Last month, the amazingly talented Aube from Kitchen Vignettes sent me an e-mail that went went something like this: “I’m not sure if you’re familiar with my Kitchen Vignettes videos on PBS Food….”. UM…YES! I’ve been hooked on Aube’s videos since Alanna mentioned them to me earlier this year, and I’ve been slowly savouring each one over the past several months, trying to resist a full on Kitchen Vignettes binge. I couldn’t be more excited to read through the rest of that e-mail asking if I would like to star in her next video, as she was in town for the summer and hoping to shoot a video in Toronto. The humble e-mail ended with “please don’t feel obligated to say yes”.
Aube’s Kitchen Vignettes videos are really special. She does a really beautiful job connecting the viewer with how our food is grown and always includes a delicious and inspiring seasonal recipe. Every one aims to be unique, a little bit playful, and even emotional at times. One of my favourites is a Quebec-style Yellow Pea Soup video, sharing a delicious recipe along with a touching and beautiful memory of her mom. I’m so inspired to grow the Darlaine Pea in my garden next year to make her mom’s special pea soup.
So, needless to say, my answer was definitely a YES and I’m so grateful to have been able to spend a day getting to know Aube and helping her make this video.
Mint ice cream skeptics, this one’s is for you. You have yet to discover fresh mint in your ice cream and we’re here to help. I’ve never been a fan of the mint extract-y kind, but the taste of fresh mint is much more subtle and refreshing. Making this ice cream took me back to spending a few months in Italy as a 5 year old, getting my first whiff of fresh mint. I don’t have any specific memories, but it’s really fascinating how your nose can take you to places that your mind never can.
The recipe is up on PBS Food, along with some notes from Aube about what makes it so special. I experimented with a few batches, not only to have a freezer full of mint chocolate ice cream, but to also figure out the best way of capturing the delicate mint flavour. I hope you guys like it!
Head on over to PBS Food for the Fresh Mint and Chocolate Ice Cream recipe!