Kitty Travers’ La Grotta Ices book has arrived just in time for us to catch some of the early summer flavours that the undisputed ice-cream queen has captured in recipes that you and I can make rsweatyight now. Forget the hackneyed flavours and scary colours we’ve become accustomed to, think rhubarb and raspberry, rhubarb and angelica, blackcurrant leaf water ice, strawberry and elderflower or amalfi lemon jelly ice. I first came across Kitty selling ice-cream from her little ice-cream cart in Maltby Street Market in 2009. You could choose either a cone or a little tub with a timber scoop. The flavours sang of summer, the combinations original and the texture deliciously silky. Kitty came to the Ballymaloe Cookery School in 2012 to share her magic and the story of how an ice-cream obsessed teenager eventually got to follow her dream. (It’s all in the introduction of La Grotta Ices). She brought her pacojet all the way from London by plane so she could show us how she achieved this enticingly smooth texture. A pacojet gives sublime results but you don’t need an expensive machine to make home-made ice-creams, sorbets and granitas. A freezer is of course essential, one can just fre...