Saturday, January 20, 2018

Another Egg Cream.

Was surprised to learn that my housemate, from around NYC where they originated, didn't know what an egg cream was. 

Cooksplained it to him, then set to making a slightly more traditional take than the rose perfumed one. 

For two:

- 2 c almond milk
- 2 Tbs cocoa powder
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- 1 tsp grated orange peel
- pinch of cinnamon, ginger
- sweetener to taste (I used 1 packet of stevia)
- seltzer
- crushed ice (5-6 cubes' worth)

Blend together almond milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger and sweetener, 1/2 the crushed ice.  Fill highball glasses with remaining ice, pour in blended ingredients, top with seltzer water, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pretty arrangement of fruit, if desired.

Friday, January 19, 2018


As it's Canadian Cuisine week, thought I'd celebrate with our friendly Northern neighbors' version of the Bloody Mary (my preferred one, too.)

For two servings:

- 1 14 oz. can of tomatoes
- 8 oz. clam juice

- lemon juice, hot sauce to taste
- pinches of salt, pepper, smoked paprika
- ice
- choice of garnishes.  Pictured:  skewered pickled vegetables, celery, cucumber.  Carrot sticks are nice, too.

Blend tomatoes with clam juice, and some water, to thin this, if desired.  Put 2-3 ice cubes in each of two highball glasses.  Divide juice mixture.  Add juice, sauce, seasonings to taste.  Stir.  Garnish as desired.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bien Fruité.

This almost looks like a mojito, doesn't it?  Minty and sweet, though not saccharine.  Doesn't pack a whallop like the rum with sugar would do, either.

It's just Cawston's apple soda mixed with some muddled mint leaves, crushed blackberries, a squeeze of lime juice and crushed ice.  Very nice.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


I'd heard of the wonders of turmeric. Put this to test on a day when I was feeling particularly irritated, cranky, annoyed at the world. 

Golden milk, or turmeric tea, is peppery, but soothing. Calming. Smells lovely, too. Think I'm going to drop right off and sleep the whole night through, thanks to this little tonic.

Here's the recipe I used.  Made enough for two, of course.  Housemate also loved it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I'd been craving Lapsang Souchong, smoked black tea, for some time. Finally, the little hippie store had it in stock again!

What would I call this? A sort of milk punch? A syllabub? A milky iced tea? Not sure. In any event, it was rich and perfumey. Lovely both sweetened and not. Bubbly, too.

- Brewed Lapsang Souchong (or any other smoked black) tea
- Whole milk
- Plain seltzer
- Sweetener (if desired)
- Orange slice
- Crushed Ice

Fill your glass about 1/4 - 1/3 full of crushed ice.  Add a half and half mix of milk and tea.  Sweeten to taste, if desired.  This is very nice unsweetened, too.  Mix.  Top with seltzer water and twist of orange.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Low pressure got to me today, so kept things simple.  The quinine in the tonic, along with the headache pill, did a world of good.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Brunch.

Dry January, Day 14:  Happy Two Weeks!

Felt like a good day to break out the new waffle iron again, both to try out a new recipe and to make something cheerful for a cold, gray weekend day. 

Served this up with plenty of strong coffee and a mimosa*, of course.

Champagne has always given me a headache, though other non champagne cremants never bothered too much. The Cawston Press Cloudy Apple soda is like the best Cremant de Loire, only better, as it doesn't leave me drowsy with a headachy edge afterwards.

* Normally sparkling wine topped off with orange juice.  I did half and half freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice and apple soda.