Summer Thangs #1

The summer season officially kicks off this week. Thank goodness. As someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve had enough of cloudy days. My body is literally aching for sunshine (Vitamin D deficiency is a huge problem here). Besides absorbing some golden rays,  I am looking forward to fun summer thangs. Especially, a tasty summer drink.

If you’ve been a long time follower of the blog, you know I enjoy collecting recipes. Now, if I actually make the recipe is another thing. So, I was excited when I came across this drink recipe. This is something I can actually do. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3! The Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail is a great treat for the upcoming summer days 🙂

Ingredients:

1 container Raspberry lemonade
1 bottle Malibu Rum
Ice

Non-cooking folks…we got this!

Directions:

In a glass full of ice, pour the Malibu Rum about 1/4 of the way up. Add the lemonade next, filling glass the rest of the way. Stir and enjoy. *If you prefer your drink frozen, pour into blender with ice and blend.

Recipe from: https://thecookinchicks.com/2013/03/raspberry-lemonade-cocktail/

 

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Summer Eats/Drinks #4

This last post on summer recipes is dedicated to my Uncle Bill. He passed away yesterday.

Uncle Bill was a cook for the military for over 30 years. He could do just about anything in the kitchen, but he could really throw down on some ribs.

He was a kind man and I will miss him.

Rest in Peace Uncle Bill 😦

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I am not a health conscious person at all. I think folks should be able to eat what they want.  However, I know that’s not practical.  I guess we should incorporate fruits and vegetables into our meals, at some point :o/

I’m still working on “eating healthy” (blah). I found this smoothie recipe in a local paper. I Googled and I guess this drink is popular with health folks, which ain’t me.

It seems like a fun drink to try this summer though  😉

Purple Monster Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, skins removed and cut in chucks, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon honey (optional), and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional).

*You can substitute the orange juice with any mix of juices or even soy milk. The soy milk adds more of a milk shake quality than the juice does.*

Directions: Place bananas, blueberries and juice in a blender, puree. Use honey and/or vanilla to taste. Use more or less liquid depending on the thickness you want for your smoothie.

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Summer Eats/Drinks #2

I am a mover.

I have lived in various cities and in various apartments.  I have had to purge a lot of stuff along the way. I am a huge reader, so I have found myself donating tons of books.

One book that I have not been able to part with, throughout my moves, is a cookbook given to me by a friend.  The book is called “Family of the Spirit Cookbook: Recipes and Remembrances from African American Kitchens,” by John PinderHughes.

The book is filled with fabulous recipes that I dream about making one day. Besides heartwarming stories of family meal times, the book explores the ways black folks cook food, across different regions. When we think about African-American dishes/soul food, we tend to think about the Deep South. Places like Louisiana or Arkansas.

However, this book shows that black folks can also throw down from Kansas to Panama City.

The dish I’m sharing, is popular in Maryland.

“Family of the Spirit…” is a great book for trying out some cultural recipes (with a twist) this summer 😉

Gum Gum’s Crab Cakes

Ingredients: 1 pound lump or backfin crab meat, 1 small onion (finely minced), 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 egg (lightly beaten), 4 tablespoons mayonnaise,  flour for dusting,  and bacon fat or vegetable oil.

Directions: Pick the crab meat, removing all shell and hard pieces but being careful not to break up the crab meat too much. In a bowl mix together the crab meat, minced onion, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, mustard, egg, and mayonnaise. Fold lightly in your hand,making sure not to compress the cake too much. The crab cake should just hold together. Sprinkle with flour and fry slowly in back fat or light vegetable oil until golden brown (pg. 51).

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Lump Crab Cake

Summer Eats/Drinks #1

As y’all know, I love collecting recipes. Whether I actually get around to making the yummy treats, is another thing.  Like most folks these days, I am on the go.  However, I am going to make an effort to kick out a dish or two.  This past Saturday marked the first official day of summer. What better time to try out fun recipes for upcoming late night socials, BBQs, etc.

This week I am dedicating the blog to some of the recipes I have collected. Get ready to grub!   😉

Besides collecting recipes, I also enjoy watching the Food Network.  I don’t have cable, so I have to catch up on the latest episodes on Hulu. The thing I have noticed about these shows, is the lack of Black women on them. Particularly, food competitions. The Black women contenders are usually weeded out during auditions. If they do make it through, they are shown as incompetent or the angry black woman stereotype.

This fascinates me, because the majority of black women I know are creative in the kitchen.  I think about my mom, grandmas, and aunties who could throw a meal together in a minute. Also, this country exploited the African woman’s knowledge of cooking, baking, and spices during slavery. It was the hard labor of black women that kept white families feed, at the expense of their own families.

It’s bizarre we are shown not even knowing how to handle a fork.

The fact these shows don’t feature many black women, is why I love finding blogs where black women are displaying their culinary skills.  One of my favorite black women food bloggers, actually focuses on cocktails. Whiskeysoaked is a mouth-watering inducing blog:

“Whiskeysoaked is everything you want to know about whiskey in one place. Here you’ll find whiskey reviews, cocktail recipes and other fun things.” http://whiskeysoaked.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/hello-world/

The blogger has started to make videos of the cocktails she mixes up. Check out this video where she makes a delicious Lavender Whiskey Sour.

  A great drink to put on your summer recipe list (if you grown)  🙂