Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ice Cream and Migraines, Time for a Treat


I have not been able to post for the past week, as I was caught in a web of migraines, to which I am hoping I have now escaped. Since I started back on my elimination diet in February I have not had any headaches until this past week. I was really getting used to it. Unfortunately it was too good to last for ever, but hopefully that was just a one time thing and I will get a break for a while again now. Migraines have a way of taking most of my creativity and squashing it. I try to use mind control and positive thinking to deal with pain and that is not possible when you have a severe migraine. I was very excited to see today when I was well enough to get back on my blog that I have had 516 page views. I was really wowed by that. I am not sure if anyone likes what they are reading as I have not had any comments but I am really finding this to be a positive experience for myself. I can hopefully get better in time at conveying some helpful information. I have a lot of creativity inside just waiting to share.

While I was down with migraine I was able to putter on a few projects and I did remember to take pictures, which is sometimes one of the hardest things to remember. I always find myself partially into something before I remember to start taking pictures. I have so many things I want to share today, now that my head is not hurting, but I just finished eating my first bowl of homemade ice cream,  (Dairy free, sugar free, soy free, rice free, and corn free) and it was so good, I will start there.




I did not spend any time doing any special editing or scooping this is exactly how it came out with just a spoon. After months without a decent bowl of ice cream I was not waiting to make it look fancy, so this is it. It was so easy to make. I ordered an Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker from Amazon.com. My cost was $246.98 including all shipping. This little ice cream maker has its own compressor so you do not need to freeze the bowl. You do not need any ice or rock salt like ice cream makers in the past. It was so easy to use. I am sure it will get used a few times a week. My first try I almost followed the recipe in the book. I made coconut chocolate ice cream. The only change I made is the recipe called for 2/3 cup of granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. I substituted 1/2 cup of pure honey for the sugar. It did not seem to need any more sweetener than that. I do not eat sugar on my diet, so I tried honey for my first try. Here is the whole procedure step by step. Don't blink because it was that fast.





When I received my ice cream maker I was very good and I read the instruction manual, which very nicely only consisted of two very concise pages. I then washed the bowl, the lid and the ice cream paddle. It really was that simple. In a separate bowl, I mixed the ingredients to the recipe which follows. 

Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream (Dairy Free, Sugar Free)

3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted (I used pure cacao powder see below for details)
1/2 cup pure liquid honey
2 13.5 ounce full fat coconut milk ( do not use lite)
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt or kosher salt

I whisked together all of the ingredients. I forgot to sift the cacao powder so it was a little lumpy when it went in. I then refrigerated the mixture for two hours. I whisked it gently after two hours and poured it into the bucket of the ice cream maker. All of the lumps were gone after the two hours. Plug in the ice cream maker. The red stand by light comes on. Put the lid on the bucket and turn it to the locked position. Press the start button, adjust the timer, this ice cream takes 40 minutes and that is it. It beeps when it is done. The only thing I did wrong, is I put the bucket in the freezer, and I should have taken the ice cream out and put it into another container as it was rather hard to do so later. I will be making my husband some full dairy ice cream in the future, but the coconut ice cream is much better for him and we can eat it together. I still remember when I was younger when my Mom made ice cream and had to use crushed ice and rock salt around the bucket. It was really good, but it was a lot of work. This was so easy, it will be one of my most used appliances. I cannot wait to try more flavours. I have a nice fresh mango just waiting to jump in the pool. MMM I love mango ice cream. 

Just a quick note about the difference between cocoa powder and pure cacao powder. Cocoa Powder you buy at the grocery store. It has chocolate flavour. Cacao powder is a Mayan Super food. You get it at the health food store and it is worth every penny. It is a source of antioxidants, Dietary fiber and magnesium. There is no comparison in flavour it is raw chocolate powder. Give it a try you will not go back to cocoa powder. The brand I have is Navitas and they have a web site. Check it out at www.navitasnaturals.com

If you are on a restricted diet this is one way to get that ice cream fix. If I could I would make ice cream for you and send it to you. I am so impressed. Chocolate and ice cream what more could a girl want. 

Cherie
Happy scooping, the perfect end to a week of migraines


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