Jellyfish Shots

Jellyfish shot

My friend introduced me to these naughty little Jellyfish shots. They’re both a lot of fun to make and to enjoy. Perfect for impressing your friends on a night in.

Ingredients:

1/2 shot white creme de cacao

1/2 shot almond amaretto liqueur

Bailey’s Irish Cream

Grenadine Syrup

How to make these babies:

Pour the creme de cacao and amaretto into a shot glass.

Float enough bailey’s on top to cover the shot.

Drop a few drops of grenadine into it.

There you have it, a Jellyfish that doesn’t sting (well, maybe a bit depending on how many of these suckers you have).

Just remember: Friends don’t let friends drink alone!

Enjoy!

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Deviled Eggs

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One of my favorite and quick appetizers to make is deviled eggs. You can make them for lunch and have them all to yourself or share them at a family picnic (I usually do the first).

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/4 cup miracle whip
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard with horseradish
Salt
Garlic salt
Pepper
Paprika

Recipe:
Hard boil eggs and cool (you can always double or triple the recipe if you’d like)
Slice eggs in half and take out yolks placing in a bowl.
Mix yolks, miracle whip and mustard together.
Take mixture and fill the egg white halves.
Sprinkle halves with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic salt.
Serve and enjoy!

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Vietnamese Sandwiches

MM..mmm…I have all kinds of goodness today…in a sandwich.

This is not just any sandwich, it’s a delicious Vietnamese fusion sandwich that my friend Nick turned me on to.

vietnamese fusion sandwich - a caffeinated brunette

It’s great for lunch, brunch, dinner, linner, anything

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It’s a perfect fresh-tasting sandwich, packed with flavor that will knock your knickers off.

What you will need:

  • Chinese Char Siu Pork (You should be able to find the glaze in a Chinese grocery store or check out the recipe below)
  • French baguette
  • Cucumbers (sliced lengthwise)
  • Celery (thinkly sliced)
  • Cilantro

Char Siu Pork Marinade:

  • 1/2 teaspoon 5 spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thai chili sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

Sauce to spread on the baguette:

  • Mayonnaise 
  • Hoisin Sauce

Mix mayonnaise and hoisin until it makes an orange paste. About 2 parts mayo to 1 part hoisin.

How to make:

1. Lightly toast the baguette for 3 minutes in a toaster oven.

2. Spread the sauce on the top and bottom of the baguette.

3. Place thin slices of Chinese Char Siu Pork on top.

4. Place cucumbers, celery and a heaping of cilantro.

Enjoy and thank you to Nick for the delicious recipe!

Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

I hope a few of you have the luck of the Irish in you today, or at least a green beer.

I fulfilled my St. Patty’s day shenanigans yesterday in New York while running around among a sea of green.

Fun Fact: One of my favorite things to do when the sun comes out and the grass turns back to green is sitting in the grass and finding four-leaf clovers.

Anyways, I loveee Irish soda bread. I can eat it for breakfast, a midnight snack or anytime. Just slab a bit of butter (I like popping it in the microwave for a few seconds) and popping it into my mouth. So good!

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Oh, and here’s the recipe you’ve been waiting for!

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in raisins and buttermilk mixing until just moistened.
  4. Shape into ball and knead 10 times.
  5. Place on greased sheet, cut 1/2 inch deep cross on top of bread.
  6. Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Cool before slicing

Enjoy!