Unfinished projects, plans not put in motion yet. July, the real half-way mark of the year, often makes us look back at these things. We may feel some guilt.
But then nature is good to us: because July is such a lovely month, we tend not to dwell on our procrastination and shortcomings. Waking up to blue skies and the chirping of birds, it’s easier to feel optimistic and be kind to ourselves.
July is also the National Ice Cream Month. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as the National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. This year, July 19 is the day to celebrate this treat that we never outgrow.
The International Ice Cream Association lists vanilla, chocolate and butter pecan as America’s top favorite ice cream flavors. My favorite is mint chocolate chip. I like mint in my toothpaste, my chocolates, tea and cocoa…so you can see why it’s my choice.
If you want a fancy ice cream creation, I think you can’t go wrong with bombe alaska or baked alaska. I remember the first occasion when my parents let me order it at a restaurant. Since then, I’ve always associate this dessert with celebrations.
Baked alaska is a clever mix of ice cream placed on pieces of cake, and covered with meringue. The dish is then baked for a short time in the oven. Somehow, the meringue acts as an insulator, and the ice cream does not melt. The alaska is immediately served, and you get both the browned meringue and the cool ice cream in one heavenly spoon.
Exotic, fancy, or just a simple scoop – ice cream warms the heart while it cools you down.