Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Recipe Day

Here is a special post for Sagan, who has a terrific blog over at Living Healthy in the Real World.

Sagan wanted recipes for home-made ice cream. The Bag Lady has lots of recipes for home-made ice cream, but for most of them you need an ice cream maker. Here is one that is designed to be made in the freezer. (The Bag Lady also reminds Sagan that she warned her that the recipe may not be considered exactly healthy...here's a chance to do some tweaking!)

French Vanilla Ice Cream

Blend in saucepan:

1/2 Cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 Cup milk

3 egg yolks, beaten

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to boil. Cool. Then add:

1 Tbsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon flavoring

Pour into tray. Freeze until mixture is mushy and partly frozen (1/2 - 1 hour) Whip until stiff:

1 Cup whipping cream

Empty partially frozen mixture into chilled bowl, beat until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into two refrigerator trays and freeze until firm, stirring frequently and thoroughly during first hour of freezing. Freezing time will be 3 to 4 hours.

Good luck with your ice cream endeavours, Sagan!

And, while she's at it, the Bag Lady presents a cake to serve it with:

Honey Cake

3 1/2 Cups flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp allspice

1 Cup Oil

1 Cup Honey

1 1/2 Cups sugar

3 eggs

3/4 Cup orange juice

Mix dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly (batter is thin). Pour into greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 55 - 65 minutes. Cool 20 minutes in pan, turn onto wire rack. Cool completely.

The Bag Lady reminds all of her faithful readers that hers is not a health and fitness blog a blog about many things!

The Bag Lady has a dilemma. One of her new commenters (and the Bag Lady hopes she will return and become a regular visitor!) has asked for the Bag Lady's much sought-after, famous, and until now, very secret salsa recipe. What do you think, folks? Should the Bag Lady publish her recipe? Should she share it's fabulousness with the whole wide world?


Leah J. Utas said...

Ooooohhh, ice cream! And that honey cake sounds wonderful.

I'd love to see your salsa recipe, but if I had the choice I'd rather eat the salsa and have its genesis remain a delicious mystery.

Sunny Delight said...

I wouldn't want you to give out your secret salsa recipe, but perhaps we could do a trade?

I have several very tasty canning recipes from a grandmother, two of the best are for very delicious Bread and Butter pickles, and a sweet chili sauce that is absolutely scrumptious with a beef roast, or used as a main ingredient in meat loaf....my email address is on my blog...or if you ever show your cattle, I suppose I could make a trip up and over to Alberta and help with some cattle washing/grooming....I am great at teasing out tails to give that look of added bulk...yep pre-divorce I was a farmer myself.

Your choice dear bag lady...or just point me in the direction of some salsa recipes that sound good to you...

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks for your vote, dfLeah. The Bag Lady has very few secrets, and she's leaning toward keeping this one. She IS willing to offer some pointers, though, as Sunny Delight said all the recipes for salsa that she has tried tasted awful after they had been canned.

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, there you are, Sunny Delight! I was thinking in terms of a deal...grandmother's sweet chili sauce sounds appealing!! Perhaps we could execute a trade....
We don't, unfortunately, show our cattle - I would have appreciated a lesson in teasing tails!!

Sarah said...

Oh a non ice-cream maker ice cream recipe! I will have to try that this summer!

the Bag Lady said...

Sarah - hope it works well for you!

Hilary said...

I vote you keep it a secret too. If it's that special and it's been secret for this long, make like Colonel Sanders and keep it from the public. Just prepare a big batch and have a blog party instead. ;)

The ice cream and honey cake sounds yummy.. even this early in the morning.. thanks a LOT, Baggie!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Hilary! The Bag Lady likes to think secrets give her an aura of mystery...hahahahaha

That Honey Cake really is damned good.

Anonymous said...

Yummm....the ice cream sounds great, will have to make it when it actually gets above fifty degrees here! Yes, I know that sounds warm to some of you, but it should be at least in the 60s and 70s by now. :-( Where is my spring???


the Bag Lady said...

Missicat - I hear ya! The snow is mostly gone here, but it could be a whole lot warmer, dammit!

Scrumpy said...

Yes you definitely should!

And I'm taking down this honey cake recipe.

the Bag Lady said...

SB - you'll have to let me know how you like the honey cake!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag lady,

As a non-cooker (is that a word?) I am tempted by your ice cream recipe and bet I could make it if I really, really tried. I printed it and the honey cake recipe in case.

As to the salsa, if you decide to share the secret recipe, you should send it only to me as we all know I will never make it and therefore, never be asked to share it! So it will remain a secret forever.

If you decide a trade with SD is in order, you should do it by snail mail so it doesn't float through the blogosphere.

Just my two cents.


the Bag Lady said...

dfTerrie - and your 2-cents are worth every penny!!
I hope you do try the honey cake, at least - it really is very good.
And thanks for the tips on exchanging secrets - I'll keep that in mind!

Reb said...

A direct trade might be the best, you wouldn't want to someday open a canned store bought product and realize it is your recipe.

Both recipes sound wonderful!

the Bag Lady said...

Reb - exactly!!!!!!! :)

Anonymous said...


please share :)


the Bag Lady said...

Miz - I thought you didn't like Mexican food.....

Unknown said...

Thank you!! That looks so yummy; very much appreciated:) And wow that cake looks delicious too. I am excited to try out the ice cream (although admittedly, I'll probably try to tweak it... might end up ruining it in the process but we'll see how it goes). I'll let you know how my attempts turn out!

And I'm all about the sharing when it comes to salsa (especially if it's a famous, secret recipe... that just makes it so much more desirable).

the Bag Lady said...

Sagan - I hope the ice cream works out well for you!
Still hesitant about sharing the salsa recipe. Of course, it's a long time until tomato season, right? Might change my mind before then!!

Dawn said...

I think you should start a production line of your fabulous salsa recipe and market it.

And what is with all these delcious recipes that you're posting, Bag Lady? Do you WANT me to get fat!

Who was that who muttered "fatt-er"!

P.O.M. said...

Por Favor.
Me gusta salsa y salsa es bien para tu cuerpo.
Por Favor.

the Bag Lady said...

Hi, Dawn! Actually, I do sell my salsa at Farmer's Markets and craft sales, and have had many repeat customers. (One fellow opened his jar, tasted it, and bought every jar I had!)
And didn't you know, I take all the calories out of the recipes I post on my blog...

the Bag Lady said...

POM - The Bag Lady doesn't speak Spanish. So she had to find an on-line translation. Do you have any idea how hard that is? The final translation she came up with is this:

I taste salsa and salsa is good for your corpse.

Is this really what you wanted to say?
Por Favor?

Anonymous said...

Bag Lady - I'm not too good with Spanish (it's been a few years since they made us take it in high school) but I believe POM is saying, "Please. I love salsa and salsa is good for your body. Please." I would have to verify with my step-father (he speaks Spanish fluently).

I am a lurker so I don't comment much -- this is my 1st time -- but I do love your blog.

Anyway, I hate secrets. :) I would lean towards sharing the recipe. I live in Georgia and could never get to Canada (much less NORTHERN Canada) to your local stands.

the Bag Lady said...

Why, thanks, Christie! Now that you've commented, I hope you'll do so again! It gets easier after the first time!
(And thanks for helping with the Spanish translation - the Bag Lady was pretty sure her interpretation was, er, not quite right... :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

No matter whether I've just eaten or not, whenever I come here I seem to end up hungry. What's up with that?

And you're recipes are safe with me--I'm too lazy to make them and am hoping to just show up at your house some day to sample the real thing.

the Bag Lady said...

Crabby - the door is always open for you and the Lobster!

Geosomin said...

You must share it...so I can have it :)

the Bag Lady said...

Geosomin - the Bag Lady is still trying to decide whether she should share her secret recipe. She does, actually, have two recipes for salsa that are really good, so may publish the second recipe....
Stay tuned!!!