(July 25 – written by Dave)
We’ve had a productive day here in Huánuco. Bikes cleaned. More route planning done. Natural fruit bowl and yogurt for brekkie. Slept in until 8:30. All good. So this will be a short post.
For late lunch (yes lunch) Philipp and Kathrin wanted to try ice cream rolls. We didn’t know exactly what they were talking about with regard to rolls, but ice cream is always a yes from me so we went along.
For those who’ve never had an ice cream roll, I suggest that you try one ASAP. Ice cream rolls are basically individually handmade portions of ice cream made for you on the spot by an ice cream maker with two metal spatulas and an instant freeze table. It was thought to be invented in Thailand in roughly 2009, spreading worldwide in or around 2015 due to internet YouTube videos.
It works like this…
You pick all the things you want in your ice cream – fresh fruit, cookies, brownies, coffee extract, cheesecake, whatever you want. The ice cream maker puts all of the ingredients on a stainless steel counter that is super cold. They add milk or cream or maybe sweeten condensed milk. They then take two large painter spatulas and smash it all together. Eventually a cold paste is formed which is then spread out into a very flat square on the iced table. The maker scores the square lengthwise and uses the spatula to make little rolls of ice cream, just the way you ordered it.
They add topping of your choice and that’s it.
Nancy got hers, really liked it but had to pause at one point to ask where the ice cream was. You kind of expect them to add some kind of ice cream, but no, that’s the point, the rolls are your ice cream, handmade to your specific liking.
Philipp and Kathrin thought it was so good that they were thinking of taking it back to Germany, or maybe Lisbon, or somewhere. Surely, there must be a business opportunity in this “new” discovery. Nope – google rolled ice cream and your favourite city name and a shop probably already appears. Who knew? None of us, before today that is…
Anyway, back to the ride. Tomorrow we head due south. We’ve been kind of wandering north, east and a little south the last few days – forced by the mountains. Well tomorrow, we head due south and closer to the bottom of South America. We’ll be riding with Philipp and Kathrin again – our riding styles and food choices are pretty compatible. Over the next two days we have to climb back up from 2000 metres to 4000 metres. Luckily, as I mentioned yesterday, we like the uphills better. We’ll start early as Huánuco is a pretty good-sized town and there is a bit of traffic. I’m sure we’ll be back into rural Peru within a few k’s.