂
It’s March, 3 degrees, there’s a glimmer of spring sunshine with the odd hail storm thrown in and you want to eat ice cream? Only the ‘best’ ice cream will do? You want ice cream that’s been lovingly nurtured by an artisan ice cream maker? Ice cream that is gimmick free….ice cream that is bursting with flavour….ice cream that looks like ice cream should look?
Ice cream lovers your search is over, help is on hand by the scoopful. And what’s more, those delectable scoopfuls are available at this French inspired patisserie every day of the year, come rain or shine, all masterfully created by the lovely Martin Wilson of La Cerise in Leith and his magical ice cream making machine.
What a delight it was to meet Belfast born Martin, enthused to the brim about his ice cream and positively beaming with excitement about developing new flavours. Martin spends at least three days a week making ice cream creating around 14 litres per batch, that’s a lot of scoops.
Currently La Cerise has ten flavours on offer including vanilla, strawberry (made with West Lothian strawberries), coconut, chocolate, cardamom, mango and raspberry sorbet. All ice creams are gluten free, made with low fat yoghurt (ladies, take note!) and ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Quality is paramount. Martin is currently negotiating transporting vanilla pods from Brazil, for this man there are no ice cream boundaries.
Take vanilla ice cream…the un-initiated amongst us might think ‘yellow’, ‘custardy’, ‘dense in texture’ but not La Cerise vanilla ice cream, this is on a level all of it’s own – pure white, smooth, velvety texture, vanilla pod seeds running through its intense vanilla flavour – it’s ‘ice-cream utopia’ for me, truly the bees knees.
La Cerise ice cream is supplied to several local café’s and restaurants in Edinburgh including Peter’s Yard, Loudon’s and Bia Bistrot. This is an area of the business that Martin is keen to develop as well as continuing to create frozen desserts and ice cream birthday cakes (which is where Claire, Martin’s soon to be wife comes into her own).
I’ve scoffed five scoops in one sitting, easy when it’s this good.
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