This was a particularly yummy week. I may not be the most natural cook, and I certainly am not at the point of my own recipe development yet, but, I sure can follow a good recipe!
Love and Lemons: This cookbook and website was a lucky find for me! My brother came over for a beer a few months back, and brought me a 'just because' gift of this cookbook! I have made several of the recipes and find I am a huge fan! (you can find it on my product page - here!) The other day, I was craving something different, and decided to try out the Lemon Olive Oil Pistachio Cake! I didn't have a cute or fancy mini cake or loaf pan, so I made these in large cupcake tins, and they came out just fine! My suggestion is to make extra glaze...go ahead...double the recipe; also, I did take their substitution and use almond flour instead of pistachio flour...I only had shelled pistachios and I didn't have time for all of that! It was melt in your mouth delicious. The cake had an amazing consistency.
Notice I started with dessert? Ha! But this week, I made (for the third time!) a household favorite for dinner - Leek and Radish Green Tart! This is light, but so flavorful. It says it serves 6 to 8 people, but in reality, the whole thing usually disappears in one sitting (for three people). We love the little side radish salad - so refreshing! I did use Joanna's pie crust recipe, just because I'm familiar with it at this point! But Love and Lemons does offer up a vegan pie crust recipe for those of you who may be interested!
Total disclaimer - I am in no way a mixologist - but I am passionate about yummy drinks. I could see some saying that this tastes too heavy or two syrupy for them, but I am a huge fan.
Two years ago, when I was in the Czech Republic, I came across one of my two absolute favorite cocktails. I had originally asked for something with tequila, which they didn’t have - but our waitress suggested that I let her order a cocktail for me….as all of the other Americans had really liked this concoction. I said sure, why not….then proceeded to order it for the rest of the week that I stayed in the hotel!
A quick google search has shown that this drink can be one variation of a Stiletto...but when I ordered it, it was nameless. I have played with the pours over the last two years, and you can adjust to taste, but here is the original!
Equal parts: Bourbon - Amaretto - Lime Juice add a splash of Coke.
Shake and pour over ice. (Sometimes I prefer more bourbon than amaretto, and will make that adjustment.)
I think we are all at that point now, in Covidland, of feeling like we are running out of indoor hobbies? I have been knitting, watching tv, cooking up a storm, writing, reading....all of which has been great, but my brain needs a challenge. I have found myself looking for puzzles, jigsaw, sudoku and otherwise....have to stay sharp! Masterclasses have been fun - but this week I haven't been in the mood for my usual dose of podcasts - I'm craving a change of scenery all together!
I also have to say that after searching online, I am surprised no one has jumped on the zoom board game bandwagon. Has no one invented a way to play Cards Against Humanity online with friends on Zoom?! There must be a way!
Comment below with your favorite solitary hobbies and online game hacks! I need new material over here!