Basil and whiskey go together surprisingly well! This basil simple syrup is easy to make and is a great addition to a gin and tonic or even a glass of bubbles. I like Irish whiskey for its drinkability, my favorite is Powers.
1 C. Loosely packed basil leaves
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Water
First make the basil syrup. Heat the basil leaves, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Let the syrup cool completely in the pan. Strain the syrup into a jar and chill. Discard the basil leaves. The syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.
To make a cocktail, fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in 1 1/2 oz. whiskey, 1 oz. basil syrup, and top with club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a basil leaf.
I had most of a can of coconut milk sitting in the fridge, begging to be used up. 20 minutes later, sorbet! Serves 4
- 1 1/2 C. full fat coconut milk, cold (stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours)
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of 2 limes, or 1/4 C.
- 1/4 C. simple syrup (I keep a batch for cocktails, it’s just equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil and cooled. Or buy a bottle in the drinks aisle)
If your can of coconut milk separates into half clear liquid and half thick, white cream, just give it a stir before measuring. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. I use a Cuisinart ice cream maker. This took about 15 minutes to freeze into a sorbet/soft serve consistency. I imagine this would also make a terrific popsicle…
Posted in Dessert, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Tagged coconut, coconut sorbet, dairy free, easy, fast, ice cream, lime sorbet, popsicle, quick, sherbet, simple, vegan, Vegetarian
Betty seems to love Rumaki. Last Night’s episode (705 The Runaways) marks the second time on Mad Men that she serves it to guests, this time at a progressive dinner party, where the guests have a different course at each house. I love to watch Betty act as hostess, it’s like she finally feels like she’s doing something important, she’s almost giddy. I can sort of relate to that actually.
My all time favorite episode of Mad Men is from Season two, called A Night To Remember. Betty hosts a dinner party for Don’s clients and The Sterlings. She treats the guests to a “Trip Around the World” with the following menu:
- Gazpacho from Spain
- Rumaki From Japan
- Irish Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly
- German Noodles like her grandmother made
- Bordeaux from France and Beer from Holland
The Betty Crocker Hostess Cookbook from the era has a recipe for Rumaki and introduces it as a Japanese dish. Rumaki actually originated in California at Trader Vic’s as part of America’s love for all things Polynesian. My version has a few modern twists.
- 1 lb. chicken livers, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 t. canola oil
- 1/8 C. soy sauce
- 1/2 t. curry powder
- 1 t. sugar
- 1 t. grated fresh ginger
- 1 lb. uncured bacon
- 1 can, sliced water chestnuts, drained
Combine the oil, soy sauce, curry powder, sugar, and ginger in a shallow dish. Toss the livers in the mixture and marinate for at least two hours. Put your bamboo skewers in a glass of water to soak. This should keep them from burning, although some of mine got a little charred. Cut the bacon into 2 inch squares. Skewer one piece of bacon, one piece of liver, and one slice of water chestnut, followed by another piece of bacon. Place skewers on a rimmed baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Continue skewering until all the ingredients are used up. You should have enough for about twenty skewers. Heat the broiler to high heat. Broil for four minutes, then turn all the skewers over and continue broiling for three to four more minutes or until the bacon is cooked and beginning to brown. Serve hot.
Posted in Asian, Gluten Free, Holidays and Special Occasions
Tagged appetizer, bacon, betty draper, chicken liver, cocktail party, episode 705, mad men, mid century, polynesian, progressive dinner, rumaki, The Runaways, tiki, trader vic's