Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt (#8)

4 05 2012

Update – May 24, 2012: This recipe has been awarded a “Community Pick” on Food 52!

Last week, I posted a recipe for Matcha Ice Cream, and the week before that, Black Sesame Ice Cream.  It would only make sense that I complete the trilogy of common Japanese ice cream flavours with Mango Ice Cream.  I will throw in a Southeast Asian twist though: chili sea salt.

In Southeast Asia, it is quite common to eat tropical fruit such as mango, papaya, guava, pomelo, and pineapple dipped in chili salt as a snack.  This may sound rather bizarre, but it’s tasty, refreshing, and rather addictive.  When I was travelling in Vietnam last year, mango and chili salt quickly emerged as my favourite combination, and I would seek out a mango vendor every day.  Women would expertly peel and cut mangoes, tuck the slices into a plastic bag, and toss in a tiny bag of chili salt for my dipping pleasure.

Use Ataulfo mangoes for this recipe to yield the most lusciously smooth mango ice cream you’ll ever taste.  With a gentle sprinkling of chili sea salt — absolutely divine!!!

Silky and sweet ataulfo mangoes

Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt  (Makes about 1 L)

Ice Cream:

3 to 4 ripe Ataulfo mangoes (enough to yield 2 cups of puree)
Juice of one lime
2 eggs
1/2  cup white sugar
1/4 cup honey
3 cups half-and-half cream

Chili Sea Salt:

3 tablespoons sea salt
2 Thai red chilis

(Note: You will have leftovers.  Store in a small jar and use for dipping fruit or for cooking.)

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Matcha Ice Cream (#7)

27 04 2012

This is the ice cream that almost ruined my wedding dress.

When Tavis and I decided to get married last year, we knew up front we wanted to have a simple wedding.  Wedding day was going to involve a bit of a sleep in, oatmeal for breakfast, and getting ready together at home.  That would be followed by photos at a few of our favourite neighbourhood spots and then cocktails, a short ceremony, a dinner reception, and mingling at a local restaurant.  No muss and fuss, no bridesmaids and groomsmen, no running around like a madwoman.

That morning, after getting my hair and make-up done, changing into my dress, and finding an instructional video on YouTube so I could help Tavis tie a Windsor knot, I thought I’d better play it safe and have a small snack before our photo session — after all, it’d be at least a couple of hours before cocktails and dinner.  Earthy green homemade matcha ice cream in the freezer, white wedding dress… you know where this story is going.

Fortunately, those dribbley drops of matcha ice cream dripped into my dress, rather than onto my dress (now that would have been a mortifying disaster!)  Our wedding day turned out perfectly and we had so much fun celebrating with our friends and family.

Be sure to use matcha powder for this recipe and not green tea leaves.  Also, be sure to avoid wearing white when you enjoy your frozen treat!

We had such a fun time at our photo shoot.  Photo courtesy of the amazing Gracci and Rico Pelaez of Pelaez Photography.

Matcha Ice Cream  (Makes about 1 L)

2 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups half-and-half cream
2 tablespoons matcha powder
6 tablespoons hot water

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Black Sesame Ice Cream (#6)

21 04 2012

Grey hairs be gone with black sesame seeds!

Two years ago, I discovered my first *gasp* gold hair.  (Yes, it was GOLD and not G-R-E-Y).  Tavis, to his credit, named it Goldie and said it’s for good luck.  Goldie has since morphed into Silvie, and Silvie, as it turns out, is making a few friends.  I guess this is what happens once you’re in your 30s.

My mom has always said that eating black sesame helps prevent grey hair.  Old Asian wives tale!  But after poking around on the trusty internet, I realized there may be some merit to this claim.  Grey hair can be caused by a number of factors, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Black sesame seeds are choc full of of beneficial vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B1,  Vitamin E, copper, manganese, zinc, and iron, all of which contribute to good hair health.  So, I’ll pass on the hair dyes and henna and, instead, will crank out a batch of black sesame ice cream for preventative measures.  Smooth, nutty, and not too sweet.  Enjoy!

Black Sesame Ice Cream  (Makes about 1 L)

3 tablespoons black sesame seeds
2 eggs
1/2  cup white sugar
3 cups half-and-half cream

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