For those who don’t know, Peach Melba is a fairly simple dessert featuring peaches (sometimes grilled, vanilla ice cream, raspberry syrup, and oftentimes mint. My dad really likes Peach Melba, and I just got it in my head last year that I should make a Peach Melba smoothie. I like turning desserts into smoothies because I know it should be yummy. I could have used ice cream in the smoothie if I really wanted to, but to keep things more on the healthy side I used my standby vanilla yogurt instead. And it did turn out yummy!
Ice cream is a staple summer dessert. Technically you can eat ice cream year round, but summer is when it really shines. They even send trucks out to practically deliver ice cream to your house! While that familiar jingle is a welcome sound of summer, you have to admit, in the dark evenings of winter it’d sound kinda creepy. You’re also much more likely to want to eat a freezing cold treat when it’s hot out than when it’s freezing outside too. Since August is the last full month of summer we wanted to make this month’s pizza lab nice and summer-y. It was also time for a dessert pizza. So as you may infer from the previous sentences, summer + dessert = ice cream!
That’s right. We made an ice cream pizza. It seems impossible at first, since pizza is baked and ice cream is frozen. But as I’m sure many of us are aware, cold/room temperature pizza is a delicacy of its own, and so the step up to frozen isn’t actually that far of a leap. Ice cream cake is a beloved party dessert (unless you’re Erik), so why not ice cream pizza?
My name is Erik S. and I have a confession to make.
I don’t actually really like ice cream cake all that much.
There, I said it. I said it, I can’t take it back, and I regret nothing. But before the ice cream heavens rain fiery vengeance upon me, let me say in my defense that while I don’t dislike ice cream cake, I just vastly prefer regular-ass ice cream, and think the cake form is overrated.
Okay, still not good enough? Well luckily, I found some middle ground for everyone out there torn between ice cream and ice cream cake:
It seems that this year instead of the “Do Us A Flavor” contest Lays is doing the “Passport to Flavor” contest, with four new limited edition global flavored potato chips. I guess they got tired of having to sort through entries like toenail fungus and unicorn meat and decided to send people away. I’m not really all that interested in the contest itself, but some of the global inspired flavors have caught my attention. First I want to take a minute to ask: where is our royalty check for the Greek Tzatziki flavor? We suggested practically the same exact flavor (a potato chip where the main flavor is tzatziki sauce) in the Do Us A Flavor competition two years ago. We didn’t even make it to the finals, and now here it is as a flavor. Hmmm. Anyway. The other flavors are Chinese Szechuan Chicken, Indian Tikka Masala, and Brazilian Picanha. The one that really caught my attention was the Indian Tikka Masala. A treat that Erik and I both enjoy when we go to the Indian buffet is dipping the vegetable (including potato) pakora in the tikka masala sauce. It’s really yummy. So I was intrigued. I had the feeling that this could be a good chip. Erik was much more skeptical however, that they could really capture the essence of tikka in a potato chip.
Sticky rice goes by a few names, since it has a few different varieties with minuscule differences. Sweet rice, sticky rice, glutinous rice, etc… They all have similar food applications, and have odd cooking requirements that can make them a chore to bother with, when you can slap together a bowl of plain ol’ white rice in like 20 minutes. Fear not! For all you out there who own a rice cooker, there’s hope!
I have to admit I don’t have a ton to say about the creation of this smoothie. I had a mango left from a dinner I made earlier in the week that was very ripe and needed to be used, and the blackberries were starting to be ripe in Erik’s parents’ yard. I wasn’t sure how the combination would work, but it turned out pretty yummy! I felt like I had to use more honey than I usually do in smoothies, but the blackberries were pretty tart, so that’s probably why. If you have sweeter blackberries you likely won’t need as much sweetener. I have to say, mangos are one of my favorite fruits to use in smoothies. I really enjoy mango flavor, but just eating mangos can be kind of messy and sometimes you end up with mango fibers stuck between your teeth which is incredibly frustrating. Now that I’ve taken up enough room rambling…on to the recipe!
Pulled pork is delicious, and definitely worth the wait of it cooking in the slow cooker, but unless you’re cooking for a crowd, you’ll probably have leftover. I’ve already made a burrito to use up leftover pulled pork. But one way of using up leftovers is not enough! Thus, pulled pork grilled cheese was born. Now as I believe I’ve mentioned before, I normally don’t include meat in my grilled cheese sandwiches. If you start loading it up with too much stuff it loses its distinction as grilled cheese and becomes just a sandwich. I made an exception this time for two reasons. One, there was pretty much just the perfect amount of the pork left for a grilled cheese sized sandwich and two, there’s still twice as much cheese as pork. Also I was kind of inspired by a pulled pork sandwich I had in a restaurant recently that was topped with a cheese sauce.