This month’s food photography and food styling challenge was “Summer Desserts”. After many weeks of debate and seeking outside opinions about what this could mean, I finally decided: Icecream sandwiches and chocolate-dipped strawberries! I was sick with the flu for 3 out of 5 weeks this month. However, I had invested so much mental energy into the challenge so I couldn’t let this mess with my desire to produce a delicious frozen treat.
The drink pictured above is what I would describe as on the cusp of drinkable. I attempted to make something similar to the Strawberry Sunset at Santa Fe (strawberries, lemon & lime juice, pineapple juice, ice shaken) but… it didn’t quite work as planned.
Tom and I initially made a delicious vanilla icecream which I had believed to be “no churn”. However, it froze quite solid, so I gave that away to a hungry friend – much to Tom’s disappointment. Instead, I used Bulla Real Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream (my favourite grocery store icecream) which saved me the effort of having to make another icecream mixture from scratch.
It was a two day process to get the sandwiches together and frozen in place. I’m glad I made more biscuits than I needed; one of the most difficult tasks was preventing my family from consuming the chocolate biscuits! In my flu-induced haze, meticulously measuring 2×4 inch rectangles and boring little holes in the top with toothpicks was not an easy task. The thought of having one of those mistakenly consumed was traumatic.
I quickly discovered that the icecream could not be out of the freezer for very long before starting to thaw out. In between styling the sandwiches and taking shots, I would wrap and re-freeze the sandwiches to prevent their insides melting everywhere.
Remember how I mentioned that I had the flu this month? As a result, no friends or family could eat the foods that I made for this food photography shoot. Oh well… more for me!
Follow our blog circle around to the extremely talented Caroline Manrique, Chicago IL, Food Photographer and Blogger!
Please comment below if you’d like the recipe, I’ll post it up if anyone’s interested!