Making your own ice cream, whether dairy or non is quite easy if you own an ice cream maker as I do, a very basic (and noisy!) one that I acquired seven years ago when we found out my husband’s issues with milk products. In the past, I have made vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream but this year with the now customarily horrid temperatures I decided to go for the refreshing taste of mint, adding chocolate morsels for more fun. There is no coloring in my recipe, hence the pale-looking ice cream in the photos. But trust me, the taste is definitely there!
Ingredients (serves 4 to 6 “reasonable” people)
– 4 egg yolks*
– 80g pure cane sugar, no caramel color added
– 400 ml creamy coconut milk – if it isn’t very homogenous it should still be ok as long as you stir it well before using
– 6 drops organic mint essential oil (7 max)**
– dark chocolate chunks, as many as you like!
*Do not throw away the egg whites. You can either freeze them in individual portions for further use or make a “gâteau creusois” with them. (recipe in French here)
**In a previous attempt, I tried infusing mint leaves but the preparation definitely lacked in taste; maybe I didn’t use enough. Adding essential oil means I will be able to make this again for the end of year festivities, even as our mint is in total hibernation ❄️!
an ice cream maker; if yours is a very simple one like mine, you will need to remember to place the tub in the freezer several hours before making the cream.
1. Beat 4 egg yolks with 80g sugar until very pale. The mixture tends to thicken towards the end.
2. Add 6 drops of essential oil and 400ml coconut milk. Mix well.
3. Pour into the ice cream maker and set the timer. It took between 15 and 20 minutes for my ice cream to be ready. For those who might wonder, since everything goes into the freezer right away and the ice cream usually gets eaten within 2 days, I feel pretty safe about not cooking the egg mixture. Obviously I wouldn’t be sharing this if it had made us sick – but if it doesn’t feel right to you, do not hesitate to change the recipe, cooking the preparation on very low, stirring and let it cool down before placing it in the ice cream maker. The last thing I want is for my neighbors to fall ill!
4. Transfer to a plastic container and store in the freezer.
I first posted this recipe in French about a week ago, when the temperatures over here started soaring, making everyone miserable: people, plants and animals.
This year, at the beginning of summer, I convinced my husband to build a small bird bath for the birds who like to visit our garden. For that purpose, my complying 😇 and ingenious 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 spouse up-cycled old stuff that he found in the garage, and didn’t miss the opportunity to say: “See, aren’t you glad we kept this? If I had listened to you, it would have been thrown out long ago!” – meaning I was wrong to follow Mari Kondo’s advice and systematically throw out what “doesn’t bring joy”😮 !
Of course I wanted to do things right, dear neighbors, and so I went on the internet looking for tips from experts. I read that the bath should be placed at ground level, since that is where natural water spots are. Well, that is definitely another piece of advice not to follow: birds feel safer at a higher level, especially when there are cats roaming around!
The “experts” also said that the bath should be a bright color, making it attractive to birds. I then proceeded to brighten the outer container, wrapping it in a delightful red adhesive with white polka dots… and waited in vain for weeks for the birds to get near it! Well, guess what? Ever since I removed the adhesive, we have had the pleasure of watching our little friends drink and freshen up in the bath!
Of course, the water must be changed regularly if we don’t want to attract mosquitoes – bad enough that the COVID is still around, I don’t want to have to also worry about Lyme disease and the likes!
I hope all my neighbors are doing well, not suffering from too much summer heat, or too much winter cold for those who live in the other hemisphere. Take care, stay safe!