I went to a pre-sale, garage sale and bought a practically brand new ice cream maker.
So, we have been making all sorts of ice cream. First I made: Mayan chocolate for Dalton and Kyria's 10 year anniversary. It was very rich with heavy cream and Ghirardelli chocolate, cinnamon and a touch of cayenne. VERY GOOD!
I then made a vegan, cococut, cashew ice cream. It too was good. Since I am off of dairy I thought I would experiment with vegan ingredients for my next few experiments. We have a grove of Pink Grapefruits just across the street and when they pick them, we usually get a bag full. So we tried a fresh pink grapefruit sherbet, with honey. No one liked it. However, Dennis and I are eating it, it is refreshing but not sweet. I also, made a Blueberry/wildflower ice cream, with a cashew base and coconut water. It was ok. Dillion liked the creaminess of it.
But the all time favorite is what is pictured above! It is light, fruity, refreshing with just the right sweetness. EVERYBODY LOVED this one! I researched different recipes then adjusted to a vegan version. It is not creamy, more of a consistency somewhere between a popcicle and sorbet. The flavor is out of this world, delicious!!!!
A large bunch of fresh basil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
2 2/3 coconut milk (I used Coconut Dream from health food store)
Grated zest of 2 medium organic lemons
Tear the basil leaves. Put the leaves and sugar into a medium bowl. With your fingers massage the leaves with sugar. This will release the basil flavor into the sugar. Add the lemon juice to the bowl, stir, cover, and let stand for one hour.
Stir the coconut milk into the lemon mixture. Strain through a fine sieve into another bowl, pressing lightly of the basil leaves. Add lemon zest. Chill for four hours or overnight. (always do overnight) Process in an ice cream machine following manufacturer's instructions. If there is any lemon zest on the dasher, scrape it and stir back into sherbet. Serve the sherbet soft right from the machine or transfer into a freezer safe, airtight container and freeze to firm up at least 3-4 hours before serving.
We ate ours right from the machine! THis is definitely a keeper recipe, especially for those avoiding dairy products.
Next up! Dion's request: Ginger Ice Cream with crystallized ginger.
Ants are organized into colonies. Each colony has three basic castes: the queen, males, and workers (sexually undeveloped females). The queen does not govern, but is the mother ant, her job is to lay eggs. The males live only long enough to mate, then die. The worker ants search for and gather food, feed the queen, act as nurses for the larvae, clean the nest, dig new chambers when more room is needed and guard and defend the nest. Despite the precise division of work, and the complex social organization, there is no sign of a ruler or taskmaster.
Ants are a model of cooperation, industry and order, often working together to drag home an object much bigger then themselves. Some ants even assist injured or exhausted members of their colony back to the nest.
The ants "wisdom" results from instincts, they are endowed with by their Creator. The harvester ant stores up a large supply of grain in the spring and summer and makes use of it in the winter when food is scarce. If rain causes dampness to reach the stored seeds, the harvester ant will carry the grain out into the sun for drying. It has even been known to bite off the germ part of the seed so that it will not germinate while stored.
Their instincts for preparing for the future are something we can pay attention to, but also their persistence and determination, doing everything possible to fulfill their particular task and refusing to turn back even though they may fall, slide or roll down a steep hill. They are exemplary in cooperation, keep their nests clean, and show concern for their fellow workers.
Yes, ants teach us that diligent effort is needed if we wish to produce good fruitage.
I am a working mother of seven young men, most of whom have flown the coop. My husband, who I love set up this blog for me so I could keep in touch with my Three Sisters. We share the best parents who we love to stay in touch with. (They love to receive pictures of my grandkids, best audience a person could ask for)My husband's mother and sister also,may enjoy a peak into my little life.I enjoy very much my extended family.