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If you're like me, you've either spent this weekend at YALC or scrolling past everyone's pictures of YALC trying to ignore your envy. Well, the main feeling I had at YALC was OHMYGODIT'SHOT. So today's recipe will help you cool down a little.

Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

The easiest way to describe this YA graphic novel series is: fencing arch-nemeses turned roommates at an upper class boarding school. It's Yuri on Ice in the fencing world, and it's so. damn. good. 

I'm a subscriber of the comic issues, and this week the bind-up volume of the first 4 issues is finally published, so the greater public can share in my new favourite graphic novel series. Nicholas and Seiji have the kind of furious burning hatred for each other that results in excellent fun all round (for everyone except them). And if, like me, you love getting really in-depth knowledge into a niche area that you'll never use, this will teach you basically everything there is to know about competitive fencing.

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This recipe is another one that I've been making a lot recently, in this hot weather. I don't know about you, but it also seems like the perfect thing to eat after fencing, to cool down? 

Lemon & Lime Gelato

I've made this three times now, after my entire family starts screeching like a flock of baby chicks when we eat the last tupperware-full. It's sweet and sharp and refreshing, and incredibly smooth and creamy. If you've never made ice cream before, it's a lot easier than you think, and it doesn't require any fancy equipment. 

Zest 3 lemons and 3 limes, and collect the juice. You should have around 160ml of juice - if not, keep zesting and juicing more until you get enough. 

Mix 250ml whole milk with 200g sugar and heat up in a saucepan. When it's hot, take out a mug-full and mix into 5 egg yolks, then return the eggy mix to the pan and whisk. Mix in your citrus zest and stir until it thickens into a nice custardy mixture but doesn't boil. 

Add the citrus juice and 480ml of double cream, and mix. Pour into tupperware through a sieve to remove any lumpy bits and then put in the freezer. Make sure there's a gap at the top so it doesn't overflow, and it's resting on a flat surface so it doesn't drip out. After two hours, stir with a spoon to remove any ice crystals, repeat after another hour, then leave to freeze overnight.

And you're done! Serve in cones, or just eat standing in the freezer door with a teaspoon straight from the tupperware, letting the cool air wash over your face. Delicious.

If you want to experiment, try adding basil to your lemon for a herby tint. I've also made fresh cherriesmint and chocolate chip and Baileys and they were all delicious - you can't really go wrong with this. 
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