Gather your ingredients

Split some vanilla pods, put them in a pan containing 2-3 cups of whole milk and birng to a boil to create the base

Strip the vanilla into the base and let sit for 30 minutes

A couple of teaspoons of cornstatch, a half dozen eggs, and 6 tablespoons of sugar

Add the vanilla base and whisk

Simmer over low heat until it thickens then refrigerate

After a couple of hours in the refrigerator, the custard should be chilled

Pour the custard into your ice cream maker

Or the other one and churn until it thickens

Add the particulates

In this case butter tarts

And a shot of vanilaa-neutral Galliano for that soft consistency

Et voila! 

It’s been ages since I’ve made ice cream, much to the disappointment of my fellow producers but Carl in particular who always looked forward to Ice Cream Fridays with a touching, almost childlike delight. On the last day of every week, I would bring in three, four, sometimes five different flavors – burnt sugar pie, butter pecan with butter pecan popcorn clusters, amaretto amaretti, clotted cream brandy with Zero Bar chunks, fig and honey, reverse smores, vanilla toffee doughnut, bananas foster, chestnut cream, caramel bread pudding, kahlua chocolate truffle peanut butter cupcake and Double Devon cream Grand Marnier to name just a few. And then quite suddenly, virtually overnight, I lost my ice cream mojo. Some will argue it was because I’d discovered a new love in chocolate. A few will say that, after a seemingly endless array of outlandish flavors, I was creatively spent. Still others will point to that dinner party at which I sampled all thirteen of the tasty creations I served and ended up physically ill. Well, whatever the reason, while I lost my taste for making ice cream, my taste for eating the stuff certainly hadn’t deserted me.

And so it was that, this past weekend, I was making my way through the ice cream section and had the Haagen-Dazs sticky toffee pudding catch my eye. I waved Fondy over. “Hey, check this out!”.

But she ignored my find in favor of rescuing her own delicious dairy discovery from the freezer section. “I had this at my brother’s place,”she informed me, holding up a tub of the Breyer’s Chocolatey Crackle (tellingly titled Choco Crac in French). “It’s amazing!”

So we returned home and sampled our purchases. The toffee pudding was a sweet and silky spectacular marrying a whirlwind of textures and flavors – the fullness of the cream, the richness of the toffee twirl, the pleasing denseness of the brown sugar cake. The Breyer’s, in comparison, tasted like whipped butterfat.

I was inspired.

Today, I woke up, worked out, showered up, then headed over to the supermarket where I picked up the ingredients for my first homemade ice creams in two years. On tap for this end of week Ice Cream Friday: Vanilla Butter Tart, and Milk Chocolate Macaroon. Thought I’d ease my way back in before attempting the more advanced creations.

Boy, won’t Carl be surprised!

Today’s pics: Hey, kids! Make your own ice cream!

85 thoughts on “June 8, 2008: Flipper, t.v.’s beloved dolphin, now homeless, living out of a van.

  1. Wow, Joe…

    I am completely jealous. I can barely make a tossed salad, burn the house down making toast, but man I wish I could whip up some wonderful ice cream creations! I definitely will have to convince someone to make me a nice ice cream mix, I wouldn’t want to…I dunno…electrocute myself, or plaster the kitchen with ice cream. You never know with me.

    Just out of curiosity, how do you mix the flavors together, or do you go straight from plain base flavors and add in the extras? If you hear of a brown out in the Midatlantic area, you know it was me trying to make some homemade ice cream creations!

  2. Ok, you had me at this part -> …over to the supermarket…
    WTF? You Canadians can go shopping on Sundays? -Please, please give me some info how I can become an il/legal Canadian.

  3. Joe, you’ve made me happy, you have your mojo back!!! I’ve been asking for Joe’s ice cream summer for years now!

    So now I need to run and buy and ice cream maker, I’ll be in France next week, I’ll see what exotic ingredients I can bring from there and I’ll promise I’ll share….

  4. You have a ready market if and when you decide to change careers. But how much ice cream can you produce in one batch, and how long does it take to make it? I’d drool over the pictures more, but if I do I’m likely to run out and settle for some inferior Breyers-style confection. Thanks for sharing though, and at some point I may actually work up the nerve to try making a batch.

  5. I thought Flipper was a movie? Or maybe I’m just ignorant… 😉

    I used to be the same way about cookies: some of my favorites to make were old fashioned chocolate chips, chocolate chip oatmeal, chocolate chocolate mint, plain old oatmeal, Swedish Spritz, and sugar cookies. I usually had the oven going at least once per week, and then I had a tragic accident and didn’t make any for some time (I mixed up the confectioner’s sugar and the flour… didn’t turn out well AT ALL!). I recently “got my mojo back” and began making cookies again, much to the chagrin of my mother, who had been on a diet and was gonna stick to it… until I returned home from college and began baking cookies regularly!!!

    I don’t think I’ve had homemade ice cream since fifth grade… although where I’m working this summer, I shall probably be making quite a bit!!!

  6. Bally’s Chocanilla Butteracroon Noescape Delicioso Creme.

    Okay, add walnuts (or almonds if you’re health-conscious, or pecans if y ou’re white or black ethnic), and a Maraschino cherry (if you’re an Angeleno), and top that!

    Yes, I made it up. But wouldn’t it be nummy?

  7. I have an ice cream maker around somewhere, the salt and ice kind, lost the instructions and recipes. I have made ginger ice cream successfully, quite a while ago. Hmmmm. And we keep looking at the “ball” ice cream shaker makers, you put in the ingredients, and salt and ice, seal it all up in a ball, toss it around for twenty minutes and then it is ice cream. Perfect for a no electricity camping environment.

    We do have an old-fashioned cast-iron hand-crank antique Japanese shave ice machine. The exact type like in Memoirs of A Geisha. Has a razor-sharp blade and uses full block ice to make mounds of fluffy snowy shaved ice. Sno-kones my shiny heinie! I’m pretty good at making natural sugar syrups. Yum. Summer.

  8. Hey Joe…your ice cream looks pretty good! Boy, I wish I had Carl’s job every Friday:)

    I wanted to know…

    Is Fondy a fan of Stargate?…Do you tell her all about the episode you’re writing, or is she not interested?

    Thanks Joe…espescially for the instructions ion how-to-make Ice Cream!

  9. You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!

    What time on Friday shall I be there? 😉

  10. I love new tastes in ice cream, but I find it interesting that your tastes in (food? taste?) correspond to my tastes in texture. Ice cream, for instance, makes little impression unless there are anomalies (the crunch of nuts, the bursts of small bits of fruit, etc.).

    My question is, since you are what used to be known as a gourmet or a gourmand, how important is texture to taste in your judgment of the foods you eat?

  11. Chevron7 wrote:

    Why would you assume that their command system works the same way as ours? Netan, the guy in command of the the Lucian Alliance looked reasonably young. Perhaps Larrin killed the previous commander and took his place.

    The Travelers were not portrayed as smugglers and murderers who, as I suspect Netan did, might have to kill their way into power. If their society/command system works differently, the writers were remiss in not addressing this in dialog. Larrin stated that some of their people had to be “abandoned” on planets. Maybe a line indicating that the older Travelers were the ones who settled on land would explain the relative youth of the Commanders.

    Chevron7 also wrote:

    I haven’t seen Season 4 yet, but I think I’m going to enjoy Larrin. I agree with Joe F. Shep needs a female foil.

    I, too, have long thought Sheppard needed a steady romantic relationship.

    I love the idea of the Travelers but, in my personal opinion, Jill Wagner did a very, very poor acting job making it hard for me to judge the character.

    Since a foil is defined at Dictionary.com as “3. One that by contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another”, I’m not sure Larrin would count. In my opinion, she didn’t bring out anything in Sheppard but lust.

    Hachi wrote:

    I have a similar problem with the Keller/McKay pairing; the age and maturity difference is just too great for me to be comfortable with.

    I agree completely. As much as I love Rodney, McKay is simply too immature for a relationship with anyone. 😀

    gatemedic wrote:

    3) And come on. Get off the freakin’ womens lib thing. Just because a woman is beautiful doesn’t mean she’s a moron. That’s reverse discrimination. You don’t complain because Sam is pretty. You accept her as intelligent. What about Dr. Fraser? She was a short little cutie. Yet everyone mourned her loss. Just so you know, I’m female, so don’t say I don’t understand.

    3) I’m 51 closing fast on 52. You don’t have to be over 40 to be in a command position. Hell, at work I’m older than my director. Half the people I work with could be my kids. And, this is not earth. Maybe her people don’t live to 90. She may be middle age in her world.

    Sorry. I get tired of all of the bitchin’ and moaning that goes on everywhere. Grow up. I’m just totally amazed that Joe even bothers.

    1. I never said Larrin was a moron and I never complained because she is an attractive woman. I said that she seems to be too young to have reached her rank. If there is a reason why (short-lived race; meteoric rise by meritorious service, etc.), we should have been told. My opinion. Your mileage may vary.

    2. Sam’s rank is commiserate with her age and experience. We watched her earn her promotions. She just happens to be very attractive. Same goes for Janet Fraser.

    3. No, you don’t have to be over 40 to be the commander/manager/etc. but there is usually a reason why such a person is given the position: more education in the field, nepotism, etc.

    4. I’m not bitchin’ and moaning. I’m questioning the thought processes of a very intelligent producer and writer who I don’t believe for a second is sexist or guilty of looksism. I truly want to know what the logic was for the decisions when casting actresses to play potential love interests for Sheppard.

    Anne Teldy

  12. So how much input does fondy usually have about your creative creations? Does she generally like them, or just leave them to your lucky workmates?

  13. I know this is completely off topic and random, but how much tech will there be this season in regard to the city, ships, or otherwise? Episodes like BAMSR and First Strike are awesome because they showcase the capabilities of incredible tech at the disposal of the Atlantis team.

    You have such a good taste in Ice Cream that you could probably create your own Empire of it:)

  14. Hey Mr. M,

    I’m curious, other than the Stargate’s, do you watch any other sci fi shows? If so, what are your favorites? Are there shows that you guys in the writers room talk about each week after it airs?

    I really love sci fi but find I’m running out of shows to watch. I think I’m going to start reading it as well. Is “The Android’s Dream” a good place to start?

  15. Oh, I forgot to ask if you have seen the new Pizza Hut commercials for Pasta Hut? In the commercial, they put hidden cameras in a NYC restaurant and claim the people think the pasta from Pizza Hut is from the high end, NYC restaurant with the gourmet chef.

    Every time I see this commercial I think there’s no way it would compare. I always think, “I bet Joe M. would know!”

  16. One more quick question going way back to Rising, are there two different shields protecting the city or was it just an oops moment? In rising, the water is being held back by a thin shield against the buildings which seems to have various seperate sections preventing a total failure at one instant, however in First Strike when the city is once again submerged we see the “normal” or “main” shield holding back the water which allows Weir to walk out onto the balcony without a problem. This brings up some suspicion because in Rising the balcony door only opens after the city has surfaced, also the “main” shield as we know it does not have various sections but rather varying strengths which I suppose could account for this in some way. I was just wondering if you had any further insight into this as it has been a nagging question in the back of my mind.

    Thanks,
    -ZPB

  17. “clotted cream brandy? …kahlua chocolate truffle peanut butter cupcake and Double Devon cream Grand Marnier”

    Recipe? Please? Especially the first and last above…
    Please?
    Please?
    Pretty Please?

    I saw your Breyers comment. Have they made the sizes smaller there too? We used to have 1/2 gallons that were dropped to 1.75 quarts. I lived with that. Breyers has recently dropped to 1.5 quarts. Sheysters. I still only buy them on sale, but at this point I won’t til all the others drop sizes too. Maybe not then. I’d rather have the better ice creams anyway. DON’T mess with my ice cream.

    Especially when it’s 100 F. Dude! It’s early June, not late July/August!

    suse
    melting

  18. Hi, Joe.

    Ah…homemade ice cream. That brings back fond memories of childhood (you know, back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth).

    I was raised in South Dakota, and my grandparents had a summer cabin out on a small lake, right smack dab in the middle of farm country. We had made friends with the Brown family, and Mrs. Brown (who did indeed have a lovely daughter), would make us homemade ice cream.

    Of course…we had to do the work in providing the ingredients. (I think the sugar, vanilla and the dry ice were the only purchased items.) So it was out to the barn to milk the cow(s), and then separate the milk (milk, butterfat, etc). Then rob the hen house of a couple of eggs. Go out to the vegetable patch, and pick some ripe strawberries, or raspberries.

    And no electric ice cream makers in those days! We’d sit on the front porch, drinking ice cold well water and/or lemonade, and churn that ice cream.

    And then…feast time! Yum!

    Best wishes, Joe.

    Morjana

  19. ZeroPointBatteries wrote:

    One more quick question going way back to Rising, are there two different shields protecting the city or was it just an oops moment? In rising, the water is being held back by a thin shield against the buildings which seems to have various seperate sections preventing a total failure at one instant, however in First Strike when the city is once again submerged we see the “normal” or “main” shield holding back the water which allows Weir to walk out onto the balcony without a problem. This brings up some suspicion because in Rising the balcony door only opens after the city has surfaced, also the “main” shield as we know it does not have various sections but rather varying strengths which I suppose could account for this in some way. I was just wondering if you had any further insight into this as it has been a nagging question in the back of my mind.

    I’m not Mr. M, but I think I can answer this one. In “Rising”, the ZPM was nearly depleted when they arrived. It had, over the years shrunk from a full-sized, full-strength shield covering the entire Manhattan-sized city [O-sized], to a much smaller circle of protection [o-sized] which caused the outer areas of the city to flood. As the expedition began powering up things, the shield shrank even further [°-sized]. The ‘sections’ were more like lanes on a track and the shield was collapsing toward the infield.

    Maybe the balcony doors didn’t open before the city rose in “Rising” because no one had walked that close to them. Or, at least, no one with the gene had walked that close.

    Anne Teldy

  20. Your ice cream looks amazing.. Unfortunately I have to stick to dairy free now because of lactose issues 🙁 but I used to make a wicked ice cream slice.

    Line a tray with malt-o-milk biscuits
    Mix up equal parts double cream and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl
    Add a couple of smashed violet crumble/crunchie bars (honeycomb bars covered in chocolate)
    Pour mix in over malt biscuits
    Add another layer of malt biscuits on top
    Freeze for 24hrs
    Cut into pieces
    Enjoy!

  21. Forgot to mention how jealous I am of the lovely weather you’re having in Vancouver right now. It’s unbearably hot here!!!

  22. Oh, yeah – hubby is SO not allowed to read this one! See…a few years ago, I threw out his old ice cream maker… 😳 (It’s a long story – one that involves a ridiculously cluttered garage, a last straw, and the impulsive rental of a 10-yard roll-off trash container. 😛 )

    Tammy said:
    I don’t care for the Larrin-Sheppard relationship at all. I find it a little disturbing to think John would fall for someone who has him kidnapped, badly beaten, throws in a few good punches of her own for good measure, then when they do seem to have a moment of truce sucker stuns him and locks him up again.

    Sooooo….basically you’re sayin’ that Shep fell for… a whumper? I know a few gals here who have absolutely no problem with that concept at all!! 😉

    das

  23. “I’m not Mr. M, but I think I can answer this one. In “Rising”, the ZPM was nearly depleted when they arrived. It had, over the years shrunk from a full-sized, full-strength shield covering the entire Manhattan-sized city [O-sized], to a much smaller circle of protection [o-sized] which caused the outer areas of the city to flood. As the expedition began powering up things, the shield shrank even further [°-sized]. The ’sections’ were more like lanes on a track and the shield was collapsing toward the infield.”

    I thought that too but in the episode it shows a certain section just going poof which I believe would take more time as shown in Adrift when the shield begins to shrink due to power loss, and also when Peter is at the window we don’t see any “space” or air between the buildings and the water. All this said I could be completely wrong.

    ( I’m new to the comment thing and I’m not sure I did the quote thing right, so sorry if it isn’t quoted correctly)

  24. If anything could make me believe in God it would be the existence of ice cream. mmmmmmmmmm

  25. I have yet to try to make my own ice cream, but after spending five days a week for over six years (granted that six years is broken up over the last eight) in an ice cream store, I think I’m ready to be done. Tuesday will be my last day since the store is closing after 29 years. Sad I know but that’s what Bishop gets when the landlord is an idiot and doesn’t offer a good lease. Give me a little time away from Baskin Robbins and I will definately get an ice cream maker and attempt my own soy ice cream (I’m lactose intollerant). I will let you know how or if it turns out. For the time being I think I will stick to my gluten-free, dairy-free cookies, pies, cakes, and other sweets.

  26. you officially have me drooling…… make your own ice cream? now that’s bad ass.

  27. Wow, a multi-talented Mr M. Thanks for the recipe pics though gastronomically my stomach isn’t normally ready for ice cream at 6.30am I’m fairly certain I could make an exception.

  28. anneteldy said:

    The Travelers were not portrayed as smugglers and murderers who, as I suspect Netan did, might have to kill their way into power. If their society/command system works differently, the writers were remiss in not addressing this in dialog.

    Do the writers have to dot every i and cross every t? Perhaps it was a case of giving us some credit. Sure if the ship was commanded by children they might have to address that, but with everything team Sheppard have seen, they probably wouldn’t bat an eyelash at The Travelers setup. Hey Joe, do you have anything to say about this? Would you as a writer feel you have to mention in the dialogue why Larrin was in command and not someone older?

    anneteldy also said:

    In my opinion, she didn’t bring out anything in Sheppard but lust.

    And the problem would be??? 😀

    The person doesn’t have to be the love of his life. They could just write in a strong character that would challenge him, leave him to do the chasing for a change, maybe shoot him down when he makes a move. Well…before falling for his charm etc that is.

    Anyhoo to each his or her own. I’ll wait until I see the episodes to know how well it’s pulled off.

    Cheers, Chev

  29. Mercie said:

    I am completely jealous. I can barely make a tossed salad, burn the house down making toast, but man I wish I could whip up some wonderful ice cream creations! I definitely will have to convince someone to make me a nice ice cream mix, I wouldn’t want to…I dunno…electrocute myself, or plaster the kitchen with ice cream. You never know with me.

    I am sooo with you there Mercie. I would burn the ice-cream. I don’t know how, but I would. From past experiences I’ve got the makings of a great book (don’t steal the title people) – I never said I was a domestic goddess.

    Cheers, Chev

  30. Yikes Joe; what is it with your foods having such long names? You know what my favorite flavor of ice cream is? Coffee. There, one word. No extra keebler nut smores chunkaroos or anything. Sometimes the simpler, the better. I mean, who DOESN’T like vanilla?

    And no, I’m not saying this because I’m in denial of the fact that you’re probably making delicious ice cream that I have no hope of tasting. Nuh uh.

    Continuons le marathon de Stargate!

    Proving Ground: A very nice little episode. I didn’t really feel any sort of tension, however, since I knew it was all just an act. Still, I liked Elliot very much and there was a respectable amount of “teamness” within his little band of cadets; it’s not at SG1’s level yet, but I think it could’ve gotten there if given more development. I did think there were a few ubercliched moments though, like when Hailey wanted all of them to make it, or all of them to fail. Yeeeeah, ok. Too many afterschool specials infused in that little bit there. Anyway, overall a nice episode.

    48 Hours: And the cloak and dagger stuff continues! I liked it well enough; having Maybourne back was great, as usual, as is the first appearence of McKay! I don’t think he has changed that much, actually, except nowadays he’s not always spouting insults at everyone with every thing he says (there’s no way he could’ve kept that up without getting stabbed or something). Simmons stepped across a line, and it was great watching him getting arrested, and for once Jack figured out the solution before Maybourne did. Very nice episode, very nice indeed. Too bad though about the Jaffa revenge thing; I’d hoped for a bigger confrontation, but rumor has it that just wasn’t possible. Oh well.

    Summit/Last Stand: Great 2-parter! The first part was mostly setup but it was still great having Elliot around and watching the System Lords being introduced and elaborated upon; loved all of their various personalities and historys and exploits. The action sequences was great also, and I’ll admit that Osiris was very very…hot. Oh yes. But man…so many Tok’Ra died. The only one left that we know of is Jacob. The second part was even better, with plot twists and turns among the System Lords and Daniel being kind of naive with trusting that slave, and 2 great emotional moments, when Lantash revealed his feelings, and at the very end, with one of the most chilling scenes in Stargate: Elliot/Lantash preparing for death as the Jaffa march ever closer and closer. I would’ve liked to see more of Elliot though, he was an excellent character. Oh well. Great episodes.

    Fail Safe: A nice comedic breather after the intensity of the 2-parter. Loved the teamness in this episode, as well as the solution to the problem, which, thanksfully, wasn’t like the movies. I liked how you guys tied it to the overall plot instead of having it being a standalone, which would’ve been the easy way out. I thought the sets were a little iffy, but nobody’s perfect. However, despite the fun parts, I LOVED the Hammond side of things, how he’s so resolute to not…”waste” the resources of the Alpha Site. A truly honorable warrior and leader. The shot of him walking away from the empty control room, waiting for the end to come, was very very powerful. An very nice episode indeed.

    The Warrior: Another nice episode. Kytano’s voice was very distinctive, and he certainly gave off that feeling of greatness and power. I loved the demonstration of the weapons; it just showed why SG1 has been so successful in its campaigns and whatnot. The speech Jack gave was very becoming of a leader; certainly, he lived up to the things Kytano told him; about how he is cursed by every Goa’uld. Still, I felt that there was a lack of intensity about the confrontations in this episode; I think Jack should’ve been a lot more angry with how Kytano handled things, especially with the suicide mission thing, and when Teal’c was leaving. Certainly, I think Sam and Danny should’ve said something at those points too. In fact, they were pretty quiet throughout the entire episode when I don’t think they would’ve been “in reality”. Danny? Saying virtually nothing while a suicide mission was going on? Oh well. The fight at the end was incredible though! The music matched it very well as well; a great centerpiece to close out the story. Loved the ending twist too; it just showed how ingenius the Goa’uld really were.

  31. MELorne-Süper-Fän said:

    Ok, you had me at this part -> …over to the supermarket…WTF? You Canadians can go shopping on Sundays?

    Shops are open on Sunday in Australia too, as well as most public holidays. Today was the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

    Cheers, Chev
    another major lorne fan

  32. @ Joe – I wanted to say – and ask – this in a separate post because it’ll probably be long and rambling while I gather my thoughts, I hope you don’t mind. It’s not the beating of a dead horse, or a panic attack. 😳

    In Hot Zone, Rodney said (regarding the Wraith), “They’re killing us, not because they sadistically want us dead, but because they need to consume us for food.”

    By his comment, Rodney establishes that the Wraith do not kill simply for the thrill of it. He could have easily left out the word ‘sadistically’ and still made his point, so the word seems purposely included. Comments made by other characters, and even Wraith (such as Todd and Michael), reinforce the thought that the Wraith do not kill with evil or sadistic intent, but simply because they need to feed in order to survive. Despite the threat they represent, this ‘need to feed’ has, as you know, made some of us feel sympathetic towards the Wraith and their situation.

    So, I was wondering if the introduction of a ‘nastier’ Wraith in S5 is an attempt to retcon the current understanding as to why the Wraith (as a whole) kill (need v greed), and if so, is it to make them (again, as a whole) totally evil and unsympathetic in the eyes of the viewers?

    Or, is it to establish that some individual Wraith are just plain nasty, even by their own standards?

    I ask because the latter is something I’d like to see. Yes, the Wraith are a dangerous foe – even brutal. After all, feeding on a human is certainly a brutal act – you just can’t make that warm and fuzzy – but it’s brutally born out of necessity, not want. Still, I don’t see them as any more ‘evil’ than humans, both the invaders and Pegasus-born alike, and I would hate to see a retcon of what drives the Wraith (as a whole) to kill (the necessity for food/survival, not sadistic pleasure).

    That said, I would not mind seeing an individual within their society choose to engage in evil acts, acts beyond what a Wraith would normally (or instinctively) do to a human. I believe the Superwraith in Sateda did just that. In my opinion, he sadistically enjoyed what he was putting Ronon through. (However, I do not feel the same way about the individual hunters he sent in. In some ways they were as much the victims as Ronon, like gladiators – albeit willing ones – used to entertain royalty, at the cost of their own lives) Out of all the Wraith we have seen thus far (excluding Michael), I can say that the Superwraith was one nasty piece of work, and even I can’t justify what he did.

    For this sort of individual portrayal to be most effective – for the point to be driven home that a particular Wraith is truly, and utterly, evil – his acts would have to be repulsive, not just to humans, but to his fellow Wraith as well. He’d have to step over the Wraith’s own line, a line which, unfortunately, has yet to be fully defined. Every culture has an ultimate ‘line’, one that is not to be crossed. The Wraith need one as well, both to add to their complexity and to give viewers a point of moral reference (for Wraith morality, not human). The only time we really had a glimpse of any sort of line is when the warrior didn’t attack the iratus-incapacitated Sheppard (but that was left open for speculation and never fully explained).

    So far, we have seen Wraith do some horrific things based on human standards (cannibalism, partial feedings, the hunt as a means of training, etc) – but to the Wraith these things are a normal, even necessary, part of their survival. It would be interesting to see where the Wraith draw the line in their treatment of humans, and how – in turn – they react to one of their own crossing it.

    Any chance at all of seeing something like that…seeing what it takes to make an individual Wraith (instead of the whole) truly evil, even in the eyes of his own?

    Thankies.

    das

  33. I’m glad to hear you’re back in the ice cream game. I always enjoyed hearing about it in the commentaries you know.

    So now that you’ve broadened your horizons with all sorts of interesting chocolate, is there any chance you may have picked up some inspiration fr ice cream creations?

    Oh, and I second the pictures of Carl Binder on Ice Cream Friday.

  34. Your right the Haagen-Dazs sticky toffee pudding is good. Rich but good.

    And was wondering about your ice cream making. Darn, you come up with all the good ideas!

  35. Make sure he, or anyone else in the office, doesn’t read the blog and tell him though 😉

    Oh, and I demand pictures of Carl’s gleeful expression when he sees you present your surprise. That guy always cracks me up with his many expressions.

  36. QUOTE:
    ZeroPointBatteries wrote:

    One more quick question going way back to Rising, are there two different shields protecting the city or was it just an oops moment? In rising, the water is being held back by a thin shield against the buildings which seems to have various seperate sections preventing a total failure at one instant, however in First Strike when the city is once again submerged we see the “normal” or “main” shield holding back the water which allows Weir to walk out onto the balcony without a problem. This brings up some suspicion because in Rising the balcony door only opens after the city has surfaced, also the “main” shield as we know it does not have various sections but rather varying strengths which I suppose could account for this in some way. I was just wondering if you had any further insight into this as it has been a nagging question in the back of my mind.

    I’m not Mr. M, but I think I can answer this one. In “Rising”, the ZPM was nearly depleted when they arrived. It had, over the years shrunk from a full-sized, full-strength shield covering the entire Manhattan-sized city [O-sized], to a much smaller circle of protection [o-sized] which caused the outer areas of the city to flood. As the expedition began powering up things, the shield shrank even further [°-sized]. The ’sections’ were more like lanes on a track and the shield was collapsing toward the infield.

    Maybe the balcony doors didn’t open before the city rose in “Rising” because no one had walked that close to them. Or, at least, no one with the gene had walked that close.

    Anne Teldy
    UNQUOTE

    My guess would be that the computer, working within its specified safety parameters, recognized that opening the balcony doors while the shields were in a weakened state would be an error in its safety protocols.

    Eh…that’s just the way I figured it.

  37. Oh my.. I don’t have a sweet tooth (put a lamb roast out and it’s a goner) but that looks scrumptious!!

  38. Hi there,
    call me unadventureous but i think i’ll stick to making my usual flavours. Pistachio & cherry, macadamia & honey, mango & coconut. The chestnut cream sounds nice though.
    Curses the fact they have no ice cream machine.
    Can’t really make ice cream at the moment it being winter. Well i could but i’d be the only one stupid enough to eat it in this weather. I did just finish making a rhubarb blueberry crumble that is very nice.

    You do know that you’re going to have to share recipies with us all now don’t you.

    It’s actually early tonight and therefore, no insane rambles. Yippie.

    can’t think of a question, not any good ones anyway, so asking again, do you want to hear about what we are reading? or would that just get annoying
    waves

  39. Hey Joe,
    few things I don´t understand. You say that after Carter left, there are not enough female characters. But, well, admit it, it´s fault of you writers, producers and all of you, who kicked out Torri and let other good characters suck into a plot hole.
    Where is Sora from Genii? Where is Cadman? Why to bring some whole new team of women (I hope Nicole will stay, thought), when you had a perfect material and potential in other women? What happened to Sora? Why can´t you bring back Cadman who did in two episodes more useful things than Teyla in whole S4 and is even more favorite?
    And other thing – why do you need to bring some new superpowerful race (that will be destroyed by pushing a magic button anyway) when you could perfectly explain presence of Furlings in Pegasus like this? It would make sense. Why do you have to still think of some complications when such simple solutions are ahead of you?
    I honestly hope that you know what you are doing. I doubt it since S4 but, well, I can still be optimistic? Right?

  40. Oh my lordy! Let me at that ice cream.

    How about Bailey’s or Khalua and ‘Jaffa Cake’ flavour.

    😉 All bow down to the man who’s creative mojo knows no bounds.

  41. Love the title Joe. Flipper was so cool. Makes me think of another one: Clarence the cross-eyed lion sues after botched laser eye surgery.

    Cheers, Chev

  42. “Sticky Toffee Pudding” – not only is it fun to eat, but it’s fun to say – over and over again. I really liked that flavor and it reminded me of Ben & Jerry’s “Festivus”, which is now in their flavor graveyard.

    And just ‘casue I think this is so funny – a little story for you. Every year my parents take my sisters 3 kids for a week or more during the summer. They live in New York, the rents and myself in Massachusetts . About 2 years ago I went with my Mom to bring the kids back to my sister, we meet in Springfield, MA as it is the half way point for both. While having lunch, my sister asked how the kids behaved. Mom, of course said they were wonderful and the Katie, the oldest, was especially helpful in the kitchen.

    Mom said “Katie was my Sous-chef the entire time.”

    To which my sister replied “Sushi, I love sushi!!!”

    OMG – we just about fell on the floor laughing, and the best part is, she still doesn’t get it. Still tells us that she loves sushi anytime we mention the Sous-chef. You gotta love a dingbat.

  43. I haven’t seen Season 4 yet, but I think I’m going to enjoy Larrin. I agree with Joe F. Shep needs a female foil.

    Chev, can’t believe you haven’t seen Season 4 yet! It’s great. It’s the season that I really endeared to Shephard. I know a lot of fans are asking for more background, but I like the mystery behind him. He doesn’t divulge his past which means that the team judge him on his merits on Atlantis and not his past. But that might just be me.

    I watched Outcast only for the second time last night and I enjoyed it much more the second time having seen to the end of the season and then going back. Don’t think that made any sense soryy.

    Also, I was watching Season 9 of SG1 and Season 4 of Atlantis in the same day. It made me realise how much Atlantis is now a show on its own and not a copy of SG1.

    I’m not sure if Joe endorses it, but you are welcome to borrow my DVD’s if you would like.

    As for other episodes that need to be made. As with all things on this planet there needs to be Atlantis: For Dummies.

  44. Hey joe!

    I love to cook myself and it happens to me too that I lose my mojo. Waiting a while and having pasta for three weeks usually helps me getting it back *lol*

    This night I wondered, what you would do if you couldn’t write because you’ve hurt both or at least the one important hand?

    I wondered because I am myself triple crippled so to say. Worst of all is the contusion on my lower leg. I really want to play soccer at the weekend. But If it hasn’t healed completely it would be rather unwise….

    Then this night I wondered what you’d do if you had something in your mind, a dialogue for example, and you can’t write it down.

    Another question, and I hope I’m not the 10th to ask this question:
    Are you supporting Italy at the European Championship or do you not care at all?

  45. Hi there Mr M!

    With regard to the whole Ice Cream thing, gotta have the Bailey’s ‘n’ Toblerone Ice Cream – Hubba Hubba – It’s that devlishly sweet-artery-clogging-sugar-high that you know is mercilessly melifluous!

    On the holiday front, glad to see you are on your travels again. Looking forward to hearing of restaurant and food reviews abroad. Pity you are not coming Europe’s way!!

    @PG15 : Lovin’ the reviews of the SG1 Marathon, in the main I totally agree with your assessments. I usually sneak in an ep. that you highlight, I can never remember the names, but always the events!

  46. Just back off holiday and finally catching up with the blog!! Love the pics and vids that have been posted whilst I was away – and glad that Remnants is going so well for you.

    And soooo wish I could taste your home-made ice cream…could you send me some in the post?

    What are you laughing at?!! *g*

    I haven’t had chance to do more than skim a few of the comments, but I gather some people don’t like the idea of McKay or Sheppard with a woman in her twenties? Well, my husband was 44 and I was 28 when we got married and we couldn’t be more happy with each other or more in love – and this is after 10 years of marriage! Please don’t be ageist about love and relationships; it’s easy to judge but if the two people are genuinely in love and are happy, then what’s the problem?

    I know some people have problems with Larrin (or Keller) for other reasons and I’m not going to touch on those right now, I’m just saying that 16 years difference in age has never been much, if any, of a problem for us.

    As for maturity levels, well, going back to SGA, McKay is only just now beginning to mature in his relationships with others – and let’s face it, Sheppard ain’t much better! Teyla seems a lot more mature than both of them, and she’s younger!! (Yes, I know, hard life, leader of her people etc… and Keller isn’t seemingly as mature as Teyla, though I don’t think she’s as bad as some people think and am looking forward to her developing; Larrin, still reserving judgement on her).

    Sorry, but it annoys me a little when people make assumptions based on age. Hubby and I are happily married; 16 years between us? So what?

    Leesa

  47. Agree with person who stated:
    You can start your own Empire of Ice Cream – yeah!

    1. When and where do we line up for your ice cream masterpieces?
    2. Please do share Carl’s expression- this should be another priceless moment
    3. IMHO – You’ve always had your Mojo…but have been super busy.

    Thanks for sharing with pictures – makes it even more tantilizing.

  48. Hi Joe!!

    I have an ice cream maker but am in need of some “good” recipes (with details). Since we are heading into summer time, maybe you could give us a recipe once a week! I am looking for a good recipe for cookie dough ice cream with chocolate mixed in some way (whether swirled or in chunks). I figured your creative genius would have fun with that. My kids just started their first day of summer vacation today! Woo Hoo!! Hope you are enjoying your week!!

    Jen 🙂

  49. Just wanted to mention that the movie THEY or in french is ILS (I think that was the name) is one scary movie…It is thankfully not the gorry shock films that seemed to have saturated the silver screen but instead the French created a fear driven jaunt. They asked what scares people and they got their answer. It does not focus on dialogue much which is where most HORROR movies suffer, I think. Like Resident Evil (the first one) the silence says a lot. Just wanted to recommend it to you…Oh and I did watch Audition (well the parts that did not skip).

  50. Thought I’d cruise through, despite the massive headache today… Ooh, homemade ice cream…my Dad used to make home made ice cream when I was a kid…lovely stuff. 🙂 Although I’m sure yours is a little more adventurous flavor-wise. lol

    Btw…cute pics of the pugs and Lulu on the last entry. 🙂 In the heat we’ve had down here the last few days, crashin’ and ridin’ it out looks a lot like those pictures…LOL My cat’s new favorite place to sprawl out is under the air conditioner.

    No particular questions today, although I am looking forward to S5, definitely. Just thought I’d establish the fact that I’m still alive and well and readin’, although I’ve been a bit of a lurker lately.

    Have a great day. *Greetings to Fondy too*

  51. Have you ever tried making your ice cream with liquid nitrogen ala Heston Blumenthal? I’m sure some of the special effects guys could get you some.

  52. Will we be seeing Col. Caldwell in Season 5?

    ps) What ingredient makes the Vanilla Butter tart?

  53. Yeah, you’re making ice cream again. I’ve missed it. You have impeccable timing, Joe. My daughter is coming in from college this weekend to celebrate her 20th birthday, along with my birthday and father’s day. I was planning on making ice cream, but I noticed that your vanilla base recipe is slightly different from the one that I have been using. Yours sounds A LOT better.

    A special thank you for posting the yummy pics complete with details – very much appreciated.

    dff

    PS: I’d, also, love to have any special recipes that you’d care to share.

  54. Dear Joe,

    1. When do you think (the earliest possible) we will know of the sixth season pick up.
    2. Any new earth ships in the near future?
    3. So far Remnants, the eppy you are writing, can be classified under what type of episode? For example: Sateda=action packed, BAMSR=Best special effects, First Strike=Suspenseful, Doppleganger=unique and frightful…..

    Thanks for your time sir

  55. I enjoy your blog entry titles. I’m back from vacationing in the wilds of North Carolina and Virginia and am rested enough so I can enjoy more blog entries and get back to some serious reading.

    What is in vanilla butter tart ice cream? Where do you come up with the ideas for the flavors?

  56. Joe, did you add those jam tarts to the ice cream mixture? A strawberry-tart-like ice cream mix sounds wonderful!

    “MELorne-Süper-Fän said:
    Ok, you had me at this part -> …over to the supermarket…WTF? You Canadians can go shopping on Sundays?

    Shops are open on Sunday in Australia too, as well as most public holidays – Chevron 7”

    Chev, here in South Africa we have shops open everyday of the year including Christmas. In fact, I always go shopping at 11pm on Saturday evenings.

  57. Hey Joe!

    You make me want to get an ice cream maker, making it by hand is a tad too hard. Hope it turns out well, it looks amazing!

    Try making a super-duper chocolate ice cream with oreos, brownies and Kit Kat chunks. It’s rich, but delicious! 😀

    Thanks as always!

    – Enzo Aquarius

  58. when i really got into Stargate Atlantis, i downloaded the desktop images and such. can you mention to the PTB who create these, that i, and probably many more, would appreciate it if they would make the new S5 pictures more centered or right orientated? many of them are left centered, and like most people, the left side of my desktop is where all the folders and shortcuts are positioned. they cover the actors/characters and make the right side very empty. i tried reversing the image and that works ok, but then the title is backwards.

    ….and was one of your dogs in the video h—ping?

  59. Leesa Perrie said Well, my husband was 44 and I was 28 when we got married and we couldn’t be more happy with each other or more in love – and this is after 10 years of marriage! Please don’t be ageist about love and relationships; it’s easy to judge but if the two people are genuinely in love and are happy, then what’s the problem?

    That is fantastic, and I couldn’t agree with you more when talking about following your heart in real life. But we’re not talking about real life people meeting up and falling in love, we’re talking about casting choices and decisions of putting much younger female characters with much older male characters that happens within tv and films. I’m not sticking SGA specifically over the coals for this one, because this happens over and over and over again. It’s not ageism, it’s not horrific discrimination against the young and the beautiful (when will they get their parade?! *bites fist*) it’s about tv’s treatment of gender which is in turn a reflection of how society treats it.

    But my thoughts are derailed by the ice-cream, it sounds mouth wateringly fantastic.

  60. Hmmm ice cream flavours? How about carrot and coriander well it works as a soup or mushroom and liquorice, those two ingredients should not be in the same sentence let alone the same ice cream.

    Lamb and banana, I’m sure someone somewhere would have made that one already lol.

    Ezri said….Why do you have to still think of some complications when such simple solutions are ahead of you?

    Ah you’re an exponent of the Occam’s razor philosophy ‘the simplest explanation is the best’, also known as the KISS principal (Keep it Simple Stupid). Unfortunately as with most things it’s not always that simple but it can be that complicated.

    I believe Joe and the rest of the writers do know what they are doing. The evidence is in front of us, seasons one to four with season five almost complete and the potential if TPTB see sense for a season six.

    And any one who can make ice creams like Vanilla Butter Tart, and Milk Chocolate Macaroon selflessly for work colleagues gets my vote.

    Wow that was a bit of a ramble and not a drop of CH3CH2OH in sight.

    Pauline

  61. Todays entry has helped me enormously with my diet. I keep checking in to eyeball the pictures and somehow that has been enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, of course no one will notice the teethmarks and saliva on the monitor.

  62. I think I just gained five pounds reading about your delicious concoctions.
    Pssst – don’t let the actors know you bring this stuff in. They’ll first inhale it all and then loudly accuse you of trying to sabotage their careers. 😉
    I’m glad you got your ice cream mojo back. There’s really nothing like making your own delicious food… except watching others marvel over the wonderful tastes.
    —–}-@
    Kris

  63. How can a dolphin live in a van? Does that mean the van is filled with water? Who does the shopping?

  64. Your tales of ice cream makes my lactose intollerance seem like terminal cancer.

    On a somewhat-related note (though really not related in the least) – I am in the process of making homemade vanilla extract!

    Now I’m not really all that talented in the kitchen, so this is quite a feat for me. Granted all it consists of is brandy and vanilla beans in a sealed jar – that needs a good shake daily…but still!

    Yum.

  65. Wow !! the whole Sheppard/Larrin thing is still being talked about 😉
    If Larrin was played by a stronger actress and somebody who at least was generatiing spark opposite Sheppard it would be easier to get into but whether JF pushed it there are times two people just do NOT click and this in one of those times.
    I’m much more interested watching Sheppard get character development and hope to see some cute scenes with Shep and Teyla and the Baby – any ooh and ahh scenes coming up for these three ?
    Since it was hinted at that season 5 was going to feature shippiness why not at least try out Sheppard/Teyla and see how it goes ?
    And for uncharismatic couples again try as I might Teyla/Kanaan is not clicking either romantically . The whole Teyla/Kanaan story arc was forced and not believable at all .
    It has been established Teyla has strong feelings for Sheppard so suddenly her becoming pregnant and the instand appearance of Kanaan seems out of character for Teyla.
    I enjoy the Teyla Baby story arc but just feel it would have been much more dramatic and complex making Michael the Daddy since Teyla/Michael are generating spark in their scenes .
    I afore McKay but why so many McKay episodes ? That’s overkill at its worst !

  66. Joe please do more Dogs pics 🙂 Love those pics and dogs are truly man’s and woman’s best friend 🙂

  67. Joe,

    Thanks for the additional pounds added to my waistband on the eve of my vacation. Such intriguing flavors. Perhaps you should create a webpage to share your recipes – or create a cookbook.

    I was re-watching “The Last Man” today and was wondering if you did any behind the scenes reports about the fiming of the sandstorm scenes like you have done for the fog scenes of “Whispers”? I imagine that would have been a challenge to create and film. If so, could you post the link?

    I’m still looking for the Time Travelling Puddle Jumper by the way. My heart is thumping just as hard now as it was when the ep originally aired. David Hewlitt was fantastic throughout, truly. My heart was breaking for him as McKay processed the news of Keller’s illness.

    Thank you, as always, for the blog. Wish me luck on my flight from Miami to Chicago and my drive to Fort Wayne, Indiana – just me and the two kidlets.

    MaryA

  68. My daughter and I watched the Food Network show on how sticky toffy pudding was choosen (a regular, not Haagen Daz person came up with the idea) as that year’s new ice cream. We about flipped in the store when we finally found it. Thanks for the smiles!

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