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Quenching my thirst

What’s your drink? Mine is wine, and oh do I love it. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve drank a few too many bottles over the last few years, but I’ll chalk it up to being in my twenties (and I only get to say that for another month and a half).

When life gives you lemons, you know what you have to do…

Due to some recent health issues in my family, my hubby and I have both cut back on the alcohol, but now there seems to be a big empty hole in those sunny Saturday afternoons which used to be filled nicely with a cold six-pack. And so, I need an alternative.

Rosemary lemonade, from the Weekly Greens blog.

I’ve started coming up with tasty mixes for flavoured water or tea. You’ve already read about my recipe for rhubarb iced tea, and I’m sitting here now, enjoying a tarty little glass of rosemary lemonade (pictured above), a recipe I found on the Weekly Greens blog.

Mint and orange green tea.

There are tons of great ways to spruce up plain old iced tea, like adding just mint and oranges, as pictured above. I added about five bags of green tea and let it steep/chill for a few hours for a great afternoon thirst quencher.

In addition to tea, flavoured waters have been a real treat. Just add your ingredients to a pitcher, top with water (I prefer tap myself, but bottled or mineral would be great too), and let sit overnight in the fridge. The longer you leave it, the more the different flavours will mix and mingle, creating a little party just for you. As pictured, I’ve tried mixing cucumber/mint/lemon and strawberry/basil/orange. Both turned out quite tasty.

Cucumber, mint and lemon water.

Strawberry, basil and orange water.

Here’s where you come in, Internet. Do you have favorite non-alcoholic bevvie recipes you’ve created or found on your online travels? Leave a comment and share if you don’t mind! Cheers to your health!

Where has pesto been all my life?

Cooking (and eating, for that matter) is a constant journey of discovery. It should be, anyway. How I’ve never before explored pesto is a mystery to me, but thank goodness I have finally found it. I saw a basic recipe somewhere on my internet travels and then did some research and put together my first ever pesto, which I swear has renewed any craving I ever had to visit Italy, but with an intense vigor.

Here, for you, is…

Discovery Pesto

Combine the following in your food processor:

  • Two handfuls of fresh basil (a large portion of a plant — I have planted several plants this summer just for this purpose)
  • 1/2 cup fresh pine nuts
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (please please please don’t use the stuff from a container. Fresh = amazing)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • A couple good turns of your grinder of sea salt
  • 2-3 large splashes of olive oil (may need more)

The most delicious ingredients imaginable.

Blend until smooth. Prepare to be blown away by the amazing aromas wafting around you. Add more olive oil as needed in order to get a smooth consistency. Pour over your choice of cooked pasta. I used bowtie pasta below. This was enough for a good-sized side for about 2-3 people.

Mmmm… Discovery pesto…

I served this pesto with salmon. And let me share with you this amazing little trick that I picked up from a blog called The Mother Huddle via Pinterest: grill your salmon on top a layer of lemons!! Not only will you not have to worry about a giant mess to scrape off your grill (fish sticks something awful, doesn’t it), but the fish will come off the grill easily and it will pick up some of that delicious citrus flavor as it cooks. And it looks pretty in the photo, doesn’t it? I slathered my salmon with melted butter and garlic while it cooked too.

Grill fish on a bed of lemons to prevent a mess!