Saturday, September 29, 2012

At A Distance

 
Sometimes being away from something, at a distance, lets us see the view more fully.  Only with educated eyes, can we accurately see and understand the value of what is before us.   


                           The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stracciatella Espresso Gelato

 
Over the weekend, I adapted a recipe I had for Espresso Gelato and made skinny or low fat Gelato for a little treat. I combined the rich flavor of Espresso with Dark Chocolate, 73% Cacao. I used El Rey Apamate, in a Stracciatella , or little rags style.  Have the Yum!!... but cut the fat ... Hope you'll give this a try..  My Gelato is decidedly creamy despite the lessened fat content.
 
GV's Stracciatella Espresso Gelato
 
2 3/4 Cups 1% Low Fat Milk
1/2 Cup Brewed Espresso, I use Illy Dark Roasted Espresso, medium grind
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
4 Large Egg Yolks
1 Cup Half in Half
1/4 Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup finely chopped El Rey Apamate Dark Chocolate ( I buy mine at Whole Foods)
 
 
  Brew Espresso and set aside, reserve. You should have 1/2 Cup of Espresso on reserve.
 
 
In a medium-sized sauce-pan heat Milk, stirring occasionally, until Milk registers 190' F on a  cooking Thermometer. Remove from heat and add in the reserved Espresso.
 
Return the Milk mixture to the stove and add 3/4 Cup of  Sugar and continue warming, stirring to keep from scorching. Heat until the Milk mixture registers 170' F on the cooking Thermometer.  
 
 
Meanwhile, In a medium-sized bowl, Whisk together the 4 Egg Yolks and remaining 1/4 Cup of Sugar until foamy.
 
 
Carefully temper the Egg Yolk mixture with the hot Milk mixture, by slowly adding ( I ladle)  the Milk mixture to the Eggs, whisking constantly. Carefully pour the heated Egg and Milk mixture into a medium-sized Sauce-pan and return to the stove.
 
 
 Cook the mixture over medium heart, stirring constantly, taking care to not allow the mixture to scorch. Heat to 185' F on the cooking Thermometer.
 
Pour Half and Half into a glass mixing bowl and place over an ice bath. Remove Egg/Milk mixture from the stove and strain through a fine mesh sieve into the Half and Half in the glass mixing bowl.
 
 
Add the Vanilla Extract. Allow the mixture to cool, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until fully cooled. Once cooled, cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours to overnight.
 
 
Once ready, Finely chop Chocolate.
set aside.
 
 
Add the chilled Egg/Milk Mixture to an Ice Cream maker and follow manufacturer's directions.
 
 
About two minutes prior to the completion of churning the Gelato, add the Chocolate and contine to churn to completion. Place in a Freezer-friendly container. I freeze the Gelato overnight to more firm consistency. Or you can enjoy it soft set right away..If you just can't control yourself :)
 
 
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I Love Beyond Belief

 
My Heart goes where only my Soul understands the Destination and it is there that I Love beyond Belief.
                                        How many among us truly know what that means?

Monday, September 3, 2012

If In Doubt, Don't



This poem relates to a rule that I have applied along my life's path, if you will-- If in Doubt, Dont. This rule, when I have stayed true to it, has served me well over the years. I did, however, break this rule in an 'eleventh hour' decision years ago, and I find myself looking to 'right' my path, as a result. What seemed difficult in the past, will be even more difficult now. But it is never too late to be true to myself and my own path. And when I get myself back on the correct path, I will never again disavow those important words. Actually, they are more than words; they are what keep me on the right path.

                                                                  If In Doubt, Don't


If in doubt, don't, was failed just once,
and once was all it took to fail.
Disavowing intuition, throwing caution to the wind,
became a self inflicted wound and betrayal.

Is it blinding of eyes? Or failing to see?
Or is it something that is seen, but ignored?
Circumstances bring with them, a corresponding path.
If I allow doubt to drive, down the wrong path I'm lured.

The answers are found within my own self, 
when I survey facts and impressions at hand.
Weighing the risks, noting the worth
as relates to the path I demand.

Does the head rule the heart? Or the heart rule the head?
Or am I the monarch of both?
It is up to me, if  I am ever in doubt
to resist blindly breaking my oath:

To listen to self,
To never ignore,
To acknowledge, to think, and to see

In doing so, I stay true to my path
and living with doubt I will no longer be.


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