The Cocktail Diaries: Basil Apple Spring Sour
No weird tricks are involved for this green cocktail - just a little muddled basil!
Man. I just finished eating one of these for lunch and my suspicions have been confirmed — I’m going to be eating a LOT more of them.
I first was inspired to make this little rice bowl over the holiday, when Dave and I were having a little burst of culinary creativity. In one day, we brewed a batch of beer (our first all grain batch, an ESB!), made limoncello and migas for breakfast… but lunch started to roll around and all that activity had me craving a light but protein-packed meal.
And while you don’t have to do it this way, the salmon in this rice bowl is actually LOX – yep, it’s that easy. If you play this right, the only thing you have to pay attention to cooking is the egg 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I blog — it’s been a while since I started – maybe five years?! – and it’s had its ups and downs. There have been times when I wasn’t very good about posting, and there were times when I was posting almost every day (I can’t believe I pulled that off, but my job wasn’t super demanding at the time). A few times a week, I think, is ideal.
I started this blog in the first place to share recipes because I found so much joy in making something fun for dinner and sharing it with my husband. We still cook together whenever we’re home and have a fun time doing it – I think we spend more time in our kitchen together than any other non-bedroom room in the house.
What that has morphed into, or maybe what it has always been rooted in, is wanting to inspire other people, as well. I want everyone to be able to get excited about making great food and cocktails and really enjoying them – be it healthy or an indulgence. AND, the icing on the cake would be if my readers were then able to improvise. You like this salmon bowl? I bet you can add a new protein and a fun sauce and make a totally different meal.
Anyway, after thinking through this, I’m feeling a ton of new energy about creating recipes and writing. I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of me this year and I’m going to work hard to make sure that happens.
But first, dinner. Am I right? 🙂