Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mango Lassi ‪#‎thebookclubcookbookCC

Today is my first post for a year long group celebrating reading and cooking. Each month a new book will be chosen from The Book Club Cook Book, a cook book that has recipes from many popular recent and older novels. The goal of this club is to pick a book a month and either make the recipe from The Book Club Cook Book or another recipe inspired by the novel. 

If you are interested in join see this post from Camilla, our leader.  There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post for The Book Club Cook Book.

The book for July is Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.  The book is a compilation of short stories looking at individuals upholding Indian traditions and culture in a different culture.  As for the food the book provided two recipes, a Mango Lassi and Hard Boiled Egg Curry in Mustard Sauce. I am all for a good curry but one of my favorite treats when eating in Indian restaurants is a Mango Lassi.

Mango Lassi
reproduced with permission
developed by Shikha Kapoor for Masala Art
  • 3/4 C plain yogurt
  • 1-1/4 C cold water
  • 1 C prepared mango pulp
  • 1 T sugar
  • 8 ice cubes, crushed (approximately 3/4 C)
  • 1 t rosewater
  • crushed pistachios for garnish

1. In a blender, combine the yogurt, water, and mango pulp. Puree until smooth. Add the sugar and crushed ice cubes and blend again.

2. Add the rosewater and serve chilled in a tall glass with pistachios over the top, if desired.

And to kick-off the event, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authorsby Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy ofTarcher-Penguin.Giveaway runs from July 1st till July 31st at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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*Disclosure: Camilla received a complimentary copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Raspberry Peach Smoothie #secretrecipeclub

How can it be the last week of July already?  I feel like it just turned warm. And wasn't the 4th of July last weekend?  Man oh man the months are flying by.  The end of the month also means it's time for The Secret Recipe Club.

For those of you who don't know The Secret Recipe Club is a group of bloggers that get together once a month for a special reveal day posting to share a creation from a secretly assigned member of the group.  It is a great way to learn about new blogs and find tasty new recipes.

For July I was assigned Sew You Think You Can Cook by Lauren. Not only does Lauren have some fabulous recipes, but she quilts. Like legit patterns and sewing. I am beyond impressed. She made this one for the 4th of July. I can't even!

I don't about you but it has been hot, hot, hot around Connecticut. Hot and humid to be exact. When it is hot and humid I just  want to eat ice cream. And although this can go on for a few days. A diet of ice cream is not the healthiest of options. So when I was looking for recipes I wanted to find something cool and ice cream replaceable.

Mr. J was hankering for this pineapple and rosemary lemonade. I had such a hard time deciding. I really was into this S'mores Cheesecake, the Brussels Sprouts Salad with Caramelized Onions, or this smoothie.  I made this one particularly hot day for breakfast and pretty much drank the one glass followed by serving number two. 

I must have put in more raspberries that Lauren because mine was much more purple.  But I like purple so no complaints here. Starting the day with a pretty drink in a pretty cup makes you forget about the heat....just for a bit. 

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: blender beverage peach raspberry

Ingredients (serves 2)
  • 2 C frozen peach slices
  • 1/2 C frozen raspberries
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 C vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 C milk
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Updates

Howdy folks!! Next week I will be back to more regularly scheduled postings and some new recipes. Until then I thought I would share some renovation pictures of our kitchen. #disaster #houseinchaos

Here is a before picture. Trust me when I say the pictures do it far more justice than the space actually deserves. 

It was usable but extremely dated. The dishwasher didn't work. There was limited counter space. The cabinets were awkwardly sized. Furthermore, the floors in this space were actually about 3/4 inch higher than the rest of the house and the height of the cabinets. If you were in there for long periods of time you could feel it in your back. 

So here we are three years later. (Sorry for the horrible yellow glare.)

First we moved everything out of the cabinets. There new home was the dining room. We got a new hutch for this project #Craigslistfind We also got a new metal shelf for the basement for extra storage.  The rest found a spot on the floor.

We are living through this renovation, baby and all. My goal is to make it as seamless as possible. Despite my best efforts it hasn't really been seamless but we are doing OK. 

We call this portion the L-shape. We debated about keeping this part of the counter. Without it we would have one open space to the kitchen table and informal TV room. However, we would lose a lot of counter space without this section. 

In the end we decided to keep the counter, although it won't come out as far from the wall. Not having the overhead cabinets would make the space seem a lot more open and light. There are two big windows on either side for natural light. 

Our gigantic closet in the hallway is going to be where the refrigerator ends up, a pantry area, and a mud bench to put coats, shoes and bags when you first come in. 

My job was to move things out. Most of this stuff when to the basement. Mr. J took down the shelving and started tearing out the floors. 

Next up the rest of the cabinets came out. This was much simpler than original thought. My parents came down to help demo and watch the baby. Four adults are way better than two.  

The last step for now was knocking out the backslash. It was on the wall real good. Mr. J ended up taking a hammer to it and then yanking it out drywall and all. I am already dreaming of subway tile. 

We have ordered appliances. The electrician came to move some outlets, rewire, and get everything ready.  Cabinets are set to be installed this weekend. Mr. J is busy removing all of the floors and patching some of the walls and ceiling before then. More updates to come next week. 

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