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Iced Tomato Soup With Vodka And Tropical Fruit



The  day before yesterday I started to make a tomato bisque for dinner but had to abandon the plan when unanounced visitors arrived. So I put the tomato stock  overnight in the fridge to finish the bisque yesterday after work. However, it was a rough day at work and whenI came home I wanted to spend some time outside on the terrace. Yesterday was a fairly hot day, so a hot tomato soup did not sound like the best of dinner ideas. Instead, I prepared for myself this delicious, refreshing cold soup which hit the culinary nail right on the head 🙂

Bon Appetit !  Life is Good !



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Preparation :

simmer water, red wine, garlic paste, kosher salt, sugar, cayenne pepper for two hours, cool overnight

simmer  very ripe tomatoes, water, red wine, garlic paste, kosher salt, sugar, cayenne pepper for two hours, cool overnight

mix in blender until texture is very smooth

mix in blender until texture is very smooth

add wodka, check / adjust seasoning

add vodka, check / adjust seasoning

add fresh pineapple, honey dew melon and passion fruit seeds to serving bowl

add fresh pineapple, honey dew melon and passion fruit seeds to serving bowl

ladle iced tomato soup on top of fruit, sprinkle more fruit, garnish with opal basil

ladle iced tomato soup on top of fruit, sprinkle more fruit, garnish with opal basil

Iced Tomato Soup With Tropical Fruit

Iced Tomato Soup With Vodka And Tropical Fruit

Iced Tomato Soup With Tropical Fruit

Iced Tomato Soup With Vodka And Tropical Fruit

 

Iced Tomato Soup With Tropical Fruit

Iced Tomato Soup With Vodka And Tropical Fruit



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Fussili Col Buco With Venison Bolognese, Vodka And Gorgonzola

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Yesterday  I got some fresh ground venison from a friend visiting from Tennessee.
I am usually not a big fan of game but since he asked me to prep something for dinner, I came up with this dish which turned out to be pretty amazing 🙂
Obviously, if you don’t eat game, you can substitute the venison with any other ground meat. Traditionally, the alcohol to cook game with would be gin (juniper berry flavor), but I don’t drink that stuff so I don’t have it at home. However, vodka and chopped juniper berries did the trick here.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Fussili Col Buco With Venison Bolognese, Vodka And Gorgonzola

Fussili Col Buco With Venison Bolognese, Vodka And Gorgonzola

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Blueberry Delight With Limoncello & Prosecco

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Lately I find myself making Limoncello and Orangecello often. They are simple to produce and, if you decide to make it your self,  you can easily adjust the taste exactly to your liking by adjusting the ratio of the ingredients, as well as by changing the type of vodka and / or fruit you you use. Try mixing some other citrus fruits into your concoction, such as lime, calamansi, blood oranges, etc. The possibilities are endless and you can proudly promote your own, home made, personalized liquor. Think special bottles, labels, presentation boxes and so forth. These will make great gifts and provide you and your friends with that special drink for that special occasion. ( Coming home from work would be a great occasion. Just saying…… 🙂
So, today I brought home some fresh blueberries which I thought I will turn into a nice pie. However, when opening the fridge to put the blueberries away until tomorrow, I thought I heard the limoncello bottle call out to me:  Hey, wait a minute………
So, just about five minutes later, I was out on the terrace, enjoying my new creation and congratulating myself to this new recipe in my dessert repertoire.
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Blueberry  Smoothie With Limoncello & Prosecco

Blueberry Delight With Limoncello & Prosecco

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Ingredient’s :

Fresh blueberries,   four cups, chilled
Limoncello,   one cup
Vanilla greek yogurt,   two cups
Prosecco,   two cups
Honey,   1/4 cup
Crashed ice,   two cups
Serves 4

Method :

Pulse all ingredients in a blender until berries are crushed .
To serve, sprinkle with some fresh blueberries.
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Limoncello / Orangello Recipe :

Ingredient’s:

Lemons,   one dozen  (for Orangecello, replace the lemons with nine oranges)
Vodka,   one quart
Water,   four cups
Sugar,   3 cups

Method :

Peel the lemons, making sure that there is no white part remaining on the peel   ( bitter ! ) .
Put the lemon peel and the vodka in a sealable glass bottle. Let stand at room temperature for two days. Strain, discard peel.
Dissolve the sugar over low heat, remove from heat and let cool completely.
Mix the syrup with the vodka, chill until very cold.
Enjoy by itself, over ice , or as a longdrink mixed to your taste. Cheers !

Cheers !   Life is Good !
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Penne Rigate In Merlot/Vodka/Yoghurt Sauce With Pepperoni & Fresh Basil

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Fresh Basil

Fresh Basil

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My neighborhood supermarket  charges $ 3.50 for a small twig of maybe 7 basil leaves.
They sell this beautiful basil plant for $ 4.50. Kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it 🙂

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Penne Rigate In Merlot/Vodka/Yoghurt  Sauce With Pepperoni & Fresh Basil

Penne Rigate In Merlot/Vodka/Yoghurt Sauce With Pepperoni & Fresh Basil

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Ingredients :

Penne rigate,   al dente, reserve some of the cooking liquid
Pepperoni sausage,   julienned
Grape tomatoes,   quartered
Greek yoghurt,
Olive oil,
Vodka,
Merlot,
Parmigiano reggiano,   grated
Garlic,   paste
Basil,   fresh
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper

Method :

Saute pepperoni until starting to change color, add garlic, saute until fragrant. Add merlot and vodka, simmer until most liquid has evaporated. Add  yoghurt, tomatoes, a bit of the grated cheese, salt, pepper and the pasta,  mix well. Adjust seasoning if necessary. If too thick, add some of the pasta cooking liquid. If too thin, ad some grated cheese.
To serve, sprinkle with more cheese and basil leaves.

Note :
I am aware that most cooks will chiffonade the basil. However, personally I don’t like the texture this will give me. It reminds me of hair in the food which is not very appealing to me 😦
Therefore I like to add whole leaves which become soft and tender immediately  as they touch the hot food and give you a much more pleasant texture / mouthfeel 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Indoor Sunshine

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Yesterday  it was raining and raining and raining ……
So I brought the sunshine inside the house with this delicious concoction  🙂
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” Indoor Sunshine ”  Vodka & Mango Smoothie
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Life is Good !   Cheers !
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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie

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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie

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Indoor Sunshine: Vodka & Mango Smoothie 3

Indoor Sunshine:
Vodka & Mango Smoothie 3

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End Of The Week Treat # 3 “Vodka Macerated Rambutans”

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Yesterday  after work I finally was able to enjoy what had been getting ready in my fridge during the past week:
Probably the best dish that includes rambutan 🙂
Lately,  rambutan which used to be pretty exotic around here, have become easily available, but strangely enough, they are still not very popular. That’s actually a good thing, because it keeps the price down, at least for now.
In my opinion, rambutan is one of the best tasting, most beautiful fruits .  They lend them self to a large variety of uses. The following is one of my favorite ways of preparing them.
Peel the fruit, top with your favorite spirit, cover airtight and keep in refrigerator for at least 5 days. When you eat them, either just pick the fruit and use the liquid for something else, or do the “sensible” thing, eat them with a spoon, mixed with the liquid.  Either way, have fun, but please don’t operate heavy machinery after you enjoy these 🙂

Note: My favorite Spirits used to macerate are vodka, dark rum and red wine. Just make sure you use the best quality liquor you can afford, no point of skimping here.
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Cheers !    Life is Good !
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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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End Of The Week Treat # 3  Vodka Macerated Rambutans

End Of The Week Treat # 3 Vodka Macerated Rambutans

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