Friday, May 6, 2011

Children's Book Week : The Ice Cream King

Here's a confession: I love the view of this chocolate syrup coming from the tiny cup. But my favorite dessert flavor is vanilla - French, Madagascar or Bourbon, no matter where from. That taste seems to run in my kids DNA too. And with that, I can now talk about the book we read for dessert to celebrate our last special on Children's Book Week.
 The Ice Cream King, by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Julie Downing, was the choice. I don't want to spoil the surprise that is at the end of the book.  Which is kind of a very sweet one - specially if you think Mother's Day is just in the corner. But I can tell you that throughout the adventures of Teddy in a ice cream kingdom, there are plenty of rhymes, delicious inspiring illustrations and  a inspiration for something else, besides, of course,  eating ice cream.

Making Vanilla Ice Cream with the kids was another kind of adventure. The youngest brave boy cracked the eggs. All of them engaged on beating the eggs with a special ball whisk, pretending they were machines. They also added the rest of the ingredients and were happy to know that after playing that would be their dessert.  We used Darienne's homemade vanilla extract to flavor it.

The recipe we used was published by two of the best  ice cream makers I know of, Ben and Jerry. I would call them, really, the two kings of ice cream ! Here's another surprise: I was introduced to this recipe, from the excellent Ben and Jerry Book of Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts) by my partner in the school's Cooking Club. I was initially skeptical about the fact that the recipe include raw eggs in it. But after preparing it about four times I got to know that it tastes good, has a wonderful creamy texture and most important of all, it is fool proof.


Myrna said...

I am sure that the experience of making (and eating) ice-cream together with you will be one of the sweest memories those children will keep from their childhood. It will be like a light, iluminating their mature years, reminding them of what it meant to be loved.

Elizabeth Bennett said...

We are thrilled that our book, The Ice Cream King, inspired such delicious activity!
We are posting a link to your blog on our facebook page. Are you a fan yet?
Happy Reading,
Elizabeth Bennett
tiger tales

Anna said...

Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by, and posting about it on your page! I hope we will get to know more books of tiger tales!


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