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Just Juice by quornflour

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A friend of mine had a juicer that she got as a wedding gift but never used, did I want it?
Before I thought about it I was saying yes. Then things got crazy and I forgot about it, for months it remained in the box.
After getting a delivery of carrots and apples from my organic produce delivery (boston organics) I felt a little overwhelmed, then I remembered the juicer.
I started simple with things I knew I liked and enjoyed a simple and delicious juice.
Here is what you need:
an apple, a pear, ginger root (about the size of a baby hand), a peach, a beet and a handful of carrots (6-8).
It is super delicious and if you pour everything in and add the beet juice last you can make fancy cappuccino designs on top!

 

Just Juice.

via Just Juice.



Fire and Ice – a Cocktail Recipe by quornflour

A while back I was visiting friends and they told me of this cocktail they had gotten somewhere. Now I couldn’t really remember what it was other than it was a martini and it had burnt orange oil in it.

So on a recent visit with them, I stopped at the liquor store and picked up what I thought should go in the drink. Apparently it was not the same, for starters, the one they had was a gin martini and I picked up vodka instead. But regardless, it was super delicious, and almost festive. Fire and ice is festive after all isn’t it?

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 orange
  • Cointreau
  • Vodka
  • Ice
  • Matches

We used a 16oz shaker for 2 drinks…

  1. Fill your shaker with ice
  2. Add 3 oz Cointreau
  3. Top with vodka
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Slice the pith and zest off the orange
  6. Light match
  7. Bend peal over the flame aiming for the glass

Now I suspect you could also add the oil and then light the drink on fire, but I haven’t tried that…

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Coffee by quornflour

As it turns out, I frequently take pictures of my coffee. Anyone who knows me also knows that I also take pictures of my food before I eat it. Apparently I take pictures of my coffee in various stages of consumption.

Anyway, I am not a huge fan of “perfumed” or flavored coffees, however, recently my friend Sarah came back from Africa and with her brought some cinnamon sticks. Thinking of our coffee breaks one morning recently I dropped a cinnamon stick into the water of my percolator, it made the loveliest cinnamon flavored coffee.

If you don’t have a percolator, soak the stick in a small amount of water and add it to the grinds of your drip maker, or add the water and the stick to your French press (you might have to halve it if it is big).

It is a nice holiday coffee treat without all of the crap that goes into other flavoring.



I Like Cold Beverages by quornflour

It has been a super-hot summer, which is great. Last summer was pretty dreary overall so it is nice to have some nice hot days. My garden is not the most amazing thing ever, but I have tomatoes!

One of my favorite beat the heat summer beverages is Passion Lemonade. You can get it at Starbucks if you want, but it seems a little silly when you can make it yourself, especially when it is super easy to make.

Here is what you are going to need:

  • 4-5 Passion Teabags (Tazo)
  • ¼-½ Cup of sugar (or alternate sweetener – more if you want it sweet)
  • The juice of 4 Lemons
  • Water

First up you need to brew the tea, I filled water up to what would be the 10 cup line in my Pyrex percolator with 4 tea bags. I tore the tags off the bags and tied them to a bamboo skewer to keep them from sinking and all together.

I am pretty sure you can cold brew it if you want to, but I hot brew it since I am adding sugar and want it dissolved.

While it is hot add the sugar and stir until dissolved. You are going to want it a little over sweet at this point because you still have lemons to add.

After it is cooled or at least room temperature, add the lemon juice and refrigerate.

Serve cold over ice.

You can also add make a super delicious cocktail with it, which is another great way to beat the heat.



Russian Punch by quornflour

I live in what I would refer to as a “Cup of Sugar” neighborhood. You know the sort, often missing from the landscape of today, where you can knock on your neighbors’ door while in the middle of baking and after realizing you are short sugar and get a cup of sugar.

I spend a fair amount of time with my neighbors. Once a month we have Neighbor Night. We get together and play cards, have a few drinks, snacks and talk about the goings on.

Regardless of whose house it is as, we all bring something to share. One week I was asked to bring a drink, so I figured I would make some vodka lemonade since it was one of the first warm nights of the season. I quickly realized that I didn’t have much ice, so I threw in frozen fruit that I had and blended it up and called it good.

My friend Lil’ who doesn’t drink much, loved it so much that the next time we were having Neighbor Night and I asked what I should bring she said I should bring “that Russian Punch”.

“Russian Punch?”

“Yes, the punch with the vodka.”

And so “Russian Punch” was born.

I guess one could argue that it similar to a daiquiri, but whatever, it is delicious whatever you call it.

All you need is:

  • 1 Can of frozen lemonade (save the can for measuring)
  • 1 ½ -2 Can worth of vodka
  • 2 Cans of frozen berries (mixed or just your one favorite)
  • ½ to 1 Can frozen peaches
  • ½ to 1 can fresh pineapple*
  • 1 fresh cut (or frozen mango)*
  • ½ to 1 can fresh watermelon*
  • 1 can of cold water
  • 1 can of ice

Stick it all in a blender and whirr it up until everything is blended. Serve cold.

Unless you want it REALLY sweet adding additional sugar is unnecessary since there is enough to go around in the lemonade and the fruits. You could serve this in a sugar rimmed glass though if you wanted to be all fancy about it.

*I like to cut up the watermelon, pineapple and mango and any other fruit (pears and apples are great in this) I might want to add beforehand so that it is nice and cold, just be careful if you do this to freeze flat to avoid having an iceberg that your blender can easily get through and will not heat up your beverage trying to pulverize.



You know what? It’s hot, that’s what. by quornflour
July 24, 2011, 4:02 PM
Filed under: beverages, Clever Chickadees, quornflour

If you have not been paying attention, I should probably let you know. It has been hot. The whole country has been covered in “red”, well the whole country except Seattle (screen shot from Intellicast, my favorite weather website).

While I still prefer fans and open windows, after last summer: I even went so far as to pick up an AC to cool and dehumidify the house when it gets too bad. I am glad I did.

That said it is still hard to find ways to cool off. Sometimes a drink with friends is an awesome way to socialize and hang out. One of my favorite summertime drinks is the passion lemonade from Starbucks. This is by the way super easy to make on your own. All you need is 1 part iced passion tea and 1 part lemonade.

Now if you are looking for a cocktail this is a great drink to grow up a little. To do this: make your own Passion Lemonade:

start by brewing a half gallon of TAZO Passion tea (about 6 tea bags)

add honey or other sweetener while it is still warn to help it dissolve

sweeten to taste and then a tiny bit sweeter

add the juice of fresh squeezed lemons (about 6)

in a drink shaker (or pitcher) add:

ice

4 parts tea lemon mix

1 part Limoncello

2 parts vodka

Serve over ice or in a martini glass, if you want to get super fancy you can sugar the rim.

Sit back and enjoy responsibly.

 



Sunday Morning Smoothie by quornflour

I got up early and read, cleaned a bit, started laundry, walked the dog and realized I had not had coffee, so I made a pot of coffee, paid the bills ate a few almonds, put groceries away that I had managed to overlook due to putting the bag in the pantry and running out the door, I installed some software on my computer, I ate some almonds, drank some coffee and realized it was almost 10 and I should probably eat something. But what?

In the groceries I had put away I had put away some almond milk and thought, I could really go for something a little sweet so I made a smoothie…

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Cup of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 package berry Emergen-C
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate powder
  • 1 cup frozen mix berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & black berries)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed oil

Put everything in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Then when you are done with your smoothie, get back to work!

 




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