Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day 99 / Day 7 - Success...sort of...

So, I took the ice cream bowl out of the freezer, and I put my chilled mix of lime juice, basil puree, and sugar into it. Whirr-whirr-whirr-whirr-whirr.

It still didn't look like it was working. And then I took a close look at the recipe book, and saw a line I didn't see yesterday:

- 2 cups water

That's right. I tried making sorbet and forgot to add water. So just as I felt like my head turn into a cartoon lollipop yesterday, today I felt it turn into a donkey (let the reader understand).

So, I quickly dumped two cups of water into the ice cream maker, and lo and behold, the "whirr-whirr-whirr" turned into "crunch-scrape-grrrr". Before long, I had this.

Now I know what you're looks just like the basil mashed potatoes he made a couple weeks ago...and probably tastes like them too.

Well, I'm happy to say that it did come out fine and tasted like...well...lime and basil. It was really odd at first, bordering on just plain bizarre. I felt like one of those chefs on "Iron Chef" who cooks things like lobster ice cream or chocolate-covered squid sundaes.

But to be honest, after eating a glass of it, I'm kind of craving it now. Maybe it was the consistency of the stuff, which was a lot of like a very smooth gelato or italian ice. And the flavor of the basil did sort of balance out the sweetness of the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the sugar. Or maybe my brain is just telling me that because it knows how much effort went into all of this!

I'm not sure who came up with the recipe for lime-basil sorbet, but one thing's for sure. That person probably had to get rid of a lot of basil!

I think the next thing I cook will be something much more traditional, like the other recipe in the book (basil, garlic, and tomato spaghetti).

If you're as sick of me talking about basil as I am, here's some hope for you:

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