A tweet from former Seattleite and pro pastry chef Dana Cree intrigued me: “if you buy coconut cream as well as milk you can make ice cream w/o any thickeners. 20% cream, 55% milk. 25% sugar + salt tt”
That was in September. It was cold. I didn’t make any ice cream. I filed the tweet away for a sunny day.
On Saturday, that day arrived. I bought the three beautiful champagne mangoes to flavor the ice cream. Or rather, the frozen dessert: without milk, cream, or eggs, it’s barely ice cream. Of course, not being able to leave well enough alone, I reduced the sugar a little, since the mango would add sweetness and added a few flavors. A little serrano pepper here, some lime juice there.
Suddenly, it seemed to be perfectly timed to be used in celebrating Cinco de Mayo, in just over a week. Sure it’s sort of an overblown holiday, that I’m pretty sure American school teachers latched onto solely because it was in May and they had completely run out of other ideas on what to do with small children for seven hours a day.
Regardless of the origins, I support any holiday that involves the following: Tequila, funny hats, spicy foods, and monkeys dressed up in human clothes. Cinco de Mayo has three of the four, so I’ll take it. And I’ll celebrate with mango ice cream.