Please note: This is a cheat recipe. But it's Christmas, and everyone else is cheating, and I'm sure you are, so why not have something amazing like Irish Cream Eggnog Ice Cream? Exactly. (If you have an allergy check out paleo eggnog)
You probably don't know this about me, but since watching The Walking Dead I have spent a lot of time thinking about a zombie apocalypse. Mostly for fun. Mostly. A situation where society get's shaken up; where money is no longer the currency; where people's skills of survival and daily needs drive commerce.
I have friends who have trade-able skills, like massage therapists, skilled laborers, gardeners, hairdressers, winemakers, etc. Prior to discovering that food is my passion, I used to feel like I didn't have anything that I could trade. As a pharmacist, there were no legal trades, and not many people are interested in paying you for the knowledge a pharmacist can provide. Nobody is going to stop and trade you anything during a zombie attack when your knowledge about healthcare is needed.
But now… now I can trade food.
I had a weird experience this week. There was a Holiday Barter Fest where people brought in whatever they had to trade (food, produce, jewelry, artwork, silver, services, etc.). No cash allowed. Cool idea, but I was disappointed with my experience: most people I tried to deal with would equate everything to their monetary value and trade based on that. I felt like these people were missing the spirit of bartering that I assume was intended.
What did I bring? My paleo butter chicken, of course! “This bag of garlic is worth $7, what do you value your butter chicken at?” I dunno man, what's it worth to you? If you were gonna buy it at a restaurant, then probably $10 for this little serving, and this one is healthy…. Isn't a better question whether or not it's worth trading to you? Seems like the art of bartering is disappearing.
Don't worry, I came out on top. And I was quite generous with those who were interested in trading. Had to get creative with a guy who makes some cool jewelry since he was vegetarian. Three-way trade. Guess I'm craftier than I thought.
Just imagine if I'd brought a Vitamix blender full of holiday Irish Cream Eggnog Ice Cream. Oh yeah baby!
Irish Cream Eggnog Ice Cream is a simple 2-step process, only needing a freezer and a blender
- 2 cups eggnog (use a primal eggnog if you can)
- 1/4 cup Irish cream (Baileys, Carolan's, etc) or another creamy liqueur like Rum Chata
- cinnamon to taste
- Poor eggnog into ice tray and freeze overnight.
- Put liqueur in freezer as well (with the alcohol content it probably won't freeze, but the temperature will be perfect).
- Combine ingredients in blender (if using a Vitamix, use the frozen dessert preset, pressing frozen cubes into the blades with the tamper. Using a Vitamix will result in a smoother ice cream than weaker blenders, but they'll still make a lovely dish).
- If too thin, return to freezer for 10-20 minutes.
- Serve, sprinkle with cinnamon, enjoy!
This is a paleo cheat. You can make it less of a cheat with a paleo eggnog such as My Heart Beets', but I wanted to make this as easy as possible this time. Which it totally is- 2 steps: freeze, blend, eat. Yeah, I added eating it, because I thing the phrase “having your cake and eating it” is dumb.
Oh, you don't know what Rum Chata is? It's a rum-based liqueur that is great in most things you'd use Irish cream in, and terrific with eggnog.