I recently restocked my syrups shelf in the fridge so I have found myself enjoying a variety of drinks. Blackberry Jalapeno Smash is one of the mocktails I have found myself making during the COVID isolation. There is not much I can do to defuse my anxiety. One trick that seems to work for me is to focus on cooking.
Eating well and drinking well has become an important part of my daily routine. On most days, it is a welcome distraction for me to focus on building memorable flavors on my plate or in my cup. Since I don’t imbibe alcohol, I have to be creative when it comes to crafting drinks. I am not a fan of mocktails that don’t have a depth of flavor. A drink, alcoholic or not, should not be a mere vessel for sugar into the bloodstream.
One thing I love about this drink is the range it has. The jalapeno syrup in this drink is layered with the pungent herbiness of the celery seeds and heat from the jalapeno. This adds a good balance to the fruitiness of the blackberry. The basil rounds out the delight without being overpowering.
If you are someone that likes your drinks smooth, it is possible to strain this before serving it. However, I find that layering the ice of the blackberry on the bottom provides a lovely filtration system. Of course, I just love how pretty the color transition looks in the glass.
Making pasta in tomato sauce is almost as old as time. Nothing special really. So why then would I be so excited about publishing a pasta in jammy tomato sauce? Well, the answer to the question is quite obvious once you make it and try this dish yourself.
I don’t think it needs to be said that this year has been crazy. We are all living it day-to-day at the moment. For those among us, who are lucky enough to have safe shelter, we are indoors. We wait, patiently on some days, for time to pass and dull out the might that is Coronavirus. It has become a long wait. Amidst all of the turmoil and anxiety, food has become an emotional coping tool. Making this vegan magical mushroom paste is one of the things that brought me so much joy.
Like half of the world, at this point, I am currently under self-isolation to help control the spread of Coronavirus. This shrimp in lemon butter sauce is a key part of my Day 1 survival strategy. It was just the right amount of luxury for a young woman who is currently out of work and trying really hard not to panic.
A few years ago, I went primarily plant-based for a few weeks. At that time, I was constantly looking for new food options. Mujadara is a plant-based options that has remained a favorite of mine. What is there not love about rice that is cooked with onions and spices? The other thing I always loved about this dish is the blend of lentils and rice. I sometimes feel guilty about eating white rice but the addition of the lentils boosts the nutritional profile. A few months ago, I put together a version of mujadara that features one of my favorite spices, chipotle pepper.
Turmeric Bun with Raisin Paste is a good way to begin a full month filled with celebrations and progress. September makes a massive transitional month for me. There are so many good things happening this month. My intention is to go into this month, fully present and ready to embrace all that is happening.
Yes, it is Peach week on this blog. Also, yes, I am posting about a salad with a recipe for feta crouton because a peach tomato salad is simple. Some peach slices with tomato slices on arugula are all I have on the plate. So humor me. This combination of the Peach Tomato Salad with Feta Crouton blew my mind away. So here we are!
I love a good 3-day weekend when everything slows down and people are relaxed. Labor day is different for me this year because it will also mark the beginning of a rather important school year. Get your glass of Peach Lavender Cordial ready. Let me tell you a story.
I can’t remember when I first made an olive oil cake. It was probably sometimes in the past few years of living in Boston. I do know that I keep reaching for it. Now, I have made myself an Upside Down Peach Olive Oil Cake. What a mouthful?!