Snow Ice Cream

IMG_1809Friday was the first big snow storm of the year.  I love snowstorms which is a good thing considering I grew up in Canada and we used to get a lot of them!  So on Friday at 2 a.m I was so excited, unable to sleep I told Neil I had to go out and be in the snow.  It was still coming down, the city was covered in a wonderful perfect white blanket.  This is the best part about snow, once people start shoveling it and walking in it all the magic disappears and becomes slush.

Last year Perennial Plate did a video I posted about making Ice Cream in the snow which I posted here and then last week in the days before the storm arrived my friend Michael told me about how his Mom used to make Snow Ice Cream and was even nice enough to write her and get her recipe(thanks Michael!):

2 cups milk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp vanilla, Lg bowl of clean snow.     Mix all ingredients (except snow) until thoroughly blended. Add snow & stir lightly until well mixed. Do  not add snow all at once into mixture.  

Sounds really easy – I haven’t made it yet, for Saturday night’s dinner I made regular old vanilla ice cream, but love the idea of this recipe so much.  Of course in my head I ponder how clean the snow is and do you really want to eat it?  I also look at the recipe and wonder if you were to use a traditional custard base if that would work as well?  And don’t get me started on flavors.  What is brilliant about this recipe is how simple it is and what a fine idea to make ice cream from fresh fallen snow?  Hot chocolate anyone?IMG_1804

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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