Sunday, May 24, 2009

Coconut-Cardamon-Mango Icecream

Mmmmm....the weather in Brussels has actually allowed me to have the back door open all weekend (all LONG weekend that is....had Thursday AND Friday off....). Right now Kevin is fast asleep, and the kittens have abandoned my snuggles for their first love: back garden time!!! So, I am sitting in the kitchen, door wide open, bowl of mango and banana slices all finished up and I am writing REPORT CARDS! I am not one of those teaching-folk who (understandably) loath report card writing (like my husband for example). I actually really enjoy writing about the kids and having the time to process how far we have all come as a class. I have about 17 math comments left and then I am done. No, really - I am done - that's it. I have FOUR little days of work left (I had to take Thursday off for one of my last few midwife appointments). It is going to be really hard to let some of my kids go - the ones who I have taught for two years now, and who have gone the longest in making my wacky year a little more manageable. But - not to fear, I will find ways to stay in touch - they aren't getting rid of me that easily.

I have loads of food updates. I have just been busy nesting and buying the last few things for our scheduled (please keep your vegan fingers crossed) home birth (goggles, a tarp....just kidding about the goggles). But, yesterday, Kevin MADE me buy an ice cream maker that I have mumbling about for about a year. It is one of the models with the built in freezer, so you don't have to try and get the little freezing unit into your European sized freezer (never would have worked). So, yeah. After much deliberation, we decided on making Vanilla-Cardamon-Mango Icecream as our first batch. And OH MY GOSH. Yum Yum. Pretty easy too. I imagine this new kitchen appliance will be getting lots of use this about Breast Milk Icecream? Anyone ever try that recipe???

Coconut-Cardamon-Mango Icecream

2 tsp of arrowroot
1/4 cup of soymilk
2 cups of coconut milk
1 additional cup of soymilk
1 mango (sliced and then pureed)
5 or less cardomon pods
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tbsp of maple syrup
1 kick ass ice cream maker

I mixed the arrowroot and 1/4 cup of s.m together - and let it thicken up. I added the coconut milk and 1 cup of s.m to a pot and warmed it up, letting it thicken on its own time (about 3 minutes), I then added the arrowroot and watched the cool chemistry project moment of the two bits combining to make a much thicker consistency. I added the rest of the goodies, including the mango puree (which I whipped up in my super wicked awesome new Cuisine Art Smart Stick - Thanks Mom!). I then stuck the whole concoction in the fridge, gave it some time to rest and then threw it in the icecream maker and let it do its thing. I am so excited to keep playing with this thing! Yummmmy. Chocolate is next.

But of course, this was our desert - dinner was super yummy too - and mostly the work of Kevin who found a great zucchini salad recipe in Green Parent. We topped the grilled and dilled zuch with our marinated tofu steaks and served this salad with a totally amazing Parsley and Eggplant Puree. Seriously fantastic stuff. Way to go Kevin.

All is well in baby-baking land - 37 weeks this coming Wednesday. The time is just flying by. One of these days you are all going to find yourself with an introduction to The Littlest Vegan. He is excited to meet all of you out there in BlogLand!

Be well!!!


Vegetation said...

Wow 37 weeks! How exciting!

Love the dinner Kevin made. Yum!

And I adore cardamom so that ice cream is incredibly tempting (even though it's heading into winter over here!)

Macie said...

Good luck on your home birth! I just watched the documentary called "The Business of Being Born" and it made me decide that when I do have a baby, it'll be home birth all the way! :)

That icecream looks divine! Congrats on the new icecream maker ... I see deliciousness in your future ;D

Catherine said...

Ice cream makers are so much fun! I'm glad you are enjoying yours so far.
Can't wait to "meet" the little one!

Virginia said...

you just reminded me that i have an ice cream maker!! *runs off to get ingredients for ice cream!*

i lost my blogroll a while back and for some reason forgot about your bloggy so thanks for commenting so i could remember and come visit again!!!

good luck on your home birth, i am sure it will be a beautiful experience that you will treasure forever!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! You're almost done!!! I can't wait to meet your little sprout. I wish you all the best for your home birth - it didn't work out for me (which was a good thing, actually, but that's a story for another day). If we have another one I do hope to have a homebirth!

veggievixen said...

i am so jealousss you have an ice cream maker. plus your concoction sounds fantastic!!

have a great summer break!

Pearl said...

oh that sounds like something the fitnessista would LOVE!

Wheeler's Crew said...

Great post! Everything look soo yummy :)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Perfect timing to get an ice cream maker!
I really hope the home birth works out for yall. I know you can't wait to welcome your little one into the world!

miss v said...

yum... super delicious sweet treat. wishing you the best for your home birth!

Veganosaurus said...

Ohhh that dinner looks delish!! Just the description of the tofu steaks with all the other stuff made my mouth water.

How cute about the wee vegan :)

aTxVegn said...

How exciting your little one will be here soon!

Thanks for that ice cream recipe. My gang will love it!