June 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
I love me a new coffee-type beverage and this one is super tasty. But it’s so easy it may not even be a recipe. It’s just something I saw someone post on Facebook, tried and am now obsessed with. It does require some thought because you have to make coffee ice cubes. I typically designate one ice cube tray to coffee. Whenever I have some leftovers from my french press I simply add some. They’re great for iced coffee or this tasty almond drink.
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my favorite and I simply add a little honey to this to sweeten to taste. If you prefer sweet non-dairy milk you can do that too. Whatever you want to do, it’s your game. Make it and totally up your morning game.
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 4-5 coffee ice cubes
- 2 tsp honey or agave
1) Milk sweetener of choice in with almond milk. Add coffee ice cubes and enjoy!
May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
At this point my love for smoothies may be bordering on obsession. I have one every day, often for breakfast. And then I usually end up wanting to make another one later in the afternoon too. They’re just so darn delicious!
Last week after making some coconut rice there was some leftover coconut milk just sitting in my fridge and thus I was inspired to make a tropical smoothie. The coconut milk makes it creamy and adds a great depth of flavor. My based was orange juice and chia seeds. Then added banana, mango and pineapple. If you want to make it healthy you can even add spinach when it’s all said and done. Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen mango and pineapple
1) Pour orange juice in the blender. Add chia seeds and let sit for several minutes.
2) Add in coconut milk and fruit and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
March 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
This weekend my best gal pals and I are galavanting around St Louis eating donut holes and doing sake bombs (okay, just one) and having an awesome time. This is all in honor of a wedding coming up in a month! Part of this fun weekend is throwing the bride a brunch themed shower. (Of course I love to throw a party focused on one of my favorite meals). This recipe for a mimosa float was made just for this occasion.
I wanted to do more than your average mimosa. (Partially because I’m not a huge fan of orange juice.) So, this is made with sorbet and fresh strawberries. Since I’m throwing it in a town I’m not familiar with I went ahead and got all the ingredients at Trader Joes, since they’re everywhere and have the same food at most of their locations.
I went with their cheapest sparkling wine, the Blanc de Blancs Brut ($4.99 you can’t go wrong), a pint of their mango sorbet ($3.99) and some fresh strawberries ($3). For pretty cheap you can make a lovely, refreshing and sparkly drink. Feel free to customize with your favorite sparkling wine or different sorbet flavors. (Maybe a granita and grapes?)
- Sparkling wine (Trader Joe’s Blanc de Blancs)
- Mango sorbet
- Strawberries, washed and sliced
1) Put a few strawberry slices in the bottom of each glass. Pour in 3-4 oz of wine and then add a large scoop of mango sorbet. Serve immediately and enjoy!
October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
You know what’s motivating? Half-used cans of relatively expensive ingredients. I made a delicious thai dish that used one cup of a can of coconut milk. My mind started thinking about what I could do with it so I wouldn’t end up throwing away the last half like I normally do, and this coconut milk smoothie was born.
The coconut milk gives it a creamy delicious taste that’s not overpowering. Since I’m not eating processed sugar I added some dried, pitted dates for sweetness. The fruit combo of banana, strawberries and raspberries was inspired but what I had in my freezer. Customize it with what you have!
My one piece of advice it to pre-soak the dates and blend them thoroughly before adding the other stuff, otherwise you end up with little pieces of dates which isn’t bad it’s just weird. Enjoy!
Coconut Milk Smoothie
(roughly adapted from Real Simple)
Makes 1 large smoothie
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 dried, pitted dates
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 1/3 cup of coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana
- a little over 1 cup frozen fruit (I used strawberries and raspberries)
1) Soak dates in water for 5-10 minutes. Blend. Add in ice, coconut milk, banana and frozen fruit; blend well. Pour into glass and enjoy!
September 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
Does anyone else refuse to believe summer is ending? Labor day weekend came and went (I worked) and all of a sudden sun and vacations are gone. I REFUSE to believe it. I’m gonna keep going on going on vacations and drinking lemonade.
I don’t know whats taken me so long to make simple syrup. Its just so…simple. Equal parts sugar and water. And if you happen to have herbs even better. This time my simple syrup batch included about half a cup of mint, torn into a pieces. I also did a second batch with 5-6 sprigs of thyme.To make the lemonade I juiced 8 lemons. My arms may have gotten a workout. I got about one and half cups of lemon juice. I mixed it with half a cup of sugar and about three cups of cool water. Then, as the cherry on top I combined the simple syrup with the lemonade, the ratio was about 3:1 (lemonade:herbed simple syrup). And added some ice and mixed well. It was fantastic. So refreshing and tasty! Regular lemonade is old news now.
Ingredients for simple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- fresh herbs (1/2 torn leaves, or 5-6 sprigs depending on the herb)
1) In a small saucepan combine water, sugar and herbs. Over low-medium heat stir consistently until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
Ingredients for lemonade
- 1 and 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons)
- 3-4 cups cool water
- 1/2 cup sugar (or more depending on preferences)
1)Mix lemon juice, water and sugar. Top with ice and stir.
2) For herbed lemonade combine 1 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup simple syrup (or to taste), add ice and enjoy!
June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Happy Wednesday, you guys. Feel depressed it’s hump day? Feel awkward about the term “hump day”? Yeah, me too. Lets move on. Lets move right on to a delicious, sugary drink. First lets acknowledge, I love beverages. All beverages. Coffee? Yep. Tea? Definitely. Lemonade? Limeade? Yes and yes. Fizzy cocktail? For sure. And summer brings out all sorts of possibilities.
One of my often forgotten favorites is Thai Iced Tea. I generally forget about it until I go get Thai food and see it sitting there on the back page. I promptly order one and am super happy I spent the $3 for a sugary, caffeine hit while eating my pad thai.
- 5 cups water
- 5 bags black tea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3-4 whole cloves
- 2 star anise pods
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cream or sweet condensed milk
February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
- 1 cup strongly brewed espresso or coffee, hot
- 2 heaping tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- sweetener of choice