I remarked to my boyfriend last week that we’d been going out for 2 1/2 years now.

We met at a friend’s birthday party. I was coming to the end of a couple of months of working abroad. Time at home was so precious that I nearly didn’t go. He was in the middle of big project and working all day every day and so he nearly didn’t go.

I had sat at home earlier in the evening, collapsed on the sofa with a glass of wine in hand, talking myself out of going. I still don’t really know where I found the enthusiasm for the party. He was dragged along by his flatmate, the birthday girl’s boyfriend with the promise of free beer.

At the end of the evening, he gave me his business card. I sent a message to my best friend lamenting the fact that I had now reached the point in life where men gave me their business cards rather than just their phone number.

A week later, we had a mojito-fuelled dinner which neither of us can really remember much about. I’d already been warned by the birthday girl that the boys operated a strict schedule when it came to courting and that I wouldn’t hear anything more for at least three days. Sure enough, the day after our date, my phone was suspiciously silent. The doubts started creeping in.

Thankfully, he put me out of my agony fairly swiftly and the next day, we went to see a film. We came out of the cinema at that awkward point on a Sunday evening when it doesn’t really seem appropriate to suggest going for a drink but when you don’t quite feel like going home yet. The solution was found in a giant ice cream sundae. This was different to our previous meetings. We were, most notably, both sober. Neither of us had dressed up. I think I had brushed my hair but that was about all the effort that I had gone to. He sent me a message later that night saying that so much sugar before bed was a bad idea and that he didn’t think he would ever get to sleep.  The next week, however, he was happy to do exactly the same.

In the early days of our relationship, we would finish almost every meal together with a bowl of ice cream. We have, thankfully for our waistlines, dropped this habit but we still like to have a proper dessert on a Friday or Saturday night.

Lack of space in my kitchen prohibits an ice cream machine although I do love making ice cream at home. I’d been wanting to try this no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe for a while but never quite managed to find the time. When I saw that Sarah had made a rhubarb version, I knew that it was the perfect use for the last of my rhubarb. I followed the recipe almost as written (and so haven’t replicated it here). The only change that I made was to throw in a cup of white chocolate chips and, as a result, leave out the vanilla pods that the recipe calls for. I love the combination of white chocolate and rhubarb; the sweet creaminess works so well with the tart fruit.  This ice cream really could not be any easier. Or any more delicious.

Kavey, the superstar blogger behind Kavey Eats, launched a monthly ice cream-related blog challenge. This month’s theme is chocolate and those white chocolate chips are just begging for inclusion. At the end of the month, Kavey posts a delicious round up of each month’s entries.

Hopefully this month, she’ll also be able to provide us with some warmer weather…

22 Responses to "rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream"
  1. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    This recipe sounds delicious! I’ve been meaning to make a rhubarb icecream for years. congrats on 2 1/2 years :)

  2. Bless, I like to read stories on how couples get together. Happy two point five. And yay for ice cream, bringing people together since it was invented. :D

  3. Great post. I love reading about how people meet their man. And this ice cream looks incredibly decadent! This is just what I need, especially because we’re hitting 90 degrees in LA!

  4. I love hearing the stories of how couples got together…this is so sweet. And so strange to think that if one of you had changed your mind about the party you might never have met.

    I love my ice cream machine, but Sarah’s no churn recipes look so gorgeous I want to give one a go too. Your version looks delicious, and can imagine white chocolate and rhubarb is a killer combination.

    Fingers crossed for some sunny weather soon. All us London based bloggers should go for ice cream if we get some!

  5. What a sweet love story, it must be destiny. Really lovely ice cream recepie and my rhubarb are almost ready! Have a beautiful day!

  6. This ice cream sounds lovely. So pretty too!

  7. london bakes says:

    @Jenny – Thank you!

    @leaf – Haha, so true!

    @Chung-Ah – We were looking at my parents pics from when they were in LA a couple of weeks ago and the weather was so miserable! I’m glad you’re getting a bit of summer now :)

    @thelittleloaf – Sarah has some really great other no churn recipes on her site. I love how simple they are!

    @monsterscircus – Yup, I tell him quite often that he’s destiny that he’s stuck with me and there’s nothing he can do about it! Thank you so much :)

    @Katrina – Thanks lovely, I thought it looked a bit like brains when I was taking pictures of it so I’m glad it came out okay!

  8. Aww – love love love this post! I’m SO nosy that that sort of thing always fascinates me. Im also a MAJOR fan of rhubarab and white chocolate (guess who had a white chocolate cheesecake with rhubarb coulis for their wedding cake?! Whilst we’re sharing and all….). I bet this is delicious. We DO have an ice cream maker and that the main reason we never have room for stock in our freezer. Prob time to re-assess!

  9. I loved reading this story :) And now (as with every time I read an ice cream post) I really want an ice cream maker!

  10. Kavey says:

    I’m a sucker for romantic stories, I love hearing how people met and got together and their little rituals…

    If I liked rhubarb, I bet I’d love the idea of tart fruit and creamy white chocolate, it sounds lovely… except for the rhubarb. But my Pete would love this SO MUCH, you just can’t imagine!

    PS “superstar blogger”? Ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa snort ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  11. I was at the market on Saturday, and as I fondled a tableful of bright red stalks, I wondered where my new rhubarb-recipe acquisition would come from this year. I think I just found it. I have half a bag of white chocolate chips waiting to be used.

    Thanks for the idea, and for sharing a bit of your life.

  12. It sounds so delicious and it is a pity that I can’t find rhubarb anywhere!

  13. awww so cute! happy 2 1/2 years to you and the boy! i love finishing my meals with dessert, my waistline has not thanked me for that and it’s still a hard habit to kick! this looks delicious and absolutely my bowl of ice cream :)

  14. What a lovely batch of summery ice cream to celebrate your 2 1/2 years together. Congratulations! Here’s to many more years and a lot more ice cream! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  15. What an incredibly sweet story! I love hearing stories of how people meet and how their stories unfolded. I love that yours involves ice cream!

  16. I’m so glad you made it! And liked it! I love the inclusion of white chocolate – I’ve actually never had rhubarb and white chocolate together, so I’ll have to give it a try.

    And, thanks for sharing your getting-together story. I love hearing people’s stories. :)

  17. Aw congrats! I love the story behind this post. :) Bonding over dessert is definitely an omen for a good relationship, if you ask me.

  18. Awe…I loved hearing about how you and your boyfriend first met. Sweet story :) LOOOOOVED that you made Sarah’s version of ice cream :) I love you both so much xo

  19. Awww very cute story about you and your man ;) Anddd ice cream is always a good idea.

  20. Aw, I love reading stories like this! Happy 2.5 years! Rhubarb and white chocolate sounds like an amazing combo. White chocolate is usually too sweet for me, but I bet it’s great with rhubarb!

  21. Leanne says:

    I love the story of how you and your boyfriend got together– so serendipitous! I’m glad y’all still make the opportunity for ice cream once a week : ) I also don’t have the space to justify an ice cream machine so will definitely check this recipe out.

  22. I love reading stories about how couples met! I have to admit I’d laugh if a guy gave me his business card. But then again, I’ve been with my guy since I was 22 so I don’t really have any experience with dating guys with “real” jobs. And it’s funny you mentioned it not being warm enough a few weeks ago. I’m in Berlin and it was 8 degrees in the morning when I left for work. It’s June. This is just silly.

    The ice cream looks fantastic! I LOVE white chocolate anything.

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