Recipes: Milky Chocolate Ice Cream

I’ve been dying to try a new ice cream recipe since figuring out that base vanilla ice cream without cream. Since we’ve already done a strawberry flavour for G1, I figured it was time to make something for G2. Check out our chocolate ice cream recipe…

Choc & Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 500 ml milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 150g milk chocolate, melted
  • 8 tbsp milk powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

  1. Freeze your ice cream mixing bowl for 24 hours ahead of time.
  2. Pour the milk and egg yolks into a saucepan and stir with a whisk over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken – be very careful not to over to this or you will end up with egg custard.
  3. Sieve the egg mixture into a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in melted chocolate, sifted cocoa powder and milk powder.
  5. Whisk the mixture until well combined.
  6. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. Pour the mixture into the ice cream mixing and churn until you have the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  8. Pout the mixture into a container and freeze until firm.

Alternate Method:

If you don’t have an ice cream mixer, I believe this recipe still works pretty well using conventional methods. Do step 2 to 6, then:

  • Whisk the mixture until the volume increases.
  • Put it in the freezer for 2 hours.
  • Whisk the mixture again.
  • Pour the mixture into a container and freeze until firm.
  • Now it’s ready to serve.

Tips on Melting Chocolate:

Melting chocolate is very sensitive. Over do it and you will ruin its consistency. The best way to melt chocolate is to put it into a double boiler. Of course, that’s messy and time consuming. The easy way – but more sensitive way – is to use the microwave. If you do use the microwave, make sure you stop it every 20 seconds or so to give it a stir. Once it is mostly melted, keep stirring until the rest of the chocolate melts. Remember! If you go too far, the chocolate texture will be ruined and you will have to throw it away and start over.

Recipes: Light Rye Bread for Breadmakers

Rye is good for you… Or so I keep hearing. I didn’t know exactly what it was good for so I looked it up…

These are the health benefits of rye as cited from various studies on the Whole Grains Council:

  • reduces body weight
  • lowers insulin response and improves blood glucose profile – better for diabetics
  • greater satiety compared to wheat
  • may reduce inflammation in individuals with metabolic syndrome
  • down-regulates genes associated with inherited diseases

Not sure that any of these are so relevant to the boys, but it never hurts to start young so they get used to the flavour. The good thing about rye flour is that you can substitute it in recipes calling for wholemeal flour. You can also do the 1/3 rule – substitute 1/3 of your plain flour for rye flour. For our first run, we decided to make rye bread…

rye bread

 Ingredients:

  • 180ml warm water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 185g plain flour
  • 140g rye flour (we used Bob’s Red Mill Light Rye Flour since I didn’t want to scare off the boys with the more intense flavour from the dark rye flour)

Method:

We used the Lebensstil Kollektion LKBM-1102W breadmaker on the wholemeal setting.

Chinese Soups: The Brain Soup

You know how they say “nothing good for you ever tastes good”? Well, I think that would apply really well for this soup. Whether it’s truly good for the brain or not, I’ll definitely be thinking twice before I try this one again…

Brain soup

Ingredients:

  • 500g meat or chicken
  • 2L water
  • salt to taste
  • Brain Tonic Soup ingredients

Brain Tonic Soup Ingredients:

Surprisingly, for a soup that is supposed to be good for the brain, I didn’t see a whole lot of ingredients with effects linked to general brain health.

  • Radix Angelicae (Chinese Name: Dong Quai):
    • in Chinese Herbology, it is used to enrich blood, promote blood circulation and modulate the immune system. It is also used to treat chronic constipation of the elderly and debilitated as well as menstrual disorders.
    • Research has demonstrated that Danggui and its active ingredients, as anti-arthrosclerotic, anti-hypertensive, antioxidant anti-inflammatory agents which would limit platelet aggregation, are effective in reducing the size of cerebral infarction and improving neurological deficit scores. – journal of Chinese Medicine (August 2011)
  • Ligusticum Wallichi (Chinese Name: Chuan Xiong)
    • for treatment of vascular disorders (see: Biol Phar Bull, 2010)
    • in Chinese Herbology, it is said to activate the blood circulation and move qi, expel wind and alleviate pain.
  • Rhizoma Gastrodiae (Chinese Name: Tian Ma)
    • A study by Gao, Yu, and Xu (1995) indicates that by clearing away the free-radicals, Rhizoma Gastrodiae may improve brain function
    • often used in conditions like dizziness, headaches, paralysis, limb numbness, muscle spasm, convulsion and painful joints
    • action:  calms the brain, ease pain, relieve muscle spasm, protect heart and liver functioning, lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation, anti-inflammation, enhance immunity, anti-aging, anti-hypoxia, increase skin temperature and stimulate intestinal activities
  • Fructus Lycii (wolfberry, goji berry) – see study references
    • antioxidant
    • enhances immune function
    • anti-stress
    • neuro-protective
    • anti-tumour
    • potent hepatoprotective activity (protects the liver)
    • protects eye health – used for blurred vision and poor vision
    • sexual dysfunction
    • diabetes – hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects provide benefits for diabetic patients
    • high blood pressure – has been shown to inhibit increase in blood pressure in hypertensive rats
  • Poria (Chinese Name: Bai Fu Ling)
    • in traditional Chinese medicine, it is used for loss of memory (amnesia), anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, tension, nervousness, dizziness,urination problems, fluid retention, sleep problems (insomnia), an enlarged spleen,stomach problems, diarrhea, tumors, and to control coughing. Currently insufficient evidence exists to support these uses.
  • Radix Codonopsitis (Chinese Name: Dang Shen)
    • traditionally used to improve appetite and energy
    • Improves body function, anti fatigue
    • Stimulates nervous system, improves immune system
    • Increases red blood cells, white blood cells
    • Improves the function of macrophages
    • Enhances blood coagulation
    • Raises blood sugar
  • Rehmannia Glutinosa
    • used for diabetes, anemia, fever, osteoporosis, and allergies; and as a general tonic. Currently insufficient evidence exists to support these uses.

Method:

  • Put the meat into water and bring to the boil. Remove the meat and clean off the meat scum.
  • In a crock pot (slow cooker), place water, meat and soup ingredients. Turn on high heat until bubbling. Reduce to low heat and continue cooking for another hour or two.
  • Add salt to taste.

Verdict:

Three thumbs down. This was a major fail. They couldn’t even tolerate it to drink it. I must confess I wasn’t all that crazy about it either but it seems I’m the only one with the stomach to finish the left overs. No more brain soup for this family…

Chinese Soups: Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong

The Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong soup is a sweet Chinese herbal soup that is touted to “clear “heat” and strengthen the immune system. It is said to be good for the kidneys and liver, and for reducing stress.

Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong

Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken or meat
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 2L water
  • Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong Soup ingredients

Lok Mei Cheng Poh Leong Soup Ingredients (see disclaimer below):

  • Rhizoma Polygonati Officinalis – Solomon’s Seal? Not too sure what this is because I couldn’t find the genus “officinalis”. Anyway, Solomon’s Seal is for pain, fever, inflammation, allergy, and weakness.
  • Semen Euryales (Qian Shi) - apparently for treating chronic diarrhea, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation and vaginal discharge
  • Bulbus Lilii (Bai He) – apparently for treating dry cough, sore throat, dry lungs, insomnia, and abdominal pain
  • Semen Nelumbinis – apparently for treating diarrhea, anorexia, spermatorrhea, uterine bleeding and insomnia
  • Dioscorea Batatas – Chinese Yam. Apparently for treating cough, fatigue, anorexia, diarrhoea, premature ejaculation, urinary frequency and vaginal discharge.
  • Arillus Longanae (Long Yan Rou) – Logan. Apparently for  treating insomnia, palpitations, forgetfulness and dizziness.

Method:

  • Put the meat into water and bring to the boil. Remove the meat and clean off the meat scum.
  • In a crock pot (slow cooker), place water, meat and soup ingredients. Turn on high heat until bubbling. Reduce to low heat and continue cooking for another hour or two.
  • Add salt to taste.

Verdict:

Three thumbs up! Another one in the bag for the boys…

Disclaimer:

I’m not an expert on Traditional Chinese Medicine. I’m just a mother trying to understand the health benefits behind some of the commonly used herbs in Chinese cooking. You can believe it – or not (I don’t believe everything either) – I’m just the messenger so don’t shoot me.

One of the main problems with Traditional Chinese Medicine is the lack of proper documentation. Sometimes there is even a lack of agreement on what’s what. I’ve tried to make do with what I can find and decipher.

Recipes: Organic Wholemeal Orange Cake

The inspiration for this cake was from an article I read recently about how we miss a lot of nutrients from certain fruits and vegetables because they are contained within the skin which is often discarded. Oranges were listed as one example.

The peel [of an orange] contains more than four times as much fiber as the fruit inside, and more tangeretin and nobiletin—flavonoids with anticancer, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2004 study on animals suggests that these nutrients may even reduce harmful LDL cholesterol better than some prescription drugs. – Oprah

Also from Science Daily - Orange, Tangerine Peels Could Be Better Than Drugs For Lowering Cholesterol:

“a compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects.” - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Not to mention that oranges contain lots of other health benefits:

  • contains phytonutrients that provide healing benefits
  • contains vitamin C for Antioxidant Protection and Immune Support
  • protects against cardiovascular disease
  • contains long-acting Liminoids that fight cancer and provide anti-carcinogenic benefits
  • contains beta-cryptoxanthin which protects respiratory health
  • lowers risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
  • prevents kidney stones
  • prevents ulcers and reduces risk of stomach cancer

So we decided to make an orange cake – an “organic” one to boot. Okay, so not all the ingredients are organic but the bulk of it is…

orange cake

Ingredients:

  • 150g organic wholemeal pastry flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 150g organic raw sugar
  • 155g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • grated rind of one orange
  • 1/4 cup milk

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl.
  • Mix with a mixer until the ingredients are well blended and changed in colour.
  • Pour into a prepared loaf tin.
  • Bake at 180C for 45 minutes.