Archive for July, 2011

Summer Sangria

Sangria has got to be my all time favorite summer drink. I fell in love with it a few summers ago mostly because I enjoyed making it so much. Call me crazy but something about cutting fresh fruit is therapeutic to me, maybe its the way it smells or maybe it’s because I know its going to be sitting in alcohol (Mmmmm) Anyway, I have to admit my Sangria is pretty famous. I’m going to attempt giving the ‘recipe’ but if you know anything about me you know that recipes and I do not mix well. I don’t believe in following recipes, I use them basically as my guideline for the ingredients that I need to use but I NEVER EVER follow the exact measurements.

Here goes: (keep in mind use whatever fruits you like and whatever is local and in season that way you get the best tasting fruit)

2 Bottles of red wine, the cheaper the better. I use one bottle called ‘Sangria’ by a brand ‘Santonia’  and the other bottle i use is Kedem Light Concord (again, use any cheap wine you have)

1/2 cup Bacardi Gold Rum (shhh…this is the secret of my sangria the absolute most crucial part don’t skip it!)

1 cup Pellegrino

1 container of blueberries halved

1 1/2 Driscoll size container of strawberries dice into small slices

*save 4-5 strawberries leave them whole, take them into your hand and squeeze them into the pitcher you will be using for sangria. This saves you having to use orange juices or other sugar sweetened juices, strawberries are sweet enough!

Put all the fruit into a pitcher and pour the rum over the fruit, let stand 15 minutes so the fruit can macerate in the rum.

Pour in the wine and mix it up! Right before you’re ready to serve pour in the Pellegrino.

The key is to serve chilled, garnish with mint leaves! I’m out of fresh mint so mine is missing that pretty garnish 😦

Have a great weekend and make sure you hydrate with water in between!!  😉

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot…

OK so it’s been 100 degrees the past three days in NYC for those of you that live in New York this is torture. It literally feels like your standing in a steam room its freakin awful. The weather people say its a heatwave, heat advisory blabla I say make it stop NOWWW!!! It’s too hot to be outside unless you’re standing submerged in an ice cold pool. Yesterday i decided I’m gonna beat the heat. I dont know about you but when its this hot all my body craves is cold raw veggies, salads and light raw foods. I made a pretty brainless and easy Raw Kale salad which was so delish and totally satisfied my craving for cold and crunchy.

Raw Kale Salad

2 bunches organic kale

2 Lemons

1 small red onion

1 avocado

1/4 cup of very high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

freshly ground sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

ENJOY and stay cool, this is a perfect brainlessly easy recipe for when your brain is fried in this heat…

  • Wash and chop the kale, take out the thick stem that runs through the middle (its a little tough to eat it raw) Place the kale after its rinsed and dried in a large bowl
  • finely slice the red onion, and add to the kale.
  • season the kale with freshly ground salt and pepper squeeze the juice of two lemons and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss it to coat, cut the avocado into medium sized cubes and add to the salad after its been tossed so the avocado doesn’t get mushy.
  • If you’re not serving it right away place in the fridge and serve cold.
  • Kale is one of the most healthy vegetables. It is an anti cancer, antioxidant, aids in digestion, anti- inflammatory, and aids in the natural detoxification process that your body goes through. That being said, you cant compare eating kale cooked to the benefits of eating a raw kale salad, so many of the vitamins are lost when you cook it, take advantage and eat it cold and raw!

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Hello Weekend

I’m psyched for the weekend! There are so many reasons why I’m excited for the weekend but the one main reason is because I escape the smelly, humid, sticky mess that I know as Brooklyn. Every Thursday I pack my 6 month old baby, my big baby (aka my husband), and myself up and we RUN outa Brooklyn! woooooohoooo! It’s not that I hate BK, ok that’s a lie I do greatly dislike it- but it’s just that there is zero connection to nature around me there. Look at what I have right outside my door in the suburbs…

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How can I not be in heaven here? (rhetorical question obv.)

I hope where ever you are this weekend you are enjoying your surroundings and the amazing summer weather!
Happy Weekend!
Xxx

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