Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Low Carb Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream

I found this ice cream recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. It was included in her book and checked off all the boxes for a low carb conversion.

Jeni explains her inspiration for this ice cream:
For years, there was a rivalry in the North Market about who had the best pad Thai. One shop’s sign said “Best Pad Thai in the Market,” which was answered with another shop’s “Best Pad Thai in Columbus.” One of the battling merchants was a young Thai woman named Nida. Hers was everything pad Thai should be: fresh and light, exquisitely spiced, and slightly sweet with layers and layers of flavor.

As the debate heated up, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. Using locally produced all-natural peanut butter, ground toasted coconut, and cayenne pepper, I created Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream and, with tongue firmly in cheek, touted it as the “Best Pad Thai in the World!”

For more authentic flavor and a lighter finish, add a bruised lemongrass stalk and 4 “coins” of ginger during the boiling stage, then remove before whisking in the cornstarch slurry.*
* Jeni’s sweet cream base uses cornstarch since it binds water molecules. Making ice cream is much easier when you don’t have to worry about excess carbohydrates.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bluetooth music for older car stereos

I have a ten year old car with a stock stereo system. It includes hands free calling using Bluetooth, but it does not support music being piped into the system that way. Instead, it has a set of RCA audio and video jacks and a 12V cigarette lighter port hidden in the center front armrest. It seems like a poor design, but the intent of this auxiliary input was for a portable DVD player. I guess they thought there would be a big demand to play movies on the navigation screen when the vehicle is parked. (The video is disabled when driving, but the audio continues to work.)