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Culinary experimentation [Mar. 7th, 2007|11:38 pm]
Since I have the Floyds' ice-cream maker, and since I will be returning it soon, I decided to experiment.

I made savory ice cream.

I tried making a frozen cucumber raita, basically. Peeled a cucumber, salted it to draw off some water, rinsed it, and threw it in the blender? Added about half a container of plain yogurt and, hmm, 3/4 pint, I think, of buttermilk. For seasoning, a quarter teaspoon of garam masala and a half-teaspoon each of ground cumin and ground coriander. Plus some black pepper. Blend until liquefied and pour it in the ice-cream maker.

The result was a qualified success. I didn't rinse the cucumbers well enough, so it ended up really salty and I had to add a pinch of sugar to try and balance it out. It was a reasonable texture out of the ice-cream maker, but after I left it in the freezer to firm up, it iced up considerably. Too much water, not enough fat, I think, which is in part because I didn't use much yogurt (I was using up leftovers) and in part because I added a lot of buttermilk to try and cut the salt.

If I did it again, I'd just throw the cucumber in straight and salt to taste once everything else was mixed together, and I would use a lot more yogurt -- probably more yogurt than buttermilk, honestly.

So not spectacular, but all in all, I think it would work. I probably won't eat all of what I made, but I'll eat at least some of it when I'm in the mood (and if I remember to let it defrost some first.) Tomorrow, I'm going to make mint again (for 2nd Thursday boardgaming) and see if I can make it less delicate this time.

[User Picture]From: dcseain
2007-03-08 07:30 am (UTC)
You'd fit in beautifully at Baitcon. If it can be made into a sorbet or ice cream, it has, or will with few exceptions, be done there. madbodger, among others, can vouch for that. Can you find the Prosciutto Gorgonzola w/Balsamic Fig one?

Check out baitcon for some sample recipes - i promise there are some in there, and i believe you're enough of a geek to appreciate some of the fine print on the 29 August 2006 post in that community.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2007-03-08 02:05 pm (UTC)
Did I mention the basil icecream I once had? Brilliant. So was the pepper. I keep trying to think of the third flavor on that plate, but that piece of memory is missing. Rosemary would probably work.
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[User Picture]From: thatwesguy
2007-03-08 06:25 pm (UTC)

I am mightily saddened that 2nd Thursday Boardgaming isn't an event I can readily attend. :-(
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-03-08 08:43 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to join us if you're ever in the area...
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[User Picture]From: finagler
2007-03-08 07:35 pm (UTC)
I remember the oil-and-vinegar ice cream we made at one of my lN2-IC parties tasted OK, but only if you put it on crackers so your mouth wouldn't say "this is ice cream?"

The wasabi-garlic ice cream was better than you'd think, but not by much...
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