Let's first talk about the music selection I have paired with this luscious dessert. The Grateful Dead. Let me preface this by saying; No, I am not a Deadhead. I do however, enjoy listening to the Grateful Dead and think they are totally rad. Yes, rad.
My sister and I bought my dad tickets to see Dead & Company at Fenway Park for his birthday (back in March when the tickets were initially released for sale). The ticket was for this past Friday (I've always wanted to see a show at Fenway!) and it was suuuch an awesome concert.
I have never gone to a concert with so much gray hair on one stage.
I have never gone to a concert with so much tie die in the audience.
I have never gone to a concert with so much 'skunk smoke' (okay, that's a lie. It ties with DMB concerts).
Anyway, it was incredible. And the older people dancing just couldn't help but put a smile on your face. They were living out their youth all over again! It was funny because the two people immediately next to my dad, immediately behind us, and immediately next to me, were all parent/child duos. I guess the Grateful Dead concerts are popular bonding events.
Okay, one last thing about the concert, then it's ice cream time! HOLY TALENT. I mean, SERIOUSLY. John Mayer, while taking over Jerry Garcia's role, did not try to be Jerry, because, uh, DUH, he CAN'T be him. He just tried to rock it in his own way, which was totally dope. The SHREDDING. I can't even. And the percussion, HOLY TAKE MY BREATH AWAY. At one point (for 15 minutes), I was just standing there, mouth open, shaking my head like, "Uh, this can't be happening. This isn't a thing, it's not possible". Deadhead or not, if you have the chance, go see them!
Okay, blueb ice cream time! Fun fact about me: I hated blueberries for about 95% of my life. It wasn't until college that I started to tolerate them and then I slowly learned to actually enjoy them. It was the texture. The feeling when you bite into a blueberry and it squirts in your mouth with the juices and goop and skin, ugh. Yeah, I wasn't much of a berry person at all (aside from very firm, not mushy or soft, strawberries). This is also why I didn't like blueberry treats like muffins or jam (anything berry that wasn't Smuckers non-clumpy, non-seedy jelly). Side note: is 'jam' and 'jelly' the same thing? I use those two words interchangeably, but maybe that's because the only jam I liked growing up was jelly because it was smooth and seedless? Are those the differentiating factors?
Anyway, I grew out of the disliking berries phase and now I love them! Especially blueberries. Delish. So decided to make ice cream with the plethora of organic blueberries I bought on sale. Also, ice cream. And can we talk about how I haven't had froyo yet this summer?! *pat on the back* Once I eat froyo it's game over. Froyo every weekyo. So I'm trying to stand strong and eat homemade, less sweet, more healthy dairy-free ice cream instead.
Total time: 15 minutes
Makes: about a cup
- 1 Cup fresh blueberries (frozen I'm sure would be fine too!)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1. In a small sauce pan on a low heat burner, add the blueberries and honey. Mix periodically until it begins to look like a jam, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the vanilla extract, salt, and lemon juice and continue to mix periodically. The total time for the jam should be anywhere between 10-15 minutes.
3. Once the jam is done, take it off the burner and let it cool. Then put it in the fridge.
Prep time: 2 minutes
Total time: 15-20 minutes, or length your ice cream maker takes!
- 1 Can coconut milk* (I used this one)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of 1/2 lemon (you could use lemon juice instead)
- Blueberry jam (recipe above)
1. In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
2. Follow your ice cream maker instructions. Pour ice cream base into the ice cream maker.
3. Once the ice cream is almost done, pour in the chilled blueberry jam.
4. EAT! I prefer it fresh out of the ice cream maker as that is when it is the creamiest, however it's delicious out of the freezer as well. Just make sure to pull it out well in advance so that it can thaw out.
*The more water is in the coconut milk the icier the ice cream will and the less creamy it will be. I have also used a can of the Trader Joe's coconut cream for ice cream and I've liked that one as well. It is still very liquidy, however it is a lot thicker than other coconut milks, so it is only a little icy. If you do use a coconut cream then I suggest hitting the ice cream base with an immersion blender so that there are no clumps.