TGIF! What a week this has been here in the Crooked household. I am absolutely exhausted, especially after Master C decided that sleep was overrated last night. It is for this reason that I thought a drink and a few nibbles were on the agenda this evening.
As I wrote about yesterday, my parent’s garden is producing copious amounts of citrus. After collecting another handful of limes today I thought I would make some Hummus to snack on while I sip my vodka lemon-lime.
Hummus is really quick, cheap and simple to make and tastes just as good, if not better, than the store-bought dip.
While it is really a recipe that should be adjusted to an individual’s taste and the sourness of the lemons you are using, here is the recipe I use as a guide. It contains a lot less fat than many of the recipes out there:
400g can chickpeas
1/4 cup lemon (or lime) juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp tahini
1-2 cloves of garlic (depending on taste)
1 tsp cumin
Salt and Pepper
Paprika to sprinkle on top.
Combine all of these in a blender or food processor.
Add water, a tablespoon at a time, processing between each addition until you get a smooth consistency.
Place in a bowl and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika. Serve with vegetables or crackers.
I hope you have something nice planned to slip you into the weekend.
Linking up with: For the Mommas, A Southern Fairytale, Mrs Happy Homemaker
I am looking forward to a dinner date with the hubby tonight. We have pre-ordered an amazing seafood platter so I have been salivating over the thought of it all day.
To whet the appetite before we head out I thought I would make a little cocktail. After much internal debate I settled on my own version of a Caprioska. I planned to make use of my passionfruit (you can read about the bumper crop here), some lovely limes and a huge bunch of mint I had bought at the farmer’s markets.
Passionfruit and Lime Caprioska
1 lime unpeeled and coarsely chopped
1 ½ tbs castor sugar
½ cup mint leaves
1 cup ice
½ cup vodka
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup passionfruit pulp
1.Split the chopped lime, sugar and half the mint leaves between two glasses and with a muddling stick and pound until crushed. Alternatively you can do this in a mortar and pestle.
Hubby lending a hand
2. Top with ice.
3. Combine the lime juice, vodka, passionfruit pulp and remaining mint in a jug. Pour into glasses. If you wish to make it a little less potent you could top with some soda or lemonade if you have a real sweet tooth.
Friday is normally my favourite day of the week. Master O goes to daycare, I often don’t have a huge to-do list and hubby takes over the night feed so I can get a good night’s sleep. But today, it has been a shocker! I have a cold and everything has become a little too much for this chicken. So as I settled my catnapping bub for the 4th time (Lord, give me strength!) I decided the best way to get through the day was to look forward to 5pm when I would ring in the weekend with a drink in hand.
Hard liquor would no doubt be medicinal given I have a cold, but this dreary weather here in Brissie has me in a funk only a tropical cocktail will fix.
My default cocktail setting is really anything with Lychees in it so I wanted to share with you my version of a Lychee Mojo. It is based on a cocktail I used to order on a Friday night years ago.
- 1 Shot Vodka
- 1/2 shot Paraiso Lychee Liqueur
- a squeeze of lime
- 2 lychees (fresh or tinned)
- sprig of mint to garnish
- Place ice and peeled and pitted lychees at the bottom of glass
- Add liquor and lime
- Top with Lemonade and garnish with a sprig of mint
So as I hit publish on this blog post I have had my first sip of my cocktail and it tastes SO GOOD! I feel better about today already. I recommend filing this recipe away in your head under, ‘Drinks to Try Before I Die’.
Have a Super weekend all. Cheers.
You can also see this post at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff