What will the world come to???…


This week’s TWD pick is Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler(chosen by Amanda of Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake). Rhubarb has come and gone(at least the good looking stuff) around these parts so I went with all cherries. Especially since cherries are cheap around these parts. And cheap right about now sounds good. I really seems this week when I was at Costco that I really noticed a price hike. My cream that was $4.79 a half gallon(yes, that is right I go through, not one, but two ½ gallons a month…easily) is now $6.49. That is quite a jump in a month.
Oh my.
In fact the only things that still seem to be relatively cheap of course is snack food. So when you start seeing me get creative with Pop Tarts on here you know my grocery budget is shot. :)
In my last post about being child free(btw…who knew there were so many of you non-breeders out there, I don’t feel so alone) some one left a comment about a movie called Idiocracy. They wondered if I had seen it. I have. It’s one of my husband and I’s favorite movies for the sheer fact that we can totally see it happening. The plot is described as this(or you can read a much longer recap here):

Joe Bauers, an Army librarian, is judged to be absolutely average in every regard, has no relatives, has no future, so he’s chosen to be one of the two test subjects in a top-secret hibernation program. He and hooker Rita were to awaken in one year, but things go wrong and they wake up instead in 2505. By this time, stupid people have out bred intelligent people; the world is (barely) run by morons–and Joe and Rita are the smartest people in America.

They wake up in a world that is beyond lazy. No one drinks water they drink the equivalent to Gatorade(which won a government contract through lots of lobbying). It is in everything from drinking fountains to what the water crops with(crops that wont grow). Garbage is everywhere. Toilets are built into their chairs so they don’t have to get up. The language has been dumbed down so much that they all talk like Brittany Spears when she is loaded. Speaking of Spears, the whole way this came about was that the less intelligent were the ones breeding and the more intelligent individuals either waited until it was too late or didn’t have children at all. Thus, causing the population to slowly but surely dumb itself down.
Now before you leave me hate mail, I am not saying that if you have kids you are dumb. Sooo not where I was going with this. I think you know the difference between the type of person I am talking about, they are the people who end up on Jerry Springer and say “I just went to the bathroom one day and out popped a baby, I didn’t even know I was pregnant.” These are the people popping out 5 or 6 kids that make me nervous. Top that with snack food being the only thing that is cheap these days and we wont be that far off from the movie’s portrait of the world come 2505.
Back to the food and speaking of cheap, I got me some free chocolate awhile back at a Seattle Food Bloggers meet up. Quite the variety, with one really interesting one being a Coconut Curry Milk Chocolate. Hmmm. I thought long and hard about how to use it. I thought either custard or ice cream. Ice cream won out. I decided to pair it with the cherry cobbler so that I could give you a recipe this week. Since it was a chocolate ice cream, I went ahead and made the cobbler topping chocolate as well. I simply added 2 heaping TBSP of unsweetened cocoa powder to the mix as well as another ¼ cup of sugar. The curry is pretty subtle for those of you who are wondering. And thoughit is a little out there, the flavors did work well with the cherry cobbler, probably not with a cherry rhubarb cobbler though.

 The chocolate I used comes from Theo Chocolates here in Seattle.


Coconut Curry Chocolate Ice Cream

6 ounces Coconut Curry Chocolate(or just plain milk or semi sweet chocolate…not unsweetened)
1 cup sugar
½  cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 ½  cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3 large egg yolks

Chop chocolate. In a heavy saucepan whisk together sugar and cocoa powder until combined and whisk in cream and milk. Bring mixture just to a boil, stirring occasionally. In a bowl beat yolks until smooth. Add hot cream mixture to yolks in a slow stream, whisking, and pour into pan. Cook custard over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until a thermometer registers 170° F. Remove pan from heat and add chopped chocolate, whisking until melted. Pour custard through a sieve into a clean bowl and cool. Chill custard, its surface covered with plastic wrap, at least 3 hours, or until cold, and up to 1 day.
Transfer custard to bowl of a standing electric mixer and beat just until thick and fluffy. Freeze custard in an ice-cream maker. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden. Ice cream may be made 1 week ahead.

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine August 1997


  1. Cherries and chocolate?! Count me in! I am not super-sure about the coconut though :)
    I love that you put a disclaimer immediately after the synopsis you have a good grasp on some readers out there, haha!

  2. snookydoodle says:

    yummy chocolate topped with juicy cherries. Wish to try this recipe. tThe only problem is that cherries in Malta are really expensive and taste of nothing.So maybe i ll have to use something else. Any suggestions ? Your blog is great. :-)

  3. Wonderful! A great flavor combination! So scrumptious!



  4. Looks delicious!

    I know prices are outrageous! This was my first week with TWD and I didn’t even get to try this cobbler because I sent it with my son to his great grandmother’s funeral (well for after the funeral). It looked and smelled great though! Lucky for me I had rhubarb in my freezer!

  5. Chocolate and cherries are one of my favorite flavor combos. And I have to rent that movie!

  6. I think religous freaks will populate the world. You know, the ones who don’t believe in birth control. Frightening. I’d rather have stupid people.:)

    The ice cream looks amazing! I will definitely have to give it a try.

  7. Wow – coconut curry milk chocolate sounds fabulous. And chocolate cherry cobbler as well? I think I have to try that soon. As far as rising food prices, flour is getting expensive too. So sad.

  8. I love the flavor combinations in this recipe. I made chocolate cherry ice cream with a cherry sauce to go on top. Ate the whole thing before I even took a picture. I admire your resolve. Groceries, eating good is not cheap.

  9. What an unusual flavor for chocolate, Pea! Very interesting. And so is your ice cream. Cherries will be around in the end of the year. This is a recipe worth waiting for.
    As for the movie, I did not know about it. But that is scary. :S

  10. Yumm I love Theo chocolates. I had to try the coconut curry one and it was interesting but I wouldn’t want to eat it regularly. I really like the chai milk chocolate bar and vanilla milk chocolate bar. And their confections are really really good too. If you go to their chocolate factory you can do a tour for $5 (at least it was last year) and you get to try pretty much all of their chocolate.

  11. Ah…I love reading your posts. I think I’m going to rent that movie, it sound pretty interesting. Anyway, the chocolate and the cherries look lovely together.

  12. I love all these exciting chocolate flavors. While I have not tried curry, I am really into chili and black pepper at the moment. As usual I do not have to say – this is making me drool!

  13. Interesting!
    If you need rhubarb, my garden is still full of it. And I do mean full.

  14. Interesting!
    If you need rhubarb, my garden is still full of it. And I do mean full.
    Btw, I tagged you for a meme and an award on my blog, come and get them please!

  15. This looks amazing as usual. In fact, you reminded me of some chili chocolate I have on hand that I could use to make chocolate ice cream with! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  16. Your ice cream looks wonderful with the cobbler. I hear you with price increases, and I have also noticed that the junk food seems to be the better “bargain”. It makes me sad, because with fresh produce prices the way they are….there are a lot of kiddos that will end up with a twinkie and not an apple….I have seen idiocracy, and it is a bit of an eye opener. Thanks for your great blog entry this week!

  17. A friend of my father’s was against air bags. He said it went against survival of the fittest. If people were too stupid to use seatbelts, they would be naturally weeded out.

    The ice cream looks divine, but I’m not sure about that flavor combo…

  18. Oh WOW. I LOVE the idea of the chocolate coconut curry ice cream!!! Brilliant! I need to find some of that chocolate! And I love the idea of pairing it with this cobbler! Chocolate and cherries!

  19. Hi Peabody, I’m new to your blog. I found it when I was looking up a recipe for cider donuts. I must tell ya, I’m hooked on your blog! It is very interesting and yummy! BTW, I too, am a non-breeder. Hubby already have 2(grown kids now, 18 & 20)from his previous marriage. We decided to go child-free(I’m in my 30’s and he will be 40).

  20. Hmmm… seen Wall-e yet (realizing you don’t have kids and therefore, unlike me, don’t end up seeing all the kiddo movies) – it sounds pretty similar. I am famous for going off on irate tangents about stupidity breeding more stupidity every day.

    Anyway – you are one smart cookie because making a chocolate version should equal nomination for the Nobel Prize in my book!

  21. Wow, that looks wonderful Peabody! I love the colors in your photos. Great job!

  22. As expensive as it gets in the States, you know it is always worse for us up here!
    Great ice cream, looks great on the cobbler.

  23. Yummy looking dessert, might have to steal … ummm I mean borrow some of DD’s (the chocolatier) chipotle chocolates for ice cream, thanks for the inspiration :)

  24. The chocolate sounds SOO interesting!

  25. what a great idea! and it looks so delish!
    (i love your posts on being child-free, BTW, but I am a new “breeder” so i didn’t want any of the other mommies to see me laughing with you!!

  26. I LOVED Idiocracy! What a hysterical (and yet frightening) movie. My hubby and I said the same thing… it IS happening now.

    The ice cream sounds good… I had a chocolate curry souffle recently at a restaurant and it was fabulous.

  27. Haha, another great post, Peabody – love it :0) Never seen that movie though… sounds interesting!

    Coconut-Curry-Chocolate Ice Cream… – now THAT’S enticing!!

  28. the ice cream sounds heavenly! love your pics!

  29. Chocolate. Coconut. Curry. Ice Cream.

    My colleagues are going to love THIS “Peabody” :D

    I’m also glad I’m not the only childless member of the gallon-a-month club at Costco…

  30. Hmmm. That coconut and curry chocolate ice cream sounds intriguing. I have never had that, but if you like it it must be good. I’d be willing to have a go!

  31. I love curry and love chocolate – never eaten together before though! Perhaps will have to try and source some of this stuff

  32. Peabody, your post reminded me of one of the saddest things I saw in the supermarket just the other day:
    A mom was with her two young kids (probably 6 or 7 yrs old) and they point out that they want yogurt with bananas and strawberries. To paint a picture: in this supermarket they have the cooler-kept cookie doughs and cinnamon roll packs right next to the yogurt. The mom then looked at the prices and forbid her kids from getting yogurt and basically ordered them to get any 2 flavors of cookie dough since they were on sale.
    Anyway, I just thought I’d share that… on a much happier note, your ice cream looks divine!! What an interesting flavor combo, too! Oh, I also love your red ramekin : )

  33. my grandmother, who pesters me about having kids, makes a similar point to this movie. i love theo chocolates! my mum took me to their shop/workplace in december…they do great things with spices, herbs and teas. and the coconut curry was quite exquisite, so i bet it made a great ice ceram!

  34. Heh. I remember that movie. And “brawndo” still makes me chuckle. ..And coconut curry chocolate – how intriguing! Wish I could get my hands on some.

  35. That was such a disturbing story… I’m glad you had that ice cream at the end so I could focus on that instead of strange people… I’ve experimented with chocolates and curry and it’s a delicious combo.

  36. I’ve never had chocolate and curry together, it’s quite intriguing. I like the idea of chocolate and cherries though, sounds delicious.

  37. Michelle says:

    To #6 – a sidenote — my mom could be called a “religious freak” by some who don’t know her. She had 7 kids — by choice (and yes, she does belive in birth control — she wanted to have that many). Yes, religion was important to her, but if anyone dare called her a “Freak” they would have 7 kids to deal with! She was the best mother I know — intelligent, talented, and raised sucessful, educated, competent children. And yes, my father was a very sucessful attorney and could afford the expense of a large family. She would *never* judge anyone — and couldn’t care less about the number of kids people chose to have or *didn’t* have. Better off not to lump all people in the same category . . .
    On to the food: Peabody ~ I love your cherry chocolate creation. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have been so intrigued by your delicious recipes and photos. Well done :-)

  38. The ice cream sounds like a lovely way to top the cobbler. Looks lovely as always.

  39. the chocolate ice cream looks delicious! I was the opposite being in NZ – plenty of rhubarb but no cherries!

  40. Here here Michelle. I’d say it’s the stupid people who lump people together.

  41. I have so got to stop at Theo Chocolates after work. What a WoW factor combination of flavors in the ice cream. I just showed hubby and he is all over wanting me to make it for him! You are a genious my dear friend. =D BTW, beautiful pictures and yummy flavors.

  42. wonderful idea making the crust chocolate! i was going to do the same thing but then i zoned out and forgot, OOPS! looks fab!

  43. Yum yum yum. Looks great! I love mixing sweet and savory flavors.

  44. Trust me. You are not alone. I am not anti-baby I am just anti-having-my-own-children. And like I tell my friends and family that question me, Just deal!! haha. Ok about cobbler… chocolate ice cream! Heck yeah! Fabulous as always. Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  45. OH. MY. Your cobbler + ice cream = divine! Great pictures, too. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  47. Chocolate + cherries = YUM! And you mentioned one of my favorite chocolates – Theo! I love them – they are the nicest people and their chocolate is exceptional. The coconut-curry is incredible — I love the idea of making ice cream with it! I traipsed all over the Fancy Food Show here in NYC recently to make sure I found the Thep people. Have you tried their “bread and chocolate” flavor? Oh. My. GAWD.

  48. Wow, lovely and interesting chocolate (and combination of flavors going on here)!

  49. De-lic-ious. Looks so good! That lazy/dumb-people-all-over-the-world-in-the-future thing sounds very much like Wall-e (except geared towards children in the latter). Have you seen it yet?

  50. Theo’s Coconut Curry is my favorite flavor. What a brilliant idea to make ice cream with it (and I just got an ice cream maker yesterday, hmmm). I am adding Idiocracy to my movie list now too – sounds right up my childless and unmarried relationship’s alley!

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