if you are lucky enough to have green tomatoes, here are 5 excellent things to do with them (other than frying).
The Bloody Ceasar/ Sunsets on Gabriola Island
Two summers ago, I finally gathered my courage and tried a Bloody Ceasar. I am Canadian and The Bloody Ceasar is arguably the most Canadian of cocktails. It is ubiquitous in Canada, but I’ve never seen it offered on a menu in the USA (and I’ve lived in the United States for over 30 years)….
2 Infused Wines for the Holidays (Pear Lavender and Grapefruit Vanilla)….but you should make them now because they are slow.
If you have been reading this blog lately, you are aware that I have been gathering with some of my female friends pretty often for an Oven Coven. So far, it hasn’t actually involved the oven. It’s mostly involved us infusing alcohol with delicious flavors, while drinking the alcohol that we concocted the last…
Oven Coven- Rose Potion with Stone Fruit, Cardamom and Pink Peppercorns
Last spring, when the roses were in bloom Maria Dahvana Headly gathered some women together to make food and aperatifs in her back yard. The idea was to put all of our witchy good intentions into delicious consumables and form an oven coven. It worked. We made jars of Preserved Lemons and infused alcohol…
Sautéed and Salted Medjool Dates with Whiskey
At The Illuminati Ball, we serve Medjool Dates sautéed in very good olive oil and sprinkled with Maldone salt as an amuse bouche. Pairing sweet dates with salt, usually bacon or goat cheese is pretty classic. I didn’t invent the idea of simply using flakey salt rather than meat or dairy. I ate this delicious…
Some thoughts on Glamour- Prosecco Aperol Spritz/ A Serious Champagne Cocktail/ Bananas Foster
The other night I snatched a quick telephone chat with my best friend from college. She has two kids, one of whom is still a toddler. It was about 8PM when our conversation ended like this… Rebecca: I have to go. My daughter is sprawling on the kitchen floor and she’s about to start screaming….
Blackberry Ginger Gin Cocktail
We drank a serious amount of this cocktail on our visit to Gabriola Island. It started with a lovely recipe from a recent issue of Bon Appetite for a Blackberry Ginger Vodka Cocktail and gradually transformed over two weeks, as we switched alcohols and tried different citrus juices. It is reminiscent of the delicious blueberry cocktail…
Honey-Lime Herbal ‘Lixir
This is a recipe for a little cocktail. It’s not to sweet, a little sly and pretty darn sure of itself. It’s very international and may be the only one of its kind, so get ready!
How to Make a Hot Toddy
I have some strong opinions on this topic. I consider this the official Orr family cocktail. It is medicinal. If you are sick it will make you feel better.
OK, so before you tell me I am perfectly aware that it is the middle of winter and not really mojito season. But sometimes a girl’s gotta live in denial.