Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Jolly Rancher Martini

I love this for two reasons. 1) It's delicious and 2) it's easy and convenient. You can make a single batch up in a martini shaker, or you can make a big batch of it all at once, which is really easy because of the simple quantities that are easily converted from oz to cups and then doubled or whatever you wanna do with 'em. I don't judge! Which is great because my awesome Lemonade I have always made in big batches is kind of hard to make in a larger jug, because the amount of lemonade isn't actually a measured amount, it's just added to top up to the top of the specific jug. Any other jug and we'd be lost. Does that even make any sense? Trust me, I do have my reasons for saying this.

This sadly is not my own recipe, I found a screenshot I took of it a long time ago, in a mass of clutter on my desktop. But there was no url captured in the shot, so the deserving recipient of credit for this is unknown.

Serves 2

1 oz Watermelon Vodka
1 oz Raspberry Sour Puss
1 oz Apple Sour Puss
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
4 oz Cranberry Juice

or I make it in a jug because it keeps, or you're serving a lot of people (these quantities fit in a Simply Lemonade / OJ jug - 1.75 L)

1 C. Watermelon Vodka
1 C. Raspberry Sour Puss
1 C. Apple Sour Puss
1/2 C. Fresh Lemon Juice
4 C. Cranberry Juice

or (this fits perfectly in the larger sized Tropicana juice jugs - 2.89 L [or close to that, I don't have the jug in front of me now])

1 1/2 C. Watermelon Vodka
1 1/2 C. Raspberry Sour Puss
1 1/2 C. Apple Sour Puss
3/4 C. Fresh Lemon Juice
6 C. Cranberry Juice

So enjoy with a friend, lots of friends, or lots and lots of friends!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Apple BBQ Sauce (Tomato Free)

As I was making this, I commented that if this turned out, I would have no idea what I did to make it again. Well, it turned out and now I have the task of trying to remember everything I threw into the pot. The great thing about this is that while it tastes like BBQ Sauce, it also has the apple and smokey taste to it. I had it on pork tenderloin, but it would probably be amazing on ribs for the apple wood smoked flavour.

Recipe adapted from Taste of BBQ


1 1/4 C. Apple Sauce
2 C. Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Molasses
6 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 
1 Tsp. Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Salt
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Tsp. Paprika
1/8 Tsp. Cayenne
1/4 Tsp. Dried Chilies 
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch


~Combine all ingredients (except cornstarch) together in a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth.
~Bring mixture to a boil and continue to whisk, then reduce to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
~Whisk in cornstarch and bring back to a boil, continuing to whisk
~As soon as sauce thickens, remove from heat.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Chow Mein

This recipe is amazing. Not much more to say than that. Other than this disappears at alarmingly fast rates and it honestly tastes better as leftovers the next day once all of the flavours have blended. It's even good cold, or hot, or anything in between.

Even though I've made this multiple times, I can't say I have a picture of it. Maybe the next time.

While I've used for the most part the same ingredients as the original recipe, the steps to make it I've really changed around to fit how I typically make stir fry's. So this recipe is adapted from Canadian Living.


1 - 400g pkg Chow Mein Noodles
1/4 C. Oyster Sauce
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 Onion, thin strips
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tsp. Ginger, minced
1/2 C. Chicken Stock
*Vegetables (snow peas, peppers, broccoli)
*Meat (chicken, pork, beef)
*Bean Sprouts


~Cook noodles according to package instructions, drain & set aside.
~In a bowl, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce & sesame oil. Set Aside.
~Heat oil in a large skillet and saute onion until transparent. Add garlic & ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
~Add noodles, chicken broth and sauces to pan and stir until heated through.

~Before adding noodles to onions, add in and stir fry your choice of vegetables, then add noodles.
~If adding in any meat, stir fry in a separate skillet and once cooked, add into onion mixture with the noodles and sauces.
~Sprinkle finished product with bean sprouts