hey ice cream is my choice but to make it at least the only way i know how is an ice cream maker. but all the ice cream maker does is keep the cream moving while it freezes. so if you can figure out how to do that with out an ice cream maker good on ya. well i found this it should work. Link
as for a recipe french vanilla is really similar to creme anglais let me get me Larousse gastro and find the recipeok i attached pictures of the recipe the first 2 describe how to make a creme anglais and the third one gives the ingredients for ice cream, yes i was to lazy to type them out.
p.s i though i was the only montrealer on here nice to see i'm not alone.