It’s a new year & that means new kitchen adventures!
I took more than a little break since last year because so much has happened!
Between weddings, graduations, tons of catering jobs, moving to a new city, finding a new house, and starting up my business in this new town, my poor little blog went to the wayside.
Poor ‘lil .com. I’m sorry.
But I promised myself that I would attend to my neglected blog & finally download all these photos of deliciousness I have been making these last couple months because you know I didn’t stop cooking & creating recipes!
The first on my list: Make-Ahead Tiramisu.
While this Make-Ahead Tiramisu may NOT be a traditional tiramisu, it IS super simple to put together and perfect for gatherings & potlucks because well, you make it ahead of time so there’s no rushing on the day of! One to two days later, the tiramisu has had enough time to let the flavors mingle and just the right balance of rich sweetness.
OK, so let’s just get this out of the way: I’m not a coffee fan. I know, I know…In this world of frappu-fancy-ccinos, a person who doesn’t like coffee might as well be put on the “no fly list” but I can’t help it. That stuff is usually bitter and my mouth hates me a little whenever my brain forgets that I don’t enjoy the stuff. When I took my first bite of this dessert I have to admit, it wasn’t a game changer. The cream was kind of bland and the espresso tasted exactly what I thought it would taste like. Bitter. I had kind of given up on it but decided to cover it and wait the recommended 24 hours before I judged.
Now, I don’t really know what happened after the 24 hour mark, but I’m pretty sure it involved some unicorn-type magic because what tasted like a bland yet bitter cookies and cream cake, now tasted like pure friggin’ heaven. The bland cream had somehow, amazingly, become sweet and the bitter ladyfingers had turned into a kind of mocha flavored cookie.
Like I said: Unicorns.
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Have I told you that I’m getting married…in 10 days??
Have I also told you that I’m not your typical bride??
Like, the kind of bride that doesn’t have decorations yet kinda bride.
So needless to say, I haven’t really been a morning person lately…
Usually I am just fine with green tea or a smoothie in the morning but these last few days
that stuff is just not cutting it.
I had to upgrade my morning stimulant to get me going on this whole wedding thing
& since crack is whack & I like keeping my teeth, I decided to upgrade to coffee.
The problem: I don’t like the taste of coffee…like, at all.
So I decided to disguise my coffee in a delicious & healthy fruit-filled concoction that draws on my Latin & American roots…
And so was born the Banana & Coffee Protein Smoothie
a.k.a. Licuado de Proteina con Café y Banana!
(keep reading to find out what a “licuado” is!)
Other than put mustard on my sandwiches, I can’t say I have much use for it.
I kind of just gloss it over when I’m ransacking my fridge for stuff to make dinner out of
& dismiss it as something “I kinda only like on sandwiches”.
I swear one bottle lasts me a year…& yes, that is still safe to eat.
Google said so.
It wasn’t until I ate at a restaurant out of town that I realized the awesomeness of mustard on chicken.
The chicken I ordered was lightly breaded & pan fried until slightly crunchy.
It was swimming in an intensely decadent fatty-fat-delicious mustard cream sauce & topped with what looked like melted butter.
So yeah, it was trouble.
But it was my cheat day so I told myself it was OK…
800+ calories later, it was so NOT OK.
But I don’t want you to miss out on having some mustard chicken goodness for yourself so I took all the flavor while cutting out some of the guilt to make this original 800 calorie dish into a new low fat 200 calorie meal!
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You know when you buy something really expensive & you’re riddled with guilt so you try to use it as much as possible to justify the expense?
Yeah, that’s pretty much what my recent “smoothie-revolution” was born out of.It’s also probably why you may just see me wearing my new orange heel$$ to the supermarket.
I had spent all of this money on a VitaMix & I figured I shouldn’t just make dough & chop nuts in it. Do you even know how many loaves of bread I’d have to make for this little beauty to pay for itself?
So I decided to get on this smoothie bandwagon & what do you know?
It’s totally paying off!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!
When I posed the question on Facebook as to what Irish dish they wanted to see on the blog, one of my kind readers suggested I make Champ!
Of course I give the people what they want so here goes…
and by people I mean the one person that actually responded.
[insert awkward crickets here]
But you know I can’t just put out any ol’ recipe so I’m going to put my little spin on it while trying to keep it as traditional as possible.
So here goes nothin’!
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