Month: April 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

Lavish Recipe: Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream

As summer approaches (anyone living in New York City knows that spring never comes), I look forward to creating some one-of-a-kind tasty treats for the warmer weather. And although I could eat ice cream any time of the year, that first ring-a-ling of the Mr. Softee truck always makes me especially happy.

I’ve become a foodie as of late, happily whipping up complex cakes and cookies, all for a taste of something new, so adding ice cream to my list of cooking activities will hopefully make me into a celebrated kitchen queen. The recipe below is from an older post from David Lebovitz’s website, and I plan to indulge this weekend…

Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream

Four to six scoops

From Ready for Dessert (Ten Speed) by David Lebovitz

This is the world’s easiest ice cream. It takes literally a minute to put together—since it’s winter, I simply set the bowl of chocolate and milk on the radiator, and while I leisurely and lovingly take the time to peel the banana, the chocolate melts and is soon ready to use.

You can easily increase this recipe to make more than it calls for. I haven’t tried it with any other liquor, but for those of you who want to experiment, you do need to include a similar amount and percentage of alcohol to prevent the ice cream from freezing too hard. The banana gives the ice cream a smooth, creamy consistency and provides the sweetness, so use a nice, ripe one.

I found that this keeps for weeks in the freezer and maintains it’s absolutely perfect consistency. Cheers!

2 ounces (55 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons (80 ml) milk, whole or low-fat

6 tablespoons (80 ml) Baileys liquor

1 medium-sized ripe banana, peeled*, and cut into chunks

1 tablespoon (15 ml) dark rum

1. In a small bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in the microwave), melt the chocolate with the milk.

2. Blend the melted chocolate the Baileys, the banana, and rum until smooth.

3. Pour into a plastic or metal container, cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Lavish Recipe: Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream

As summer approaches (anyone living in New York City knows that spring never comes), I look forward to creating some one-of-a-kind tasty treats for the warmer weather. And although I could eat ice cream any time of the year, that first ring-a-ling of the Mr. Softee truck always makes me especially happy.

I’ve become a foodie as of late, happily whipping up complex cakes and cookies, all for a taste of something new, so adding ice cream to my list of cooking activities will hopefully make me into a celebrated kitchen queen. The recipe below is from an older post from David Lebovitz’s website, and I plan to indulge this weekend…

Chocolate and Banana Ice Cream

Four to six scoops

From Ready for Dessert (Ten Speed) by David Lebovitz

This is the world’s easiest ice cream. It takes literally a minute to put together—since it’s winter, I simply set the bowl of chocolate and milk on the radiator, and while I leisurely and lovingly take the time to peel the banana, the chocolate melts and is soon ready to use.

You can easily increase this recipe to make more than it calls for. I haven’t tried it with any other liquor, but for those of you who want to experiment, you do need to include a similar amount and percentage of alcohol to prevent the ice cream from freezing too hard. The banana gives the ice cream a smooth, creamy consistency and provides the sweetness, so use a nice, ripe one.

I found that this keeps for weeks in the freezer and maintains it’s absolutely perfect consistency. Cheers!

2 ounces (55 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons (80 ml) milk, whole or low-fat

6 tablespoons (80 ml) Baileys liquor

1 medium-sized ripe banana, peeled*, and cut into chunks

1 tablespoon (15 ml) dark rum

1. In a small bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in the microwave), melt the chocolate with the milk.

2. Blend the melted chocolate the Baileys, the banana, and rum until smooth.

3. Pour into a plastic or metal container, cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours.

The Hotness: Balenciaga Strap Sandals

It’s 79º in New York City right now and the heat has everyone exposing flesh for better or worse. While I would happily jump on the bandwagon, my feet are a little shy and in need of a rejuvenating pedicure. But oh, how I would love to slip a well-oiled professionally-manicured set of toes into these buttery leather Balenciaga sandals!

Balenciaga Buck Strap Sandal, Barneys, $865

The Hotness: Balenciaga Strap Sandals

It’s 79º in New York City right now and the heat has everyone exposing flesh for better or worse. While I would happily jump on the bandwagon, my feet are a little shy and in need of a rejuvenating pedicure. But oh, how I would love to slip a well-oiled professionally-manicured set of toes into these buttery leather Balenciaga sandals!

Balenciaga Buck Strap Sandal, Barneys, $865

Friday Flyness: Esperanza for InStyle Magazine

Many moons ago, I told you about how in love I was with cellist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. If you’ve ever heard her in concert, you will know that her albums–while great–just don’t do her justice. She has such a command of the stage, in an off-kilter non-aggressive way, with her funky afro, and earnest soulfulness. Hopefully, her Grammy win this year will bring this truly talented songstress onto the iPods of many more listeners. Scans after the jump…

This new In Style article in the May issue showcases a playful side of Esperanza. She rocks out in Prada, Versace, and Jenni Kayne to name a few.

Lavishly Yours,

Friday Flyness: Esperanza for InStyle Magazine

Many moons ago, I told you about how in love I was with cellist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. If you’ve ever heard her in concert, you will know that her albums–while great–just don’t do her justice. She has such a command of the stage, in an off-kilter non-aggressive way, with her funky afro, and earnest soulfulness. Hopefully, her Grammy win this year will bring this truly talented songstress onto the iPods of many more listeners. Scans after the jump…

This new In Style article in the May issue showcases a playful side of Esperanza. She rocks out in Prada, Versace, and Jenni Kayne to name a few.

Lavishly Yours,

Celeb Line of the Day: June Ambrose Turbans

I’ve been rocking head wraps for a while now. Its funny to me because every few years, the turban seems to make a comeback on the fashion scene; I last remembered the explosion in 2007 with Prada’s version:

When I took African dance class more frequently, I would wear them nearly every day, and my visits to Africa helped me perfect my wrapping technique for the Brooklyn streets.

African women rocking their geles

Now, while I’m no expert on wrapping, I can hold it down with pretty much any type of fabric you hand me. It’s a quick fix for a bad hair day, and can instantly take my look in another, more fabulous direction.

Me in 2008

But for many of you who may be wrap-challenged, June Ambrose has created her own line of signature turbans for you to rock.

What do you think?
You can buy them at http://juneambrose.bigcartel.com/

Celeb Line of the Day: June Ambrose Turbans

I’ve been rocking head wraps for a while now. Its funny to me because every few years, the turban seems to make a comeback on the fashion scene; I last remembered the explosion in 2007 with Prada’s version:

When I took African dance class more frequently, I would wear them nearly every day, and my visits to Africa helped me perfect my wrapping technique for the Brooklyn streets.

African women rocking their geles

Now, while I’m no expert on wrapping, I can hold it down with pretty much any type of fabric you hand me. It’s a quick fix for a bad hair day, and can instantly take my look in another, more fabulous direction.

Me in 2008

But for many of you who may be wrap-challenged, June Ambrose has created her own line of signature turbans for you to rock.

What do you think?
You can buy them at http://juneambrose.bigcartel.com/

Contest: Be A Music Celeb Correspondent This Summer

Are you looking to get away for the summer, or explore a new career path in video journalism? Malibu Rum is looking for a new video correspondent to jetset with a few celebs.

Here are the deets:
Malibu Rum is looking for one dynamic person to travel the country this summer, reporting from the road with two white-hot Billboard Top 100 musical acts. If you ever wanted to be a vee-jay, this gig is right up your alley! The stint includes partying with celebrities, touring on the road and dancing through summer as the Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent.

The three top candidates will be flown to Barbados for a final interview, with one lucky individual trading in their button-down for flip flops. They’ll also be given a generous entertainment budget and a summer stipend of $15,000 to report on parties, interview celebrities, and host a concert series with two of the biggest names in music.

Simply send in a video of yourself explaining why you deserve this position to MalibuCorrespondent.com Entries are due by May 15, 2011. You must be 25 years and up to enter. Good Luck!

Contest: Be A Music Celeb Correspondent This Summer

Are you looking to get away for the summer, or explore a new career path in video journalism? Malibu Rum is looking for a new video correspondent to jetset with a few celebs.

Here are the deets:
Malibu Rum is looking for one dynamic person to travel the country this summer, reporting from the road with two white-hot Billboard Top 100 musical acts. If you ever wanted to be a vee-jay, this gig is right up your alley! The stint includes partying with celebrities, touring on the road and dancing through summer as the Radio Maliboom Boom Correspondent.

The three top candidates will be flown to Barbados for a final interview, with one lucky individual trading in their button-down for flip flops. They’ll also be given a generous entertainment budget and a summer stipend of $15,000 to report on parties, interview celebrities, and host a concert series with two of the biggest names in music.

Simply send in a video of yourself explaining why you deserve this position to MalibuCorrespondent.com Entries are due by May 15, 2011. You must be 25 years and up to enter. Good Luck!

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