Friday, July 22, 2011

GTTC: muddled mint oreo ice cream

Today's Garden to Table Challenge comes from the herb section of the garden, the only section that is currently making me proud. The ice cream I made was loosely based on a recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream At Home. This recipe book is filled with bright photos, unusual ice cream flavors, and truly instills a sense of confidence and inspiration to be creative with your ice cream. If you like to make ice cream at home, it's a MUST BUY (I wish I could say I was being paid to write this, but I'm not).

Today, I followed the Backyard Mint recipe and added Oreo cookie pieces (because Weight Watchers starts tomorrow). It was quite delicious - and interesting because the real mint used to create mint ice cream, tastes so different from the green mint ice cream we've all had from the supermarket. It definitely lends a "backyard" taste that is so natural and delicious.

What's going on in your garden and kitchen? I'm sure you're having more success with harvest than I am. What are you doing with your vegetables? Post about it with a link to this blog and then link below!

In other things black and white, this is our little pet sugar glider Shakti-taka, making a rare daytime appearance. I think this super soft marsupial looks like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

But in case you're not able to see the cuteness in Shakti, I'll end with something lovely from the garden...


  1. Yes, Shakti does resemble Lilo. I wonder why you came up with such a name. It reminds me of magical powers.

    The butterfly drinking nectar is lovely.

  2. What a little cutie! What does Shakti mean?
    That ice cream does look refreshing...I have only used mint as a garnish.

  3. Shakti is Supercute. I wish for an ice-cream maker now.

  4. OMGoodness, you have sugar-gliders?! They are so stinkin' cute. I've always wondered though... what exactly do you do with them? LOL
    That ice cream looks and sounds amazing - makes me wish we had an ice cream maker!

  5. Okay, that's it. I'm coming over for some muddled mint oreo ice cream and to get a closer look at Shakti-taka. He (or she) is so stinkin cute!!!

  6. I had to look up Sugar Glider, but I think it's cute.

    Ice cream and salads are about the only things I feel like making/eating in this hot weather, but I tried a recipe for freezer pickles from The Joy of Pickling yesterday and it's a keeper.

  7. I prefer fresh mint anytime. I love the fragrance. Shakti is cute. The butterfly on your lovely flower is a bonus.

  8. gorgeous cute marsupial. I have mint, so I have a rare opportunity for a backyard taste. I was thinking, I love your photo of the ferns in the header. When I was in Borneo on holiday a few years back women in the market were selling ferns like that, so they are probably edible too. I loved them - simple wok fried jungle ferns.

  9. ha ha - Shakti-Taka was a name of an animal that came to my husband in a dream.


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