Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Grown up Ice Cream

Often when I get home from work this time of year I do the needed outside things before I even go inside, sometimes I will salt the driveway or shovel...  you know to get them out of the way before I take off my wet shoes and coat.  Then, once I am in the house I am in for the night.  I was doing that on Friday when the incident happened.

A few minutes after the "incident"  Kris came home and said, "Wow! What did you do?  Were you in a fight?".  I gave her a quick run down...

"Were you drinking?"

"No! I just got home."

The next day my mom called and I described what had happened.

Her first question, "Had you been drinking?"

I went to work yesterday and the questions started, "what happened to your face?"  "Did you go the the hospital?" "Jeez what did you clean that with?" (answer to that... Vodka) and of course, "how much did you have to drink?"

Can you tell that I am trying to build tension?  I know, I am not Dean Koontz or anything but really; a nerdy food blog isn't a popular suspense novel and I don't get to build tension very often.  So are you ready to hear what the incident was?

On Friday I quickly walked through the house and went to the back patio to take out the garbage, I walked around the garbage can to drop the kitchen bag into it and lost my footing on the ice... I am sure that my arms were still attached to my body but they immediately became useless.  My feet flew into the air and I landed, on my face on the snow and ice covered lawn chair.  Then, since a plastic chaise is no match for a flying 200 pound man I slid off the back of the chair onto the snow and ice covered patio.  After flopping around a bit I spent the next few moments scanning the neighbors windows to make sure that no one saw me then started crawling around in the snow, in the dark, looking for my new progressive lens glasses.

For those of you that aren't there yet "progressive lens" is a term they use now because it seems more polite than,  "here are your bifocals old man... $400.00 please, oh and by the way every time that you look down for the next several weeks you can expect headaches and mild nausea."

When I got inside and looked in the mirror I saw that I looked like Brad Pitt from Fight Club OK, I wish.... I looked more like a middle aged man that fell on his face, almost recovered then fell on his face again.  By the way I am fine, just a little banged up, I am half torn between embarrassed and wishing that I had video because it would rock to see.

The only thing that makes me wonder is why everybody asked if I had been drinking...  Whatever goes on in their heads I'll never guess.  On Saturday I made one of my favorite desserts, yes sometimes baking is calming.  Then I took out my new toy and tried something new!

Brandy Ice-Cream:

2 cups half and half
1 tsp vanilla extract
grated zest of one lemon
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 large egg yolks
3 TBS Brandy

To make custard:
Pour Half and Half into a saucepan, add vanilla to and grate in the lemon zest then bring mixture to a light boil.

While that is heating whisk together the brown sugar and yolks in a metal bowl until combined well. Add hot cream mixture to yolk mixture in a slow stream, stirring as you go then return custard to pan. Cook custard over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and coats back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. (Do not let it boil)

Pour custard through a strainer into bowl and cool slightly. Stir in brandy and chill for a couple of hours until cold. Freeze custard in an ice-cream maker.following the instructions.

After it was done mixing I put it back into the freezer for about half an hour to firm up, I have to say this one worked!  Smooth and creamy with a brandy flavor that wasn't at all overpowering, backed by the vanilla and a hint of lemon.  Really wonderful for the first time out!

This is served with my very favorite dessert Apple Shortbread Bars.  When I pulled up the recipe to make it this time I was thinking to myself, "this is so simple, why is it so yummy?"  Answer: maybe it has something to do with the 3 sticks of butter I put in.  So healthy? Maybe not but if you want a rice cake after you fell on your face twice that is fine with me but I think that I earned this.

Oh and because I have them...


  1. Sorry to hear about your fall! Did ice cream make you feel better?

  2. Bryan, forgive me! I found myself laughing as I read about your fall. Not because I'm mean spirited, but because you told your tale so well. I'm new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really enjoyed my visit and what I found here. I'll definitely be back. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  3. I'm laughing with Mary. Sorry, can't help it. Now, this ice cream looks beyond delicious. However, I was hoping for a photo of, er..., well, um--your face!! I know what you mean about checking to see who might be looking.

    Hope all is well--with you and the glasses.


  4. Dana, yes there are things that you never outgrow Ice cream does make everything better.

    Mary, Bonnie, it after the embarrassment past I laughed at myself, It had to have been such a sight!

  5. Oh sweet man...I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. I know I would want a scoop of this ice cream after an incident like that (actually, I could use a scoop right now!)Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight...and thanks for all the sweetness you leave on my blog...it means so much to me!

  6. OMG Bryan! I am glad to hear you are OK. I hope the ice cream took the pain away.
    Sorry but I can't help but laugh at your brutal fall as I am sure you would do the same if it were you reading my blog :0) Why is it other peoples accidents always seem to make us laugh?
    Take care of yourself

  7. Dude! Ouch! The most giggle-worthy thing for me is that you tripped on ice and fell into...a plastic lawn chair. Did you not get the memo that it is WINTER, my man? Definitely not lawn chair weather. I laughed so hard, mainly because having a summer item still on our lawn in the winter is something I totally would do.