Monthly Archives: January 2007

A Belated Welcome to 2007

For those who embrace the (flawed, in my opinion) Gregorian calendar, a slightly belated Happy New Year.

Much I have to recount, and hopefully will get around to making posts on:

  • Update on the MotoRAZR V3i
  • Hosting changes/I love my Linodes
  • Review: running Gentoo Linux on the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Z61m
  • How does my garden grow: the 600 gramme courgette, and other stories.
  • Drupal revisited
  • Count-down to Blogging Against Disablism Day

(One may notice that this is not the first post dated 2007; it is, however, the first published, as my icecream disaster was in draft until after this post was first published.)

Ice Cream – No Sugar (Disaster)

I like ice cream but, having insulin resistance, really should not eat it.

Documented here is my first attempt at a sugar-free ice cream, with whole egg rather than just egg yolk.


  • 450ml milk
  • 300g cream
  • 4 whole eggs
  • Half teaspoon guar gum
  • 4 drops Stevia extract
  • 2.5ml vanilla essence


All items except cream heated slowly to 75° Celsius, whisking about half the time, then chilled.

Initial Observations

  • Free-range eggs used have quite a strong sulphur characteristic (a bit like duck egg); whilst this is good for omelettes and scrambled eggs, the flavour may be a little strong for ice cream.
  • Mixture looks vaguely granular – need to evaluate other methods of introducing the guar gum.

Put To The Test

An icy lump of crud – gave it to the dogs.

Icecream does not work without antifreeze! Rather than starting to put propylene gycol in it, I will be returning to sugar.