100th Post! Cardamom Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

It’s taken a while to get here, but this is my 100th post on The Vegan Kat! Thanks to everyone who reads my posts, and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the recipes along the way! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know that I enjoy playing with new flavors of ice cream, and have posted some of my favorite flavor combos in the past including Almond PistachioCoffee Chocolate ChipMint Chocolate Chip, and Mango Banana and Watermelon Strawberry Lime Sorbets. I recently tried out a new and more unusual flavor combo to add to this list: Cardamom Meyer Lemon.

I bought a bag of Meyer Lemons at Whole Foods without having a clear plan of what to do with them. I just really like Meyer Lemons, so I knew I’d come up with something. After searching around, I saw a recipe on the blog Fahrenbite for Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crepes, which look amazing. I haven’t made crepes before, and I don’t think I have a pan that would work to try making them. I decided to use the flavor combo in ice cream instead. It turned out really well, and it’s certainly a unique flavor! This isn’t necessarily the kind of ice cream you’d want to eat a whole bowl of because it’s a strong flavor. It’s really yummy in small amounts, and I bet it would be delicious on top of apple pie instead of vanilla ice cream. You could also try adding in toasted pecans, which I think would compliment this very well.

If you don’t already have cardamom on hand, you should get green cardamom that is still in the pod, not pre-ground cardamom. It can be a bit pricey, but I bought a decent sized bag of cardamom at an Indian grocery store near me for about $3.00. If there’s an Indian grocery store near you, I would check there, because you might get a good deal. Or if you’re near a Whole Foods, check their bulk spices. They’ve usually got some pretty good deals and you can buy exactly how much you need. You can also probably find arrowroot powder in the bulk section at Whole Foods.

Cardamom Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 scant tsp ground cardamom (start with green cardamom in pods and grind it yourself)
1 Meyer Lemon
1 cup soy milk (divided)
2 cups soy creamer
2 Tbs arrowroot powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • The bowl of your ice cream maker needs to be frozen at least overnight before making this recipe, unless you’ve got a kind that doesn’t require pre-freezing.
  • Crack open the cardamom pods, keeping the seeds and discarding the shells. You only need 1 tsp of ground cardamom. Once you have enough seeds, grind them in a spice grinder (or coffee grinder designated for spices), or using a mortar and pestle. Freshly ground cardamom is much stronger than already ground cardamom. I wouldn’t use more than 1 tsp of cardamom, and you should adjust the amount according to your taste.
  • Zest the Meyer Lemon and squeeze the juice out of it. Keep these aside for later.
  • In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot powder and 1/4 cup of the soymilk. Whisk until well combined and set aside.
  • In a pot, mix the remaining 3/4 cup of soy milk, soy creamer, and sugar. Heat on medium until the mixture slowly comes to a boil. Stir in the arrowroot and soy milk mixture, and it will cause the liquid to thicken. Add the ground cardamom, the lemon zest, and the lemon juice. Stir until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for 2-3 hours until it’s cool.
  • Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the maker’s directions. Usually it has to churn about 1/2 an hour. It will still be a little soft, but ready to eat, or you can firm it up in the freezer before serving.

Spiced Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

As preparations for a vegan Thanksgiving begin, I thought I would throw a new recipe into the mix. I love cranberries, so I wanted to try making my own cranberry sauce this year. It turned out really well and was easier to make than I thought it would be. After minimal prep time, you just need to occasionally stir this sauce as it reduces on the stove. It really takes very little effort for a yummy addition to your Thanksgiving meal. You can also make it a day ahead and let it cool in the fridge overnight, so it’s one less thing you need to make on Thanksgiving day.

If you want some other ideas for vegan Thanksgiving recipes, check out some of my past recipes. I would really recommend the stuffing recipe. It’s my mom’s recipe and a family favorite!

Sides:

Main Dishes:

Desserts: 

Ingredients:

2 12-ounce bags of fresh cranberries
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 orange (zest and juice) + about 1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Directions:

  • Rinse the cranberries. Finely grate the ginger. Zest and juice the orange. Add enough orange juice to total 1 cup of juice. I used bottled orange juice, but you could use more fresh oranges if you have them on hand.
  • In a large enough saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange zest and juice, ginger, water, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon sticks, pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine the ingredients and coat the cranberries.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce it to a simmer and allow it to simmer for 20-25 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat, take out the cinnamon sticks, and cool. Serve cool or at room temperature.