The Citrus Shore

Viviana's Kitchen

Is what I’m naming this cocktail – now if only I could come up with a great name for the podcast I still haven’t started.

Welcome back and get ready cause if you’ve got a love for gin like I do, I’ve got a simple, albeit quirky?, cocktail for ya. Grab your shaker and the following ingredients:

  • A few cubes of ice for shaking
  • Gin of choice (Detroit City Distillery always and forever baby!)
  • Elderflower syrup
  • Limeade (lime lemonade)
  • Orange juice

Directions

  1. Add ice to shaker.
  2. Pour gin to your preference.
  3. Add about 1 teaspoon of elderflower syrup, 1/2 cup limeade, and a splash of OJ.
  4. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE IT! and serve. Enjoy!

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Le Crepe

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I started today off being woken up twice by phone calls. The second was my friend Kristen, who told me she was in the area and she’d like to hang out sometime today. So I hopped out of bed, and we went on a mini adventure to downtown Royal Oak.

We both brought out cameras (she brought her lenses too, I just opted for my 50mm) and we started off at Le Crepe on Washington Ave. Neither of us had eaten yet, so brunch was a great first stop.

We got hilariously into photographing our waters and her cappuccino before our crepes arrived. I really like the way this shot of her cappuccino turned out.

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When the crepes arrived, there was standing on chairs happening (on Kristen’s part) to get good birds-eye view shots.

I don’t really like the colors that came out in the crepe pictures, and I think it has a lot to do with the plates. They were a yellowy-ivory based color with green circle lines. Probably would’ve looked better on some nice super clean white porcelain.

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Fortunately, I did catch some nice shots of the WATER of all things. The backlighting was everything in this place. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Post-Workout Pumpkin Smoothie

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Speaking of pumpkins, aside from eating them plainly after being baked, you can obviously use them in various recipes.

I’ve been incorporating pumpkin into my post-workout smoothies and I’m loving it. It gives them a silky texture and brilliant color.

Below is this morning’s pumpkin smoothie with banana, strawberries, oatmeal, honey, milk, and water. Boom! (Picture taken with my Galaxy Note 5)

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Plum Dumplings & Other Kitchen Adventures

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First thing’s first: my feet hurt like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve been standing and walking all day long in non-supportive flip flops while cooking. My back’s also killing me a bit – signs of getting old??

Anyway, my parents have been down in Atlanta this weekend at a wedding, and this is the first time ever that my brother and I have been left alone for a prolonged period of time in the house. Since I don’t work Sundays, and I didn’t feel like spending my morning at the gym (though I should have!) AAAAND my creativity is currently shot in the art department, I threw myself into cooking. And drinking Blake’s Hard Cider, YOLO.

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I was not expecting a pleasant pinky-peach color.

It started out with deciding I was going to make Romanian plum dumplings (galueste cu prune). It’s a fairly easy recipe, and I found a recipe I liked. Since it begins by boiling potatoes, I did that – but I didn’t boil them well enough. Ensue frustration and annoyance at my impatience.

I was going to throw them away and feel guilty, but then I made a snap decision to save them and make a casserole/cheese melt thing. SUPER easy: I took the mildly boiled potatoes, chopped up 2 onions and 3 carrots, topped off with seasoned salt, paprika & garlic powder, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and then laid Muenster and Colby Jack cheese slices on top cause I didn’t have shredded cheddar and couldn’t go grab some (had other stuff cooking!). Baked this at 385 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. It turned out really good, but I think the potatoes could’ve used more salt.

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The finished project.

Meanwhile, I had to boil another batch of potatoes. This time it went great. I was able ice bath the skins off and then mash them with a handheld mixer (+ 1 egg, + 50g butter) and then add in the flour (375g) and kneed the dough along. Afterwards, I cut up 5 plums into 12 pieces each, which ended up being excessive and made my third dish of the night, spiced plums. plums

I rolled out the dough and cup it up into palm sized sections, stuffed a piece of plum in along with 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar + cinnamon + cloves + cardamom, and pinched each shut and rolled them around until they were circular. Then came the boiling bath – I had to do it in two batches cause they were so big and so many.

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While they were boiling, I fried some plain breadcrumbs and EVOO in a pan and moved it to a big bowl. After the dumplings were done boiling, I strained them and then stuck them in the breadcrumbs and rolled them around. VOILA!

I ate 5. #noregrets

I ate 5. #noregrets

Oh, and the spiced plums? Super easy. Spray oiled a small baking dish, dumped the rest of the plums in there and topped them off with the remaining sugar + spice (and everything nice) mixture, sprayed with oil, and then baked for about 25-30 minutes at 350 F. The sugar mixture became kind of like a spiced glaze. So good.

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Oh, and all of these pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5. I was too lazy to mess with my Nikon today – partly because my fingers were sticky with dough and other ingredients for 6 hours straight. But I will say that I’m REALLY enjoying this phone’s camera and I’m so glad I decided to go with it rather than my initial intention of the Galaxy s6. The camera really sold me in store, and it excels IRL too.

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Blueberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie

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Ya’ll know how much I love smoothies, right?

This is a super easy one I made a couple weeks ago that I dubbed the “Blueberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie” and it’ll do you good. Also, look at that color! What’s more enticing than NATURALLY vibrant colored food?

Blueberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • half orange juice, half water

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