Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sparkling Strawberry Lemon Cocktail

Lightly sweetened homemade strawberry vodka is the main ingredient of this sparkling strawberry lemon cocktail, refreshingly cold, perfect for summer!

Food Lust People Love: Lightly sweetened homemade strawberry vodka is the main ingredient of this sparkling strawberry lemon cocktail, refreshingly cold, perfect for summer!

More than a month ago I shared the how-to instructions for making simple strawberry vodka so I hope you all got right on that! If so, you are ready to make this cocktail today. 

If not, what are you waiting for? It’s one of the easiest ways of preserving the flavor of sweet summer strawberries to enjoy all year round. 

Sparkling Strawberry Lemon Cocktail

I am not a fan of the flavored vodkas you can buy in the stores because they always taste artificial to me but if you are a fan, feel free to use one in this cocktail. You’ll need to add a little simple syrup as well though, if your store-bought strawberry vodka isn’t sweetened. Most are not. 

Ingredients
1/2 oz or 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 oz or 75ml club soda
Curled lemon peel or strawberry for garnish (optional)

Method
Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full with ice cubes. Add in the strawberry vodka and lemon juice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

Fill a glass with ice. Strain the cocktail mixture into the glass. Top up with club soda and stir gently. 

Food Lust People Love: Lightly sweetened homemade strawberry vodka is the main ingredient of this sparkling strawberry lemon cocktail, refreshingly cold, perfect for summer!

Garnish with a strawberry plus a curl of lemon peel, if desired.

Food Lust People Love: Lightly sweetened homemade strawberry vodka is the main ingredient of this sparkling strawberry lemon cocktail, refreshingly cold, perfect for summer!

Enjoy!

It's Sunday FunDay and it's all about berries today! Check out the recipes below. Many thanks to our host, Renu of Cook with Renu and her Sunday helper, Rebekah of Making Miracles.


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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Spicy Mango Salsa

This spicy mango salsa is a party in your mouth, with sweet, ripe mangoes, tart lime juice and hot peppers. It’s best friends with fish and chicken. 

Food Lust People Love: This spicy mango salsa is a party in your mouth, with sweet, ripe mangoes, tart lime juice and hot peppers. It’s best friends with fish and chicken.

Waaaaay back in 2005, I used to watch a cooking show on television called The Surreal Gourmet with a quirky host named Bob Blumer. Bob drove around the United States with a refurbished Airstream trailer that looked exactly like a great big toaster. It even had two enormous (pretend) pieces of toast sticking out the top. The Airstream was named the Toastermobile and it was kitted out with a full professional, albeit small, kitchen. 


On one of the shows Bob cooked a dish he called mambo chicken and made this mango salsa as an accompaniment. I didn’t write down the ingredients for the chicken but I sure did for the salsa!  

Spicy Mango Salsa

I make this as Bob did with one exception. We like things spicy, so I add a red chili pepper right at the end. This is optional but it does give the salsa what we consider a much-needed kick. In case you are interested in making the mambo chicken as well, I found this link on the Food Network

Ingredients
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 
1 to 2 jalapeno chilies, stems, seeds and membranes removed
2 large green onions, finely sliced 
2 mangos, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
2/3 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves, hard stems discarded, coarsely chopped
Optional: large hot red pepper, minced

Method
Add the minced jalapeños to the lime juice in a large bowl. This both softens their impact for the wimps in your family and makes sure that the spiciness is better distributed throughout the salsa. 


Add in the sliced onion tops, mango and cilantro. Stir to combine. 


Finally, stir in the minced red chili pepper, if using. 

Food Lust People Love: This spicy mango salsa is a party in your mouth, with sweet, ripe mangoes, tart lime juice and hot peppers. It’s best friends with fish and chicken.

This spicy mango salsa is a wonderful accompaniment to any fried or grilled fish. Or serve it with pan-fried chicken. I must confess I ate leftovers straight out of the serving bowl with a spoon. It's so good even a couple of days later. Do refrigerate any leftovers so you can do the same. 

Enjoy! 

Food Lust People Love: This spicy mango salsa is a party in your mouth, with sweet, ripe mangoes, tart lime juice and hot peppers. It’s best friends with fish and chicken.


It's Sunday FunDay and my fellow bloggers are all sharing recipes made with mangoes. Check them out below. Many thanks to our host Mayuri of Mayuri's Jikoni!


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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Jersey Royal Potato Salad

This Jersey Royal Potato Salad is a family favorite, made with those special new potatoes only grown on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Sub your favorite new potato if you can't get them! 

Food Lust People Love: This Jersey Royal Potato Salad is a family favorite, made with those special new potatoes only grown on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Sub your favorite new potato! If you don’t have access to Jersey Royals, another new potato can be substituted. I’ve also made this quite successfully with the little thin-skinned red ones we can get here in States.

The Jersey Royal story begins in 1880 when a farmer named Hugh de la Haye planted a 15 sprouted pieces of a seed potato and one grew into a plant with papery skins. The slanted hillsides get lots of sunshine and the vraic – a seaweed used for fertilizer on the island – gives the Jersey Royal its unique taste. 

Sadly, we haven’t been able to fly back to Jersey because of the pandemic but I found this recipe with photos in files and decided to share for National Egg Day, if only to remind myself that someday things will be better COVID-wise and we will be able to travel again. 

Jersey Royal Potato Salad

This recipe makes enough for two servings with a little left over. It is easily doubled, trebled or even quadrupled, if you are serving a crowd. If you don’t have access to Jersey Royals, another new potato can be substituted. I’ve also made this quite successfully with the little thin-skinned red ones we can get here in States.

Ingredients
8 1/2 oz or 240g Jersey Royals, boiled till just cooked through
2 eggs, hardboiled
1 teaspoon grated onion, plus any onion juice
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Cayenne, optional

Green onions to garnish

Method
Mash the egg yolks with a fork and mix in with the grated onion, mustard and two tablespoons of mayonnaise.


Chop the egg whites into the bowl. Follow those with the Jersey Royals, also roughly cut into halves or thirds, depending on the size of your Royals.


Mix everything together and season to taste with fine sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, if desired. 

Food Lust People Love: This Jersey Royal Potato Salad is a family favorite, made with those special new potatoes only grown on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Sub your favorite new potato! If you don’t have access to Jersey Royals, another new potato can be substituted. I’ve also made this quite successfully with the little thin-skinned red ones we can get here in States.

If the mixture seems too dry, add the extra tablespoon of mayonnaise. Garnish with some chopped green onion. 

Enjoy! 

Food Lust People Love: This Jersey Royal Potato Salad is a family favorite, made with those special new potatoes only grown on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Sub your favorite new potato! If you don’t have access to Jersey Royals, another new potato can be substituted. I’ve also made this quite successfully with the little thin-skinned red ones we can get here in States.

It’s National Egg Day tomorrow so my Foodie Extravaganza friends are sharing recipes you can use for your own celebration! Many thanks to our host, Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.



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Food Lust People Love: This Jersey Royal Potato Salad is a family favorite, made with those special new potatoes only grown on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Sub your favorite new potato! If you don’t have access to Jersey Royals, another new potato can be substituted. I’ve also made this quite successfully with the little thin-skinned red ones we can get here in States.

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