Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bebbo Shmebbo

50ml Svedka grapefruit jalapeno vodka
1/2oz orange juice
1/2oz honey syrup
3/4oz lemon juice

1) Add all the ingredients to a drink shaker, plus a few ice cubes.
2) Shake and strain into a drink glass.

Review:  I'm ever so guilty of buying random 'nips' at the liquor store. I see flavors that seem interesting and then they begin accumulating. I'm going to try to clean out my liquor cabinet by finding recipes for all of those random bottles! This was the first attempt, which was a fairly easy attempt. The only difficult part was making a simple syrup with honey instead of sugar, and in such a small amount! Oh, and I also didn't have any ice made, so that delayed the recipe by a few hours. Suddenly it became an evening drink instead of an afternoon drink on my sunny deck!! As for flavor, this was AMAZING! It had a light grapefruit flavor, with mostly a general citrus flavor, with a hint of jalapeno tang (but not the heat). So, so good!!!
Adapted from:!/cocktails/flavor/svedka-grapefruit-jalapeno

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Smoky Pasta Salad (original recipe)

12oz black bean rotini
8oz chipotle marinated tofu, diced
1 cup roasted corn, thawed
3/4 cup ranch dressing
1 Tbs smoked paprika

1) Cook rotini according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2) In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together.
3) Refrigerate and serve cold.

Review:  Trader Joe's starting carrying black bean rotini and the only ingredient is black bean flour. I snagged a bag without considering what I might do with it. More than a week later, I randomly found chipotle tofu at a grocery store I rarely frequent. I knew the two needed to go together in a dish and this is the best I came up with. It's a really fascinating recipe. It's such a simple pasta salad idea, but it's high in protein! It also doesn't taste like pasta. The rotini is just shaped black beans, which feels weird in my mouth (I taste black beans, but I put rotini in my mouth). However, this was incredibly tasty and looks far more appealing than a bean salad! I may make this for the next potluck at work!!