Post VD Day


Yesternight’s frozen treat experiment?    Chocolate-covered strawberry ice cream.   In honor of Valentine’s day.   Also lactose free.   Tried out the tapioca cream as a substitute to the heavy whipping cream.  I need to try it with plain old vanilla to make sure it comes out as vanilla-flavored and not tapioca-flavored before I can sign off on it.    For chocolate, though, it worked out beautifully.   Great consistency and nice and creamy.    Better than the deserts we’d have gotten with dinner had we opted for them.

Gabe can’t remember the last time he’s been able to eat ice cream like this.  (A full bowl, two nights in a row.)    Makes me happy.    Truth be told the choice to redeem my service-reward for an ice cream maker was more geared at expanding his menu of dessert choices than anything else.  


He returned the favor with perhaps the nicest heart-shaped box of chocolates I’ve ever received.    Its got a plush top to it.    Its so nice-looking I hate to ruin it by eating the actual chocolate.   


Ha ha.  Outlook just gave me the email informing me that the ice cream maker has been shipped.  (Wonder if I’m getting another one.)    I got it two days after placing the order.    Old news!  

Frozen desserts


First experiment with the new ice cream maker was successful… a lactose-free strawberry ice cream!    made with real strawberries even.  

Alas, no pictures, as I am still the owner of a defunct camera.   Gabe’s is too much of a pain for me to be bothered with using.  Hopefully my birthday will yield me a replacement (I’m hoping for one of those new ones that deals with the pet equivalent of red-eye.)

so you’ll just have to use your imaginations.

Next up…  something else that’s lactose free.   The thing is, the ice cream maker was actually a reward I got from work… but I picked it for Gabe.  He’s not been able to enjoy ice cream in some time and I know he misses it.   I miss it, as we don’t buy it anymore since I don’t eat tons of it and we tend to waste a lot of it if we do buy it.

Lactaid makes the milk, so that part is easy enough to get around the lactose.  The cream is something of a challenge.  I’ve found one lactose-free cream, but not sure I can actually find it in any of our stores.   We’ll see.    An alternative I am going to try is a tapioca cream.   Figure I’ll make some of that tonight and see how it goes.


Busy weekend as I was working on web projects in addition to frozen treats.    I have my own cloud now.   Aside from my own sites, I’m also hosting Worst Little Podcast.    I’ll actually be on the podcast here next week, so you’ll have to be sure to check it out.    More details on that soonish.