Well, it is Christmas eve here in Australia! My extended family has just arrived, and my mum, sister, aunties, and cousins are cooking up a storm getting ready for our Fisher Family Christmas Extravaganza. Four days of non-stop of celebration! Those of you who have been following me for a while may remember that I celebrate Christmas every second year with my mother’s extended family, and every other year with Scott’s family in America.

Scott just arrived yesterday for his first visit to Australia, and I can’t wait to show him all the sights and have him meet all of my beloved friends and family. He is sleeping beside me as I type this, catching up on some much needed rest before the festivities begin. He has a lot of names to remember! 

Before I left L.A, I whipped up one last batch of pecan pie ice cream for the year, and decided to share it as my last holiday recipe for 2012 because it is TO DIE FOR. SO simple and absolutely DEELICIOUS! Just blend, chill, churn, and DEVOUR. 

This simple ice cream has a slightly rustic consistency, but that is what I like about it. The secret to getting the flavours juuuuust right is to stir the maple syrup through the pecans and stir through the ice cream before freezing, and then top with a few more chopped pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup right before serving. Just DIVINE. Sometimes, the simple things in life really are the best.

On that note, I am going to wake my love, and rejoin my family in the living room. Bing is singing "White Christmas" out in the kitchen....my mother's signal that Christmas has officially begun! 

I wish you and your families a very happy holiday season. May your time be filled with love, laughter, peace, and lots and lots of delicious food. 

Thankyou for all of your support this year. It really means so much to me, and makes writing this blog so worthwhile. I will see you all on the other side of the festivities with some green juices!

Let's get "Lean and Green in 2013! xx

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Raw Pecan Pie Ice Cream

  1. Blend everything but the chopped pecans in your Vitamix until smooth and creamy.
  2. Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours, then churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Fold in the chopped pecans, and freeze until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with crushed pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup. YUMMO!
  5. Makes 1 quart.


the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

Sounds totally decadent—and delicious, Tess!  Wishing you a sweet and very happy holidays! xo


Yes, decadent AND delicious! We love it :)
Happy Holidays to you Ricki. Happy New Year. I CANNOT wait to see what happens in your s’blended career in 2013. You ROCK!

Wow, this looks (and sounds) fabulous. My mom loves butter pecan ice cream. I think she’d love this!


Yes, this simple recipe is a winner. Enjoy :)

OMG this is far too good.  I could eat a crazy amount without trying too hard. :)


We love the blog! And we love ice-cream.
The other day we found an ice-cream-vending machine which was really amazing (and also had vegan icecream!!!)
Greetings from Germany,
Birdy and Bambi


Would you be able to make this completely in a Vitamix, substituting ice for some of the water ?


Yes, you could absolutely turn this into instant ice cream adding some ice. But, it would have to be consumed immediately. You could freeze it for a little bit to firm it up, but without churning you will get some ice crystals.

What is very low in sugar?


Dates contain natural sugar. This recipe is lower in sugar than conventional ice cream.

Abena Chapman-George - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:56pm #

Can you share some delicious chocolate receipes


Yes. I LOVE chocolate and share lots of chocolate recipes on the site. I will post some more soon for you.

Thanks for the tips. Getting just the right flavor seems like the main thing. Nice post.

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