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Stirring Custard 
8th-Aug-2010 04:46 pm
Where the hell have you been?

I know, right?  My life has been an endless series of work, sleep and family obligations.  Things whooshing by superfast with no ending in sight.  Last week at work, I had a special project going on and... it was an unmitigated disaster.  No one's fault... just a series of happenstance and missteps that led to a wasted effort and dollars down the drain. 


I've been so busy, I'd given up on reading LJ and blogs which means I didn't even notice until TODAY that there was a Penguicon meeting YESTERDAY!  (Ed. Note: Hey guys... how about a mass emailing to the staff list or some such?).  

In any case, I figure I have two choices... continue running around like a gerbil in a wheel or do what I'm doing now... which is making ice cream.

You see, we always look at ice cream makers in the store, but there's always a reason not to buy one.  No space on the counter, too expensive, who has the time... yada yada yada.  But then I had to go over to New Egg to look for a drive (5400rpm drive now replaced with much speedier drive, thank you), and they had the regular $49.99 Cuisinart maker for $39, and I had a coupon code for $10 off kitchen appliances with free shipping, so I figured why not?  $29.99, and if I hate it, I'm not out much.

...and I know what your thinking... Dave, isn't all ice cream better when made with liquid nitrogen?  

This is undoubtedly true, but I generally don't have a dewar of LNO2 sitting around in the kitchen when the mood for ice cream strikes.  I could, of course, snag some from work, but they really frown on that sort of behavior, and I don't blame them.

And I know that I'm trying to lose weight, but don't think of it as an excuse to gluttonously devour an endless series of creamy, rich frozen desserts, but rather a chance to control the amount of actual foodstuffs that go in to the confection when I feel the need for a frozen treat.  If I'm going to consume a few extra calories, at least I know it's from food rather than Dow, right?

Plus... it's kind of fun.

In any case, this is the first batch, so I started with a simple vanilla custard recipe, and as it's churning I'll stream in some scrumdelyicious blueberry preserves.

Should be good...

...and then I'm going to relax...

...and by relax I mean check my work email and work on creating a comic buffer...
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