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TV Tuesday # 9: How To Make Blackberry Balsamic Mojitos

Summer has made a brief appearance this weekend, with the weather in our area about 20 degrees F (10 degrees C) hotter than normal at this time of year. And when the sun comes out, the weather is hot, and the pallet gets parched, I think most of us start thinking about something delicious to sip on.

Well, this should hold you over…

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By on May 15, 2012 in Beverage, Blackberry, Blog, TV Tuesdays, Videos 8

Homemade Baileys

 

Today I wanted to share this fun recipe that my girlfriend and I make around this time of the year (it’s her family recipe).

I highly recommend making this with a friend. It’s a fun way to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon or even evening.

Now it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a “naughty but nice” recipe, and as Christmas approaches this one is timely. It makes a nice hostess gift or one for your coworkers. It’s not only simple but once you’ve tried this you’ll never buy it again. It makes the store bought stuff taste watered down and almost synthetic.

We usually make a double batch, because I give a lot of it away.

Tie a pretty bow and hang an ornament from the bottle for a hostess gift

Homemade Baileys

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp of boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey

In a large bowl or jug, whisk together the cream and sweetened condensed milk until the two are smooth and well combined. You’ll need two smaller bowls for the next step. In one bowl, whisk together the eggs. In the other bowl add the instant coffee, cocoa and cinnamon with just enough hot water to form a runny, smooth paste. Add the eggs, chocolate mixture and whiskey to the cream. Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined. Using a sieve, pour the homemade Baileys through the strainer to strain out any of the lumpy egg whites that might not have blended in properly. What you’re left with is perfectly smooth and rich tasting Baileys. Pour the mixture into pretty bottles and refrigerate.

This baileys will last for at least 3 weeks refrigerated and maybe a lot longer, but there’s usually none left after 3 weeks to test the longevity.

By on December 2, 2011 in Beverage, Blog, Dairy, Gluten Free, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Vegetarian 15

Honey Mulled Wine

This makes a great entertaining drink for Thanksgiving or the upcoming Holiday Season. It’s warm, spicy and perfect when coming in from the cold. While it might not be the healthiest recipe, we all need a little wiggle room some times. For some of you, that wiggle room may be saved for dessert. That is my husband’s preference, but for me this hits the spot just right on those days when I come in from walking the dog through a torrential down pour. You know the days when the rain is coming in sideways and though you’re wearing a rain coat, somehow even your undies are wet? Well this is a nice little treat to cozy up to, in front of the fire while you dry out and warm up. Now some say that there are many health benefits to drinking red wine in moderation.  What ever you believe, I think we can all agree that moderation is the key factor here.

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By on November 7, 2011 in Beverage, Blog 17

Honey Rhubarb Mojitos

I recently saw a post on a rhubarb soda (I can’t seem to remember where, so my apologies) and it got me thinking, “What about a Mojito?!” Now we’re talkin’. At our wedding a few years back we wanted to have a nice virgin cocktail, so we chose one we had from a restaurant in Utah called a Raspberry Balsamic Mojito. It was so delicious. I would have never thought to put balsamic vinegar into a cocktail but it really complements the “sweet” of the drink. The bartender was kind enough to give us the recipe, which we then forwarded to our wedding venue.

I wanted to create a twist on that recipe especially now that spring is in the air.  The tulips are blooming and the warm sun feels good on my face. I just started fixing up the yard with table and chairs, outdoor carpets and cushions and it seemed like the perfect drink to make. This recipe is for a virgin mojito, but of course adding a shot of rum is absolutely allowed!

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By on April 21, 2011 in Beverage, Blog, Recipes, Rhubarb 2

Apple Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Shown above with apple sauce
 

These little delights are one of my favourite autumn treats. There is something about the sweet yet tart taste of apples and the spice of cinnamon that simply says, without saying a word, “Let the snow fall.” I came across this beautiful recipe again on our excursion into the great unknown of the Canadian boreal forest. With a focus on vegetarian cooking and items that last a long time, this recipe ranked high on the list of go to meals. Egg whites can be frozen in those handy little cartons (however egg whites separated from the yolk made from scratch are best) from the grocery store and provided us with lots of low fat protein. Apples are always on hand and cottage cheese is another fabulous source of calcium and low fat protein that has a long expiry date.

At the time we were on a P90 kick so big breakfasts were a must after our workouts. Now I tend to make these on a relaxed Sunday morning when there’s a chill in the morning air. They’re perfect for those mornings when warm muffins feels like the right idea but maybe something creative and a little different is the order of the day. They make a fabulous brunch item, as well, if there are ever a few guests to feed and impress, yet they take minimal work. Now don’t you look smart!

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By on November 2, 2010 in Apple, Beverage, Blog, Brunch, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Vegetarian 4

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