Somewhere in the world it’s after 5

Hey, look! Two posts in one day!

Since we’re probably having pizza for dinner, I thought I’d post this one as I’m consuming the product rather than tomorrow.


So while many of my cookbooks have beverage recipes, Speakeasy is dedicated to cocktails. I had to do some modifications as my local booze shop does not carry Plymouth (or Barr Hill, my favourite) and I only had caramelized simple (and clearly do not have a julep strainer), but I sure do have fresh mint in the herb garden!

Faux Jadite is still nice

Spouse bought me a measure when he was out yesterday, which has already come in handy

Caramel simple

Chilled glass, an extra sprig of mint, and down the hatch!


Honestly, I’m really picky about mint in drinks. I like juleps and non-alcoholic mint hot or iced tea, but not much else. This, however, was really good, balanced and maybe a little too drinkable.



The next round

I recently had my 15 year anniversary at work and my office gave me a new cookbook. So this round of recipes will include one from Sarah Britton’s My New Roots. This cookbook is really beautiful and the recipes look good too. A little nut-heavy, which is to be expected from a vegetarian cookbook, but one thing I can’t use if I’m cooking for Spouse as well.

The next book in the pile is Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen. I LOVE this cookbook! It is one I’ve cooked from before and never had a bad meal. I recommend this book to anyone, including omnivores.

We travel back in time for the next two. 1987’s Weight Watchers Quick and Easy Menu Cookbook is kind of as grim as it sounds. Lots of “scant teaspoon reduced calorie margarine” and stuff like that. The more fun one is the collection of WWII recipes (and I have a few of those books) in Good Eating: Suggestion for Wartime Dishes.  I find British wartime recipes are great for cooking out of my pantry, and pretty frugal (go figure), as well as putting an emphasis on vegetables, preferably raw (again, duh.)

For the magazine entry, I will be doing the burgers from “Vegetarian Times” this round as well since I didn’t get to them last time. There might be one more from there before the next issue comes as well

No, I didn’t forget a cookbook, just saving it for last. Not all the cookbooks include full meals for every time of day (this assumes you don’t consider cupcakes breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but some do for the liquid lovers. Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric’s Speakeasy is a collection of cocktails to suit every mood.

This seems like it will be a good batch, without too much extra shopping involved, unlike last time. I’ll most likely add additional, thrown together side dishes, or something barbequed to go with a dish, but focus my energy on the cookbook recipes.

See you soon.