Spur Creativity With Vanilla Ice Cream
The days seems to be whizzing by, and despite my best efforts, I'm failing at getting them to slow down. Summertime has a way of being fleeting, even in the midst of it when you think fall and the school year will never again return to bring some normalcy (of routine and structure) back into your life.
As playdates by the river, walks to the park and trips to the zoo with aunts visiting from out of state take precedence over the daily morning coffee and to-do lists that loom large, it's also apparently taken away my creativity. I blame the frantic pace at which I seem to be spinning these days.
Creativity, at least for me, generally comes in the form of a solid though. It begins slow, like a tiny idea in a blank white canvas that spreads like viscous paint, grabbing hold of the imperfections and inconsistencies in the canvas, dragging the paint over the surface until it covers the white and blossoms into something entirely different.
In an attempt to recharge that creativity and get it moving once more, I started with my own blank canvas: vanilla ice cream. Pure and simple, it's just waiting for something to mold it into its purpose.
Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
Pinch sea salt
In a medium saucepan, add cream, milk, sugar, vanilla bean and salt. Heat until it just starts to bubble (one or two bubbles only). Remove from heat immediately and cool completely in the refrigerator, discarding the vanilla bean.
Add to ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
Makes 8 servings.