She had eyes like drops of a rainbow above the blood red horizon of her beautifully arched lips. What lent this observation even more significance was the inexplicable fact that she appeared to like me!
So there I was: a beautiful, intelligent woman showing emerging signs of interest in me. In me! A physics student at MIT, master of a lab full of esoteric equipment, none of which was particularly suited to impress a woman. What was I to do?
Then two unrelated events convened and provided the dearly needed inspiration. The first one was an ice cream truck. The second one was a friend of mine, who was in line with me at the truck while complaining that in his lab he had run out of liquid nitrogen. I offered him some of my liquid nitrogen, which got me a free ice cream cone.
The solution had presented itself! It was clear as daylight: I was going to invite my aspiring flame over to my lab to the best ice cream she had ever tasted. I was going to make it all by myself, in front of her very eyes, using liquid nitrogen to chill it instead of a normal freezer!
Now, you must know that liquid nitrogen has a temperature of -320 °F or -210 °C, whichever you prefer. It instantly freezes everything it comes into contact with while evaporating in a mystic display of billowing clouds.
I googled a recipe for strawberry ice cream and got this online:
- 300 grams of the freshest, most delicious, ripe strawberries pureed in a blender (don’t skimp on those!)
- juice of half a lemon
- 80 g fine sugar or powdered sugar
- 150 g sweet cream
- 100 ml milk
- vanilla flavor (or real vanilla, if you have it)
I prepared everything at home and took the liquid mix to work with me. Hiding it in the lab fridge among all the other stuff was a challenge, but I just stuck a label on my ice cream mix container, saying: „Low grade radioactive waste!“ It got the job done, and nobody touched it until I was the only one left in the lab.
I had cleared the lab desk from all the clutter and put two freshly washed beakers on it, along with two long spoons and a candle. Pulled out all the stops and even dimmed the light. As 6 o’clock was rolling around, I got a bit nervous. Was she going to stand me up? Was the ice cream going to make an impression? Was I going to be able to make an impression?
It wasn’t long after 6 that my date arrived. The sight of her made my knees go weak — short dress, high heels, and a killer smile. But I knew what to do. I had planned for this. I took the dish of ice cream mix out of the fridge and then poured some liquid nitrogen from a special thermos into the ice cream base with a flourish. Huge clouds of mist started billowing, it was hissing and sputtering, and I was stirring and stirring, all the while putting on a more confident smile than I actually felt I had reason to.
After a minute or two of all that stirring, billowing and hissing, the nitrogen evaporated and the mists cleared. Left behind was a soft, pink dream of strawberry ice cream. Feeling like the alchemist who had succeeded at turning worthless stuff into gold, I spooned some of it into our beakers and joined her at the desk.
„What? You really expect me to eat that?“ she asked with big, incredulous eyes.
So I went first and put a spoon full of the pink matter in my mouth. Guys, you won’t believe it until you’ve tasted it. This was the smoothest, strawberriest ice cream I had ever tasted. Nothing, like, really nothing, could touch the taste and texture of it. To say it was the best ice cream ever would be an understatement.
I guess my exuberance must have showed, and also the fact that I continued to live and breathe, because she followed suit and tried a tiny specimen.
And that was the moment our relationship was elevated to the next level. I took away an important lesson from this: capitalize on what you’ve got instead of wishing for what you have not. There are girls out there who love a perfect scoop of ice cream.
A warning at the end: liquid nitrogen can seriously hurt you in many ways, if handled improperly. I do NOT advise you try this unless you have knowledge and training in its handling.
Here is a video clip showing you some cool stuff you can do with liquid nitrogen: