Homemade Vegan Lemon Ice Cream And When Corn Isn’t Vegan

August 21, 2010 by Keri

I was putting an ice cream maker on my list of kitchen appliances I need, and I use the word need loosely here, when I suddenly remembered something.  Didn’t we get some sort of ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer for our wedding?!  Sure enough, after a little digging, I pulled out a big “ice cream maker” freezer bowl.  You get so many gadgets and doodads at weddings, so it seems some are bound to get pushed to the back of the cabinet and forgotten.  But I was so excited to find it; it was almost like getting the gift all over again!

My “need” for an ice cream maker was prompted by receiving the vegan ice cream recipe book, Lick It, from Book Publishing Company.  And while that’s not even the recipe book I’m going to make from this week (but it’s coming soon, I promise), I just had to have a little sneak peek.  After all, it’s a whole book of homemade vegan ice creams! I had no idea how easy it is to make ice cream.  If I’d known all I had to do was freeze a bowl, chill a “batter”, mix the batter for 30 minutes in the frozen bowl, and then put it in the freezer for another few hours, I would have started making ice cream a long time ago!  For this batch I used Lick It‘s lemon ice cream recipe, but added just a touch of vanilla, because I love the lemon vanilla combination.

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I was pulling the silks from corn, in preparation to grill it for our dinner of corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and Gardein tenders, when I peeled back a husk to find a little surprise.  At first, I was a little grossed out, but then I was sad to see he clearly wasn’t alive.  This ear went in the backyard rather than on a dinner plate.  I’m not one to eat around a caterpillar…

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever found in your food, produce or otherwise?

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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    That ice cream sounds wonderful! I looooove my ice cream maker, and it gets a workout more often than it probably should. 😉

    The strangest thing I ever found in my food was a fat, HAIRY spider in my Trix cereal – AND it was ALIVE!!! I was probably 10 years old, and as I was about to pour milk into my bowl of Trix, a spider (did I mention it was fat & hairy?!) crawled up from the bottom! I was sooooo grossed out, and I have not had Trix since!

  2. Noelle says:

    I do not want to even think about what I have found in my food. Totally gross! Nice picture too even though I was somewhat grossed out.

  3. Aww, poor little guy!
    Since I grow organic veggies, I find a lot of wee beasties in my food – mostly aphids, caterpillars & spiders. I am a terrible hypocrite though, if I see a maggot anywhere, I’m all ‘eeek! killitkillitkillit!’, but pretty much any other creature has to be rescued & put in the garden!
    Can’t wait to see the ice cream recipe!

    • Keri says:

      I’m the same way with mosquitoes. I don’t want anything to die but their darn bites hurt/itch so bad, that I’m none to thrilled to find one in my house!!

  4. SporksorChopsticks says:

    Mmmm ice cream…. You make me want to make ice cream again (like coffee flavor) but my ice cream maker is in storage… couldn’t bring everything when I moved :/

    • Keri says:

      Aww, bummer. Coffee flavored sounds great! You could do the frozen banana ice cream in a blender and add coffee! 🙂

  5. While I (fortunately!) have not found anything too awful in my food, my brother-in-law did. He was eating a flavorful pasta dish when he chomped down on something crunchy.

    The restaurant manager tried to convince him it was a seed-pod.

    It was actually a cockroach.

    • Keri says:

      Ewww.. biting into anything like that would really freak me out!! I have a fear of biting into something I ordered vegan to find they messed up my order and it has meat, cheese, etc!

  6. Stefanie says:

    That ice cream looks light and refreshing.

    The corn, on the other hand, grossed me out. I have found small bugs in my produce (organic) but that is about it. I’m glad I haven’t found a catipillar in my corn.

  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    ok that just skeeved the hell outta me, not gonna lie!!! ewwwww!!!

    i am all for ladybugs and small little bugs but a huge jass worm or caterpillar is like whoa. I do love the no-pesticides thing…one can be rest assured when you see a critter that large the food wasnt sprayed.

    Ok girl gonna blog about the award you gave me and post it later on 🙂


    • Keri says:

      Definitely no pesticides.. that thing is practically the size of a squirrel!! Okay, maybe not quite. Off to check out your post!! 🙂

  8. VegMuffinMan says:

    Hmm…i have no ice cream maker, but i hope to get one soon. I love ice cream and buying the store-bought stuff gets both expensive and a bit too sugary. Even tofutti has sugar as the first ingredient.

    Anyways, i have found many a critter on my dining table. I am surprised to see this post, for after letting some tofu marinate in tamari today, i came back to it so find a small frog sitting in it. Don’t know how it go into the house, but lets just say i happily let him go and started over.

  9. Megan says:

    I want an ice cream maker, but for now I’ll just stick with so delicious :3
    I once made some steamed broccoli, and what do you know, there was a little inch worm on it! The poor little guy must’ve held on when I was washing it (which I need to do a better job of from now on) and must’ve been steamed alive!!! I felt horrible D:

  10. Alex S says:

    My sister found two dead cricket-type things in a package of sauerkraut today. One of the frozen packs at that.