There are three things I crave all the time: espresso. dark chocolate. green tea ice cream.
I got hip to the latter a few years ago when Häagen-Dazs introduced it to the American market. Little did I know it was only to be a seasonal flavor. Naturally, I stocked up that first year, enough to hold me through summer. This past April, my annual craving kicked in. Like a scorned woman, out seeking revenge against her former lover’s lover (sounds like a good movie, right!), I detoured my trips home, stopping at every grocery along my way. After 3 weeks of failed in-store visits, I just started calling.
Finally, it occurred to me that I could ask the owners of my favorite sushi restaurant to order me some. And, order me some they did! 1.5 gallons of green tea ice cream, direct from Japan, was at my door, nicely frozen with dry ice. It didn’t take but 5 minutes for me to break into it!
For the first 8 days, I indulged in creamy, smooth, mind-altering cups and bowls of green tea ice cream. It was almost starting to intervene with my daily espresso dosage. I had it for lunch, sometimes for snack hour and most definitely at 11, while sitting in bed watching Conan.
And then the craving just stopped! Like a ravenous woman that’s met her match, I stopped. I no longer had any energy to remove that big ‘ol bucket out of the freezer and wait a few minutes for it to thaw out. More importantly, the constant pile of green cream-laced cups, accumulating in my sink, were annoying the hell out of me. The big question was now, how was I going to get rid of all this ice cream!
Well, lo and behold, a wonderful opportunity to get rid of at least 5 cups presented itself. Just last week when I had to cook for one of my clients, I ran out of time to make the scheduled dessert. I didn’t worry about her dishing out a straight “not,” but I called my client an hour before I had to show up, and asked her if she’d be okay with green tea ice cream. I didn’t elaborate, but she harmoniously agreed.
I got to workin! After 25 minutes of exercising my wrist flexors, this is what I came up with!
Don’t you just love! I first introduced these little cups of wonderfulness The Washington Post food blog “A Mighty Appetite,” last week when I wrote about the joys of cooking for one. You can read my piece here. You’re not being jipped readers, I promise. The only thing I published in that article was a small picture and merely mentioned making them.
Since I’m all about re-purposing stuff, I love the idea of using used lemons to stuff them with food! In this case, ice cream! How sexy, right! My clients and their twin girls LOVED it! The nice surprise in these cups is the citrus bite from scraping the bottom of the “cup,” once you’ve made it down that far.
It’s like being a kid all over again. Only this time, in a naughty, yet seductive and creamy adult kind of way! Next time you have left over lemons, don’t throw them out! Fully scrape them out, stuff with ice cream and freeze for about an hour!
Go on and make these for your 4th festivities! I’d love to know what you came up with!
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