Akutaq – Eskimo ice cream

11/11/2013 at 12:10

Living traditional Arctic life in the polar region? If so,  you probably won’t have much dairy around. But that never stopped the Eskimos/Inuits from making ice cream! Read more about their traditional “Akutaq”, largely based on whipped fat and berries.  And while it is true that Akutaq in some circumstances even can contain fish flakes, today’s recipe will stick to […]

Space ice cream

22/04/2013 at 11:31

While it arguably might be true that “in space, no-one can hear you scream ice cream”, people do eat ice cream in space!  And we all know that astronauts enjoy those packs with freeze-dried ice cream, right? But the iconic “Astronaut ice cream” was actually only used once, in 1968.  In preparation for the early manned space-missions, NASA had commissioned proposals […]

Lumumba ice cream

30/01/2013 at 09:57

“Without dignity there is no freedom, without justice there is no dignity and without independence there are no free men.” Ever heard of Patrice Lumumba? A controversial independence politician and African nationalist in his lifetime, he was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo.  Much can be said about Lumumba, who today is considered a hero and a martyr […]

Tonka fever!

25/10/2012 at 14:12

Seductively aromatic, somewhat toxic, and celebrated by many for its intriguing qualities. Read on about the little dark bean that supposedly can make your wishes come true, caused a culinary craze in France but remains banned in the United States: The Tonka bean.    Native to the rainforests of South-America, the Cumaru tree (Dipteryx odorata) can grow up […]

Glace Plombières – A French classic

13/09/2012 at 12:00

Few ice creams have made it into the world literature. And fewer still can trace their origins back to a dinner with Emperor Napoleon. Say ‘hello’ to a true French ice cream classic: Glace Plombières. “Plombière” might sound like a fancy French word, but is actually what you would call a female plumber (in French). But there are other meanings too, and the ice cream […]

Roman ice cream – Dulcia Domestica

24/03/2012 at 13:58

Follow me to ancient Rome and seek sweet ice cream- inspiration  … from the world’s oldest known collection of antique recipes!   There is something fascinating about the ancient Roman Empire – a fascination fuelled not only by remaining ruins, books and historical research but notably by popular culture. Films like  “Gladiator”, and TV-series  like “I, Claudius” and […]

Gingerbread ice cream

28/11/2011 at 13:37

Feeling grumpy or downright evil? Have a Pepparkaka! Eating  gingerbread (at least the Swedish type) is actually supposed to make you kind!    A cookie with Medieval roots … With old German roots (“Lebkuchen”),  the Swedish gingerbread (“Pepparkaka”, literally “Pepper cookie”)  is documented at least  since the 13th century. The traditions of making cookies […]