Heyo! Today I wanted to do something a little different… Lately I’ve been going on more adventures (in the kitchen and out), and I find that it can be very energizing to try new things! Leading to inspiration, stories to tell!
So I invite you to indulge in some delectables I have been enjoying as of late…
I picked up raw goat’s milk from Marando Farms, a nice little farmer’s market and nursery with regular hours. Matilda also got to join in on the adventure, and she spent her time sniffing around and exploring the farm/store grounds. I was interested in getting the goat milk for an ice cream experiment… which awaits you below!
Naturally I found other goodies that I wanted to try along with some summer staples like watermelon and lemons.
Random question: have you tried raw milk? What are your thoughts on it?
Quail eggs for the ice cream recipe… for no particular reason other than I had them on hand.
Vanilla bean clouds
Enter the first batch of ice cream I’ve made this summer. The first of many I should say!
Lavender & Honey ice cream… with vanilla beans, and more honey and lavender on top for good measure. Can you imagine taking a spoonful, and letting its coolness melt in your mouth?
Enter freezer goods aka taro dumplings – dim sum! I went to the Asian grocer store awhile ago with a friend, and by awhile ago I mean a year ago. My mind goes back to a humorous comment in Bon Appétit’s article on “How to Store Food in the Freezer“…
“IT’S A FREEZER NOT A TIME CAPSULE!”
But I do have to say that it still tasted good! Taro catches my eye, and it makes me think of ube and old roommate adventures. I think of taro ice cream, taro jam, taro cookies, taro on my mind. I didn’t even mention the sticky rice in this dumpling, neatly wrapped in a banana leaf. Bonus: no added preservatives. Simple ingredients.
Sweet, succulent jackfruit. Alien food. I tried this for the first time last year from a friend’s farm stand, and curious me went in search of it in all the ethnic stores. I’d only found canned, but that’s not what I wanted. I wanted fresh.
But since meeting my Honeydewd, and when summertime rolled around… mango season… he introduced to me a local gem, a tropical farm in the area. They grow things all year round, but their specialty and the reason why droves of people come from several hours away is mango. Not just one, two or three types of mangos. An abundance that will spoil and nourish you in the most delightful way.
But back to the jackfruit! Some people who try it note that it tastes much like Juicyfruit. Well, it’s actually the other way around! Juicyfruit tastes like jackfruit because that’s where they derived the flavor from! They look like giant corn kernels, and they have seeds in the middle. They’re sweet, refreshing, and vary in texture. Kicking back and eating it alone in its simplicity is pretty satisfying.
Tip from Honeydewd: when cutting the jackfruit, slick your knife with coconut oil since the fruit has latex. It can get pretty sticky!
Apparently my love for watermelon is noticeable because one of the cashiers at a grocer I frequent mentioned it to me. Yes. Every summer I do not live without watermelon, but recently I tried a new combination!
A few of my friends are “fruitarians” meaning they predominately eat fruit. It’s quite a colorful diet if you ask me! Passionfruit + watermelon. I had seen this combination floating around the gramosphere, and was curious. I added salt & pepper because I’m Katharina. It was a nice combination with the tartness and crunch from the passionfruit, both lending their unique juiciness.
Warning! You didn’t hear it from me… but my dogs really liked this yogurt!
And they specifically requested cinnamon as well since they were torn between the honey flavor and cinnamon they saw back at Marando’s. What can I say?
Thought I’d end with another batch of ice cream… kind of like an ice cream sandwich only the sandwich part is ice cream! Mmmm chocolate. Salted chocolate ice cream with cacao nibs for a nice crunch! Me and my textures.
I’ve been adding coconut oil to the ice creams to help with consistency, but it’s also a nice nutritional boost as well! As you might be able to tell, I’ve been on an ice cream making kick, eating it for breakfast on the regular. Mon Dieu! Last weekend a batch of Lucuma & Coconut was dreamed up, but I haven’t been writing my recipes down, which I probably should because they’re worth making at your house, or mine. Ice cream party!
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
So far I’ve got, “anything mint or coffee flavored”, and “lemongrass, crystallized ginger, coconut!” Mind you, I am actually going to make up recipes for these, and share them… so if you are into that, let me know what you love.