Entitlement

Apologies reader, for being so MIA of late – life has had other demands and I can’t seem to keep everything together as I had hoped. I am currently fuming on the inside, and need a few moments to compose myself.

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Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
Green tea ice cream brings to mind peace and serenity. Maybe even those gorgeous temples tucked into the mountainside of Japan(here), or some far off remote green hamlet in the woods, with a lovely little pond fed by a cold, refreshing mountain spring. It reminds me to repeat a mantra inside my head – inner peace, inner peace, inner peace.
This recipe yield 3-4 servings, just a tiny pint of ice cream. It can easily be doubled/tripled as needed.

Ingredients
3/4 c milk
3/4 c heavy cream
2 egg yolks
5 tbs sugar
1-1/2 tbs matcha green tea powder
handful toasted shredded coconut (optional)

Directions
In a large saucepan, bring milk, heavy cream, tea powder to a boil, and whisk to dissolve the tea (some lumps may remain, but this is normal – keep whisking, the rest will be strained out). Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle hot cream/milk into the eggs, while vigorously whisking to prevent the yolks from scrambling. Return the egg/milk/cream mixture back to saucepan and heat until the custard has thickened and can coat the back of a spoon. To test, run your finger across the spoon – it should make a mark through the custard and not run back in on itself.

Remove the custard from heat, and strain the mixture with a sieve into another bowl. Allow the mixture to cool to (just shy of) room temperature. Then churn/freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. My Cuisinart only took about 20 minutes or so, for such a tiny batch. You can enjoy as is, or freeze until consumption.

To serve, top with crunchy shredded coconut and enjoy. I really love the addition of the toasted coconut, which complements the green tea, and adds a fun/different texture to each bite. I was a bit heavy-handed with the matcha green tea powder because I enjoy really intense (and not subtle) flavors, but you can get away with just 1 tbs of matcha powder, and won’t lose any of the essential flavor.

Closer

From my sister, I learned a new word this week – booty tickled. Not quite butt hurt, but certainly rubbed the wrong way. Ironic that the source of my ‘tickle’ taught me the word.

Until next time readers,
AnhD

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