Things I do not love about fall: oh yeah, I forgot it RAINS FOR 8 MONTHS OF THE YEAR HERE. So it begins…
True, it’s a small price to pay to live in such a wonderful part of the world. It could be lot worse, we could be waist deep in snow or plagued with drought. Then again, having to pretty much swim to and from work every day… it gets old fast.
(to be precise, it gets old about 30 seconds in to the walk to the train when your shoes have decided to leak and fully soaked your entire foot. Also, your freshly washed hair is now a total disaster from a combination of the humidity and the hood of your jacket you are forced to use since, despite living in a rainy city, 90% you forget to bring an umbrella with you) (just me? Okay.)
That brings us to today’s blog post. It’s all about denial. Yes, I love fall and everyone in the blog-o-sphere is so pumped about making pumpkin spice everything and tossing around decorative gourds like they’re Martha F’n Stewart and I do love a good squash recipe.
…but my feet are cold and wet and my dog, Hannah, won’t go outside to pee because she’s from Texas and is like ‘WHY EVERYTHING WET? I COLD. HALP.’
So, I need a drink. And if I drink this lovely bevvie in the bathtub or in front of the fireplace and close my eyes, I can pretend I’m on a beach somewhere. Yep, everything is fine. I’m in Hawaii. I don’t have to go to work tomorrow and work on that proposal. Nope, I’m in Hawaii and tomorrow I am going to read my book and go snorkeling and cook and do nothing else.
Hannah, please stop scratching at the bathroom door, Mummy’s on a beach right now.
|Pineapple Ginger Daiquiri with Fresh Mint|| |
- 1 ripe pineapple, peeled and cored
- 4 oz dark rum (optional, may be omitted for virgin)
- 4 oz ginger simple syrup
- 1 small bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
- Sparkling water
- Ginger Simple Syrup:
- 1 thumb sized pieces of fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- To make the simple syrup, dissolve the sugar in the water in a saucepan over medium heat. When all the sugar has dissolved, add the ginger and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Strain out the ginger pieces. Can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge up to 1 week.
- Peel and core a ripe pineapple. Place pineapple chunks in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour pineapple 'smoothie' through a fine sieve- this step is optional but straining out all the fibers makes the pineapple incredible velvety and sumptuous! This is definitely not store bought pineapple juice.
- Fill 4 short glasses with crushed ice, about half way up the glass. Add one ounce each of rum and ginger syrup to each of the glasses. Divide the pineapple puree among the glasses and top with a finger or two of sparkling water. Top with a healthy sprinkling of fresh mint.