This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.
With the approach of spring, my mind has been turning to all the fresh ingredients that come along with it. Mind you, I have to look at a calendar to know that spring is approaching, as Houston was entirely without winter this year. Regardless, the jasmine and azaleas blooming made me think of another, more edible flower: lavender.
Back when Liz lived in New York, there was a great bar just down the street from her apartment called Dove Parlour. Sadly, it has since closed, but we think of it quite fondly. It had this dark, almost speakeasy feel, and was the sort of place that felt entirely natural to order fancy cocktails and once, even absinthe. Of course, they don’t make it with hallucinogenic wormwood anymore, so it’s not as fun, but I digress. One of their signature cocktails was the “French Lavender,” and I might go so far as to call it Liz’s favorite cocktail in all of NYC. So this is our homage to that drink: a lavender grapefruit martini.
Our version of Irish soda bread is tender, flavorful, and most of all, EASY! Whip up a batch in no time and you’ll have your house smelling like home.
You know how some people are all down on baking mixes? Like, cake mix is an abomination, and if that’s the only option it’s better to have NO CAKE AT ALL?
Those people be crazy.
Me, I love a good mix. Sure, some mixes are pretty poor quality, but sometimes you find one that’s a winner, and then guess what? There are less steps between you and a delicious baked treat. Sounds like a genius plan to me.
When I was studying abroad in Ireland, we found just such a mix for Irish soda bread, or “brown bread” as I think this particular brand called it. We were four girls in an apartment with a comically small kitchen, expected to store all of our groceries in a single mini fridge. Needless to say, our cooking was on the simple side. Kneading bread? No counter space for that nonsense. But a mix for a homemade quick bread? Now THAT we could manage. Pro tip: if your kitchen lacks a bread pan, improvise with an inverted, unidentified pyrex lid that doesn’t seem to match up with any actual container! Small kitchens don’t matter when you get to eat fresh, crusty bread – and everything feels a little more like home.
The recipe I’m sharing today for Irish soda bread doesn’t actually use a mix, but it’s darn close. In the spirit of those cozy-kitchen days, this is a truly traditional Irish recipe, with five ingredients, no kneading, and way more deliciousness than seems possible for something so easy.
These insanely good bacon burgers pack a ton of chopped bacon right into the burger patty. Pair with your favorite toppings for unbeatable flavor!
Well, fresh off the big announcement from our last post, it would seem hard to come up with anything as significant, but if there’s anything that compete with impending fatherhood for my attention, it’s bacon. Ok, ok, it’s not really a fair competition, but I’d say bacon is amazing enough of a food to occasionally distract me.
Ain’t No Fakin’ These Bacon Burgers
I’m confident most people have had a burger with bacon on it, and I am likewise confident that most people have the following complaint: there’s not enough! Oh sure, there’s a slice or two, but despite its assertive flavor, it get’s lost to sheer mass of the bun, patty, and toppings. Well not today! Chopped bacon will make up about half the mass of the burger patty in this bacon burger recipe – it’s not just a strip or two slapped on top – so unless you take some odd, grazing bite, you’ll get a full punch of bacony goodness.
Monster Cinnamon Rolls are exactly what they sound like – huge helpings of delicious, gooey breakfast rolls, perfect for a weekend brunch or special holiday.
We FINALLY got some seasonally appropriate weather here in Houston, which gave us the perfect excuse to go and make these truly gargantuan Monster Cinnamon Rolls. Not that you really need an excuse other than you just want some delicious breakfast or brunch food, but when you’re making something a excessive as these, it helps to have a little more justification.
In case you can’t tell from the title or the pictures, these rolls are huge! You can easily share one between two people, and I honestly don’t think I have ever polished off one by myself. Sure, we could have made them a little smaller, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, how awesome is it to sit down at the table and gaze at the cold outdoors as the smell of cinnamon and fresh coffee waft by? Monster Cinnamon Rolls are are perfect for a nice lazy weekend morning. Or, according to Liz, a 2 am snack.
What goodies do we have in store this month from our friends at Degustabox? Let’s find out!