by Meli C

Posts from — May 2011

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Lately, I seem to gravitate towards beverages prepared with cucumber and mint. A few have been especially noteworthy.

The Cucumber Southside at  Meat Market on Lincoln Rd. is a cocktail prepared with gin, lemon juice, sparkling water, cucumbers and mint. It has just the right amount of everything and is so refreshing. The Arnold Palmer at Lure Fishbar in Soho, was surprisingly delicious. Half unsweetened iced tea, half lemonade, prepared with lots of mint and just the right amount of sweetness.  It tasted just like a Mojito (but PG-13).

Inspired by these two drinks, I played around with the ingredients at home and created a yummy Cucumber Mint Lemonade.

What you need to make a 2-lt. pitcher
1 cup lemon or lime juice (fresh squeezed or this kind)
Mint leaves, a few bunches torn by hand
1 medium to large cucumber, thin-sliced
3/4 cup sugar or Splenda, OR 1/2 cup agave syrup
6 1/2 cups of cold water (can also be 1/2 iced water, 1/2 sparkling water)

What to do
Pour the sugar or Splenda (in the amount equivalent to regular sugar, as indicated on the package) into the pitcher.  You can always sweeten more later, so start with less when in doubt.  Add half of the cucumber slices and half of the mint, and muddle a bit.
Add the lemon/lime juice and mix the ingredients. Add the cold water and mix well. Finally, stir in the remaining cucumber and mint.  You can save a few cucumber slices for the garnish if you like. Finally, taste the lemonade and if necessary sweeten a bit more to your liking.


{Stir all ingredients well before serving}


{Serve over ice cubes & garnish with a slice of cucumber}

May 11, 2011   3 Comments

Roast Beef

I’ve always loved a homemade roast beef, but had never attempted to make it at home.  Until now.

I wanted a simple recipe and I don’t own a meat thermometer, so I searched the web for different suggestions on how to prepare this and how long to roast the beef. I ended up combining a few of the tips I found, and the result was great. I’m bound to make this one again and again.

Ingredients
2 lb. Eye of Round Roast
Yellow or Dijon Mustard
Worcestershire Sauce (I like Lea & Perrins)
Garlic salt
Black pepper

Preparation
Using your hands, rub the roast with a generous amount of mustard and worcestershire sauce, so that it is well covered. Rub in some garlic salt and pepper, and then let it marinate in the fridge for at least a few hours or preferably overnight.

Bring the roast to room temperature, and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  When you place the roast in the oven, lower the temperature to 475 degrees and leave it for 35 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the roast inside the oven for an extra 40 minutes to an hour, depending on how well done you want it.  I left mine in for 55 mins, and the result was a pink center that was only slightly overcooked for my taste.

Let the roast cool down for about 10 minutes before carving into very thin slices. Enjoy!

May 9, 2011   1 Comment

Bathroom makeover

{ Before & After }

Our guest bathroom had been suffering from major neglect. After we moved, we decorated it with an old and outdated shower curtain and mismatched rug.   We were also using the space as storage for an old laundry basket.

I hadn’t given this too much thought, until recently.  In anticipation of several guests that will be visiting soon, I made my way over to the West Elm around the corner, figuring that a little love could go a long way. I think it did.

May 6, 2011   1 Comment

Interpol

Interpol’s amazing performance at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach last Friday has left me listening to their music all week.

For some people, lead singer Paul Bank’s unique voice is a bit of an acquired taste. I personally find it soothing in a hard-to-explain, up-beat kind of way.

Below are links to five of my favorite Interpol songs to-date:

– The New
– Next Exit
– Obstacle 2
– Narc
– Lief Erikson

They’ve also just released their 4th album, and with it, two new official (and pretty cool) videos that can be seen here.

Interpol Setlist Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, FL, USA, US Spring Tour 2011

May 5, 2011   No Comments

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