From head to hands

My latest creations from pottery class (with a heavy dose of  help with throwing). Only one week left – not signing up for the next semester. I have ideas in my head – but there’s a disconnect from head to hands.


Artisanal Gelato of the Week: After Eight Mint Gelato

My most recent gelato creation nestled inside my last pottery-class attempt.

After Eight Mint Gelato

2 c.      whole milk

¾ c.      sugar

¼ t.      salt

2 c.      mint leaves, patted dry and lightly packed

4          large egg yolks

1 c.      heavy cream

¼ t.      vanilla extract

1 c.      chopped Andes mints (scant)

Heat milk, ½ c. sugar, and salt.  Add 1 ½ c. mint leaves and stir.  Let steep for 2 hours.  Strain mint, pressing to extract as much mint oil as possible.  Re-warm milk mixture.  Whisk yolks and remaining ¼ cup sugar.  Temper yolks with milk mixture and return to stovetop.  Make custard.  Emulsify custard with remaining ¼ c. mint leaves.  Pour custard through sieve into cream set over an ice bath.  Add vanilla and chill.  Make gelato in ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions.  Add Andes mints about 2 minutes before gelato is finished.

Finding my Passion

While picking through the ruins of our relationship after the tornado hit, I discovered a little jewel of realization within the rubble.  I sat in my home, day after day, feeling lost with nothing to do and nowhere to go, wondering what happened to the life I had BEFORE him.  What happened to my hobbies? What happened to my interests and my passions?

What I discovered was that my hobbies and interests had become merely habits and, when I was presented with something new and interesting, I easily pushed the yoga and the gardening to the side to follow his hobbies and interests. Now, with this new hunk of time on my hands, I’m attempting to discover what my passions are now.  It’s going to take some experimentation and some trial and error – and some big strides outside of my comfort zone.

Over the past few months, I’ve fallen back into my love of cooking, but with a twist of focusing on gelato and canning.  I’ve also started attending a ceramics wheel-throwing class, something I have never done before.  I’m trying not to get too tied up in the results, but enjoying the process (of getting very messy and learning something new).

So, with my newly found ceramics “skills” (using that term loosely), here is my very first bowl from my very first ceramics class: