Frida’s Mule Cocktail: Jalapeño infused mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice

July 24, 2015

Frida's Mule Cocktail: Jalapeño infused mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice

Frida's Mule Cocktail: Jalapeño infused mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice

Frida's Mule Cocktail: Jalapeño infused mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice

Frida's Mule Cocktail: Jalapeño infused mezcal, ginger beer, lime juice

It’s Friday! And it’s happy hour here on the blog, you lucky duck.

Today’s special: Frida’s Mule! A spin on the Moscow Mule. The main ingredient here is jalapeño infused mezcal, which has a delicious smoky taste with a touch of heat. That plus some lime juice and ginger beer make it the ultimate hot-summer-day cocktail.

Pop by West Elm’s Front & Main blog to get the full scoop. Cheers!

Dairy-Free Frozen Lemon Custard with Summer Berry Crumble

July 23, 2015

Dairy-Free Frozen Lemon Custard with Summer Berry Crumble

I made a new recipe for Baked The Blog (you know, where canadianos get baked together). It’s super yummy and has all the stuff we love about summer: pies, custard, berries, ice cream – seriously, this is the shizzz.

Go get the full recipe on Baked!

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

July 19, 2015

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

Farmers Market Soba Noodles with Spicy Chimichurri and Crispy Kale

I made this recipe for La Crema and I must say it was a total blessing! I was getting ready to go on a trip and had all this beautiful produce from the farmers market and didn’t want it to go bad, so I whipped up one of those “kitchen sink” recipes that turned out SO GOOD.

There are juicy tomatoes, spicy chimichurri made from fresh herbs, and everything is topped with crispy chip-like kale. Seriously yum.

You can find the full recipe over at La Crema’s blog. Perfect for a “cleaning the fridge” weekend dish!

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Recipe created in partnership with Jackson Family Wines. All views my own. Word.

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

July 15, 2015

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

Sour Cherry Strawberry Meringue Galette

More summer fruit? Yep. Using my new favourite surface to take photos? Yep. Wait, what about meringue? Yep yep yep. All of those things just happened and it’s almost magical.

A few weeks ago I got to pick some sour cherries from my friend’s lovely tree and I knew I had to do something epic with them – other than jam. Galette? Yes, that sounds like a good pick, but maybe we can up the game a bit with meringue, because, summer and meringues are definitely besties. The result is super tasty and looks so cool and rustic! Just the way we like it.

If you can’t find sour cherries, you can use regular cherries too! Instead of being bright red it’ll turn out a beautiful deep burgundy. Either way you gotta throw some ice cream in there! Just forget about the word ‘calories; for a while, mmkay.

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Hibiscus French 75 Punch

July 10, 2015

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Hibiscus French 75 Punch

Need a pick-me-up? Well, it’s Friday, which means, drinks on me! (and West Elm!)

This cocktail is designed to be served at a party or gathering, it looks super nice on a tray AND your guests can participate in the fun (by pouring the champagne, like, how DIY-me-some-booze is that?). French 75 is one of my favourite cocktails, it’s a classic that never disappoints. Since I didn’t want to change the flavours too much, I just added a little extra somethin’ somethin’ in the shape of tea – hibiscus tea nonetheless – which is SUPER summer appropriate.

Hibiscus – for those of you who haven’t tried this delicious flower – is tangy by nature. Back at home we drink it cold with ice and a bit of sugar (kind of like agua fresca). I merged that idea with this cocktail and BAM! The result: a tangy, bubbly, fresh, and boozy cocktail that will A: cool you down and B: make you look like a pro.

This is one of my last collabs with West Elm for the summer (sad face!) so you better go get this recipe! Jump over to Front & Main to get the full scoop.

Happy weekend!

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

July 7, 2015

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Young Coconut Dark Chocolate Slushie With Smashed Berries (Vegan)

Oh man, is it hot out there or what?! I never thought I’d say this, but I kinda miss the rain (for a day or two). Also, there’s a ton of wild fires and Vancouver has been covered by a blanket of smoke for the last couple days, a bit chaotic if you ask me.

While trying to find ways to keep cool at home (houses in Canada are designed to trap heat, and someone missed the memo of ‘hey some summers may be super hot’), without having to stick my head in the fridge (totally did), I made this all-natural slushie. BEST SHIT EVER if you ask me. It’s so refreshing! And well, it has dark chocolate and smashed summer berries – like a cake, but cold, really really cold.

Making these slushies takes little time and A: they look amazing (which will give you bonus points at your next summer potluck) and B: they can be boozed up for an adult version with dark rum, bourbon, or kahlua for a mocha-like flavour.

Grab your coconuts and come over to the artful kitchen! Full recipe after the jump

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Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

June 30, 2015

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

Jalapeño Popper Beer Battered Squash Blossoms (dairy free)

So whipped up this little number for dinner a couple weeks ago and they were YUMMY. Squash blossoms are total rare gems; it’s super hard to find them at the market! (at least in here), and they’re about $1.50 per blossom, which – as my mama in Mexico says – “ay noooo que rip off is that” considering it’s about $1.50 for a bucket down there, but whatevs, they’re totally worth it.

You can have them by themselves just lightly fried and they’re lovely, but, since they’re a rarity at the table, I decided to go the extra mile and stuff them with a little bit of a jalapeño popper vibe, sans the dairy of course. Inside you get a creamy and spicy jalapeño oregano cashew filling, and on the outside you get a bold crunchy beer batter that begs for the squeeze of a lime. ARE YOU DROOLING? You better be. I kinda wished I took more photos, but damn, I was hungry! haha

Get the full recipe after the jump!

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