I am finally taking the time to finish the lovely book, The Art of Family by Gina Bria. One of the chapters I read this week talked about rituals and the importance of them within families. She mentions food a great deal in this section, as it is oftentimes woven into special moments and occasions.
Bria writes, "(Home is) never just four walls. Home can be thought of almost as a body to care for, a body that contains the spirit of the family. One can read the character of a family by the home they make. It is not the things they have, but the spirit of life that is manifest in their home, because home is the ultimate joint project families do together."
She goes on to suggest that, "a home is made out of bodily needs. We have to eat, we have to rest, we have to sleep. What can we do with that? How can we use those needs to build relationships? That's the ultimate human trick- to raise up our bodily needs into lasting bonds. Home is not just meeting those needs, but building relationships out of them through so many little gestures, placements, coffee cups, shared dainties, boiled potatoes, and checkbooks."I agree wholeheartedly that "raising up our bodily needs into lasting bonds" is a wonderful aim. (Not that ice cream is a bodily need - but that tradition, food, our homes, and rituals make lasting bonds).
There are so many recipes for homemade ice cream- some that require cooking, some require chilling before freezing, and then there are the kinds like this one that only requires dumping and stirring before freezing and they are my favorite! Two years ago, I wrote about Ice Cream-making HERE.
Coconut Ice Cream
2 cups milk (we used 2%)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can coconut milk (from the Asian section of the grocery- not to be confused with Cream of Coconut- like used in this delicious coconut cake and not the refrigerated watery kind in the milk carton. )
For the topping- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut.
Stir the 3 milks together. Use a whisk, if needed, or a fork, to make a smooth, consistent texture.
Pour into ice cream maker canister and follow directions on your ice cream maker for churning/freezing.
|While I was trying to take a photo of this beautiful, creamy ice cream, a little|
girl kept trying to stick her green spoon in the container! It's that good (and she
likes to be in the pictures that much too).
Pack and freeze ice cream in container after making to further solidify or eat immediately. Sprinkle with toasted coconut when serving.
Makes 2 Quarts
indoor, fancy, no-ice-required maker from my parents. It makes a smaller batch but is really convenient and so easy to use.
Hopefully, more flavors will be coming throughout the summer- we have several on the "to make" list. However, I can't imagine they will beat this one!