How to Make Homemade Lavender Ice Cream

Lately we’ve had a ton of eggs, lemons and lavender, so I decided to make lavender ice cream.

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My wife got me an ice cream maker for Christmas.  I can’t believe how much time has gone by without me trying it out yet.  The ice cream maker is an attachment for our KitchenAid Mixer–a gift from her old boss. To make ice cream you have to freeze the attachment.  Well, our freezer is always jam packed with food, so in order to make ice cream I first had to eat some of the food from the freezer to make room.

I am loosely following this Martha Stewart recipe.  Assuming your starting with an ice cream maker that’s ready to go (aka has been in the freezer at least overnight) it will take about 10 hours for you to go from raw ingredients to deliciously-worth-the-wait ice cream.  It’s a pretty active process for about 15 minutes, and then its a lot of waiting.

Here are the ingredients:

Whole Milk

Heavy Cream

Sugar

Lavender

Honey

Egg Yolks

Begin by warming 2 cups of whole milk, 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 Tablespoons of Lavender and 1/2 Cup of Honey over medium heat. Don’t heat it too fast and don’t let it boil.  Stir in the lavender and heat until the honey is well mixed with the cream.  Just before it boils remove from heat and let it steep for 30 minutes.

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Of course in the midst of making this I was interrupted by a very clingy baby–so the lavender got to steep for over two hours.

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Once the lavender has sufficiently steeped in the cream you’ll want to remove most of the lavender from the batter, I like to leave a few pieces to add color and to remind us that its lavender.  Once you remove the lavender place it back on the stove and heat it on low heat, taking care not to let it boil.

Now its time to add the eggs.  Do this by first beating the eggs in a mixing bowl with a dash of salt.  To the egg mixture slowly add one cup of the lavender steeped cream, whisking the eggs as you SLOWLY pour the hot cream in to temper it.  Once its all in, slowly pour the egg mixture back into the rest of the warm milk.  Again whisking the whole time you slowly add the cream.  Once its fully mixed pour the mixture into another mixing bowl.  Let this cool covered for three hours.

Once three hours have passed its finally time to use the ice cream maker.  Add the batter to the bowl, assemble to the mixer and let it whirl on “Stir” for 20-30 mins, or until the machine is struggling to keep mixing.

And now the final step.  (Feel free to taste test at this point).  Scoop the ice cream out of the ice cream maker and into a container with a lid.  Keep this in the freezer for at least 3 hours.  Wait patiently.  Enjoy!

How to Cook Kohlrabi Greens

This year about half of the plants in my garden came from the nursery dumpster.  I regularly get up early in the morning or stop by just after they closed to see what was in store for me.  I ended up with some plants that I am less familiar with, including kohlrabi.  I had bought Kohlrabi at the farmers market before, but it never came with the greens on it.  The greens are totally edible and when prepared well they are delicious!

Here’s how to cook the greens:

1. pull the greens off of the bulb

2. remove the stems by cutting or ripping the green part away from the woody stems

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3.  Cook the greens for 2-3 mins in boiling water to soften them.

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3. Remove the greens from water, drain well, place in pan for sautéing, add oil of your choice–I used Toasted Sesame Oil here.

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4.  Add spice and seasonings of your choice.  I added some pine nuts.  Salt also goes a long way!

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5. Serve warm or add to a cold salad.

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SavRaw Organic CSA–so far so good. . .

This was our first weekly fruit and veggie box with SavRaw CSA.  We got the second one this week.  I am very happy so far, we are even thinking about increasing to the “Family Size” this is the “Full Size” which is the smallest option.  SavRaw says that all of their produce is Organic, which is excellent.  That means no chemicals, no GMOs, and the profits to to “local sustainable agriculture projects” in the Los Angeles area (not sure what that really means).  IN any case the produce has been wonderful thus far and its just under the amount we need for the week.  SavRaw also sends an email with recipes that use the items in the CSA that week.  Check out SavRaw (formerly CSA California): http://savraw.com/.

Thanksgiving 2011

I am so late posting these that I seriously thought about posting them next year.  Instead I decided to post the pictures now and wait until next year to post a full menu with recipes for each dish.  These turned out wonderfully, so much so that my mother-in-law said that this was her best Thanksgiving EVER!  (Also, for those of you who were wondering after this week I have officially gained back all of the weight from the 6 weeks @ 1200 cals experiment–it only took me 5 weeks!)

First the table and appetizers:

 

The Bird.

Picking fresh rosemary

The pumpkin pie. Made from scratch, from a real pumpkin.

 

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 5, Day 1/Day 29

8:30 AM–morning coffee with a splash of milk 20 cals along with a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Bar @ 180 cals

11am couldnt wait any longer to try the 200 cal DiGiorno pizzas that I picked up, but then I accidentally burnt it (is this a sign?) so I only ate about half of it after cutting off the burnt edges for approx. 100 cals It is Pizza Month after all!


I followed this by a serving of cottage cheese @ 90 cals and a Diet Root Beer

By 1pm I needed to get out so I walked up the street for a coffee with a splash of milk 20 cals and impluse bought a loaf of bread with which I decided to make a turkey sandwich

The particular type of bread that I got (Sarah Lee Honey Wheat) is 150 cals for two slices, lucky me.  I added about 60 cals worth of turkey to it and about 10 cals of alfalfa sprouts and tomato slices for a 220 calorie sandwich. very low cal for a sandwich and so satisfying!

Around 5pm I started to make dinner–I decided to make Roasted Beets, aromatic rice and field peas–AKA Hoppin John, and I even posted the recipe as well. I had about a cup of rice which is about 250 cals, plus the beets with the oil they were cooked in probably came to about 150 cals, and the field peas should be about 80 cals.

Dinner comes to a total of 480 cals!  But it was good and good for me too.  I had plenty of energy for my workout and had 90 calories to spare for the post-workout snack…I decided on a pumpkin beer which is 150 cals but whatever.  Today’s total comes to 1260.

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 6/Day 27

AM–made coffee but wasnt quite hungry yet.

around 11am I had a cup of Trader Joe’s Os and some milk for 180 cals

Lunch happened around 3pm, my partner made me this heat and serve Tandoori style chicken dish from Trader Joe’s–it has a bit of rice and spinach in it, and its super good–it only has about 360 cals in it.

In the afternoon we decided to go for a 3.5 mile run through the neighborhood before treating ourselves to a few hours at the SPA! The Spa was wonderful.  Afterwards we met up with a friend that lives in K-town for Korean BBQ, which I am going to estimate to be 500 calories, but they were very nutrient rich calories!

On the way home we got a message from a neighborhood friend who wanted to go for kosher fro-yo, so we joined them at our local Toppings froyo place.  I think I had about a half cup of the Taro flavor, so good, plus some toppings, so I am going to estimate 100 cals for the yogurt.  Today’s total: 1140 cals!

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 4/Day 25

AM–Kashi pumpkin spice bar-1 serving–coffee @ 90 cals

coffee again @ LA Mill 0 cals

Snacks–carrots and celery and a mini v8–60 cals

Lunch–Forage Chicken salad with Pita chips and Cucumber Mint Limade–I really have no idea but I will guess 450 cals because of the mayo and the pita chips

3pm SNACK–Brown Cow Creamy Coffee Yogurt–160 cals

5pm–went to the gym earlier today to get it out of the way

7pm made a roast (Whole Foods, Grass Fed Beef) a serving about the size of my fist with grilled onions and quinoa for dinner so thats 150 for the beef, 35 for the onions and about 150 cals for 1/4 cup quinoa  for 335 cals. I also had a glass of red wine for another 150 cals making it a 1245 calorie day total.