I have a thing for both candied orange peel and preserved lemon. I realize one is sweet (candied) and one is salty (preserved). But heck, to me they have the same sort of bitter going on. You know– the kind of bitter that makes your saliva glands ache a little. The kind of bitter that actually makes them squirt just thinking about biting into something that bitter. It’s like you don’t want to eat it because you’re afraid it’s too bitter, but you can’t stop yourself either. Well, the bad boy in me made this Ginger Ice Cream with Candied Orange Peel just so you could experience that pleasant little shiver. The one that runs all the way down your spine. The kind of shiver you can’t quite decide if it comes from pain or pleasure. You see I also added ginger, because I can be a good boy too.
I did this horribly, wonderful little experiment with Ginger Ice Cream to prove a point. When it comes to pleasure and pain. I’m no longer a novice.
You do know I’m talking about ice cream, right?
Good, because one of my dirty little kitchen secrets is I spent years making crappy ice cream. I could never understand why I made crappy ice cream. I mean I came up with some fantastic flavor combinations. I bubbled and boiled and broke new ground. I came up with culinary concoctions that would make any self-obsessed foodie proud. But it turns out being a self-obsessed foodie was exactly why I made crappy ice cream. I spent more time and energy coming up with the ideas for my frozen oddities than I did concentrating on making good ice cream.
What I’ve learned is that my artistic sensibilities are not enough. I need to understand ice cream. I need to know the science behind the magic of transforming cream into a lusciously lickable frozen confection. So I went to Columbus, OH as the guest of Experience Columbus and met Jeni Britton Bauer. She set me straight on all the science I needed to conduct my bad boy exercises.
Ginger Ice Cream with Candied Orange Peel
The base of this Ginger Ice Cream with Candied Orange Peel comes from Jeni. But the painfully delicious candied orange peel– well, that’s all me. I wonder what I could do with preserved lemon. Are you crying yet? GREG