Thursday, May 28, 2009

Crazy Delicious & Callanetics

The other day a friend of mine came over and surprised me with peach ice cream she'd just made. It was sweetened just right with only honey, perfectly creamy, and delicious. After she explained how simple making it was, I had to try it for myself. Three times in two days. So now, in my freezer, I have...


vanilla caramel,

and lemon ice cream.

I was pretty experimental with the recipes, and the results varied, but the lemon turned out really really good. So you'll find that recipe below. Other flavors I'd like to try making are: cinnamon, ginger, pineapple, chocolate, cardamom (or something that somehow incorporates cardamom), coconut, almond, other nut flavors, coffee, lemon blueberry, lime, orange...I could go on and on. And I want to experiment with different sweeteners. And raw cream, if I can get it (I already regularly have raw milk on hand), that would be ideal.

Lemon Ice Cream

1 cup half and half
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cups sugar
3 large eggs
Juice of 4 medium lemons (about 1/2 cup)
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon zest (*optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Transfer to ice cream maker.
This recipe contains raw egg, so if that freaks you out, you can skip the bowl and use a sauce pan instead, and, over moderate heat and stirring frequently, bring ingredients just to a simmer. Then remove from heat and let cool before transferring to ice cream maker.
*Wanting maximum lemon-ness, I used 2 tablespoons of lemon zest when I made this. But the little bits caught and accumulated on the mixer piece of the ice cream maker, resulting in clumps of zest in the ice cream. So in the future I might try making the zest smaller (it could have been smaller) or just skipping it altogether. I think it will still be plenty lemony without it.

Luckily, helping to counter all this ice cream madness, I've been exercising pretty regularly the past few weeks.

I've been using (and liking) this 1-hour workout, which I have on dvd. It's an oldie but a goodie. My mom use to do it a lot when I was little. The exercises are gentle and slow paced but you can really feel your muscles working. And I have a feeling, if I keep at it, it could be just the thing to really improve my posture, which I am so tired of being crummy. There's also a more advanced version, Super Callanetics, that I've got my eye on. I've also been regularly taking the babe in a jogging stroller and walking to a nearby track and circling it four times (1 mile), alternating running and walking (baby permitting--lately she is not particularly fond of being in a stroller, so sometimes my running is interrupted by taking her out and carrying her).

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