So "Phase One" of Rebuild Natalie's world is complete.
My Bestie is all moved and settled into the Coastal Land of the Hippies...more commonly known as Santa Cruz.
And I've only been to visit her twice!
She's been gone five whole days!
That's pretty impressive considering we've seen each other practically every day since we decided to become BFF's three years ago.
Yes, we literally just decided...like kids in kindergarten.
And the rest is history!
I have to say, though, I knew I would miss her once she moved out, but I thought I'd miss our lamenting over the decline of "Smash" sessions or her incessant need to show me every. single. item of clothing she bought that day (yes, every. day.).
So I was surprised that it hit me hardest at 6:30am, the morning after we moved her out.
Because I am a morning grump!
I've spent the past ten months praying every morning that our paths wouldn't cross for at least a good half hour...or better yet - ever.
I know! I sound horrible.
It's because I am!
I need the morning to adjust to being alive again. What am I doing? Why am I here? Do I really exist?
These are some of life's most difficult questions and I get asked them each and every morning.
So ya, I'm not really excited to talk about how amazing it will be when we all have a chance to walk on the moon. At this moment, I kinda want to blow up the moon.
But that morning, it hit me. I would never inconveniently bump into her again. Those weepy Dolly Parton serenades that used to aggravate me to no end, now sounded kind of sweet.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still not fully functional until 8am.
It's been a few days and I think I've gotten the hang of this new routine.
So I think I'll stick with the memories for now. :)
I had dragged her to a Salsa lesson at my University because I needed extra credits for my PE class, and I didn't want to go and face the swarms of creepy men who had no where else to be on a Friday night alone.
I realize now, that this was at the very, very beginning of our friendship because she wouldn't be caught dead going to a Salsa class now. Oh, the things you'll do in the early stages of a relationship. (Like pretend you can tolerate 80's movies!)
Afterwards, we stopped by the resident college "Boba" shop and I ordered my usual blended coffee with pearls. But Bestie. She ordered this orange stuff. And it changed my life.
Thai Iced Tea is slightly sweet, creamy, and a little spicy. It's reminiscent of Chai, but has its own unique qualities.
At that moment, I was introduced to one of my new favorite foods. Where had this drink been all my life???
Who needs a best friend when there is Thai Tea?
Utilized Important Information from Use Real Butter
- 3 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream (set aside 1 cup)
- 1/2 Cup Thai Tea Leaves (found at Asian food stores or here)
- 1 Can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
-Airtight Storage Container
-Makes 8+ Servings
*Requires Cooking, Cooling, and Overnight Freezing Time*
So I know there are actually 3 ingredients, but the base to make plain ol' ice cream is just two ingredients. Plus, no machine required! Hello! Amazing.
1) In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of cream to a low boil.
2) Immediately remove from heat and add in Thai Tea. Stir until completely combined
and let steep for 30 mins.
3) Place strainer over large bowl and pour tea mixture over it. Try to press out any remaining liquid
to get a much of the tea infused milk as you can out of the leaves. You'll notice you've lost a lot of
volume. What was once runny and 2 cups is now thick and 1 cup.
4) Let cream cool to just about room temperature, then let cool completely in the fridge (at least 2
hours). I reused the cream container to store this mixture.
5) 10-15 mins before starting the next step after the mixture has cooled, place large mixing bowl in
the freezer. This will help the cream whip up faster.
6) Pour Thai Tea mixture along with the extra 1 cup of cream into the cold bowl. Beat until fluffy and
no longer runny. Stiff peaks should form.
7) Once cream is whipped, fold in the sweetened condensed milk just until combined.
8) Place mixture into a covered container (tupperware, etc.) and place in freezer. Freeze overnight.
Thoughts: This was good, but a little on the sweet side and the tea strength was a bit overpowering. Next time I would definitely use less tea - probably only 1/3 Cup, and I would play around with the cream to condensed milk ratio.
I was very skeptical about this whole "two-ingredient" fad when I decided to try it last summer. I just couldn't believe that something so simple could actually become "ice cream." But I have to say, it's pretty darn close. If you want the real deal you've got to use a machine, but if you are looking for quick, simple, and easy this isn't a bad option at all.
A word of warning though: because it's pure whipped cream and a whole lot of sweetened milk this type of ice cream is very intense and rich. One scoop is usually plenty.
Thai Tea is life-changingly delicious.
But I'll admit, it's no substitute for a cherished friend.
Throwing some Boba on top doesn't hurt though.