April 18th, 2009


Coconut Ice Cream 1.0

I made this the other night, and it turned out well enough to share. I may still tinker with the recipe, though. If anyone makes this version, or uses this as inspiration for something similar, I'd be interested in feedback.

Coconut Ice Cream 1.0

1 1/4 cups Chaokoh coconut milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes


In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cups Chaokoh coconut milk, 3/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup half-and-half, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Slowly add 2/3 cup sugar and whisk until dissolved. Slowly add 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes and whisk until combined.

Turn ice cream machine ON. Pour coconut mixture into ice cream machine, scraping the bowl to get all the coconut shreds out. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Transfer ice cream to a container and place in freezer until set firm.


1 1/4 cups coconut milk is what was left in the can after making the mango ice cream earlier.

The flavor of the ice cream was good, but the texture was a little heavy. Next time try making it with heavy cream and milk, or with just half-and-half.

The coconut flakes mostly clumped around the paddle. Next time try adding the coconut after 10 minutes of freezing in the ice cream machine. Maybe also try running the coconut flakes through the food processor to make them smaller.

This ice cream is excellent with hot fudge topping. We plan to try it with pineapple topping too.

Teabagging (the tax kind)

This article contains an interesting point about the "teabagging" protest:

Left Behind?

Protesting government spending is meaningless unless you say what you'd cut.

If you favor no bailouts, then say so. If you want to see the banking system collapse, then say so. If you think the recession demands no fiscal stimulus, then say so. If you favor big cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, social security and defense, then say so. I keep waiting for Reynolds to tell us what these protests are for; and he can only spin what they they are against.

All protests against spending that do not tell us how to reduce it are fatuous pieces of theater, not constructive acts of politics. And until the right is able to make a constructive and specific argument about how they intend to reduce spending and debt and borrowing, they deserve to be dismissed as performance artists in a desperate search for coherence in an age that has left them bewilderingly behind.

If I had a budget to balance, I'd make a list of all the expenses and put them in rough order of importance. Then I'd make a note of how much money was available to spend on those things. I'd start allocating at the top, funding the core of things first and juggling peripheral expenses of important programs vs. programs of lesser importance. And when I got to the end of the money, I'd stop.

Radically unpopular notion, that.