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Holiday Hangover Cure!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

holiday hangover? homemade electrolyte drink & VROU

Hope y’all had a happy Thanksgiving. And to my international friends, hope your Thursday was swell. I savored the day with my boyfriend’s family over in New Jersey! The food was a surprise (interesting Dominican dishes), but everything else felt right at home (laughter and hugs).

I noticed that while everyone enjoyed the holiday, many friends didn’t have a great time the morning after. And with the mulled cider, eggnog, and coquito flowing, who can resist enjoying a holiday libation? So here’s another drink, but more on the healthful side.

I borrowed this recipe from Don’t Mess With Mama, and as she explains it, electrolytes are basically salts. When a person heavily exercises (sweats) or “expels fluid,” he or she loses these electrolytes. This juice is meant to be a replacement for Gatorade (which isn’t great for you anyway), and I think it’s tasty for just a nice juice in general. Whether you’re dehydrated from energizing or enjoying spirits, I highly recommend this flavorful, hydrating drink.

Natural Hangover Cure

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Summer Chickpea Tahini Coleslaw – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #glutenfree

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

chickpea tahini coleslaw – the balanced platter & brooklyn rooftop evening

The thing I love most about summer in the city are the random rooftop parties. Sometimes they’re huge and well-catered, and other times intimate and spontaneous. My favorite leans toward the latter.

The other weekend I had the great pleasure to hang out with Elyse from Brooklyn Soup Club. After helping shoot some cooking videos, she treated me to the most fantastic veggie meal I’ve had in a while (including yours, Mom, sorry).

rooftop dinner

Chef Elyse Bekins

skyline sunset

The plates ranged from rich, just-made ricotta on crusty bread to a homegrown, leafy salad. In the forefront of flavor was the chickpea quinoa salad with tahini dressing. After the second (or fourth?!) helping of this savory treat, I realized I needed to make this at home.

Chickpea Tahini Coleslaw – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #glutenfree

I loved the simplicity with which Elyse brought the elements together. So while I wish I’d been paying more attention in the kitchen, I think I got most of this delicious and simple recipe right. Check out the Chickpea Tahini Coleslaw here on The Balanced Platter, and stick around for amazing recipes by other fun cooks.

I shared this post with Waste Not Want Not Wednesday and Tasty Traditions.

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Fig Mint Salad – Spiced Curiosity #vegan #vegetarian

Monday, July 22, 2013

fig mint salad – to barcelona and back

    serves 2
  • 4 figs
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 small head of butter lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste

Hi y’all! I’ve been away for a while, partly due to a trip in Spain. My boyfriend has been working in Europe for a month, so I enjoyed some sweet vacation in Barcelona with him.

It was my first time in the country, and I loved soaking in all the details. One of my favorite afternoons was spent strolling through the Barri Gòtic together – observing the locals and peeking down side streets.

Spain – Spiced Curiosity

Spain – Spiced Curiosity

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grilled pineapple & spinach pineapple smoothie

Monday, May 20, 2013

grilled pineapple & pineapple cilantro smoothie – from the beach to Memorial Day


    grilled pineapple – serves 5
  • 1 ripe, yellow pineapple
  • 1 lime or 2 Tbsp. lime juice
    pineapple cilantro smoothie – serves 2
  • 3/4 cup ice
  • 1 lime or 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 6 stems or 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2-in ginger knob or 1 tsp. minced ginger

My friends and I were all in favor of celebrating this warm change of weather with a potluck picnic. After the forecast laughed and changed to a whimsical drizzle, we continued indoors with a front yard BBQ.

Grilling with friends :)

Now as a native Southern gal, I appreciate barbecue. I just don’t partake in it. I love my veggie- and fruit-laden meals, so this event was just an opportunity to be inventive with vegetarian options. After hemming and hawing at the grocery store, I spied the golden opportunity: fresh pineapple. At the shindig I sliced the fruit in thick rings, squeezed a layer of lime juice on top, and set them out to cook.

So if you plan on breaking out the grill for Memorial Day, I highly recommend buying a pineapple. It’s nice to finish a hearty meal on a fresh, citrusy note. Not to mention it’s super easy to cook.

Grilled Pineapple - Dessert for Memorial Day

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