Love: What, How, When. And Cardamom Ice-Cream.

When you parse out words like I do all day, and when it is the week before the ultra-commercialized Valentine’s Day, you cannot help but dissect love, everything about it. What it is. How it is. When it is.


Love is action. You do it. You make it happen. It is not a lingering feeling inside of you but rather a ball of fire that forms from within and expresses itself through action, the action of…loving. Love is the verb that wakes you up, the force that gets you going through the day, the perpetual act you perform when you call a close friend, when you plan a celebration, when you pick up a thoughtful gift, when you comfort the person next to you, no matter who they are. Love is the action that parallels your every pleasure, your every kind gesture, your every soft touch. It is an inner power that carries out in so many ways. You love – from the smallest things to the grandest ones. The leap you take to love is fulfilling and selfless at same time. It feels good to love. It satisfies. It expects nothing back.


No matter how hard I have tried, and I have tried very hard, no matter how non-religious my views are, I found no better way to describe how love is than this:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never ends. – 1 Corinthians 13:5-7


Love, the verb, occurs always. It happens. It knows no calendar. You love not on Valentine’s Day more than any other day, but every single day, every hour and minute- love. There is no set of rules, no schedule, no timeline. Love is perpetual. All the time. Every place. Every breath is filled with the action that is love.

So today, right now and always, for the one you love, a sweet treat- cardamon ice cream.

Cardamom Ice Cream, a Charlie Trotter-adapted recipe.

Ingredients: 2 cups heavy cream; 10 cardamom pods; 1 tablespoon orange zest; 4 egg yolks; 1/4 cup sugar.

Grind the cardamom pods in a (very clean) spice mill or coffee grinder that you only use for spices.

Add the ground cardamom and orange zest to the heavy cream, blend, and place it in a nonreactive pan over medium-low heat until it comes to a very gentle simmer. Remove from heat. Cover and let it steep for 30 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until the yolks become a shade of yellow lighter and the sugar is dissolved.

Reheat the cream mixture to a very gentle simmer. Temper the eggs by adding very small amounts of the hot cream mixture to the eggs and stirring continuously until you add about 1/2 of the hot liquid in. Then pour the egg mixture in with the rest of the hot cream mixture.

Return the pot to the stove on medium heat and stir continuously with a wooden spoon the mixture forms a custard that coats the back of the spoon, probably 3-5 minutes.

Strain through a tamis or fine mesh sieve into a bowl set on ice water. Stir until cool to touch.

Place in the ice cream maker for 25-30 minutes, depending on your type of ice cream maker.

Freeze, enjoy, love.

Photography by Jennifer Olson.

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  • Torviewtoronto

    yummy lovely flavours and picture

  • veggietestkitchen

    nice write up and i love the pic. thanks so much for sharing this and happy v-day to you. cheers!

  • Angela FRS

    Beautiful post, and the ice cream looks exquisite.

  • Monet

    What a great reflection on one of the most important human emotions. You captured such a complex concept so well! And then, of course, you sweetened the deal with some amazing icecream. Thanks for sharing, sweet thing. Many blessings to you as the week unfolds.

  • Susan

    I couldn't have said it better myself … ;-)
    Excellent ice cream too! With a warm apple pie? Heaven!

  • Susan

    Back again, Andra and Jen with an award for you both … I have enjoyed visiting your site and getting a view on your world and ideas, hence this award.

    I like the spare look of the template, the title of your blog, and your writing style, hence a Stylish Blogger Award. If you'd like to play along and pass it forward to some of your faves, check out the link for the award badge and particulars… and keep up your good work at French Press Memos!

  • Chris and Amy

    We love cardamom. What a great idea!

  • Shopgirl

    What a wonderful way to express and "freeze" love!

  • Rosemary

    What a beautiful post. And way with words.

  • Magic of Spice

    Andra this is such a beautiful post, so very important to remember what love is really about…and of course the ice cream looks delectable.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend