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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Italian dessert

I have a sort of ridiculous love for food that looks like other things, especially if it looks like other food. I am insanely delighted by my most recent project. We had an Italian exchange student living with us for the last six months. Alessandro broke with most expectations by absolutely loving it here and having no particular sentiment about Italy. It drove him crazy that everyone always gushed about Italy and Italian food. He also wondered why everyone asked him about spaghetti and meatballs.

So before he left (he was very sad to go) I made him a dish of spaghetti and meatballs. Out of ice cream.

I did not take full credit for this: I got it from a book. You push the ice cream through a potato ricer for the spaghetti. (Trauth vanilla is a nice color). The sauce is pureed strawberries. TI did come up with the idea to use Ferrero Rocher candies for the meatballs, and you can't quite see it, but coconut for Parmesan. Isn't it fabulous?


at 5:04 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

Polly, that's AWESOME! I'm sure he'll remember that for a long time to come.

at 7:58 AM Blogger RadioCarla said...


There was no real place to ask this, but I would be interested in knowing what you think of the new Pixar movie "Ratatouille". Especially Anton Ego's speech about the role of a critic.


at 8:14 AM Blogger Stepf said...

I bet he was SO EXCITED! What a treat!
-- Stepf

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