How Jefe got his groove back

August 18th, 2005 § Five comments

I should have mentioned sooner that my cooking troubles are behind me, and that I ended them not with a sure thing but a gamble: a rosemary sorbet, the recipe for which I found in The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook. My anemic little Cuisinart ice cream maker (on loan from a friend) even yielded somewhat better textural results than usual, though not nearly good enough to stop me from lusting after a much fancier machine.

Anyhow, the rosemary sorbet is easy to make: Put 2 1/4 cups of water and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan and bring them to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped fresh rosemary and remove from the heat. Steep the mixture until the rosemary flavor is fairly strong, 20 to 40 minutes. (Remember, it will taste less strong after you freeze it; just don’t let it get too piney-tasting.) Strain the mixture and discard the rosemary. Put the liquid in the fridge for a few hours, then run it through the ice cream maker and put it in the freezer until it’s firm.

I suspect this would be lovely with some buttery, bready thing like pound cake. Jack Bishop suggested pairing it with strawberries and pineapple, or with a warm apple tart.

Five comments

  • dumptruck says:

    I had rosemary honey ice cream at a restaurant in Death Valley awhile back. I think they served in on top of a brownie. I don’t remember the brownie, but the ice cream was fabulous. And last night I had some wonderful ginger ice cream at a restaurant in Seattle.

  • Jeff says:

    Ooh, rosemary honey ice cream sounds delectable. Someday, when I have an ice cream maker that is not limited to producing granita-like textures, I’ll have to give that a go.

  • Cdawg says:

    Seattle, Liz? Cool, welcome back to the West Coast! And, even though I miss the food back home, I think rosemary flavored sorbet / ice cream sounds really really strange. Now ginger ice cream – THAT sounds fabulous. But alas, for now it’s more daal, naan, roti, rice, and pretty much every other bread product known to man, since that’s what India seems to think the staple of the meal should be. *sigh*

  • Jeff says:

    Christie, when you get back, I’ll take you to the Indian ice cream place on Valencia. Fancy some saffron ice cream, or rose water ice cream?

  • dumptruck says:

    I tasted rose gelato in Seattle (I spent most of my time there eating–can you tell?). It was a little weird for me.

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