Thursday, July 19, 2007
Exercise, Entertainment and Whipped Cream
If you order a Big Mac, fries and a diet Coke the calories cancel each other. Why? This thinking works because it's a reasonable number of calories per unit of weight. It's just logical.
This thinking can be stretched a little further and applied to the volume of whipping cream. If you use whipping cream right out of the carton, it's not as reasonable because the volume is not impressive. But if you increase the volume by whipping it, one tablespoon is a caloric bargain.
If you're like me and looking to add a little exercise into your routine, whip the cream by hand. With a whisk. No motor. Work the whisk in a circular motion and grab some air...at the top of the circle the whisk should be slightly above the surface of the cream. You are trying to incorporate air into the cream to increase the volume.
How do you know when the cream is ready? It's ready when you can hold the bowl over your head without the cream plopping on your head.
If it slops down on your head, uh, it's not ready...
...and I'll be laughing like a maniac at you.
Before you upend the bowl over your head, make sure the cream isn't slopping around from side to side inside the bowl. You're pretty safe at that point. But no one else needs to know that tip.
House rules state that if you hand whip the cream you can eat as much as you want. Dig in.