June is National Lemon Month. We have a delicious lemon ice cream recipe for you below.
This is not the only lemon “holiday.” Here’s the lineup:
Food holidays are just a drop in the bucket. Prior to the Internet, special observance days (“holidays”)—from National Kazoo Day to World Meteorology Day—were declared officially by governments: local, state and our Congress.
A book, Chase’s Calendar Of Events, published by McGraw Hill, served as an official compendium of holidays worldwide. You could also apply to Chase’s to create an official “event day.”
But with blogging and social media, people who didn’t know the rules simply declared whatever holidays they wished, and the holidays went viral.
The first food holiday we remember as such is World Nutella Day, declared on February 5, 2007 by a blogger named Sara Rosso, who wanted to share her favorite spread to her friends.
1. BEAT the egg yolks slightly in a large bowl, to break them up.
2. HEAT the heavy cream, milk and sugar to a simmer in a large, heavy saucepan. Slowly pour the hot the milk mixture over the eggs and return the combined mixture to the saucepan.
3. SLOWLY COOK on medium heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Stir in the lemon juice and zest.
4. REFRIGERATE for several hours. Freeze for an extra hour or two if you like your ice cream a little firmer.
5. CHURN in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
May we suggest a lemon ice cream sundae with raspberry sauce or blueberry compote (photo #3), with garnishes of mascarpone (instead of whipped cream) and pistachio nuts?
*We used the sweeter, less acidic Meyer lemons (photo #4).