La Sangria de Mama


(I tried to blog at airports, but wasn’t having much luck actually posting what I was writing, so here is a belated post, maybe two, now that I have internet!)

Just said goodbye to my family and waltzed through security. Am now waiting to board my flight (thank goodness for free wifi at YOW) with butterflies in my stomach. I am so excited for this little adventure; when I decided to stay home for my undergrad, I planned that hopefully one of those years would be spent abroad. At the same time, I am definitely a bit of homebody and saying goodbye to my family at the airport made me tear up! And so here I am waiting for a flight to Madrid and re-reading the metro directions to take me from Madrid to the train to Huelva.

My mum organized a great send off party for me last Saturday. It was a lovely group of some of our new and old friends, and my family all together. There was a stellar band, Go Long(!), awesome and silly sing alongs, lots of tapas, and delicious sangria. We figured you couldn’t have a fiesta without it!

Serve a white and red sangria beside each other in transparent glass jugs or punch bowls so you can admire how pretty your drinks are before they disappear.My mum threw a lovely party (more on that later!) for me on Saturday and she made lots of delicious sangria…there wasn’t any left at the end of the night. These recipes will get you in a fiesta mood!

(Go Long(!) is having a CD release party for their debut album on Sunday September 30th…if I were in Ottawa I would definitely be there, so go enjoy this great trio!)

Mum’s Sangria(s)…

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Cool Down With A Lassi

Bollywood movies are amazing. Often filled with over the top musical numbers with choreography I love to try and copy crazily around my house (don’t judge!), I was introduced to Bollywood in high school. I find the charm of these movies irresistible. Sure, they might be a bit corny, and you might have to suspend disbelief to enjoy the plot, but they’re filled with so much fun and heart. Who cares if the movie seems outrageously long;  just means more time to giggle with my ridiculous pals. (My twin brother shares this love, and is actually fairly knowledgeable about the industry. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll see his blond haired, blue eyed self starring in a BWood flick.) Any film suggestions out there? I think my favourite of what I’ve seen so far is Kal Ho Naa Ho…probably because I’m a huge sap….

So earlier this summer we hosted a little Bollywood potluck and movie night.  With good friends, buttered chicken, spiiiicy veggie tikka massala, spiced corn, (some very necessary and cooling) raita, I think we did alright! Everything was delicious. After a pretty spicy dinner, we all enjoyed my friend Priya’s cool Indian-spiced gelato and especially her mango lassi.

Priya’s Mango Lassi

Bollywood Potluck — say whaaat?!

It smelled enticingly of pumpkin pie in a glass but the mango is unmistakeable once you taste it.  I’d never had a lassi before, and this one definitely made a good impression! I haven’t yet tried Priya’s recipe myself (I haven’t got around to buying the kesar mango pulp), but I made another version the other day that I thought was worth sharing — a pretty pink pastel drink with coconut milk, strawberries, mango and can be whipped up in just a few minutes.

Whether you just want to cool off in this heat or give your taste buds a refreshing break after a spicy meal, these delicious (and healthy!) drinks will do the trick.

Strawberry Mango Lassi

Two Lassi Recipes

Breaking out the Bubbly: Kir Royale

Kir royale only requires champagne and creme de cassis -- it should be in champagne flutes, though!

Why wait for New Year’s Eve to bring out the champagne? We popped open a bottle of bubbly to warm up with some Kir Royale this evening after tobogganing in the fresh snow. This classic French cocktail with a subtle fruity undertone requires only black current liqueur — crème de cassis –with a light white wine (such as Chablis). A Kir Royale uses champagne instead of the wine.

The champagne is what takes a Kir to a Kir Royale.

More bubbly!

O Come Let Us Adore Gin [and a Sangria recipe?]

One more exam to go. Just one more little hurdle before I’m free to celebrate the holidays…oh baby. (It’s descriptive inorganic chemistry on Thursday morning, in case you were wondering.) You can be sure that Thursday evening will find me with a festive cocktail in my hand, and this one, “The Number 4” from Joylicious looks amaaaazing (as does her photography).  

I love gin. A good gin and tonic might be one of my favourite drinks to sip on. When I first fell for the G&T I was worried I was turning into my grandmother, but one of my best friends shares the love for Bombay Sapphire, so it’s all good. I’ll have to let you know how my “Number 4” turns out, but in the meantime here’s another seasonal drink that should help keep spirits bright…

Gem-like fruit floats in Autumn Apple White Wine Sangria

Try sipping some Apple White Wine Sangria…