Tag Archives: cucumber

A Trio of Brunch Beverages

So, it’s Thursday evening where I’m at, which means that tomorrow is Friday and that we are almost to the weekend (YAY!). Now, this weekend is going to be busy for many people; visiting family and friends, doing Easter activities, etc. This is the post that gets you through all that, or at least gives you something to celebrate the end of the weekend with.

For as long as I remember, mimosas have been my mom’s choice of brunch beverage, which totally fits the bill of what a morning drink should be. My dad? Bloody Marys. Believe me, I’ve become a pro at making them; and now that I have vegan Worcestershire sauce, it’s all good! But, I think it’s time to switch things up a bit. Time for some refreshing beverages, where the alcohol is optional but a very welcome addition. 

Maybe next time, I’ll try my hand at doing a more savory drink; but at this moment in time, I’m feeling the sweet breakfast drink, even if subtly so. The cool combination of cucumber, mint and melon make that juice perfect for waking up. Just take it outside and enjoy in some sun (if it’s sunny where you are), or bring it to your computer desk and look at picture of the beach and transport yourself away. Perhaps a soundtrack of waves crashing would help? ;)

Okay, so one of these isn’t really something that you can drink over and over- I’m looking at you beer float- but hey, go for it! I see it as more of a dessert for the end of the brunch. You can easily make this non-alcoholic by using a suitable Strawberry Soda, and if you can’t find a Strawberry Ale, a wine cooler or malt beverage of the strawberry variety would suffice. 

The Blueberry Thai Basil, is really a mojito made over; but, the only thing that remains the same is the use of lime juice and rum. I’ve made this drink fresh and light with sparkling water, seasonal produce and a touch of agave. This is the sophisticated drink of the bunch, so serve it to someone fancy. If that person doesn’t drink, then just leave out the booze! It tastes just as good without.

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Beers, Holidays, Sweet Recipes

Reader’s Recipes: 4th Edition!

Reader&#8217;s Recipes: 4th Edition!<br />
This dish is super simple, but the taste is refreshing with the combination of crisp, cool cucumbers and sweet peaches. It&#8217;s perfect as a lunch salad of sorts or as a side dish for any summer meal. My lovely friend Amanda made this, using my recipe for a Cucumber Peach salad with Basil and Mint as a reference. Although, she didn&#8217;t have fresh herbs on hand, she said it was delicious!<br />
Have you ever made a recipe of mine (send in a link to your blog post of one of my recipes and I&#8217;ll post it up here for all to see!)?

This dish is super simple, but the taste is refreshing with the combination of crisp, cool cucumbers and sweet peaches. It’s perfect as a lunch salad of sorts or as a side dish for any summer meal. My lovely friend Amanda made this, using my recipe for a Cucumber Peach salad with Basil and Mint as a reference. Although, she didn’t have fresh herbs on hand, she said it was delicious!

Have you ever made a recipe of mine? Send in a link to your blog post of one of my recipes and I’ll post it up here for all to see!

Leave a Comment

Filed under Healthy Recipes, Reader's Recipes

Cool Gazpacho

Cool Gazpacho<br />
This dish is absolutely perfect for hot summer days and nights, with it&#8217;s refreshing flavors of cucumber, tomato and fresh herbs this soup is a great way to beat the heat. I took guidance from a recipe on About.com, but changed things up a little bit. Below is my adaptation.<br />
Ingredients (3-4 servings):<br />
1 Medium sized cucumber, sliced/chopped<br />
3 Tomatoes, chopped<br />
1 Red Bell Pepper, de-stemmed/seeded &amp; chopped<br />
2 Cloves Garlic<br />
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice<br />
1/2 White Onion, chopped<br />
3 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar<br />
1 tsp. Fresh Cilantro, minced<br />
1 tsp. Fresh Basil, minced<br />
A pinch of Cayenne Pepper<br />
Salt &amp; Pepper to taste</p>
<p>Directions:<br />
Put all ingredients in a fairly large blender or food processor, put the softer ingredients at the bottom to have it puree more easily. Blend until completely smooth and chill in the refrigerator before serving. I garnished my gazpacho with a dab of plain cashew cream and it was delicious!

This dish is absolutely perfect for hot summer days and nights, with it’s refreshing flavors of cucumber, tomato and fresh herbs this soup is a great way to beat the heat. I took guidance from a recipe on About.com, but changed things up a little bit. Below is my adaptation.

Ingredients (3-4 servings):

1 Medium sized cucumber, sliced/chopped

3 Tomatoes, chopped

1 Red Bell Pepper, de-stemmed/seeded & chopped

2 Cloves Garlic

2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1/2 White Onion, chopped

3 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp. Fresh Cilantro, minced

1 tsp. Fresh Basil, minced

A pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Salt & Pepper to taste

Veggies

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a fairly large blender or food processor, put the softer ingredients at the bottom to have it puree more easily. Blend until completely smooth and chill in the refrigerator before serving. I garnished my gazpacho with a dab of plain cashew cream and it was delicious!

Blender Contents

1 Comment

Filed under Healthy Recipes, Savory Recipes

Cucumber Mint Sorbet (or nearly shaved ice in this case) ;]

What do you do when the summer heat is getting to you and you happen to have a ton of cucumber in your refrigerator? Make a subtle sweet sorbet, of course! I used a recipe from The Catskill Kiwi, except that instead of making a mint-sugar syrup, I muddled mint leaves in 3/4 Cup of Agave Nectar. I also, couldn’t find an ice cream maker, so I just blended it all up and let it set overnight. It’s a cool treat, and doesn’t feel too heavy; my next endeavor will be to make some cucumber alcoholic treats! :D

Spoonful

Leave a Comment

Filed under Sweet Recipes