I was so tired and antsy to get away from my computer last night, I forgot to wax poetic about how good my ice cream cones were! Just the cones. I think I covered the yogurt pretty well.
The cones are great. A lot of ice cream cones have a tendency to leak melted ice cream out the bottom, or get soggy. These ones did neither, though I guess a much warmer day might be a better test. Sugar cones are always too sugary for me, and waffle cones are always too styrofoamy. Hardy Mills cones are neither. They have a good, solid structure. The flavor is very mild. The texture is crunchy and toothsome -- probably due to the corn flour. I love what cornmeal and corn flour do for baked goods.
Hardy Mills Organic "Wholesome Waffle Cones" aren't the cheapest treats in the world -- about $3 for a box of 6, but there are only two of us, and we don't eat that much ice cream. They're an affordable indulgence. Next time, I think I'll try Stonyfield Farm's raspberry swirl yogurt. Mmm... raspberries. I'm also contemplating making some of my "pie parfaits" in these cones. Portable Pie Parfaits -- sounds like fun, doesn't it? I bought white chocolate pudding mix, and I have raspberries in the freezer. Mmm... raspberries.
If you live anywhere near Belfast and Searsport, Maine, you may remember a short-lived shop that sold "Pie Cones." Now they can only be found at a few fairs and festivals around the state (like the National Folk Festival). They are well worth hunting down. They're part of the inspiration for "Portable Pie Parfaits."
Just because I took the time to take this, and because technology allows, I'm going to leave you with one more picture of yesterday's yogurt cones...
... we all scream for... frozen yogurt, in this case. But first, a bit about the vessels that held my frozen yogurt this afternoon.
I've never been a huge fan of sugar cones, or of waffle cones. I'm a cake cone kind of girl -- especially what I call "pointy cones." You know, the cake cones that are actually cones, and not flat-bottomed "cups." I've always favored pointy cones, and have always called them that. I'm weird. I know.
Kevin and I were looking at the veggie products (Boca, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger, etc.) at the grocery store last night, which are right across the aisle from the ice cream. In the middle of the aisle was one of those "impulse displays" ... a temporary rack full of products you didn't know you needed 'til you saw them. This one had boxes of "wholesome waffle cones."
I laughed when I read that. How can ice cream cones be wholesome? Sure, they're not particularly bad for you. They're just kind of nutritionally void. "Wholesome" implies that they're actually good for you! I picked up the box and read on. They turned out to be 100% organic. Ingredients: organic stoneground wheat flour, organic golden sugar, organic stoneground corn flour, and organic sunflower oil. I was pretty interested. The clincher is that they're produced in Quebec, so the box is bi-lingual -- English and French. "Organic" is a pretty cool word. It's natural and earthy. It sounds like what it means. I love words like that. But the French word for "organic" is "biologique (bee-oll-oh-zheek)," or "bio (bee-oh)" for short. I love that word. I always go to the "bio" market when I'm in Paris. I always buy Danone (Dannon in the States) "Bio" brand yogurt when I'm in Paris. I love to visit "bio" bakeries and buy breads full of nuts, seeds, and grains when I'm in Paris. I love "bio!" The word appears several times on the box. I was hooked.
On Tuesday I had bought some Stonyfield Farm Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt. "Bio," of course, to go along with my organic dairy products crusade. What better filling for these cones? And what an opportunity to try out my new ice cream scoop! It was all just meant to be. As Kevin put it, this blog entry practically wrote itself!
The scoop doesn't work quite as well as I think the manufacturer thinks it should, but it's still pretty cool. The yogurt and the cones, however, worked wonderfully together! I'm a big fan of the Stonyfield Farm people. All their products are organic, there's a great variety of styles and flavors of yogurt and frozen yogurt, and it's all GOOD. Kev and I had a nice afternoon snack on a not-so-nice afternoon. Here's a little still life I took of the preparations...
I still don't quite have the hang of food photography.
I'm hot, tired, and uninspired (hey -- that rhymes!) today, but I thought I'd leave a quick note about yesterday's trip to the toy store. Smoothie glasses weren't the only thing I bought -- you didn't think I'd get out of there that easily, did you? =) I rarely do, and yesterday was no exception. I got a new, fancy-schmancy Lexan ice cream scoop!
It looks blue in the picture, and it's called "indigo," but it really looks purple in person. My kitchen, dishes, and gadgets are purple and blue, so as far as I'm concerned, it's purple. Trust me on this one. They also come in several other colors. But I like purple.
Its claim to fame is that the purple part of the "bowl" is rubber. Once you've scooped up the frozen treat of your choice, you're supposed to be able to press on the rubber part with your thumb, causing the ice cream (or whatever!) to pop right out.
Yesterday I bought Stonyfield Organic Creme Caramel frozen yogurt. Today, I bought some extra-cool, extra-special, extra-unique waffle cones. Tomorrow I will introduce the scoop to the yogurt, the yogurt to the cones, and the yogurt and cones to my mouth. I'll let you know what happens.
I think I mentioned yesterday that I love tea. I especially love flavored black teas. Chai is one of my favorites -- Republic of Tea has an amazing chai, and Stash Tea makes a great one, too. Stash even makes an "extra spice chai," which is amazing, but hard to find. I'm not a fan of that powdered, over-sweetened, syrupy chai mix. Or the stuff you sometimes find in a machine next to the over-sweetened, syrupy "cappuccino" at convenience stores. I like to brew my own, and add milk and sweetener to my taste.
On a recent trip to Boston, I had "frozen chai" at Tealuxe in Harvard Square. I had no idea what I was getting when I ordered it, and it cost a fortune, but I had to see what it was all about. It turned out to be a mixture of iced chai, milk, sweetener, and ice pureed up in a blender. It was pretty damn good.
As much as I love chai, my favorite tea in the whole wide world is Republic of Tea's Blackberry Sage tea. Daydreaming about smoothies last weekend, and thinking back to that frozen chai, I had... yes... a culinary epiphany! I wanted to combine the best of both worlds and make some sort of tea smoothie. My original idea involved raspberries, but then it dawned on me that it absolutely had to contain blackberries, just like my favorite tea. So here is what I did this afternoon: I brewed some strong-ish plain black (decaf because it's late in the day for me!) tea -- six bags to four cups of water. I let it get to room temp while Kev and I went out walking and shopping. When we got home, I put two cups of the cooled tea, one cup of soy milk, and one cup of frozen blackberries in the blender and whizzed it all up. I love to use soy milk in smoothies -- it adds a richness that cow's milk just doesn't have. I poured the blend into my new cheap-but-cute plastic smoothie glasses (purchased this afternoon at BB&B, of course!) and immediately realized that I hadn't put in any kind of sweetener. I usually make fruit smoothies with a frozen banana as a base, so they rarely need any sweetener. It just didn't occur to me that these would need some! Upon tasting, though, it occurred to me immediately. I quickly stirred some Splenda (my best friend!) into each drink.
Success! The flavors of the tea, the berries, and the milk are all present, with none overpowering the others. The only thing I wasn't totally thrilled with was that they weren't quite as slushy as I wanted them to be. The berries were frozen when they went in, but the tea and milk were both at room temp. Next time I will freeze either the tea or the milk in an ice cube tray first... that should solve that problem! Oh, and hopefully I'll remember to put sweetener in the blender, too. It will mix in a bit more easily! =)
Tea is such a Zen thing. I think it's only appropriate that it is the star ingredient in my latest epiphany, and I love that the smoothies turned out to be as good as I'd hoped they would!