Friday, June 8, 2012

FFwD - Olive Oil Ice Cream + Catch Up Recipes

Olive Oil Ice Cream!
My husband is a bit obsessed with ice cream.  Vanilla is his preference.  He thinks it lets the simple basic ingredients and the very concept of ice cream combine into perfect deliciousness.  He's tolerated my monkeying around with ingredients, coconut milk ice cream, almond milk ice cream until he finally asked why can't we have just regular ice cream.  When I told him I was making ice cream I didn't mention the olive oil.

"Yummmm!"  those were his exact words when he tasted it!  When I told him about the olive oil he liked it.  I'm taking it to a dinner party and I bet everyone agrees!

All has turned out well but there were a few bumps along the way.  The burner was too high and I turned my back to check on the baked chicken.  When I went back to the ice cream to give it a quick stir it looked kind of like oatmeal.  It was curdled to a point I've never seen before!  I tried straining but it was entirely curdled so there was only about 1/4 cup of liquid.  I was upset over the wasted ingredients and was about to throw it all away but thought I'd google curdled ice cream saves first.  Blending was recommended.  I blended and the texture was smooth and silky immediately!  Seriously it went from cottage cheese to ice cream in a few seconds!

We taste tested the ice cream topped with toasted pecans and coconut.  Perfect!  I bet the other French Friday cooks did some interesting things with this.

Faux Lentil, Lemon, and Tuna Salad

You might notice those are black eyed peas instead of lentils.  Instead of preserved lemons I used jarred jalapenos.  That's why I call this 'faux lentil, lemon and tuna salad'.

Since I had my doubts about liking this dish I didn't want to run all over town looking for ingredients.  I decided the French home cook and I hope Dorie, would approve of using what I have in my pantry.

The results were surprising and I actually think we will have this again!  See what the other cooks did with this recipe.  FFwD - Around My French Table

lyonnaise garlic and herb cheese

I didn't get a picture of this one.  We didn't like it.  We didn't eat it.  It was a waste of ingredients.  I'm thinking how could Dorie think this is good?  Then it occurred to me it was the quality of the ricotta.   Typical grocery store ricotta just doesn't work here.  It is simply too bland.  I've made something similar using bits of leftover cheeses grated and blended with cream cheese and herbs.  Its not boursin but pretty good.  Several of the French Friday cooks liked this recipe.  Check them out!

I'm almost caught up now!  Sardine rillettes are calling my name!


  1. Good catch up! I made the sardines, but they never called my name :-(
    I am a bit of an ice cream freak - although I love trying lots of different flavors :-)
    Have a great weekend.

  2. My first thought was to serve this ice cream with toasted coconut, so I'm glad to see it worked well that way. I don't think people would know this ice cream had oil in it unless you told them. It does have a nice subtle flavor.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Really catching up, huh? Nice tip about curdled custard! I would´ve thrown everything away on the spot. Interesting the coconut addition. But then, I´ve yet to find an ingredient that doesn´t go with olive oil. BTW, your link in the FFWD page doesn´t link back to this page. You might want to change it. Have a good weekend!

  4. It is good that you were able to save the ice cream. Searching on google is such a great way to save many little mishaps. I will say one thing for
    husbands, what they don't know does not hurt them. Your ice cream looks great and so delicious. I passed up the recipe this week, but
    Tricia brought some over for us to taste, and it was delicious.

  5. What did we ever do without Google?! How great that you were able to save your ice cream and I am so glad that you husband liked it. Your faux lentil salad looks really good. Great catch up post, Lola! I have some catching up to do myself. Have a great weekend.

  6. I agree with Elaine, how did we ever live without Google? That was a great save…so glad you didn’t have to start over! It looks luscious! Your faux lentil salad looks delicious, too!! Have a great weekend, Guyla!

  7. Guyla, where do I start with my comments...the ice cream looks delicious and I am glad to read that you and your husband liked it. I think that this is one fabulous recipe - you should let me know which recipe you used for the "almond milk ice cream " - there are so many recipes out there and I would be grateful for a tip! The faux lentil salad sounds like it tasted just like the "real thing" and, well, the Herb Cheese. I believe making my own ricotta could probaly have made a difference, who knows but I am going to try to make goat cheese ricotta next time.

    Great post and so much work - have a good weekend!

  8. I wish I had taken the time to look up how to "save" my curdled yolks! Bet your friends will love this ice cream too!

  9. Wow- you really knocked some recipes out this week ! Kudos to you. I have been struggling through the deadlines the last few Thurs and my comments have been lacking but luckily Nana has been sweet enough to help comment on other's site. But I still need to get it together. I too ran into the curdling issue but naively wasn't even sure what happened. I just knew it was thick (but still smelled ok) and I shoved it all through the strainer. By itself there was very little liquid so shoving was the only option :) Luckily it turned out ok. An adventure from start to finish......Now I am going to try to knock out a few recipes in advance too :)

  10. looks so easy to prepare and delicious...lovely!

  11. Nice save on the ice cream - what would we do without Google?? Are you sure those Sardine rillettes are calling to you ;-)

  12. You've inspired me to do some catching up, so many good recipes, never enough time! The olive oil ice cream was good;-)

  13. I would call this a Trifecta, Guyla. Well done. How did you have the presence of mind to Google for curdled ice cream. I'd have been racing to the store (or the back of my freezer) for a substitute. Good to know that the custard isn't as temperamental as we all think it is. I really liked the lentils dish and am becoming a fan of those little guys. And the cheese spread, Boursin's it isn't. I think it may be the ricotta. If I ever make it again (probably won't) I'll make my own. And the sardine rillettes? It's okay with me if you skip those!!!

  14. great work on catching up (sorry you didn't like the cheese). i wish i had read this before making my ice cream - next time i curdle it (there's always a next time...) i'll know to blend. glad you liked the ice cream!

  15. Great way to save the ice cream! I would have never thought about blending it! Glad you all liked it, it was a big hit for us too!