Serendipity Strawberry Rhubarb Marshmallow Ice Cream
by Dumbledwarf and McGonagirl
Molly Weasley and her friends worked hard to raise their families, and would often sell or trade surplus crops or homemade goods to supplement their own stores and incomes. But often, they had too much to sell or trade ... and then they'd gather together in one of their homes for a potluck of sorts: all the surplus items and ingredients would be thrown into a pot and they'd hope something good would come out of it to take home to their families. Leaving things to fate and serendipity could be risky, to be sure ... imagine frogs legs mixed with bananas and sour persimmons?? But it was fun and most of the time the stuff was edible and even delicious.
For example, take the time the witches gathered at Molly's and one by one, tossed their secret packets and jars of stuff into the cauldron. The mixture was a lovely pink color, and the smell was a sweet one ... the mixture did tend to get thick and frothy though, so while they had tea and cakes, Molly assigned her daughter Ginny to watch the pot. "When it starts to bubble a few inches from the top, be sure to yell out!"
The ladies were having so much fun that they didn't realize how much time had gone by when they heard a loud moan from outside. Ginny! They'd forgotten all about her! They found her on the ground, her belly distended and the contents of the pot about a third gone ... they figured out the child had been "sampling" the foamy pink stew a bit too vigorously. Deciding it must be good and candy-like for Ginny to abuse her stomach so badly, they were about to pour the mixture out as fudge when Molly got a great brainwave -- make ice cream! The women, all giddy from too many cups of tea and the good company, all clapped their hands with glee, and started to organize the cracking of salt and ice needed to get the mixture cold enough to form the ice cream. But Molly stopped them -- Arthur had found a Muggle device that one would cool, then put the cold cannister into the crank-handled contraption. You churn it a while, and then voilà! Ice cream, like magic! The witches loved playing with the gadget, and took turns cranking the handle as they continued chatting the afternoon away ...
They also loved the results of their efforts -- it turned out to be a strawberry rhubarb ice cream, thickened with marshmallows, cream and cane sugar. Yummy! (And Ginny learned her lesson and doesn't lick the spoon too many times when watching the pot anymore.)
Chill a bowl and beat the cream in it till it's whipped to soft peaks. Fold into the cold rhubarb mixture. Churn in an ice cream mixer, following manufacturer's instructions. (If it makes too much for your ice cream maker, divide the batch and keep it cold while it waits for it's turn in the churn.) When done, transfer into a freezer-safe container and cover it tightly. Freeze overnight to "cure" -- or harden -- the ice cream before serving. Makes 10 servings (5 cups).
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