Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Synovial Cyst

I haven't been posting updates about my running lately, mostly because I'm just trying to hold steady. Last week I went to the foot doctor to get a synovial cyst removed from the top of my foot. Since I was dealing with some of the same issues I had earlier in the summer, I also got two shots of cortisone, one for the angry muscle that wants to pull my big toe to the left, and one for the hysterical nerve that is freaking out about the stitching that didn't dissolve. Getting a synovial cyst removed is a very odd thing. I had this idea that to aspirate and drain it, a needle would be plunged in and the fluid sucked out using some kind of syringe. Instead, it's pretty much like popping a zit. A big needle is poked through the skin, and then the doctor squeezes the lump, allowing a clear, jelly-like fluid to roll out. There's minimal blood, but it's still kind of gross. That said, I couldn't help but watch. I sort of had the urge to ask the doctor if I could do the squeezing too, but I refrained from asking.

My cyst was on the other side.

I haven't decided if I want to jump in a race Thursday or play it safe and stay on the trails, which will either be less crowded with all the other runners in Boulder racing or more crowded with everyone else hiking with their dogs.

After that cyst description, it's probably not the best time to bring up food, however, I mentioned in a previous blog post that I wanted to add a few recipes now and then. With Thanksgiving a few days away, I should probably dig up my pumpkin rum ice cream recipe, but I'm not sure where to dig for it. Instead, I'm going to post my chocolate truffle ice cream recipe, because it's insanely good. This is the recipe I created and used to make for a little Italian restaurant when I was a pastry chef. One time, a day or two after I made a batch, the owner called me up requesting more. "Lize, we're out of the chocolate ice cream," he said. When I replied, "Hey that's great that it's selling so well," he confessed that the staff had eaten most of it.

Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

2 good cups whipping cream. (Good cups are extra full cups)
2 good cups milk
6 egg yolks
A scant 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups bitter-sweet chocolate (about 16oz)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp chocolate extract (optional)
A pinch instant coffee (optional)

Scald the cream and milk in a thick-bottomed pan over medium-high heat and set aside. Beat the yolks in a metal bowl. Add the sugar and pour in the cream/milk mixture while beating. Transfer into a clean heavy-bottomed pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the mixture coats the spoon. Stir in chocolate and stir over very low heat until chocolate is completely melted. Add in remaining ingredients and cool. When mixture is cool, freeze according to directions on the ice-cream maker.

Who doesn't love chocolate ice cream? 

As long as I'm into the ice cream recipes, I will add this one. I created it before I started working at the restaurant, but I used it there. It was everyone's favorite after the chocolate ice cream.

Lemons and mint

Lemon Mint Chiffon Ice Cream

2 good cups whipping cream
1 cup milk or half & half
4 egg yolks
1 egg
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbl grated lemon peel
A scant 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)

Scald the milk and the cream in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat and set aside. Beat yolks and egg with the sugar in a metal bowl. Slowly pour in the milk mixture while beating the eggs mixture. Add lemon peel and mint, and cook while stirring over low heat in a clean heavy-bottomed pan until mixture coats spoon. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl to remove mint leaves and lemon peel. Stir in remaining ingredients and cool completely. Freeze according to directions on an ice-cream maker.

Note: This ice cream is really good served in cookie cups (tuile).


  1. That chocolate truffle ice cream looks amazing! Too bad I don't have an ice cream maker. Sometimes I do the frozen-banana-fake-ice-cream hack though (which sounds way too healthy to count as ice cream until you realize how much peanut butter I throw in...banana peanut butter fake ice cream, mmm).

    Good luck if you decide to race on Thursday! And if not, hope you get to enjoy some empty trails.

    1. Thank you, Becki! Happy Thanksgiving to you.

      The ice cream is insane. I think you can freeze it in ice cube trays and then blend it t make ice cream too. That's not quite the same, but it works in a bind.

      haha- I'm a peanut butter junkie. I should try that fake ice cream sometime. I just got a new smoothie blender, so the timing is perfect!

  2. I would have brought up my lunch if you'd posted a video of the doc squeezing it ;) Go the race. Racing is fun!

    1. I searched for a video! I won't tell you what I found instead. :p

      I think I will play the race by ear. I want to do it, but I'll see how the foot is doing when I wake up Thursday. :)


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