Monday, August 4, 2014

Avocado Strawberry Lime Ice Cream (Vegan)

time for ice cream

I've been travelling through some of the hottest countries in the world during one of the hottest times of the year. I spent three days in Jodhpur, India and I wanted to die. It was so hot. I went exploring through the old city with some friends for about two hours and then I felt so sick that I thought I was going to vomit. I sat with my head between my knees on a street corner thinking, "DON'T PUKE DON'T PUKE, YOU ARE IN CONTROL. YOUR BODY IS YOUR SERVANT. YOU ARE THE MASTER. BREATHE. NO SUDDEN MOVEMENTS. DON'T PUKE.'

Thankfully, I did not puke. I got into an air-conditioned cab, and when we got back to the hostel I promptly crawled into my bunk and napped. After that I spent a day eating digestive biscuits and decided I needed to get the hell out of Rajasthan.

And then I went to Egypt! And headed south to Luxor, where it was EVEN HOTTER than Cairo. I win again! I went on a tour for about 4 hours which, thank god, involved transporting us around in an air-conditioned car. It was almost 49°C outside and after walking around ancient temples and tombs all morning and afternoon I was ready to have a second shower and a nap.

My second day in Luxor was actually spent mostly napping and lying in my bed, because fuck the Karnak temple, I'm not paying to wander around a temple in that heat. I was content to just lie on a bed and sweat from the effort of breathing instead.

When I arrived in Jordan last week and checked the forecast and saw the temperature was a high of 31°C I almost cried with joy. ONLY THIRTY ONE DEGREES CELSIUS? HELLE-FUCKING-LUJAH. I was so happy I do not even have words for you.

That said, it's still hot. It's over thirty and I'm still not actually adapted yet. And so I walk around these countries, sweating profusely, dreaming of this ice cream and wishing I could get avocados over here because, oh my god, I miss them.

But hey, you probably have access to avocados! And strawberries! And limes! And definitely tequila. Also, you probably have a freezer. If you have all these things, and a blender, YOU ARE SET my friend. Get to work and make yourself some god damn refreshingly delicious (and vegan!) ice cream! And be thankful that you are not sweating as much as me.

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Avocado Strawberry Lime Ice Cream
Refreshing, bursting with the flavour of fresh limes and strawberries, this ice cream is still luxuriously creamy. You can skip on the tequila if you want, but the flavour is very subtle and adding alcohol to homemade ice cream helps it freeze smoother and make it easier to scoop.

1 lb strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 large avocados
1/4 cup tequila (optional but highly recommended)

strawberries macerating with lime and sugar macerated strawberries
time to blend blended! ice cream ready to freeze

1. Wash and hull strawberries, then slice. Toss with sugar, lime zest, and lime juice and let sit for at least 10 minutes to let the strawberries macerate.

2. Add the macerated strawberries to a food processor or blender along with the flesh of the avocados and tequila. Blend until smooth, then pour into a shallow pan or into your ice cream maker. If using an ice cream maker, follow the manufacturer's instructions before freezing.

3. If you don't have an ice cream maker, place the shallow pan in the freezer, then remove after about 30 minutes. Use a large fork or sturdy spoon to churn the ice cream, being sure to blend any frozen bits in with the rest of the mixture. This helps to ensure a smoother, creamier ice cream. Repeat this process until the ice cream is too thick to churn, then freeze until solid. When ready to serve, let the ice cream sit out for about 5 minutes before scooping to let it soften slightly. Store ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

vegan strawberry lime ice cream

8 comments:

  1. This looks SO ridiculously good.

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    1. Thanks so much! Let me know how it turns out if you try it. :)

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  2. This is just what I needed; I have two avocados that I need to use up. Thanks for the idea!!

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    1. Thanks so much - I hope it turned out well!

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  3. trying to eat less dairy--have to try this!

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  4. This is perfect and looks deliciously. Does avocado and strawberry complements well? I wanna try this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much, I hope you like! The avocado acts more as the creamy base for this recipe, so its flavour isn't highlighted (although avocado ice cream is also one of my favourite things). :)

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