Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lemongrass Ginger Ice Cream with Spicy Tapioca Topping #FFFMysteryBox

The concept is simple: A bunch of bloggers, lovingly called the Fuckin' Fab Food Bloggers, decided to emulate a popular television show where contestants are given random ingredients and told to make a dish from them. You know the one.

However, our game was slightly altered--in that we're five food bloggers from five different parts of the country. So ingredients had to be relatively non-perishable so that they could travel long distances. Plus they all had to go into one dish.

I can't figure out how to get this to work but, if you want to see me unboxing my ingredients for the first time, head on over to my Facebook Page!

My ingredients were from the lovely Sophia of NY Foodgasm: fresh lemongrass, candied ginger, and tapioca pearls. My first thought was ice cream, obviously. Lemongrass can be sweet or savory, and with the ginger it's a perfect flavor combination. The pearls had me stumped, but I made a spicy raspberry chili reduction out of some soda I had and they made an awesome topping that fit the flavor profile perfectly. All in all, I came out with a unique dessert and my first ice cream recipe of the season!

And I sent some local Texas favorites of mine to Ashley of Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen--be sure to check it out!

Before we get to my recipe, here are the other FFFMysteryBox recipes:

Lemongrass Ginger Ice Cream with Spicy Tapioca Topping

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger, cut into slices
  • 1 cup tapioca pearls
  • 1 cup raspberry chili soda (or, raspberry soda with 1 sliced jalapeno)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

-In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the whole milk and the lemongrass. Let simmer for 15 minutes, being careful not to let it boil over. Add the sugar and heavy cream and stir until just combined.

-Let chill overnight.

-Slowly pour the mixture through a mesh sieve and into your prepared ice cream maker (frozen bowl set onto machine). Let process until the ice cream is frozen to a soft consistency, then add the candied ginger. Pour into a container and let freeze.

-While ice cream is processing, prepare the tapioca pearls according to the package--1 cup tapioca to 5 cups boiling water, simmer for 8 minutes, take off heat and leave in water for another 5 minutes, drain and put pearls into ice water.

-Reduce the soda to 1/4th cup. Mix in agave and let chill. Toss with tapioca pearls, let chill at least 20 minutes.

-Serve ice cream with the tapioca pearl topping.


  1. This is such a fun dessert, Ashley! I love the way you blended your ingredients together :). Thanks again for playing, and for sending me the delicious ingredients from TX!

  2. Yum, this sounds delicious! I'd be tempted to take those boba in syrup and eat them all by themselves (love boba). Great use of your ingredients.

  3. What a crazy, awesome recipe! My mind definitely wouldn't have gone right to ice cream if I was given the same ingredients. Very creative!

  4. This looks seriously amazing!! Love the flavors and how well you used the ingredients. LOVE!!

  5. What a fun challenge! I love the name of it too :-). This looks absolutely fantastic, way to get creative!

  6. I love that you made ice cream! My ingredients were pretty easy, wanted to not be tooo much of a jerk! I totally wish I could try this since I LOOOVE lemongrass and ginger!

  7. What a great use of the ingredients. I love lemongrass, but I hadn't thought to try it in ice cream. I'll put that on my list!

  8. Very creative. Love the flavor pairing. It's time to make ice cream around here. :-)

  9. It's interesting how receiving a uniform box of ingredients as other cooks kind of forces you to get creative as to how to include each item! I love the show this challenge is based on and I love to challenge myself to come up with what I would do if I were presented with the ingredients in each box.

  10. What a fun concept... I love it. Wish I still lived in Austin so I could do this with you all :-)

  11. This sounds so good! I actually tasted some lemon grass ice cream in the Philippines and it was so good so I know this is yummy!

  12. This ice cream sounds great! I got to see Sophia's creation, and thought it was such a fun challenge! I'm really impressed with what you did with your ingredients!