Tyler Florence Makes Me Melt – Lemon Ginger Ice in Sugared Lemon Cups

tyler florence's lemon ginger ice
A long time ago, I remember reading a very intelligently written, though somewhat mocking, commentary about teenage girls. The author found it absolutely fascinating that teenage girls cry, hyperventilate, and sometimes even faint when they see the objects of their infatuation, live. He wondered what it is that produces such passionate reactions in girls from the era of the Beatles and Elvis Presley to today with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher. Unfortunately, the article didn’t come to any real, logical conclusions; female brains are simply biochemically weird that way. (I had originally typed “wired,” but “weird” seems to fit much better.)

When I was in junior high and high school, I didn’t experience quite the same sort of outrageous obsession-to-the-point-of-physical-sickness with young, male celebrities. Sure, I thought that Leonardo di Caprio was adorable, that Johnny Depp was the epitome of cool (those were the days of 21 Jump Street!), and that Christian Slater was totally hot, but I think that was somewhat a by-product of peer pressure – it was something that all my friends thought, so I did, too. However, I never holed myself up in my bedroom weeping over my unrequited love for boys or built mini-shrines with magazine clippings and posters push-pinned onto my wall. Dad let me hang up a world map from National Geographic and a wall calendar. With tape so it wouldn’t cause permanent damage to the paint.

Certainly I suffered my fair share of crushes with more accessible figures in my life. But aside from Jayson, the quarterback of our football team, who was the frequent object of desire of almost every female in my high school, my crushes usually diverged from the normal high school infatuation with regularly accepted studly jocks. To put it bluntly, I had an inexplicable burning love for brilliant, adorable brainiacs.

But I think that not allowing myself to suffer such ridiculous, weepy, infatuation en masse with celebrities and always finding myself deviating from the normal high school crushes during my teenage years has resulted in some strange delayed displacement of behavior. Among the many mental inllnesses from which I suffer now, one of the more prominent food-related disorders that I am quite certain is absolutely incurable is OCD – Obsession with Chefs Disorder.

More specifically, I have an almost-teen-like obsession with Tyler Florence. I find Tyler absolutely adorable – rugged good looks, charming accent, all-American boy. Obviously, the fact that he cooks is quite an attractive feature, and let’s not get into the fact that while most normal women have secret, and some not-so-secret, obsessions with movie stars like Orlando Bloom (whom I never thought of as cute) or George Clooney (same – never thought he was cute), I choose to fawn all over chefs. Tony Bourdain is pretty hot, too.

Don’t worry, it’s not some weird creepy infatuation where I would hijack a bus and travel cross-country to wherever he lives and stalk him (South Carolina? New York? I don’t actually know). I couldn’t even try to find him in a restaurant and get him to sign a menu, since, last I knew, he doesn’t have a restaurant. I do, however, have one of his cookbooks, a birthday gift last year. And while many of the recipes are for things I wouldn’t necessarily make myself (not that they are bad, but they are for fairly basic things that most people wouldn’t need a recipe), the pictures are utterly food pornographic and well, shoot, Tyler made them. The cover shot of him in leather jacket looking like a bad-ass, intently cruising through Chinatown ain’t bad either. *dreamy sigh*

tyler florence's eat this book: lemon ginger ice recipe
mine are almost as good as the picture

So no, I doubt I’d be able to find a side of dried, salted cod to make his Portuguese version of croquetas de bacalao (which I love), nor could I try the basil ice cream with wine-poached pears since I don’t own an ice cream maker (yet). However, I did bookmark the recipe for lemon-ginger ice in sugared cups, and finally tried them. They were part of a light menu that included a cucumber and salmon starter, mixed greens in a raspberry citrus vinaigrette with toasted walnuts, lobster, mango and avocado heart, and shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce. Everything was on the lighter side, and after a spicy tomato sauce, the cold lemony ice was the perfect follow-up.

The perfect ending was adding the leftover slush to champagne. ;)

Tyler Florence’s Lemon Ginger Ice in Sugared Lemon Cups

The recipe in the book makes eight, but my interpretation of his recipe is for four.

Slice a thin round off the bottom of 4 lemons so that they can stand upright. Slice off about ¼ off the top and keep these to make the lemon lids.

Using a teaspoon, carefully scrape out the lemon pulp and juice from inside the lemons into a bowl. (This is easier to do if the lemons are at room temperature.) The membranes (the stuff around each segment) are slippery, so I used a paper towel to grab them and pull them apart from the inside of the peel. Take the lemon pulp and juice and press through a sieve to get all the juice. Discard the pulp and membranes, but reserve the juice.

Paint the outsides of the lemon “cups” and the lids with beaten egg whites (it only took 1 egg white for 4 lemons) then roll each cup in granulated sugar. Place on a freezer-safe plate and freeze for at least an hour. I made mine the morning of the dinner, though I am sure they would also be fine overnight.

Bring to a boil over medium heat 1 c. sugar, 1 c. water and about a 1″ piece of ginger that has been thinly sliced. Reduce heat and let simmer about 1 minute,until the sugar has dissolved, making sure that you don’t get to the point where it caramelizes. Remove the ginger syrup from heat, cover, and refrigerate.

When the syrup has cooled, remove the ginger slices. Put about 2 c. crushed ice in a blender, pour the syrup and the lemon juice over the ice, and add zest from 1 lemon. Blend until slushy. Spoon into each of the lemon cups, and serve with the lid.

** this post originally published on 02.20.06 **

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  • Kate

    okay i can’t WAIT for you to post the recipe! *please let it be easy…* so pretty and yummy-sounding. gorgeous picture.

  • YouGuysKnow

    i sprayed saliva all over my keyboard when i saw that frozen lemon at the top. oooh it looks so delish.

    Tyler could be considered Hot, that is true. Jaime would be Cute. But for the record, Anthony Bourdain is not Hot… he is Ugly Sexy. Please be accurate. (And could you imagine the breath with all that smoking?! He better be good. That’s all I have to say.)

  • Grace

    Anthony Bourdain.. drool.

  • sarah

    l.a.c.: we had a fire in the fireplace. it was very warmn in my apartment :)

    kate: so easy!

    easily pleased: well, okay, so tony bourdain isn’t hot in the tradtional sense of hot looking, but i absolutely love his attitude. such a sarcastic, obnoxious, but passionate mofo, if you know what i mean. LOL!

    grace: me too :)

  • Maure

    oh geez – it ain’t like i’m jealous
    or anything (well, maybe just a wee bit) but nobody’s posting Giada
    Delaurentis recipes pretending not
    to notice her conspicious, uh, well
    nevermind. garstonomy is in the eye of the beholder.

  • sarah

    maure: do you mean…

    you mean her CONSPICUOUS-ly, extraordinarliy disproportionately oversized…

    head?

    ;)

    LOL!

  • Catherine

    Coooool. Sweet and sour with a touch of ginger, mmmm…sounds AND looks good to me! Is it an Asian thang? I think not. ;)

    Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to sharing this nICE mouth watering treat!

  • MM

    That looks fantastic! Top class food porn. Er … Tyler sexy? Definitely not to me.

    And all that drooling over Anthony Bourdain is weirding me out. He looks too much like my dad to make me … major eeuuwww.

  • Maure

    sarah: yes, that’s exactly what
    i’m delicately refering to. she’s
    come into my store a couple of times recently, and, uh, the camera does not necessarily add
    extra, uh, hat size?

    well i’m going to hell for even
    thinking about it. thanks again
    sarah.

  • Kathleen (One Tree Past The Fence)

    Phenomenal image. ABSOLUTELY.

  • The Review Lady

    Your photo looks better than the one in the cookbook – it’s beautiful!

  • Jerzee Tomato

    Tyler Florence makes me wet my pants every time I see him.

    Your lemon photo was great.

    Jerzee Tomato,
    Board Matron, Serious Eats

  • Angry Brit

    I am slowly becoming more and more obsessed with ginger. I bet this would be good with some added lemongrass.

  • Angry Brit

    I am slowly becoming more and more obsessed with ginger. I bet this would be good with some added lemongrass.

  • RecipeGirl

    I’m pretty ga ga over the guy too. For some reason his recipes all just seem so romantic and perfect.

  • Elisa

    Wow, it looks good! I’m anxious to try it out, even if the Valentine’s day has already passed.

    Do you think it’s good too with another type of lemon? Here in Brazil it’s easier to find what we call of Tahiti Lemon (it’s green, not yellow like that, that we call Sicilian Lemon)

  • sarah j. gim

    kathleen: thank you, and coming from you…a massive compliment!

    the review lady: they should have hired me to take pix! yes! just follow tyler florence around and take pictures!

    jerzee tomato: he does that to me too, even when i’m NOT WEARING pants.

    angry brit: i love ginger in everything (except not so much gingerbread or cookies and stuff) but you keep the lemongrass. that stuff makes me gag.

    recipegirl: romantic for sure. and i swear they put some crazy filtered soft ambient dreamsequence lighting on him when they film his “Tyler’s Ultimate”

    elisa: i think the Ice would actually taste great with ANY citrus!

  • sarah j. gim

    kathleen: thank you, and coming from you…a massive compliment!

    the review lady: they should have hired me to take pix! yes! just follow tyler florence around and take pictures!

    jerzee tomato: he does that to me too, even when i’m NOT WEARING pants.

    angry brit: i love ginger in everything (except not so much gingerbread or cookies and stuff) but you keep the lemongrass. that stuff makes me gag.

    recipegirl: romantic for sure. and i swear they put some crazy filtered soft ambient dreamsequence lighting on him when they film his “Tyler’s Ultimate”

    elisa: i think the Ice would actually taste great with ANY citrus!

  • Laurie

    Lovely to find your blog! The lemon ice is to die for. Bourdain is SO sexy. I’ve met him in person, and WOW.

  • sarah j. gim

    laurie: you MET bourdain? omg. jealous. were you just dying? i’d be stumbling over my words. breathless.

  • Colleen

    This looks easy and AWESOME. Thanks for the recipe. It might even impress my Italian mother-in-law. …maybe. *sigh* A girl can dream….

  • Anonymous

    Do you date Korean men at all?

    Dexter

  • sarah j. gim

    colleen: i feel for you honey. well, actually, the italian part is great! the MiL part? not so much…

    dexter: sure. as long as they can cook like tyler florence ;)

  • Anonymous

    You know northeast Asian men are great chefs.

    Ever see the original Iron Chef?

    Probably a lot of K-dudes that wanna flambeau your souffle. Hehe.

  • Anonymous

    You know northeast Asian men are great chefs.

    Ever see the original Iron Chef?

    Probably a lot of K-dudes that wanna flambeau your souffle. Hehe.

  • Macy’s Girl

    If Tyler gets you cooking, you should really enter his “what gets you cooking” video contest for a chance to win a $2500 shopping spree with him in san francisco!
    http://www.macys.com/keepitcooking

  • LOL

    eep! brilliant adorable geeky boys makes me melt too although I’m not sure about chefs though. I have to see them live in action in my kitchen and cooking me dinner and then maybe I’ll prostrate and pledge my love for him.

    This lemon ginger ice of yours looks so delish and easy. I’ve been hankering for something sweet, sour and icy.

  • katrina

    Zowie – you’ve been busy! After two posts over a few months last time I looked, I come and see a beautiful bounty of delicious new posts. How wonderful is that?

  • MissBliss

    this lemon ginger ice concoction is a reason to keep living.

    We had in on Lincoln Road this year on my birthday… scrumptious, divine, perfection…

    so glad to find your blog…
    - chocolate shoes and coffee

  • Anonymous

    Tyler makes me so horny and wet too, I’d give anything to suck his cock and lick his nipples, yeah totally.

  • dolfina

    I am NOT going to get scurvy! I’ll make these every week and try them on someone new each time! I’m hooked!

    Mangia Maven

  • http://dailyfortune.wordpress.com dailyfortune

    If Tyler Florence is the adorable geeky type, then Bobby Flay would have to be the all-state quarterback jock-type! Great blog!

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