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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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Banana Bread: a Recipe by quornflour

I never seem to be able to get to bananas before they brown. Once they go brown they are too sweet. I picked up a few bananas last week and then things just got crazy and once again they browned before I thought about it.

As the sweet smell wafted through my apartment, I figured I should make some banana bread.

I cannot eat much soy, so I try to switch out my oils to non-soy based oils and fats. One of those common soy fats is brand named Crisco (vegetable shorting). A good swap out for Crisco is coconut oil. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, that in years back got a bad rap for being a saturated fat but is now looked at as a healthy fat because of the way your body digests it.

Anyway, my 84 year old friend gave me this recipe and then I swapped it out. Switching out the oils worked great.

Here is what you need:

Wet:

  • ½ Cup of Coconut oil
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 medium sized browned bananas (mashed)

Dry:

  • 2 Cups of flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Other:

  • ½ Cups of walnuts or pecans broken into small pieces (optional)

Here is what you are going to do:

  1. heat your oven to 350⁰
  2. in a large bowl fluff the sugar and the coconut oil until it is thoroughly mixed

  1. add the eggs and beat the eggs into the oil and sugar
  2. add the smashed bananas
  3. in a smaller bowl combine and mix the dry ingredients (save for the nuts)
  4. add the dry ingredients and mix in a little
  5. add the nuts and finish mixing completely

  1. grease (with coconut oil) your bread pans, I like the small ones, but you can also use a regular side loaf pan
  2. pour your batter into the pans
  3. bake for 45-60 minutes (depends on the pan size, the smaller ones take less time)
  4. remove when they are browned on top and you can poke them with a toothpick and it comes out clean

Serve warm or room temperature, it is super delicious with cream cheese!



Road Trip – Episode 3: Road Food by quornflour

It seems there are a lot of people who seem to think of Road Food when on a road trip to be primarily junk food or fast food. This need not be the case.

 

I have some friends who find the local BBQ of the place where they are while others stick with the same fast food chains. There was a time where my road trips were filled with corn nuts and red licorice.

Now I like to a mix. I have a bag with an ice pack that holds bread, peanut butter and jelly and at any time a variety of other snacky foods. I like to maintain foods that do not require utensils or extreme preparation.

When I land some place I like to see if there is a locally owned place that is especially good, or a diner, or if visiting friends: gather groceries and make a nice meal.

My first night on the road I stayed with my aunt, we hit the grocery store and prepared a feast of cheese, salmon, veggies and a host of other finger friendly foods.

Last night we had a “Mexican Feast” of soft shelled tacos and strawberry mango margaritas made from scratch and not too sweet.

Really I am just telling you this, not because I have anything profound to say, or because you can eat healthy on the road but really because I want to show you some pictures of some delicious food I have had on this trip.




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