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26 8 / 2013

This dairy-free peach ice cream recipe is an adaptation of the Peach Melba ice cream recipe in Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan A La Mode. I actually used 50% coconut milk, and 50% coconut creamer. The crumble recipe is the Crisp Streusel recipe from Jeni’s book (this has dairy/butter in it).  PHOTO   P.S. Are streusel and crumble the same thing? I always called this a crumble, growing up in Australia…

This dairy-free peach ice cream recipe is an adaptation of the Peach Melba ice cream recipe in Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan A La Mode. I actually used 50% coconut milk, and 50% coconut creamer. The crumble recipe is the Crisp Streusel recipe from Jeni’s book (this has dairy/butter in it).  PHOTO   P.S. Are streusel and crumble the same thing? I always called this a crumble, growing up in Australia…

22 8 / 2013

The Ice Cream Lifestyle

Useful handy-dandy things:

  1. Double-ended magnetic measuring spoons - you know, one tablespoon end for the starch, the other end for the invert sugar.
  2. Beka Cook n Stir saucepan - it’s big & sexy; it has a spout.
  3. So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer - perfect cream substitute for dairy-free ice creams. Has a neutral flavor.
  4. New Air ice cream machine - I can make several flavors per day!
  5. SweetBliss half-pint ice cream containers - I used to order these in bulk on ebay. They are now available in smaller quantities on Amazon.com!
  6. GIR spatula - I’ve been using an orange one for 2-3 years. Time for a replacement! Getting a black one at fab.com…

Coming soon: a few dairy-free ice creams….

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16 8 / 2013

According to wikipedia, Turkish coffee is not a blend of coffee but a method of preparing coffee… in which case, this ice cream flavor should be renamed Cardamom Coffee but what the heck. :) This recipe is similar to the Black Coffee ice cream recipe but I tried something different this time: I put my ground coffee in a nutmilk bag and immersed this in the base for steeping instead of straining out the coffee later. It works!

According to wikipedia, Turkish coffee is not a blend of coffee but a method of preparing coffee… in which case, this ice cream flavor should be renamed Cardamom Coffee but what the heck. :) This recipe is similar to the Black Coffee ice cream recipe but I tried something different this time: I put my ground coffee in a nutmilk bag and immersed this in the base for steeping instead of straining out the coffee later. It works!

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13 8 / 2013

Genmaicha is a green tea with toasted brown rice and this is a really nice ice cream with a slightly smokey aroma. I think I will next do a “Genmaicha Tea & Cookies” ice cream… bake and fold in in some Matcha cookie pieces…

Genmaicha is a green tea with toasted brown rice and this is a really nice ice cream with a slightly smokey aroma. I think I will next do a “Genmaicha Tea & Cookies” ice cream… bake and fold in in some Matcha cookie pieces…

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09 8 / 2013

When googling for ice cream flavors with rye whisky, I was thrilled to find this Rye Bread ice cream recipe by Michael Okusa that also follows Jeni’s base recipe. This is an amazing flavor - it really tastes like rye bread!  I hope that Michael will share more recipe ideas! (hint hint)

When googling for ice cream flavors with rye whisky, I was thrilled to find this Rye Bread ice cream recipe by Michael Okusa that also follows Jeni’s base recipe. This is an amazing flavor - it really tastes like rye bread!  I hope that Michael will share more recipe ideas! (hint hint)

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08 8 / 2013

I wanted to do something with sage…. and there was all this extra home made caramel sauce in my fridge for Maria’s Caramel Corn Birthday Ice Cream that needed to be used. And so I swirled some of that caramel sauce into this Lemon Sage ice cream and the combo is pretty yummy indeed!  Inspiration: THIS.
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8/22 - I made another Sage ice cream and mixed in some caramelized pineapple. So good.

I wanted to do something with sage…. and there was all this extra home made caramel sauce in my fridge for Maria’s Caramel Corn Birthday Ice Cream that needed to be used. And so I swirled some of that caramel sauce into this Lemon Sage ice cream and the combo is pretty yummy indeed!  Inspiration: THIS.

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8/22 - I made another Sage ice cream and mixed in some caramelized pineapple. So good.

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08 8 / 2013

I received a challenge recently to make a Grape Ice Cream that doesn’t taste like artificial grape flavor. It seems that REAL Grape ice cream is rare. I wanted to make a sorbet first so here is David Lebovitz’s very simple and wonderful recipe.  I used a mixture of seedless Thomcord grapes and red grapes and some Merlot wine. PHOTO.

I received a challenge recently to make a Grape Ice Cream that doesn’t taste like artificial grape flavor. It seems that REAL Grape ice cream is rare. I wanted to make a sorbet first so here is David Lebovitz’s very simple and wonderful recipe.  I used a mixture of seedless Thomcord grapes and red grapes and some Merlot wine. PHOTO.

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30 7 / 2013

I have made a Kaffir Lime ice cream before. A slight variation here with the addition of gin (Bombay Sapphire), and no coconut milk in the base. (See reference recipe) I was almost tempted to make a juniper berry-infused base, and a kaffir gin syrup to mix in. I wonder how that would work out.So much I want to try, so little budget and freezer space….

I have made a Kaffir Lime ice cream before. A slight variation here with the addition of gin (Bombay Sapphire), and no coconut milk in the base. (See reference recipeI was almost tempted to make a juniper berry-infused base, and a kaffir gin syrup to mix in. I wonder how that would work out.So much I want to try, so little budget and freezer space….

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29 7 / 2013

This is my adaptation of Ciao Bella’s  recipe which includes a Cajeta recipe similar to this Rick Bayless recipe, but calling for 2 CUPS of goat milk instead of 2 quarts.  I added roasted salted cashews bought from Trader Joe’s and for a change, I used golden syrup in the base instead of tapioca syrup as my invert sugar.  A very yummy ice cream!  PHOTO

This is my adaptation of Ciao Bella’s  recipe which includes a Cajeta recipe similar to this Rick Bayless recipe, but calling for 2 CUPS of goat milk instead of 2 quarts.  I added roasted salted cashews bought from Trader Joe’s and for a change, I used golden syrup in the base instead of tapioca syrup as my invert sugar.  A very yummy ice cream!  PHOTO

29 7 / 2013

Dreaming of syrups

I attended a very cool workshop on the weekend: Sparkling Summer Beverages with Emily Ho. It was so much fun. We were a class of about 15 people and in just over 2 hours, we each learned to make and went home with:

1. A Strawberry Basil Syrup 

2.  A Ginger Ale fermented with Champagne Yeast, and

3. A Shrub Syrup with our choice of fruit, herbs and spices. Mine was made with peach, plum, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and black peppercorns. 

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I picked up some useful tips like storing peeled ginger in the freezer to make it much easier to grate. I am now inspired to make more syrups that I can use in homemade sodas and as ice cream flavorings. 

Formula:
ICE CREAM BASE + HOMEMADE SYRUP = FLAVORED ICE CREAM

In my fridge right now, I have lemongrass, a bag of fresh lychees, strawberries, blueberries, bunch of red grapes and lots of ginger root… hmmm. 

Perhaps I’ll make a Lemongrass-Ginger syrup to add to an ice cream base, then swirl in some Palm Sugar syrup…

A grape ice cream with red wine syrup

A citrus gingerbeer sorbet…

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27 7 / 2013

Googling around for strawberry pairing ideas, I found THIS. As I don’t normally cook with tarragon (I didn’t even know what the fresh herb looked like) I had to make this ice cream out of curiosity. I notice that some people blend the tarragon leaves into the ice cream to get a green color, but I am infusing the herbs like I do with fresh mint…  *UPDATE: I don’t usually like licorice but this is delicious!!!

Googling around for strawberry pairing ideas, I found THIS. As I don’t normally cook with tarragon (I didn’t even know what the fresh herb looked like) I had to make this ice cream out of curiosity. I notice that some people blend the tarragon leaves into the ice cream to get a green color, but I am infusing the herbs like I do with fresh mint…  *UPDATE: I don’t usually like licorice but this is delicious!!!

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27 7 / 2013

Kiwi St Germain Sorbet. My kiwi puree was unfortunately, not a vibrant green like in the illustrated recipe above or in Googled Kiwi Sorbet images. By the time my kiwi fruit pieces had gone through the Nutribullet, they were more of an army green color. (PHOTO) I suppose the black seeds got blended up.   P.S. Here is a useful Youtube video: How to Peel A Kiwi 

Kiwi St Germain Sorbet. My kiwi puree was unfortunately, not a vibrant green like in the illustrated recipe above or in Googled Kiwi Sorbet images. By the time my kiwi fruit pieces had gone through the Nutribullet, they were more of an army green color. (PHOTO) I suppose the black seeds got blended up.   P.S. Here is a useful Youtube video: How to Peel A Kiwi 

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26 7 / 2013

I was so thrilled when I found some passion fruit at my local farmer’s market at an affordable price. Why, just a couple of weeks ago, I saw some at Vons or Albertsons and they were 3 bucks EACH. (!?!) My original plan was to make a Passionfruit Pavlova but my first-time meringues were a failure.  PHOTO

I was so thrilled when I found some passion fruit at my local farmer’s market at an affordable price. Why, just a couple of weeks ago, I saw some at Vons or Albertsons and they were 3 bucks EACH. (!?!) My original plan was to make a Passionfruit Pavlova but my first-time meringues were a failure.  PHOTO

26 7 / 2013

Summer update

Recently I had the pleasure of doing some illustrations for Hannah Kaminsky, amazing vegan chef and cookbook author. You may remember the Chocolate Hazelnut and Tropical Plum ice cream recipes on this blog… both were inspired by Hannah.

 I highly recommend Vegan A La Mode  and Vegan Desserts for creative flavor ideas and inspiration even if you are not vegan. I am not vegan but I try not to consume too much dairy. Below are two illustrations of recipes from Hannah Kaminsky’s new book - Easy As Vegan Pie:

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Classic Pie Crust

Roasted Strawberry and Tomato Galette 

Meanwhile, here’s a new Cooking Conversions fridge magnet starring Boogie my blue-eyed boston terrier. It is an updated version of this earlier magnet that I made for myself but if anyone is interested I would be glad to take pre-orders and get extra copies printed. Stay tuned to the facebook page! :)

Last but not least, I am registered for the next LA Food Swap - August 18th 5-7pm, Spice Station, Silverlake. Looking forward to it! :)

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24 7 / 2013

After consulting half a dozen baklava ice cream recipes and eating way too much baklava; I made this ice cream a total of four times. Two dairy versions and two vegan versions. I am sharing here the dairy version #2 which has as its base, a Vanilla Clove ice creamfrom  Scoop Adventures and a Phyllo-Nut-Crunch courtesy of Vegan A La Mode.  The earlier version had a Honey-Cinnamon ice cream base and was super delicious, but the honey flavor was overwhelming and my walnut pieces were too large and un-baklava-like. This Vanilla-Clove ice cream is nice (there IS clove in some baklava recipes after all), and the clove is quite subtle. I added some rosewater because I like the fragrance. In fact, I couldn’t tell you which base I prefer. Both are really good!
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VEGAN BAKLAVA ICE CREAM: I originally used only Almond Milk and the texture came out too slushy-icy.  Thanks to Hannah for her recommendation of So Delicious’ Coconut Creamer (Plain) — this creamer is amazing and made a huge difference when I made it again. I am also glad that the flavor is very neutral and doesn’t taste at all like coconut milk.

After consulting half a dozen baklava ice cream recipes and eating way too much baklava; I made this ice cream a total of four times. Two dairy versions and two vegan versions. I am sharing here the dairy version #2 which has as its base, a Vanilla Clove ice creamfrom  Scoop Adventures and a Phyllo-Nut-Crunch courtesy of Vegan A La Mode.  The earlier version had a Honey-Cinnamon ice cream base and was super delicious, but the honey flavor was overwhelming and my walnut pieces were too large and un-baklava-like. This Vanilla-Clove ice cream is nice (there IS clove in some baklava recipes after all), and the clove is quite subtle. I added some rosewater because I like the fragrance. In fact, I couldn’t tell you which base I prefer. Both are really good!

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VEGAN BAKLAVA ICE CREAM: I originally used only Almond Milk and the texture came out too slushy-icy.  Thanks to Hannah for her recommendation of So Delicious’ Coconut Creamer (Plain) — this creamer is amazing and made a huge difference when I made it again. I am also glad that the flavor is very neutral and doesn’t taste at all like coconut milk.