Our refrigerator has an ice maker. Like many ice makers, it doesn't really work. (Ours works sporadically, dumping a ton of ice in the middle of the night and waking me from a deep sleep, with my heart pounding. Fun times.) A while ago, we decided to go old school and keep a bunch of ice trays in the freezer. Then we got obsessed, finding interesting trays wherever we went.
It started with a tray of six enormous cubes. Large ice is great, because one piece will get you through at least one refill, maybe two. A trip to New York, and a stop at Muji, yielded a really cool ice ball. We fought over the ice sphere. Luckily, I took a day trip to Charlotte and found a couple more at Sur la Table. On the same trip, I found hearts at IKEA. Nothing says "I love you" like a cup full of heart-shaped ice.
I found my favorite ice tray at Disney World, in the Polynesian Resort gift shop. A Mickey Mouse shaped piece of ice really classes up a glass of wine, no?
Before dinner, we pass around the ice bowl, everyone choosing their favorites. (The older kids tend to prefer the large cubes and spheres, while the youngest loves a glass full of Mickeys with a heart or two.)
I always keep an eye out for fun ice trays on vacation. Museum shops are good places to look and I love a stop in a new kitchen store. We're headed to the beach soon and I might just come back with lobster shaped ice molds, perfect for a Bloody Caesar. The kids are angling for something with a Star Wars theme. Obviously, plain old ice cubes would work just as well. In fact, they would even stack better in the freezer, but where's the fun in that?
Does your family share a weird obsession? What quirks do you have around the table?
(Images: Anne Postic)