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Development Week: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches are not particularly common in South Africa, but Americans will know what I’m talking about: a scoop of ice cream, sandwiched between two cookies or brownies. It tastes as good as that sounds. Maybe even better. How about this: two discs of bittersweet, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate brownie, held together with a generous scoop […]

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Development Week

One of the questions we get asked all the time is, how many flavours do you make? People are always amazed that we don’t have a definitive flavour list or product line, and that we don’t ever intend on having one, either. We make seriously delicious ice cream, but part of what keeps both our […]

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Marshmallow Mondays

We have a list on the wall in the kitchen, where we put down things for which we want to develop recipes. Sometimes it’s ice cream flavours, but often it’s sauces or mix ins. We work through the list on Mondays, which is our development day, but sometimes certain items linger on the list for […]

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Around The Kitchen: Signs and Scribbles

I take a lot of photos of random things I see at Creamery HQ. While trying to sort through my ‘random photos’ file last week, I realized that a lot of the stuff which strikes me as interesting, funny or touching is the little doodles, labels and signs that staff and friends write. I think […]

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Granadillas

I’m not much of a granadilla person, really. But the granadilla curd we swirl through our ice cream for Granadilla Choc Chip ice cream has totally converted me. It’s tangy, tropical – more than a sum of its parts. It’s our go-to flavour here at The Creamery HQ for our mid-afternoon ice cream breaks, has […]

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My Kitchen for a Can Opener!

I like to describe our commercial kitchen as “small but perfectly formed”. When I was planning it last year, I wrote out a long wishlist of things I wanted to buy, and then I went through the list, ruthlessly crossing out everything that wasn’t totally necessary. Commercial oven? Gone. Extraction system? Gone. Frying pans? Gone […]

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Graceless Under Fire

  “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation.” -Jean Kerr Marianne and I deal with stress very differently. She tends to stomp around and pull faces and make a noise, and I withdraw into myself, grimly determined and stoic. Or so […]

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A Birthday Tea

We tried something a little new two weeks ago: a birthday ice cream tasting, at our kitchen. The day was so lovely, we set up tables and chairs outside, under the ficus tree, and our small-but-perfectly-formed party of eight enjoyed a nine-flavour tasting of the birthday girl’s favourite flavours, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. […]

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Down But Not Out

There is very little as sad as an ice cream production kitchen with no churn. Except perhaps the ice cream makers. After last week’s post on things not going our way, I was hoping not to have any excuse to revisit the topic. Well. After losing the churn to repairs (and three production days) last […]

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Photo Shoot

On Saturday we spent several hours in the kitchen, and at our stall at the Neighbourgoods Market, taking product photos. We’ve been meaning to get some taken a while, but with no budget and the craziness that accompanies starting a business, there’s been no opportunity. But we were contacted a week ago by an online […]

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One of Those Weeks

  It’s been one of those weeks. One of our chest freezer’s fans split in two, the churn started making similar grinding noises in sympathy, we ran out of eggs, and discovered our recyclable pint containers do not have recycle markings on them, we hurt the feelings of a local blogger by totally ignoring the […]

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Brownie Points

I showed Progress how to bake brownies today. Actually, it sort of started out as a lesson in brownie baking, segued into a lecture on the history of the ice cream sandwich in American food culture, and finished with a demonstration in how to overbeat egg whites (believe it or not, that last one was […]

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Tea for Thought

Last week I was a lucky guest at a High Mountain tea ceremony at O’Ways Teacafe. Nigiro tea merchant Mingwei Tsai spent over two hours taking us through three cuppings of top quality oolong tea, tastings of over eight teas, and answering all our questions about tea. His knowledge of tea culture and cultivation is […]

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