Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Apple Spiced Tea

Yes, yes... remiss in posting. That's the story of my life... BUT I have a lovely recipe to share with you today for a refreshing type of "punch" with a black tea base.

Apple-Spiced Punch

  • 2 qt hot black tea, unsweetened
  • 12 oz apple juice concentrate
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • 1 piece of ginger, peeled & sliced (approx. 3" in length)
  • 1 lemon sliced

Stir together hot tea, juice concentrate, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, ginger & lemon. Chill for 24 hours, stir occasionally. Remove cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, and ginger before serving. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

Please note - this isn't one of my recipes, and unfortunately I cannot take credit, or remember where I found it. So a big thank you to whoever created this yummy concoction!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Test kitchen day

I'm still not 100% on the recipe, but the husband liked them. Just placed them in the fridge to cool & set.

500 ml vinegar (I was running short of just one kind so I mixed white, rice & red wine)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper corns
1 clove
1 tsp each: dried oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil
2 large carrots, peeled & sliced into sticks
2 celery stalks, sliced into sticks
1 summer squash, washed & cut into sticks

Mix vinegar, salt, and spices together. Bring to a boil. Add vegetables, boil for 10 minutes. Do not over cook! They'll get mushy.

Place in a jar and cool briefly, then cover & place in the fridge.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A little gardening

Believe it or not - while live was crazy manic this past wedding season, we did have a tiny bit of time to garden this year. Not a lot mind you, but enough to get a fun little onion crop. These sure tasted yummy sauteed with butter and grilled with olive oil on the BBQ. Onions were actually pretty easy to grow, think I'll give them another try next summer. Hopefully the dog will keep the gophers at bay - darn things ate up through the barriers in the raised beds this summer! Grrrrr.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blast From the Past!

Speaking of posts that never got posted - here's a little gem I found in the files. Should I refer to them as the archives at this stage??

It's my mini-me a few years back, with her favorite creation. Her "world famous" (as she calls it) Fruit & Veggie Salad. This grew from her love of being in the kitchen, my discovery of some fabulous kid safe knives on, and what happened to be within her reach one day in the kitchen. Mind you, the ingredient list does change from day to day, but it also happens to be tasty, so I don't mind even now, when she feels like making one for lunch or dinner. This particular one featured apples, strawberries, baby carrots and sugar snap peas.