Artist Nadia Roden began making gourmet artisan lollies in the summer of 2011 in New York. Inspired by a photo of a leaf frozen inside a transparent lolly, she began wondering what other flavours and concoctions could be frozen in ice. She began selling her lollies at the High Line Park, and was soon joined by her nephew Cesar to help her keep up with demand. When Cesar brought the business back to London, Ice Kitchen was born in Spring 2013. The book explains the simple techniques required for successful ice lollies, as well as exciting ways to serve and present them for all sorts of occasions - from weddings and dinner parties to children's parties. The 50 recipes cover adventurous and exciting options like Roast Peach and Tarragon, Cantaloupe and Basil, and Ruby Grapefruit and Campari in addition to classic flavour combinations, such as Strawberries and Cream, and Orange and Lemon. Nadia and Cesar's inventive ideas are sure to inspire, such as the Drenched Watermelon, designed to have fresh lime juice squeezed over it as you eat, or the Cereal Milk which is infused overnight.Child-friendly flavours include Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl, Minted Milk or Butterscotch.
Nadia has also been inspired by her own childhood memories of flavours made by her mother Claudia(Cesar's grandmother), such Pistachio and Rose or Egyptian Hibiscus and Peach; others were inspired by classics from around the world, like the Spanish sherry with raisin, or the Sicilian cassata.
Nadia Roden is an artist. She lives in New York where she was named 'The Ice Princess' by Oprah Winfrey. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and in Food & Wine magazine and Vogue Entertaining amongst others. Nadia was nominated for a Gourmand Award for her book Granita Magic (published May 2003). Nadia started serving ice lollies from a cart in Bryant Park and on the High Line in New York in 2011, where she created a sensation. Food & Wine magazine featured them as the hottest new trend. Cesar Roden, Nadia's nephew, is part of the KERB group who set up streetfood events all over London. After working in various restaurants he started his own business, the Rococo Pod at the South Bank selling coffee, chocolate and artisan ice cream. He then launched the very successful and sought after Ice Kitchen carts at the Real Food Market on the South Bank, which were an instant hit. He has appeared with Alan Sugar on the BBC ONE show as a budding entrepreneur and creative chef and has been featured in many publications, such as the Evening Standard and The Times. Cesar has also recently appeared on James Martin's Home Comforts on BBC TWO.