• Gadi Haggai and Judy Weinstein. Photo courtesy of the family
    Gadi Haggai and Judy Weinstein. Photo courtesy of the family
  • Homemade Ice Cream. Photo: Adi Shilon
    Homemade Ice Cream. Photo: Adi Shilon
Recipe

Gadi Haggai’s Homemade Ice Cream

Their favorite dish: Legend has it that the homemade ice cream Gadi Haggai's used to make was the best. Adi Shilon recreated the dish

Judy and Gadi were the ultimate Power Couple. Gadi Haggai was born in 1950 in Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, some say he was already holding a flute. Educated in the kibbutz culture, Gadi joined Hashomer Hatzair as a teenager and then enlisted in the Shaked Patrol where he quickly learned the bitter taste of the battlefield. Gadi understood that war and violence were not part of his DNA, and left the patrol with his flute in his hand for the IDF Band. After his discharge, Gadi traveled to the US, and returned to Ein Hashofet after a few years. There he found a young Canadian volunteer who caught his eye and captured his heart and who, luckily, was bewitched by his musical talent.

Together, Gadi Hagai and Judy Weinstein, formed a Jazz band called the Jazz Alliance, traveled all over Israel together and promised each other a life immersed in music, arts and freedom. When Gadi realized that putting food on the table as a jazz musician was harder than he thought, he enrolled in culinary school at Tadmor and then worked as a chef at a local hotel in Tel Aviv. He worked long hours which left very little time for him to enjoy his young family. So when he was offered the chance to be the chef at kibbutz Nir Oz, Gadi jumped at the opportunity, moving his family one step closer to the life he dreamed of.

Gadi and Judy were a match made in heaven, they just couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Gadi was the eternal child, always up to something, and Judy was a serious English teacher who developed a mindfulness program to support children and teens suffering from anxiety and fear as a result of the struggle of living in the Gaza envelope. Gadi embraced everyone as they were while Judy was constantly growing through her studies; they were always striving to do good, to be good and to spread good.

Gadi and Judy were known for their healthy life style and their morning walks around the kibbutz, only after Gadi’s morning coffee which he roasted himself, of course. Rumor has it that Gadi once made the best homemade ice cream by hand that required lots of sugar, and patience, but that was before the couple’s healthier days. 

On the seventh of October Judy and Gadi went for their daily walk in Kibbutz Nir Oz and did not return. They were murdered and their bodies were kidnapped to Gaza by Hamas.

May their memory be a blessing.

Ingredients for Homemade Ice Cream

  • 1¾ cup (420 ml) sweet cream
  • 4 egg yolks L
  • 2.8 oz (80 grams) Sugar

Possible additions (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • a little coarse salt
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) dark chocolate chopped

Instructions

  • 1. Bring the cream to a boil. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl for about five minutes until airy and very light. Temper the eggs by pouring the cream into the egg yolk mixture slowly while whisking constantly. Place the bowl on a bain-marie and stir non-stop until it thickens slightly, about ten minutes. You'll know it's ready when you dip a wooden spoon in it and the mixture stays put, so if we run a finger through the middle of the spoon the strip remains clean.

  • 2. Pass the mixture through a seive into the container in which you are storing the ice cream and leave to cool on the counter. Stir every few minutes. When the mixture has cooled completely, add the spices and/or additions and mix gently.

  • 3. Put in the freezer and for three hours, take out every 30 minutes, mix and put back in the freezer. That's it, we have ice cream like Gadi's. Take it out of the freezer ten minutes before you want to serve it, so that it softens a little.

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This recipe is part of Adi Shilon’s “Their Favorite Dish” project, which tells the story of 60 abductees through the recreation of their favorite recipe for a pastry or dessert. For all the details and additional recipes in the project.

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