Happy Banana Cream Cocktail

…creamy…frothy…wickedly delicious…

And I don’t mean getting intoxicated.

I am not a big drinker and I generally don’t drink alcohol unless on a special occasion when I’m offered a light fruity glass of wine (which most time gets shared with the Mr). The exception is my Kahlua coffee liquor that lives in my pantry and I like to use in food for its distinct aroma and flavor. Like this:

happy delicious banana cream cocktail

Growing up one of my favorite fruits to eat was bananas. I would mash it, add a touch of kosher salt (yes, salt), and eat it. Growing a little older I “discovered” banana shakes that I prepared myself using banana and ice. Never added yogurt or milk.  To this day while I do something in the kitchen like cooking,  I find myself sometimes mashing a banana, add salt and eat. Yes, some roll their eyes on me. But this is one of many childhood memories…and I love remembering them that way.

happy delicious banana cream cocktail

Lately I’ve found myself monkeying around with bananas possibly a new obsession, then come up with delightful drinks that the Mr would be proud to rate them as Award Winning banana cocktails.  Well, the Mr would rate anything I do as Award Winning. But that’s another post.

Banana drinks are nothing new, they date back to late 1800s, and now I personalized the recipe and made it an absolutely new favorite. This one is based on Banana-Kahlua mix, it’s delicious and satisfying enough to rock as the new DJ in my house.

Hanging out with friends any time soon? if they love bananas they will love this cocktail…

they will probably ask for more…

and you probably will run out of bananas.

happy delicious banana cream cocktail

Are you anything like my beloved first born and don’t like to share? be my guest then and have it all to yourself. You might want to add another banana. You deserve it. Something like this:

delicious banana cream cocktail

The best thing is that you can mix into the bananas any flavored liquor you like. I use Kahlua in a lot of my mix-a-drink recipes but never on its own, because for someone like moi who cannot tolerate alcohol (which is a good thing), this one when mixed does not make me talk in a language no one heard of.

So…shall we:

Banana Cream Cocktail

ingredients:

1/2 part kahlua coffee liquor**
1 medium firm banana
1 part whipping cream
pinch cinnamon powder and/or cardamom powder (optional)
crushed ice (start with 1/2 a cup, you can always add more).

In a blender combine all the ingredients. Blend.

Pour drink into chilled martini glass. Garnish with banana and spices.

** Turn this drink to kid friendly by substitute the liquor with low-fat or skim milk. Super for breakfast or a treat.

Note: Drink responsibly.

You may adjust measurements to your liking.

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Miss you to pieces…and a fantastic no-bake cheese dessert recipe

Alright, I haven’t been posting for a while, I have no one to blame but myself  and it’s only because I decided to do nothing and devote more time for sitting.

But first, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m kitting I’m kitting…

I get 4,000 reminders from the Mr and daughters that go something like this: “hey mom/babe i haven’t heard your shooting gun pew pew for a while, what happened? and don’t give me excuses i/we don’t wanna hear it!”. So why did you ask.
See, my camera makes fast and repeat shooting sounds kinda like run-and-gun…too funny.

Now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with blueberry sauce

I’m also aware of the fact that by not posting every week can/may/has an effect on my blog and my beloved followers (hi honey), not to mention a limited amount of eyeballs.

What!?

…but that doesn’t stop me from coming back and posting about the things I love to do that fuel my soul.

And now this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauceYou see, now and then life throws at you a couple of balls to juggle like there is no tomorrow for example: we got another dog, a puppy, I don’t even know why. That’s a lot of show right there. Being away from home for a long time isn’t easy on my family (although I get to do whatever I want and end the nights really…really late).  I recently traveled overseas to plan my daughter’s Bat-Mitzva this summer. Apparently it’s like planning a wedding minus the groom. And I’m only scratching the surface here. The book I want to write that is long over-due and that my family “reminds” me about it every day…I’m about to explode. My head is full with so much to write that sometimes its hard to get it all out. Don’t get me wrong I love my head it’s wonderful and full of awesomeness but…wait let me breath…nonetheless, I will and shall make it happen.

And now, I am delighted to introduce a fantastic dessert that has just the right ingredients to make anyone happy. It’s summer, it’s hot, we wear less and excercise more but this dessert only completes our summer picture perfect. It’s surprisingly provocative and infused with acidity, sweetness, creaminess and texture that create a sultry dessert – it’s a party in your mouth.

No-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

So easy to make I call it SmartDessert because first, you can enjoy this elegant sweetness under any weather even if you’re having a turbulence in your living room. Second, it’s three easy recipes in one, where I’ll post about separately, that you can enjoy completely on their own. Smart he?

My favorite part is the blueberry sauce. O.M.G – It is to die for. I mixed a couple of liquids and made a heavenly blueberry reduction. The Mr was speechless! so was I. But you know how kids are…they always have something to say…errr.

Finally, this:

no-bake cheese dessert with OMG blueberry sauce

Shall we?

Ingredients:

Cheese batter

8 oz. cold Mascarpone cheese
1 cup very cold heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
pinch of kosher salt

Blueberry sauce:

2 c. fresh blueberries
1/2 c. Kahlua liqure
1/4 aged balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp pure honey

*1 tbsp honey butter, room temperature – click for the recipe

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Yields 6 cups. Grease 6 glass ice-cream cups with honey butter. refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium bowl combine cheese, vanill, sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy. In another bowl beat the whipping cream until thick and fluffy. Fold the cream into the cheese mixture. Scoop into the chilled ice-cream cups. Refrigerate 4 hours.

In the meantime, combine kahlua and balsamic in a non-stick medium pan on medium heat. When starts to boil lower heat to low and cook until liquid reduced by a third. Add blueberries and honey, mix and continue to cook a few more minutes stirring occasionally, until sauce is honey-like consistency. Keep in mind not to overcook the blueberries. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature**.

Take the cups out of the refrigerator, arrange on a serving tray and top with blueberry sauce. Serve.  It is A.mazing every.single.time.

**I store the Blueberry sauce in a glass container in the refrigerator, it becomes hard when chilled. I stick it in the microwave on high for a few seconds to melt, just before re-use.

This sauce also makes an amazing jam on a fresh country toasted bread.

Worry less cook more – My Adventure in Lake Tahoe

Hello everyone,

This morning when I opened my email box for the first time after ten days being away from the screen, which was a much-needed break, I found lots of emails containing new year resolutions from pins, clients, friends. Honestly, I did not want to pay too much attention to my email box (just today) since most of the emails repeat themselves but it gave me food for thought.

I have a different take about this whole “resolution” thing people are so hooked about this time of year. I’m the kind of person who makes promises only if I know I am going to keep them. Sometimes challenging but doable. And so I decided to declare, and as a promise to my other half, my short to the point goal I should call it, not only for the new year but for each new day that is given to me. A promise that’s easier said then done. But I will do my best to keep it.

Dedicated to me, the Mr. and my family:

i will worry less.

i will worry much less.

and everything else

will pretty much fall

in the right place.

This is also the perfect time to share something special – a place I just visited for the first time and heard so much about  – Lake Tahoe. Let me tell you – This. Place. Is. A.MAZING

Besides of the fact that we had to deal with a lot of ice, the change of scenery was like a fresh breath…and a cold one too. It was particularly surprising to me that Lake Tahoe remained sparkly and crystal clear as if it was a sunny summer day and at the same time surrounded by gorgeous white blanket of ice. In the morning a subtle layer of fog would cover most of the lake as I watched houses that were build right on the edge of the surroundings hills and imagine my house having a view just like that. I’m speechless.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful lake tahoe trip

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

Now here I have to speak. Here not only did I worry less, I cooked less. We stayed at a beautifully constructed hotel that has a touches of modern and eclectic mix. Natural stone floors with muted color hand-made rugs. What a chic contrast. Bee-utiful. And of course, I always look at how food is presented and here is no exception – oversize dining table filled with desserts and sweet goodies. Not that I ate any of them.

I made no secret of the fact that I love to wash my eyes with beautiful food and beautiful things. I love the idea of designing food but not to a point where it becomes a museum piece, oh no. But home-made casually yet attractively placed and showcased, to make me want to touch it and eat it too. It was a delight to my eyes. (and no, I’m not on a diet).