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Monday, July 19, 2010

Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries and Balsamic Syrup

A few weeks ago I told you of my love for learning about writing and this week I've learned a few things about photography. When I got to my parents' house, I pulled up my blog on their computer and was mortified to see so many pictures with a horrible yellow overcast. When I edited them on my computer at home the white balance looked fine. I quickly called my brother into the room and asked him if there is such a thing as color-correcting a monitor. He said yes and told me of a software program that corrects monitor color problems. Wow, I had no idea. He told me the color balance of a computer monitor can change over time, requiring periodic correction.

Later, I saw a 3' x 5' wood floor sample sitting in a room and thought it would be fun to take pictures with my food on top (a bit of a Tartelette look). I grabbed my Dad's huge camera, got everything ready, but the camera wouldn't shoot (probably because I didn't know how to use it). Soon the few fleeting minutes of opportunity quickly passed, the ice cream melted, and I ran inside to grab my camera. What I thought would be a fun and easy photo shoot turned into shots of half-melted ice cream with a camera I don't know how to use. Why I ever thought taking pictures outside in 100 degree heat was a good idea is beyond me.

In the end, I gave my kids each a melted sundae and enjoyed one of my own. I guess every day can't go exactly as planned. It's worthwhile if we learn something, though.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries and Balsamic Syrup
Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking
Serves 4

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 pints vanilla ice cream (recipe below)
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Pour vinegar in a medium non-reactive saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until reduced to about 3 tablespoons, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Scoop a serving of ice cream in each of the 4 serving glasses. Top ice cream with strawberries, drizzle with about 1 teaspoon of balsamic syrup and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Vanilla Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart

3 large pastured egg yolks 
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon arrowroot
3 cups heavy cream, preferably raw, not ultra-pasteurized
pinch Celtic sea salt

Whisk all ingredients together until combined. Freeze in ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.


Anonymous Kristen said...

I was just about to comment about how gorgeous these photos are. Seriously stunning. You did a great job and the sundaes look delicious!

July 19, 2010 at 6:14 AM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

What a great pairing with the balsamic & maple sweetened vanilla ice cream. Sorry to hear about the white balance issue. Love your wood grain behind these sundaes! xo

July 19, 2010 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Kristen: Thank you so much!

July 19, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

That's always how it turns out for me. A fast photo always turns into something much more complicated.

I definitely need to white balance my screen. Thanks for the link. I hope the process is an easy one!

July 19, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

PERFECT!!! from the sweet maple infused vanilla icecream to the balsamic and berries...amazing combo and I truly appreciate the wholesome natural side of it! And I think your photos are great too!!

July 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love strawberries served with balsamic vinegar. Delicious.

July 19, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Cooking in Mexico said...

I'm having a heck of a time photographing ice cream. It is a puddle in minutes, about as long as it takes me and the camera to synchronize. Oh well, melted ice cream tastes just as good.


July 20, 2010 at 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Beautiful photographs and lovely recipe!!

July 20, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Easy peasy organic said...

Love the pics! You inspired me to go outside and re-shoot some banana bread photos I'd just posted. :) Though I'm still holding out for the Canon Fairy to visit ...

July 22, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

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