Homemade: Blackberry icecream

August 18, 2009

This one is a little bit more tricky, but equally delicius 🙂 Its my recipy for Italian style blackberry icecream. Its not that fatty, and you can vary the amount of sugar to some extent. And its CHEAP TO MAKE!

Here is the almost finished product: 1.2L of OM NOM NOM NOM!

Ok what you need: for 1 Liter+ icecream:

5 Egg yolks

180 – 190 grams of sugar

1 Liter of milk, i used 3%, you can use any substitute or combination, but 3% is definately fine

1 Large bowl of berries, or as many as you like.

Vanilla. Preferably fresh – 1 stick.

And time to spare. This will take a bit…

Start  by heating up the milk, and add the vanialla. Dont boil it, heat it up just barely to the boiling point. It will start frothing a bit, around the edges of the pot.

Take your yolks, and whisk them in a pot with the sugar. This being a seperate pot, from the milk one. Whisk till they are white and foamy.

Now comes the bit tricky part. You are going to put the yolk mixture on a relatively low heat, and then graduately add the warm milk mixture to it,  whil stirring and whisking it. DONT let it boil. If it gets to hot, the yolks wil start to curdle, and you will have failed… It should look something like this when youre done. very light and frothing:

While this was going on, you were using your 3rd arm for mushing the berries through a strainer, to get rid of the skin, centerpieces and whatnot parts. Leave a cople of handfulls of berries, to add to the icecream later on.

Add the juicy goodness to the milk-yolk mixture. Let it cool.

I pored my mix in a plastic container like this. This is after some freezing:

Unless you have acces to a proper icecream machine, its a realy realy realy good idea to take out the icecream, as its solidifying, and whisk it through, and break down the crystal that are forming. This wil give it a much more plesant consistence. And at the point where the mixture has gotten to a low enough viscousity, add the remaining berries! This will make you icecream even better 🙂

A tip: Remember, that water freezing  expands about 10% in volume. I accounted for that in this container, but forgot to account for the addition of berries! So i had to pour some of this into a smaller plastic box, to avoid a bit of spillage in the freezer 😛 Another thing: If you are concerned with salmonella, scold the eggs before you them, with boiling water, or buy pastourized yolks. There is no gurantee that you reach sufficeint temperature during heating, unless you use a thermometre, and you might risk ruining the icecream.

I hope you enjoy this easy to make, cheap and not too unhealthy, organic and lovely icecream recipy.


Homemade: Blackberry rum

August 18, 2009

The schrubs of our garden are at places dominated by this lovely plant, the blackberry (Danish;brombær). As they suddently all started ripening, i went out and quickly filled up a bowl.

After some delicious consumption…

I decided to try and improve on a rather cheap and foul tasting rum that i had bought, with some of the berries. And since the were in such an abundance, and we are having summer, i wanted to try and make some italien style icecream, wich is actually based on milk, not cream.

Recipy for my Blackberry infused rum:

1 Large jar, that can be sealed airtight

1 Bottle, or as much as you have left, of rum

As many berries as you bother to pick.

0 – a few cups of Sugar

Process: Since the alcohol will sterilize the berries, you dont neccicarily have to clean them all that well. Some recipies actualy say you should avoid washing them, if possible. But i had so many, that i decides to swirl and rinse them in water 3 times or more, a small batch at the time. Then I simply filled up my jar with berries, then i poured half a cup of white sugar, and some nice honey over them. Not that much though. Then I poured over my rum, sealed it up and left it to infuse, in a dark cool place:

Then shake it once in a while, and let it sit for anywhere between a couple of weeks to a couple of months. This stuff will stay good for a long time. It will only get “better”. You can use any type of berries, and alcohol. I dont know if its important, but i made sure that there was enough alcohol to cover the berries, but its probably not important.

When you want to drink it, do a rough filtration, maybe “smush” the berries into a pulp, and do a clean filtration through a cloth or a paper coffee filter. The leftover berries, can be served with icecream, or made into a nice marmelade! But dont waste them!

Homemade: Corner mount for speaker

August 17, 2009

This how my smasung speakers are mounted. The can even be pointed 45 degrees to either side, from the middle position. Very flexible. Made the mounts from screap pieces of wood, and a large screw.

Homemade: Flat screen tv wall mount

August 17, 2009

This is how my 32″ samsung is mounted.  The mount is made up of 2 pieces of rectangular stainless stell hollow profile. Dimensions about 1,5 x 3 cm. On the narrow side i drilled thru acording to the threads on the back of the tv. This is how its fastened to the tv. To get the mount on the wall, i fix to heavy duty screws, of any kind realy, into the wall. Then i “hang” the mount on the screws. I made 2 additional “key” shaped holes on the mount for this. These key holes are larger holes, with slits trailing out of the top of them. This way, when i hang the tv, and lower it, it cant possibly “fall off”.

Whenever i hang my tv in a new spot, i keep my metal file handy. This way, i can adjust on the length of the slits in the key holes, and get the tv EXACTLY level, without to many re-drilling’s 🙂

Thanks to Jan from my old workplace, for the concept for this.