Tuesday, August 31

Make - {Raspberry Ice Cream}

Although storage is not necessarily an issue thus far, traces of the move still linger in the apartment. Homeless objects are scattered here and there, longing for purpose and dignification but residing, for now, in impractical places. Printers are not often found at the foot of a bed, under a microwave and next to an old fashioned heater, but hey – it fits.

Headbands. A passport. Packs of gum. An address book. Lotions. The list grows longer each day as I inventory the deep box at the foot of my bed. Most of these things used to be kept in or on a desk, but here, as I lack one, they seem destined only for my underwear drawer.


But of course, that bothers me. A bit, at least, because I like to be organized and for everything to have a logical place around me. However, considering the fact that I don’t exactly want to invest money in a desk (don’t worry, Mom and Dad, I have other places to do homework!), nor do I know for a fact that I want one that badly, I’m going to live with it.

Thus, the box will be emptied and the drawers will be filled.

It’s bizarre to see the boxes and imagine them as nothing more than projects and obligations; a sign that I have yet to settle myself completely into my new home and a constant reminder that I’ll have to clear the room of them in some way. In the dark they trip my feet, in the day they are shoved into corners and for over a week they’ve contained the frustrated, lost and purposeless things that I probably didn’t need to bring.

In a word, these boxes are annoying.

But I hate to think in this way because it makes me feel - if you’ll forgive me - old.

It wasn’t that long ago that I would have wanted nothing more than to have these boxes in my life and that organization was just a thing for “grown ups.” It wasn’t that long ago that I would have swiftly dumped the boxes of their contents and run crayons and markers over their surfaces, taped on construction paper and asked for help to cut windows and doors. It really wasn’t that long ago that these boxes would be houses and restaurants, ships and airplanes…

Or was it?

The concept of play has, obviously, changed for me. Although it would probably be pretty awesome to start a blog about things to make with cardboard boxes (I wouldn’t doubt that one probably exists), that’s not what I did because, well, I probably wouldn’t be very good at it. The generic toys of childhood have disappeared from my interests and I’ve turned, instead, to other forms of entertainment, leaving them only to memory.

What made them so amazing to me as a kid was the fact that they could be and do anything you wanted them to. I realize that this sounds really corny and silly, but honestly - they sparked my imagination, and I loved it.

Unfortunately, I can’t appreciate boxes for what they are anymore.


But you know what? I can deal with that too because I have other “boxes” in my life. I’m still inspired by simple things, and I haven’t – and won’t – give up my imagination. I’ll continue to pack and unpack my life, using these memories to hold it together, and enjoy myself regardless of the age I keep.

That’s just how it should be.

Raspberry Ice Cream from Butter, Sugar, Flour with slight changes
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 c (355 ml) half and half
1 c (200 g) sugar, divided
1/2 tsp salt
7 egg yolks
1 1/2 c (355 ml) heavy cream
1 1/2 c (355 ml) strained raspberry puree
1 Tbls lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Place the half and half, 1/2 c of the sugar and the salt in a medium saucepan. Put over medium heat and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, in another bowl, beat the remaining 1/2 c sugar with the egg yolks to the ribbon stage, until lightened in color and texture.
When the half and half has come to a boil, immediately pour about 1/2 c into the egg yolks, whisking the entire time to ensure that you do not curdle the yolks. Continue adding the half and half in small amounts until about half of it has been whisked into the eggs, then pour the egg mixture into the pan with the remaining half and half and cook until thickened, whisking constantly.

Pour the hot custard through a strainer, if desired, into a large bowl. Add the cream, raspberry puree, lemon juice and vanilla. Whisk to combine, then press plastic wrap to the surface of the custard and refrigerate until very cold. I refrigerated it overnight, but this recipe suggests that you freeze it within 4 hours of making the custard to preserve the fresh taste of the berries. It is up to your discretion! After the custard has cooled thoroughly, freeze it in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

15 comments:

  1. How beautiful is this ice-cream!

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  2. Looks yummy! And goodness, we have three desks for two people in our house and I still look at them in antique stores and have to convince myself that I don't *need* another desk! =) They just have such great storage potential - and I'm a sucker for cool drawers and nooks and the fantasy of a beautiful place to get things done. Hope you feel settled soon!

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  3. GIRL you can still play! don't even worry about it! The ice cream looks delicious, hope you shared with your roommates ;)

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  4. Your simple boxes produced interesting, lovely thoughts instead of airplanes -- still fun, just different!

    Yummy-looking ice cream!

    P.S. I hope my students decide that organization is for them, this year ;)

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  5. Wow!!! Ice cream......I love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

    Take the Ice Cream Personality Test and find out what ice cream flavor are you as per your personality. I have taken the test and enjoyed a lot. Hope you too will enjoy it. Have Fun!!!

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  6. Speaking of raspberries...do you have a recipe for a chocolate cake with raspberry filling that you'd recommend? Thanks, and a belated congrats on your move...

    -Amanda

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  7. Love your blog, just amazing ;-)

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  8. Gorgeous ice cream. Love that first photo!

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  9. This looks yummy. I'm trying to find something neat for the last days of summer as my kids return to school. I'm going to try this tomorrow afternoon.

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  10. Just found your blog, and I am beyond impressed! Your college friends and roommates must ADORE you!!!

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  11. I love this ice-cream! I have never tried to make it with raspberry before! Looks so yummy so I am going to try it before summer is officially over here. Thanks.

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  12. I've moved, like, three times within the last year and those knick-knacks that always seem to be lingering about? They drive me crazy. I can't help it. I'm a neat freak. Everything MUST have a place. Just the IDEA is making me twitch. (I'm sorry)

    Also? Your photos get more beautiful everyday. Seriously, they inspire me. So gorgeous.

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  13. Delicious pictures!! I've never tried making it before and I so should! Thanks!

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  14. So beautiful! I recently purchased an ice cream maker and this is going on my must make list. I just adore raspberries and your raspberry ice cream looks so delicious.

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  15. This ice-cream looks absolutely fantastic and I really want to make it but I dont know what half and Half is :( and someone tell me please?

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