AS previously mentioned (in Friends for Dinner), I served my Saturday night guests homemade mango sorbet for pud.
And suitably impressed they were too.
Rightly so, because it wasn't the cheap and cheerful dessert it may have first appeared.
Putting aside the cost of the ice-cream maker - which was a Christmas gift - I had to buy the ingredients.
Okay, so £1.28 on an enormous tin of mango pulp from Tesco wasn't going to break the bank.
And I already had the essential caster sugar in my store cupboard.
All I needed now was the council pop and something to serve it in... which is where the problems began.
"We haven't got any ice cream dishes," I whined at the other half, having already tried - and failed - to make brandy snap baskets earlier in the week.
"We could put it in our white dessert bowls," he replied.
I shook my head. "That'll look rubbish," I sulked, imagining the balls of sorbet drifting around aimlessly in the bottom of these shallow dishes.
So I toddled off to the shops, on a mission to find elegant hosts for my sorbet.
I'd seen some not so long ago in Habitat but it appeared that was 'last season'.
House of Fraser and Urban Outfitters also failed to come up trumps so I headed on to Selfridges. And there they were, all shiny and black and fabulous. So I bought four. At eight pounds each.
"How much?" yelled the boy on inspection of the receipt back at home.
"They will look brilliant," I enthused. He rolled his eyes and muttered something about 'expensive sorbets'.
But everyone knows that the way to a man's heart is through his tummy and he was soon won over by the promise I'd make lots of ice-cream in order to get our use out of them!