Honey gelato

July 17, 2014

Honey gelato

A few weeks ago, Jenn (a most talented cook and Club member!) asked me if I had a recipe for honey gelato. I didn’t… Why didn’t I have a honey gelato recipe yet, I wondered? It’s something I had thought about many times, but never got around to making.

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Fresh mint gelato with cacao nibs

After months of dormancy, forced into stupor by winter’s deep-freeze, my herbs are the first plants in my garden to show signs of life. As soon as the ground thaws, mint, chives, sorrel and tarragon proudly emerge… tentatively at first, then vigorously. And these young shoots are never as flavorful as at this time of the year.

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Pistachio gelato served with cherry compote with Cognac

Here’s a gelato that’s filled with the essence of pistachios (no fake green coloring in this recipe!). First the milk is infused with ground pistachios, then deep, aromatic pistachio oil is added to the base to intensify the nutty flavors of the gelato.

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Pineapple sorbet with rosemary

Biting into a slice of fresh pineapple is one of those experiences that implants an unforgettable memory in your brain. Indeed, the tangy, juicy, incredibly aromatic fruit possesses one of the most memorable flavors you’ll ever taste.

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Cardamom gelato

September 28, 2010

Cardamom is perhaps the most intensely aromatic spice there is. The little silvery-green, papery pods that shelter the fragrant black seeds might not look so exotic, but break one open and your nostrils will be permeated by the most intoxicating scent.

That first whiff of fresh cardamom seed is likely to make an unforgettable imprint on your mind.

A native of India, the cardamom plant is part of the ginger family. There are two genera: green cardamom (or “true cardamom”) and black cardamom. The most commonly available variety is green cardamom; that’s the one I used for today’s recipe.

As with all spices, it’s preferable to cook with whole cardamom pods, rather than the pre-ground kind, for the simple reason that the instant the seeds are exposed to air, they start to lose their precious fragrance.

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