Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Peaches and Cream

Lately, all the vegan bloggers have been posting pics of luscious homemade soy cream. Since I don't own an ice cream maker (and am too cheap to buy one), it feels like they're all laughing in my face.

Well, I'll show them! I borrowed my mom's ice cream maker last week. Take that, soy cream makers! I used some of my fresh farmer's market peaches to create Peaches & Soy Cream:

Yea, yea ... I know this pic would look better if I owned an ice cream scoop. But as a vegan, there's really not much need for one since our ice cream mostly only comes in half-pints that are perfect for eating straight out of the container.

Anyhow, this was dreamy. The peaches were pureed so the texture was all velvetly, creamy goodness. I adapted the recipe from the Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream in last month's Vegetarian Times.

Peaches & Soy Cream
4 medium-sized peaches, peeled and diced
6 oz. silk tofu (1/2 of package)
1/2 cup French Vanilla soy creamer (or plain would work too)
1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Puree the peaches and tofu in a food processor. All creamer and vanilla and blend until smooth. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.

On a much sadder note, I made this Gado Gado for dinner before making the ice cream:

Why would this tasty veggie dish slathered with peanut sauce be sad? Because I puked it all up after I ate it. That's why. And Gado Gado is not a pretty sight in its regurgitated state. I'll spare you the details, but you get the idea.

I used Mollie Katzen's recipe from The Moosewood Cookbook (spinach, yellow rice, broccoli, carrots, red cabbage, sprouts, tofu, onion, and a peanut sauce). And it tasted great ... except for the spinach. It was New Zealand Spinach from the farmer's market and it tasted nasty and bitter.

So I'm blaming the spinach for my vomit-y troubles. Or it could have been that muscle relaxer I took on an empty stomach. My neck still bothers me from a few past injuries (car wreck, pilates incident), so I took one that night before eating dinner. Probably a bad idea.

Whatever the case, it ruined me on Gado Gado. I'll likely never eat it again. I used the leftovers tonight to make a tasty stir-fry minus the spinach and peanut sauce.


Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better! Poor thing. Y

Your Peaches Soy Cream looks incredible though. Sounds right up my alley!

VeganCowGirl said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So sorry to hear about the puke-party post gado gado. The peaches and cream look so amazing you have enticed me to get myself an icecream maker as soon as I get back to Brussels!!!
You rock!

Amey said...

Oh dear.
I've had my share of experience with the upchucks. Ugh. I certainly know what you mean about how it really ruins you on whatever you ate.

The ice cream is so stunning. I'm one of those jerks with an ice cream maker. My mom got it for me at the thrift store though... does that make me any less of a jerk? :) I'll definitely try that peach ice cream!

ladyliriel said...

So sorry to hear that the gado gado made you ill!! I hate the way something is ruined once you've seen it in a different light.

Hmmmmmm.......kind of scared to try the New Zealand spinach I picked up now.. I'll have to let you know what happened when I try it out.

That peaches and cream looks so incredibly yummy!! If I had an ice cream maker!

Anonymous said...

Feel better gurlie! You'll be all right. Spinach frightens me.

Lily said...

I never try the gado gado..I don't want to try now...

The peaches looks delicious !!
thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

Latayy said...

I was thinking of getting an icecream making too but I am not too cheap to get one yet. Maybe when I see the price it would turn me off
But this cream looks so amazing
I am yet to try
Hope you feel better

Anonymous said...

It's weird how that whole food-trauma thing goes. Ealier this summer I spewed after eating a super-yuck salad & it was at least a month before I would go near another salad.

Peaches rock hard.

Anonymous said...

Geeze, sorry bout your tummy. I'm putting money on the meds & the empty stomach. Taking stuff on an empty tummy gets me sick every time (luckily I'm learning, so I do it less often!).

I am also without an ice cream maker...just not in my budget. I can usually fake it by putting my mixture in a tupperware, giving it a spin in the food processor, then freezing again...
your peachy goodness looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Yikes! I'm so sorry to hear about your Gado Gado tummy troubles! I hate when something that tastes yummy going down comes back up again. I have a few food aversions because of those types of incidences, too! I hope you're feeling better; maybe you were comforted by your yummy peaches and cream ice cream?

VeggieGirl said...

My oh my, that peach ice cream looks DIVINE!!!

Ahh, sorry about the Gado Gado :0(

Anonymous said...

I'm with Shellyfish. I think it was the meds on an empty stomach. I have to be really careful with that. I hope you feel better. The ice cream looks deliciously wonderful.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Oh, I hope you forget the gado-gado incident soon and that you eat it again!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Yummy ice cream recipe! I bet that made you feel better!

Cyn said...

Oh no! It's so sad the Gado Gado turned evil on you! At least that ice cream looks delicious.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Wow, your peaches and cream looks great (as do the peaches in the previous post!!). Hope your stomach stuff was temporary.

jessy said...

sadface on the bad Gado Gado experience, Bianca! but your peaches & soy cream sounds (and looks) freak'n GLORIOUS! i wish i had an ice cream maker! i might try and find one soon - 'cause i'd love to make my own soy cream, too! mmmmmmmmm!

Anonymous said...

Oh no! I am so sorry you got sick :(

Hope that tasty looking ice cream cheered you right up!

Allison said...

"But as a vegan, there's really not much need for one since our ice cream mostly only comes in half-pints that are perfect for eating straight out of the container."--Haha, I couldn't agree with you more! Blah, I hate bad food experiences...I still feel icky around carrot cake and pot pies...I hope you start feeling better!

Nikki said...

Ice cream looks deliscious! Any idea how much it makes? Looks to me like 1/2 a quart or so, would that be accurate? Sorry to hear about you getting sick...I had a similar issue a few days ago myself! It sucks! Poor Gado Gado, forever ruined.

Andréa N. said...

Hahahaha, I LOVE your banner!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh no! So sorry you got sick. That happened to me a year ago after eating sundried tomato pesto and I didn't it until a month or so ago. I still felt sick after that.

Your peaches and cream ice cream is now making me the jealous one (I've only used my ice cream maker once, I must get cranking!)