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16th May 2011, by Mary, filed in Food blogs, Home Cooking, Spice Rack Challenge

A few weeks ago, at a charity fund-raising sale put on by some local fraternal order (Eagles? Elks? Egrets?) I picked up a used ice cream maker. So, when Mom of Mother’s Kitchen announced that this month’s Spice Rack Challenge would be coriander, I wondered: are there any recipes out there for coriander ice cream? Turns out there are, and the one I picked to try was Coriander-Lime with Rhubarb Swirl (kudos due to the folks over at Burp!), just because it sounded like the most interesting of the bunch. Did you know coriander is said to have a slight lemon-y taste to it? I hadn’t really noted it before, but I can testify that however you care to describe it, it works fantastically well with both lime and rhubarb. (Both the ice cream itself and the rhubarb sauce include it, so the flavor of coriander doesn’t get buried by the other ingredients.) Unfortunately, given that this was my rookie attempt at making ice cream, I missed the window during which I was supposed to add the swirl to the ice cream, so my finished product wasn’t quite as pretty, but both David and I were still quite happy with the results. Funny thing is, I was kind of skeptical of how well the rhubarb sauce would go with the ice cream (maybe my sub-conscious sabotaged the swirl?), but after trying it I really don’t think the ice cream all by itself would have been nearly as good.

Coriander-Lime Ice Cream

In the future, I think the only thing I might change is to steep the cream with whole coriander seeds, not ground coriander–the ice cream turned out ever so slightly grainy-textured, which might also have been due to the artificial sweetener I used, but I thought it was kind of strange for the recipe to call for steeping with a ground spice. Still, none of that ice cream is going to go to waste!

25th Jan 2011, by Mary, filed in Food blogs, Home Cooking, Recipe
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Just a brief post–in addition to doing the Spice Rack Challenge, this year I’m hoping (in anticipation of possibly having a whole lot less time to cook in the near future) to amass a collection of good, simple slow-cooker recipes. I already have a good chili recipe (which I may post about some other time, if there’s any demand for yet another chili recipe), and a good salsa chicken taco filling recipe (courtesy of my friend Cheryl), and recently I came across an amazing hoisin pulled pork, which is another “dump it all in the crock pot and go” recipe–no pre-searing or sauteing required (and although I haven’t tried making it with chicken yet, I’m sure it would work fantastically). And, it came with a recipe for an equally amazing crunchy peanut slaw–I honestly wasn’t expecting much out the slaw, because nothing in the ingredient list screamed “yum” to me, but it ended up being so good I’d happily eat it all by itself. (I did substitute brocco-slaw-in-a-bag for the shredded cabbage–after the deluge of CSA cabbage this past summer, I just couldn’t bring myself to make another cabbage slaw–and it worked wonderfully.) Anybody else out there have a really killer, dead simple slow-cooker recipe?

BTW–The Kitchn (which is where these recipes, and many more recent winners I’ve come across, come from) has had a couple of interesting theme weeks lately–last week was gluten-free recipes, and the week before that they did vegan.