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Switch To Switchel

August 15, 2016

There are lots of drinks out there, purported to boost energy, create the ultimate balance of bacteria in the gut, help you lose weight and gain clarity. From Red Bull to green tea and the ever trendy kombucha, there is no shortage of  hyped out drinks to choose from. Apple cider vinegar and green juices share the stage with a host of other natural choices with “magical powers” to make your skin glow and your belly calm.

via Alex Lau for Bon Appetite

via Alex Lau for Bon Appetite

Well, just when you thought you had reached your healthy beverage nirvana, a new one steals the spotlight. Say hello to Switchel, the latest beverage to enter the healthy drink scene. Around since the late 1700’s, switchel is the perfect way to hydrate on a very hot day. Made with stomach soothing ginger, it allowed thirsy farmers to consume enough liquid to quell their thirst, without making them sick. It is also thought to reduce inflammation and balance the body’s natural ph levels, due to the apple cider vinegar and maple syrup.
Switchel is similar to lemonade in some ways, and very reminiscent of the iconic Master Cleanse cocktail. It is easy to make your own, and although it is touted as a healthy electrolyte booster ( ala Gatorade), it’s also a great base for an adult beverage when mixed with rum, whisky or a dry white wine.

Give this recipe a try, and perhaps you too, will want to switch to switchel!

Mapel -Ginger Switchel: via Bon Appetite

 INGREDIENTS:

SERVINGS: 4

  • 1 5″-piece fresh ginger (about 6 ounces)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 4 cups water or club soda
  • Mint sprigs (for serving)

PREPARATION:

  • Pass ginger through a juicer (you should have about ⅓ cup). Combine ginger juice, vinegar, maple syrup, and lime juice in a large pitcher and stir until maple syrup is dissolved. Chill until cold.
  • To serve, dilute with water and pour switchel into ice-filled glasses; garnish with mint.
  • Do Ahead: Base can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

Switchel can be mixed with seltzer or sparkling water instead of regular water for a bit of a “fizzy kick.”

If you don’t have a juicer, you can grate the ginger instead.

Some people use raw honey instead of the more classic maple syrup for variation. The most important thing is to use pure maple syrup or honey, and not a processed version.( aka Aunt Jemimah’s pancake syrup)

Enjoy!

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Make Your Own Flavored Water

September 9, 2014

Cucumber and lime-flavored water

I don’t know about you, but downing at least 64 ounces of water per day is tough.  Companies have come up with low or no calorie drops that you can add to your water to give it a more flavor,and more chemicals and artificial ingredients to boot. Vitamin Water lists 20 ingredients, mostly unpronounceable, on the label of their water enhancers and popular brand Mio is right behind them. Don’t get drawn in by the occasional vitamin listed on the label. The artificial sweeteners, and other additives far outweigh the benefits of a little bit of vitamin B.

While enhancing the taste of your water might help you drink more, doing so naturally is the best bet.

You can make your own naturally flavored water by adding fresh fruit and herbs to a pitcher of water and letting it steep in the refrigerator overnight.
You can also freeze pieces of fruit and water in ice cube trays to provide a flavor boost while keeping your water chilled.

Be sure to carefully scrub all of the fruit before using to avoid adding any impurities to the water.

Citrus fruits, such as lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange add vitamin C and a lot of taste to your drink.

Try adding less obvious choices, such as cucumber, strawberries, mint leaves or grated ginger. Many of these are known to reduce bloating and help digestion.

Create your own combinations to suit your palate. How about cucumber, mint and lemon or lime?
Orange and ginger? Grapefruit and basil? Give it a try and share your favorites in the comments below.

Drink up!

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Peeling Ginger

April 29, 2014

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We love fresh ginger! It adds a jolt of flavor to sauces and stir fries, and has amazing health benefits. The surface of the ginger root is rough and bumpy, making the task of peeling it seem daunting. Have no fear, it’s way easier than it looks! Use the side of a spoon to gently push the skin away, exposing the flesh, and you are good to go. Dice it, slice it or grate it into the dish of your choice. Now how easy was that?

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week: Miso Butter

April 28, 2014

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Just as there are finishing salts, there are also finishing butters. These items are meant to provide a flavor blast at the end of the preparation, after the food is nearly cooked. This delicious miso butter, is not for sautéing. Try brushing it on seafood, vegetables or even chicken at the end of the cooking process, and watch how it ramps up the simplest of dishes.

I used this on shrimp and scallops, but I also sautéed them with some shallots, garlic and ginger in a little neutral oil before adding the miso butter. Since this is an unrecipe, feel free to toss some of these into the mix to suit your taste.

Miso Butter:

Take 1 stick of unsalted sweet butter and a couple of generous tablespoons of miso paste, and mix it together in the food processor. Add a bit of  soy sauce, and a splash of sake if you have it on hand, and blend until smooth. If you like, toss in a clove of garlic, and a little peeled ginger and blend until minced. Brush the miso butter on fish, seafood, vegetables or chicken during the last minutes of broiling, sautéing, or roasting and enjoy!

This keeps well when placed in a sealed container in the refrigerator for at least a week.

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week: Miso Coconut Chicken

March 10, 2014

I was craving something with some interesting flavors, but nothing too spicy, too heavy or too obvious. I stumbled upon this recipe adapted from i am a food blog, and knew this was just what I was looking for. The smell of onion, ginger, mushrooms and garlic, perfumed the kitchen and added just the right amount of flavors to chicken. The miso paste and coconut milk combined to make the perfect sauce; creamy, but not cloying, and so delicious we wanted to eat it with a spoon. Of course, I tweaked it, or maybe just didn’t bother to measure it, to make it into an real unrecipe.

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Miso Coconut Chicken:

Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper and sear, skin side down, in vegetable oil for 6-8 minutes until it is crispy and brown.

Remove chicken from the pan, and sauté about 1/2 of a large onion diced, 2 or 3 cloves of diced garlic, and a nice sized hunk of diced ginger until it is soft and fragrant, but not too browned. Add in about a pound of sliced shitake mushrooms, and continue to cook until the mushrooms are done, scraping up any browned bits as you go.

Add 2 tablespoons of water, and 2 heaping tablespoon of miso paste to the pan, stirring until it becomes smooth. Add 1 can (14-16 oz. ) of unsweetened coconut milk to the pan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, and add the chicken pieces back to the pan. Cover, and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Taste the sauce and correct the seasonings if necessary. Serve over steamed jasmine rice, and enjoy!

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Influenza Sorbet

January 23, 2013

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While we find the name a bit unappealing, this sounds like the perfect way to soothe a sore throat.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has unveiled a new flavor called “ Influenza Sorbet.

This frozen treat contains Maker’s Mark bourbon, orange and lemon juices, ginger, honey and a dash of cayenne pepper. Sounds a little like a cross between Master Cleanse lemonade and a frozen “hot toddy” to us, which just might do the trick!

It’s available on the company’s website and their own scoop shops for $12 per pint.

photo: Glasshouse Images

 

Unrecipe of the Week:

September 16, 2012

This week’s challenge was to use everything in my CSA box. The lemongrass posed a bit of a challenge, but I persevered and found an easy way to use it.

It’s Saturday night, which often means shrimp for some crazy reason. Tonight, I marinated them in a soy, honey and sesame oil combination, which also used garlic, ginger and the lemongrass. I served them in radicchio cups with a chopped salad of arugula and radicchio, and a squirt of lime juice.

It was fast, simple and flavorful. The presentation was pretty enough for guests. Sorry to say it got gobbled up faster than Instagram could document it!

Marinated Shrimp in Radicchio Cups:

In a mixing bowl, blend 2 diced garlic cloves, a chunk of peeled and diced ginger, and a couple of tablespoons of chopped lemongrass stems. Add about 1/3 cup of soy sauce, a couple of tablespoons of sesame oil and a tablespoon or so of honey. Whisk the mixture together and add the peeled and deveined shrimp. Allow to marinate about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator.

In the meantime, prepare the outer leaves of radicchio to form little bowls to hold the shrimp.

Chop up some arugula and radicchio and fill the lettuce cups.

Heat a little vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan. Add the shrimp (without the liquid) and sauté for about 3 minutes until cooked. Add one red pepper, diced, and cook another minute or so.

Spoon the shrimp mixture into the radicchio cups, and squeeze a little lime juice over it.

Enjoy!

Unrecipe of the Week

September 13, 2012

This delicious relish is the perfect accompaniment to simple roasted chicken.

It’s a little bit sweet, and a little bit hot, with a hint of smoky pancetta to enhance the flavors.

Spicy Corn and Pancetta Relish

Cook about 1/2 pound of pancetta, cut into small pieces in a little olive oil until it is brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Add 1 diced medium onion to the pan, and sauté until transparent. Add 2 or 3 finely diced garlic cloves and a chunk of finely diced fresh ginger,to the mixture. Add 1 diced red pepper and one diced green pepper and cook until they are starting to soften, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix in the juice of 3-4 limes*, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Add 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, depending on how hot you like it. Stir and bring to a simmer, allowing the brown sugar to melt. Add the zest* of 2 limes, cut into strips.
Add 2 cups of corn kernels to the pan and cook until tender.

Stir in the cooked pancetta, and adjust seasonings.

Transfer the mixture into a bowl to cool. Stir in one small bunch of chopped cilantro and ENJOY!

*Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from 2 of the limes before you get started. Slice them into thin strips and blanch them in boiling water for 1 minute and set aside until needed.

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Unrecipe of the Week: Spa Water

June 25, 2012

With the heat index souring, it is important to stay hydrated. This spa water not only hits the spot, it also has natural properties to beat the bloat.

Peppermint and ginger are both known to soothe the stomach and G.I. tract, while the lime adds a tangy shot of vitamin C. Cucumber helps flush excess water from our systems.  While it seems counter-intuitive to drink water to rid your body of excess water, it actually works!

Stay cool, stay hydrated and enjoy!!!

Spa Water:

one handful of fresh mint leaves

1 lime, scrubbed and sliced

1 small chunk of peeled ginger

1/2 of a cucumber, scrubbed and sliced

Toss the ingredients into a pitcher, fill with water and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Strain before drinking.

photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

February 25, 2012

Lately, it seems that every time I ask what to get at the fish market, the answer comes back “shrimp!”

It’s certainly a quick and easy ingredient that adapts to many different types of seasonings and preparations.  It’s extremely low in calories, and cooks up in a matter of minutes.

I went searching for inspiration for a new way to prepare them and found a recipe for Stir Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce.

With a few little tweaks and substitutions to the original, here is our version of tonight’s dinner:

Sauteed Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ¾ tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar and 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce* and set aside.

Toss 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined, in a little bit of cornstarch.

Sauté 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic, and some fresh minced ginger in a little canola or peanut oil until soft. (This will take less than a minute)

Add the shrimp, and sauté another 3 minutes or so, until they are cooked.

Add the sauce to the pan, and cook until it starts to thicken, about 2 more minutes.

Serve over brown rice and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images                                           * sriracha is a hot Asian chili sauce,and is available at many supermarkets, and Asian food markets.


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