2012/06/07

Oops (FFwD: Olive Oil Ice Cream w/ Apricots)

As I write this post, I am sitting on the Gulf Coast of Texas wishing I had a couple scoops of this ice cream in a bowl in front of me.

When I left NY it was 48F and raining. When I hit Houston, it was 97F and just plain hot. Hot. Hot. Hot.

People may not understand how we survive winters in the Northeast, but I sure as heck wonder how anyone survives summers like this????

And as I drove down 288, I couldn't help but notice all the signs noting the upcoming hurricane season. I think I'd take a Nor'easter over a hurricane any day. Hurricanes are kind of scary.


Which brings me back to the ice cream that I wish I had sitting in front of me.

I was pretty intrigued to make this recipe - and it motivated me to clean out enough freezer room to throw the ice cream canister back in.

I couldn't quite work out in my head how the cream and olive oil were going to come together. I believed that it would work, I just couldn't picture how it would...

Sometimes all you need is a little motivation, right?



The base of the recipe was pretty straightforward - typical custard base. I added the olive oil. Did all the requisite cooking, chilling, mixing and straining.

Poured the ice cream into the canister, set the timer and moved on to preparing dinner...

No worries, right?


Surely, you've guessed by now that this isn't going to end as planned...

I reached toward the cupboard over the spot where the mixer was doing its thing, opened up the door and suddenly a jar of herbs de Provence comes flying out of me. I seriously think it hurled itself at me. In my efforts to deflect the jar from my face, I knocked it back toward the mixer where the cap broke off and the herbs went EVERYWHERE. On top of the mixer, in the ice cream, all over the counters, all over the stove. all over the floor.

Lemmetellyou - what a pain that was to clean up.

Suddenly, my olive oil ice cream was now herbs de Provence ice cream.

What to do?


Since I wasn't sure what effect the herbs would have on the ice cream that I already wasn't sure about, I figured that the dessert now needed a "wing man".

I halved a bunch of apricots and covered them with sherry, added some sugar and vanilla bean and baked them up.

The ice cream, plated up with the warm apricots and a drizzle of honey was the perfect ending to a Memorial Day meal.

Now, I probably won't add herbs de Provence to my ice cream on purpose in the future; but it was good to know that it didn't have a negative impact.

Major whew...

The flecks in the apricots are vanilla bean seeds. The flecks in the ice cream are herbs de Provence...  Sigh.

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.

Post script... Here are a couple of prom shots of Runner Girl.

They grow up way too quick, don't they?





36 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Yes, they do grow up;-) I'm glad your ice cream was successful and the warm apricots served with the ice cream sound perfect to me;-)

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  2. Ha! Good thing you weren't making a different flavor. I have a hunch that herbs de provence would work better in olive oil ice cream than in strawberry.

    It really is too hot here in TX. Me no likey. My coping strategy is to leave the AC running year-round and never, under any circumstances, venture outdoors. I wish I was kidding....haha

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  3. She's beautiful Cher :)
    And I love your story. Sadly, mine was just no good all on its own. I should have added herbes de provence….

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  4. Wow, your girl is gorgeous - beautiful hair style!

    My kitchen disasters now are less about burning and mismeasuring and more about spilling things. I don't know what that's all about. Probably will come with some sort of dreaded diagnosis or other. (of course, yours wasn't a spill but rather an assault). Or it's the kitchen gods messing with me. "Oh so you're really happy with that salad dressing? Why don't we just knock the bottle onto the floor and see if you can recreate it."

    Save travels home!

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    1. "Safe." Apparently, I both spill and typo with equal ease.

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    2. (and my iPad is possessed - sorry about the dupes! )

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  5. I´m glad you just went ahead with the herb-y ice cream! I never found herbes de provence to have much flavor really, maybe because I don´t use them much and they get old...ha. Your girl is beautiful and the apricots perfect! Have a great weekend

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  6. I also grew up in the Northeast and I can't imagine how one would survive a summer in Texas. I'm way too much of a wimp for that kind of heat. Hope you are surviving it.

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  7. I think the herbs would have been quite fun! I would have carried on and told everyone it was on purpose. lol. Beautiful Runner Girl! Wow.

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  8. Beautiful Runner Girl pics! Is there anything sweeter than a pretty girl going to her prom? I don't think so! Sounds like you handled your mishap perfectly. It actually sounds pretty good to me. I could do my own posting to FF this week! Can't figure out why sometimes I can and sometimes I can't. Thanks for helping me when I can't!

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  9. Ugh I hate being hot! I don't know that I could ever live in the South. I am really intrigued by the idea of Herbs de Provence ice cream - how funny that a French herb mix is what fell on you! Things might have been vastly different if it had been a Cajun mix or something :)

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  10. On the positive side of things, I think you may have just created an innovative ice cream recipe, Cher! LOL. Honestly, you should have your own reality show, you're so naturally entertaining that you'd be a great big hit! Thank heavens your ice cream flavor wasn't majorly affected, and the apricots brilliantly helped saved the too.

    Btw, Runner Girl looks stunning at her prom! I bet she gets her good looks from you :).

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  11. 'Saved the too'? Lol, that wasn't even a typo... I meant, saved the day too!

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  12. What a lovely picture of, what looks like, an all-together young lady. And you let her go out on a date with a young man looking like that????? If I'd have had that ice cream disaster befall me, I'd have stressed like crazy, thrown everything out and started again. You always just turn left and carry on. And, often make it better. Love the "wingman" suggestion.

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  13. A request, my Monday Posts are essays, not food posts. I am writing an essay for July on women who are now inspiring and connecting and mentoring to women digitally, be it via book clubs, cookbooks, crafting, world affairs, etc. I would like to link to the wonderful tribute you did to Julia and Dorie when you hosted TWDBWJ. I will also probably put a quote or two in the main body of the Post. Although my journalism creds are pretty good, I will run those quotes by you. If you have any concerns, let me know. Thanks.

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    1. Define Trouble.

      (Joke, Cher. Joke. Thank you.)

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  14. It was just meant to be, with the herbs de Provence and the pairing with apricots sounds wonderful! Glad someone else ended up with more of a savory ice cream. Your "runner girl" is gorgeous!

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  15. Cher, your olive oil ice cream with an additional twist looks wonderful and apricots are a nice idea, particularly with those lovely specks of vanilla bean - sounds like a harmonious dessert to me!

    The photos of your daughter are so nice - she looks so happy!

    Have a good weekend (in Texas)!

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  16. Such a beautiful girl, and yes, they grow up so fast. It seems as though my own two went
    through this not too long ago, and now I'm seeing the grandchildren growing up much too
    quickly. As for your ice cream happenings, maybe Dorie might make an additional recipe
    using your method of herbs de provence. Sounds quite interesting.

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  17. Oh Cher, she's just beautiful!

    I could totally picture you being attacked by Herbes de Provence! I've had lavender yougurt, so think it could work. I wasn't sure about this one, either, but it was worth the effort.

    I lived in TX for 5 years & don't know how I did it - I would never move back there now.

    Hope you're home safely soon!

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  18. Runner girl is just beautiful, Cher! What lovely photos. And what a wonderful save on your ice cream and it sounds like it was a perfect Memorial day dessert. Enjoy your stay in Texas and stay cool. Have a great weekend!

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  19. Cher, Your runner girl is just beautiful!! And you are incredible for the save with the ice cream…it looks wonderful with the apricots! Have a great time in Texas! I agree with you…I would rather our cold winters anytime over their extreme heat!

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  20. You had me in stitches... that could have definitely happened to me. I'm a BIG klutz too. It could have been worse - there are so many other spices that would have clashed too much with the ice cream. Maggie's Cajun seasoning made me laugh.

    I hope Runner Girl had an amazing time at her final high school functions. You did a great job, Cher!

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  21. Runner Girl is beautiful, what a lovely prom dress! So funny about the accidental spice addition, glad it turned out good! Love the idea of the apricots.

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  22. You are a rock star for moving on and adding apricots (and culinary genius :) With all that is going on in your life I can not believe you did not weep openly and sit in a pile on the kitchen floor after this occured....as this is about what I think I would have done. This time of year and life is so crazy hectic (even though it is all "good stuff") that I am wondering how we will make it through. And then we get the little things (ok, not so little) like the prom photos :) She is a stunner for sure. I got my digitals uploaded from prom but still owe the whole family the graduation shots. Hey, at least I got the ice cream made......hang in there !!! (and I am with you about the geography- most folks roll their eyes when we see we vacation in the North in Vermont but we adore it- not humid Florida days for us but to each his own).

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  23. The prom photos are gorgeous...I am so impressed that you kept going with the ice cream after spilling the herbs de provence. The apricot recipe is so creative - did you make it up yourself? I am so excited that it's finally summer fruit season.

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  24. Lovely photos of runner girl. I had another nephew graduate this year - the "baby" of our family is almost 16. Time certainly flies.

    I love how you rescued your ice cream. Apricots are fabulous.

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    1. I finally made this ice cream last week - no drama, thank goodness, and Kevin and I both enjoyed it. I'm still waiting for the verdict from my parents on the container-full I gave to them.

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  25. Wow, what a great save on the ice cream -- brilliant idea to bring on the apricots. Runner girl looks awesome!

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  26. your girl is beautiful Cher! and her dress and hair are stunning
    I had to read th e title twice,olive oil ice cream! I have to give it a try

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  27. Oh Cher...she is beautiful ! Just like the mama :) I read your ice cream post twice to make sure I was reading right LOL! I thought you were creative to add in the herbs until I read the last part ...but just the same I think olive flavor goes well with the herbs :) And great to have baked apricots to go with it. No waste eh !

    I did not participate for the last two FFWD coz was helping my boy prepares for his trip to UK for his final semester in Business Studies. I will be in for the next three weeks...stay tuned :)

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  28. How did I miss this? I keep my ice cream canister in the freezer, yet seem to forget it's there! And I concur--I'd take cold, wet weather over the terror of hurricanes and HEAT any day! I hope you have a lovely time in TX, and what a beautiful pic of RG!

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  29. LOL - the herbs de Provence may have complimented the apricots. It was terrific icecream. Runner Girl looks gorgeous and so grown up.

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  30. Looks like you've invented a new ice cream flavor! Your daughter is beautiful. A comment on the weather - after 36 days over 100 already this year, I can confirm it is exhausting to deal with daily and I probably won't see temperatures under 100 until October unless I leave town.

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  31. I was impressed with the ice cream until I saw the photos of your daughter.
    She is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    I hope she had a wonderful night!

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