Chaitini, cocktail of the week photos

Chaitini is the cocktail of the week.

Now, brown cocktails do not photograph well, but I will post the photo anyway.

I took chai spices and seeped them with vodka for many months (it doesn’t take that long, but I forgot about it in the fridge) then you have chai flavored vodka. I think the chai spices I used were ginger, cloves, allspice, anise, cinnamon and cardamom.

I mixed a little coconut milk with vodka (but I would really use coconut rum if you had some, I was out and wasn’t about to go to the store to make my cocktail, for once!) and then mixed some of the chai vodka with agave nectar or you could use simple syrup and then shook it over ice and poured it into a martini glass rimmed with sugar mixed with dried coconut. I used a cinnamon stick as a straw and voila: Chaitini!

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I told you brown cocktails are not very pretty, oh well. They can be tasty though!

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Menu of the week: Vanilla; Cocktail of the week: Blood orange and vodka

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday - Vanilla

Monday:

Grilled center cut pork loin (from our pig Pancetta) with my fennel coriander rub, lemony (no lemon in the house) lime-y steamed broccoli and sage (sage plant looks a bit weary) thyme and shallot Parmesan polenta with a Hen of the Woods mushroom sauce on the side. I have never used Hen of the woods before and Trader Joe had them priced to try.

Cocktail of the eve: blood orange juice and vodka refreshing and healthy!

blood orange and vodka

Tuesday:

Moroccan chicken (just found some preserved lemons at the store) recipe via Elise and GF cous cous (throw basmati rice in your spice grinder and add a dash of turmeric while cooking – pretty close). Still thinking about a Moroccan veg.

Edited to add, that I went to see There will be Blood, so I popped everything in the crock pot, doubled the preserved lemon (and skipped the raisins, not a fan of them) and put the rous cous (rice cous cous ha!) in the rice cooker.  I forgot about a veg.  By the way, the movie was great!

Wednesday:

Seared scallops with garlic buerre blanc on a bed of angel hair pasta with broccoli rabe

Thursday:

Argentinian Chimichurri grilled beef (grass fed), marinated grilled asparagus (from Peru – I know, horrible of me, but my boyfriend will eat about three different vegetables – asp, broc and greens – at least it is on South American theme night) and tostones/patacones (twice fried plaintains).

Friday:

Green chile cheese empanadas, Mexican rice, frijoles (pinto beans) with onion, cucumbers in lime and chile and chile de arbol salsa

Oh yeah, vanilla. BF has planned a very raspberry valentine cake and I will make a vanilla sauce to go with it.

Edited to add:  I just made a batch of very dense chocolately brownies with vanilla, raspberry puree and coconut flour.  It is almost a flourless brownie.  As soon as they have cooled, I will update you.  They look and smell delish!

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