Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade

Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade
Easy and Simple Blood Orange and Mint Lemonade https://eatchofood.com/blog/2019/1/13/blood-orange-and-mint-lemonade

I’ve been feeling a bit restless lately. I don’t know if its because we have been so busy every weekend for the last month or because I’ve been searching for a venue to host a dumpling making workshop but every place is so gosh darn expensive. Maybe it’s because the oolong cake that I’ve been recipe testing for the last month is not going great. I hate when a cake is not good and goes to waste! I don’t know… sometimes the whole internet and blogging thing gets a bit weird and I wonder if anyone is out there. Are you reading this? Do you care about lemonade? Do you wish I only made dumplings? I sort of wish I only made dumplings… I catch myself hitting a stride sometimes on Eat Cho Food, where the recipe developments are flowing smoothly. The blog posts seem to be writing themselves and sound less word vomit-y. The light in the apartment is shining just right. Then all of a sudden, things feel a bit sticky. Ok, now that I’m thinking about it, I think it’s the cake. That’s what’s putting me in this funk.

Sunny Cho: Snap out of it, CHO!

Angsty Cho: Ughhh, just let me wallow here and binge watch The Good Place for hours!

Sunny Cho: You’re going to get this cake right! Or maybe test hand pulled noodles next weekend. You love noodles!

Angsty Cho: Ooooh, I do love noodles…

Sorry, this got weird. Reuben has been gone literally all day skiing and I’ve been home alone with no one to talk to and just left to my thoughts.

I just need the Sun back! I’m a sun person (hi, Leos!), and feel so much more energized when the sun is shining and the air is warm. I don’t know how you’re feeling about this whole winter thing, but I certainly am feeling super antsy for the season to change. I had my one encounter with snow for the year a few weekends ago and I think that was enough. 7 feet of snow is enough. Did I also mention that it’s been raining like crazy? California has been in a drought for 3 years, but it’s definitely not a problem anymore! Ugh, there’s nothing I hate more than commuting to work in the rain. A wet steamy bus crammed full of people is like my own worst personal nightmare. The farmer’s market has been a little sad lately with all the rain too. Some of the stalls aren’t open and the produce has been pretty average. Correction, the product still looks great, but there just isn’t anything new or exciting to distract me from buying the cheese danish at the bread stall. Typically, I’m looking for lemon cucumbers, purple long beans, rainbow radishes, or some other goofy vegetable variety. Discovering all the new and unique produce out there is the funnest part of the Clement Street Farmer’s Market! To make up for the lack of excitement, I’ve just been buying blood oranges by the wheelbarrow-ful… I don’t actually have a wheelbarrow… yet. I’m thankful that during these colder and darker months we get the juiciest and brightest citrus fruit to cheer us up!

Lemonade might not seem like the most February appropriate recipe, but it’s almost March, which means it’s almost springtime! I’m going to blast our heat, not wear a sweater for once, and sip on this refreshing blood orange mint lemonade all while dreaming of sunnier days and bountiful produce! That will definitely get me out of this funk! Speaking of warmer days and bountiful markets, Reuben and I are going to Italy in less than 2 months! Wowza! Yet again, I have not planned anything and have left it up to Reuben to plan for the most part. BUT if you have any recommendations in Florence, Rome, or Bologna please let me know! What’s the best pizza? What’s the best gnocchi?! What’s the best to go pasta shop?! I hear to go pasta is thing and I CAN NOT WAIT. I love walking and eating so much.


Blood Orange Mint Lemonade

materials:

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup blood orange juice

1/2 cup chopped mint

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup water - for simple syrup

4 cups water - for diluting

citrus slices - for garnish

additional mint - for garnish

steps:

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring mint, white sugar, and 1/3 cup water to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow mint to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mint leaves from simple syrup and set aside.

  2. Cut lemons and blood oranges in half. Juice until you have 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of blood orange juice. Set juice aside.

  3. Combine citrus juice, mint simple syrup, and 4 cups of water in a pitcher. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Pour over ice, garnish with a citrus slice and a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Plum Shrub

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Plum Shrub

Do you ever get a weird sinking feeling stuck deep in your chest and no matter what you do or how many calming matcha lattes you drink you just can't shake it??? That's what anxiety feels for me. Actually this time, it sort of feels like I'm suffocating and stuck in a room with a million doors but none of them can open right now. Anxiety hits me in great big waves. When it's not hovering over me, I feel like the happiest person in the world. In my natural non-anxious state, I like to think of myself as a sunny and overly positive person. But then every once in a while, it just crashes down on me and it takes few days for me to bounce back. I'm honestly not a fun person to be around when I'm feeling like this. Sorry, Reuben.

My anxiety could be triggered by a whole bunch of things. It could be from an exhausting or unproductive week of work. I hate not having anything to do... it literally drives me crazy. Or it could be from experiencing a creative block with my art or developing recipes. Sometimes, it's from something dumb like posting a photo on Instagram and having no one "like" it. This time it's triggered by feeling super restless and unsure about everything that I'm doing. Like, what am I supposed to be doing with my life?!!

We all feel this way sometimes, right? Tell me I'm not the only one!

In an attempt to help get this anxious feeling out of my chest, I try my best to relax and find some hippy dippy internal peace. I take a break from developing recipes and just cook without any intent of photographing or styling. I let myself clock in some extra hours on the couch watching Netflix (we're currently watching Weeds!). I get Reuben to take me out to a new restaurant for some recipe inspiration. I try to sit outside on my lunch break, alone, breathe, and reassure myself that this is exactly where I'm so supposed to be. Hopefully this weird feeling is over in a few days because I need to get out of this funk and back into the kitchen.

Apologies if you didn't sign up to hear about the lows and only want to know about the fun things I do on the weeks or the random recipes I whip up in my kitchen. About 95% of my life and blog are sunny and happy, thankfully. But as with everyone, there is always those days when you're not feeling 100%. If you're down for 5% that's not so sunny, thank you for listening : )

Let's brighten things up now, should we?!
*metaphorically opens the curtains and sunshine comes flooding in*

You know what also helps you get out of funk? A bright, sparkly, and fruity drink! Have you had shrubs before? It is a drinking vinegar made with sugar and fruit. It's super easy to make and is a great addition to cocktails. I personally like to just mix it with some sparkling water for a quick, pretty, and refreshing drink that makes you feel fancy on a Tuesday. I had some rhubarb shrub at the photography workshop I went to a few months back and I though it was magic. I have an affinity towards anything sour and tart. I love me some sour beer, pickled vegetables, and kombucha. You can make shrubs with pretty much any fruit! Don't use bananas, I think that would be pretty awful. I used red plums because our friend, Alex, has a ridiculous abundance of plums from his tree and I'm doing my best to help a friend out! I also recommend that you play around with the types of sugars and vinegars. Maybe throw some herbs in there! Get fancy with it.

I might actually make myself of spritzer right now! 


Plum Shrub

Materials:

1 lb pitted and chopped plums
2 cups white sugar
2 cups white vinegar

Steps:

1. Combine plums and sugar in a bowl. Give it a light smash with a potato masher to help release the juice of the fruit. Cover and let the sugar and plum mixer sit in the fridge for 24 hours.

2. Mix in the vinegar. Cover and allow the shrub mixture to chill in the fridge for another 24 hours. You can allow this mixture to sit for a few more days if you want a stronger flavor.

3. Strain out the plums from the mixture and discard. Pour shrub into airtight glass containers and keep chilled in the fridge. Use shrub in cocktails or mix with sparkling water.

I make a spritzer using 1 part shrub and 3 parts sparkling water.

Plum Soda

Hi there! Stopping in for a quick hello and a plum soda recipe during this long patriotic weekend. Lots of things to do! Wednesday morning can stay super far away from me. I have already consumed a hot dog and some potato salad, so I feel like I've fulfilled my American duty. I think this is my 4th Fourth of July in San Francisco and every single year it is cold. I'm looking outside my window right now at the fog and grey skies... while wrapped in a blanket. I wore a turtleneck to a dinner part last night. So not super Fourth of July-y over here. Reuben and I going to an Oakland A's game later today so maybe it's hot and sunny over on that side of the bay!

This weekend has been pretty low-key so far. A lot of studying (for reuben), painting (for me), ordering Thai food, seeing various friends around the city, and eating a lot of plums. I went over to our friend's parent's house in Inner Richmond to pick up my body weight in plums. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some snippets into their gorgeous backyard. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE. It was so freaking beautiful and full of vegetables and fruit. I would rent a closet in that house if I could. If you closed your eyes and envisioned a classic, sunny, San Francisco home this would be it. AH. We also went to dinner at another friend's gorgeous apartment last night and now I have a huge urge to dust and organize our whole apartment.

Back to the plums. I took home maybe 5+ pounds of ripe red plums. They tasted like candy. I separated them between intact plums and ones that had bursted from falling to the ground. The bursted ones have been cut up and live in plastic bags in our freezer. Sounds creepy out of context. Not that seasons really matter in San Francisco, but I like the idea of making something in the fall or winter with these sweet summer plums. If you check my browser history, you'll probably only see plum recipes. I've been researching interesting ways to showcase these plums. On my list are plum shrubs, plum sorbet, plum jam, and plum coffee cake. Oh, and this plum soda obviously! I'm in no rush to overdose on plums. They are restfully napping in the freezer until I need them. 

I'm just going to clarify that I am by no means an expert on drinks or cocktails. This is technically a soda... until you had your own kick to it. I have the alcohol tolerance of a child. I do love a fizzy and fruity drink though! I would drink this soda every day. I'll probably go make myself one once I finish writing this post. The plums were so sweet that I barely had to add any sugar to it. If your plums aren't quite super ripe yet, just add some more sugar to taste. This plum soda is bright, bubbly, slightly sweet, and tangy from the ginger and lime. If you don't like ginger, feel free to remove it, but it does add a nice layer to the drink and makes it taste a lot like ginger ale.  It would be the perfect drink to sip on during your hot Fourth of July BBQ. It was 58 degrees yesterday and I still enjoyed it! 


Plum Soda

makes 6 sodas

Materials:

1 1/2 C pitted and halved ripe plums (frozen plums work too)

1 lime

1 tbsp fresh ginger

2 tsp white sugar

sparkling water

blackberries - for garnish

basil - for garnish

Steps:

1. Combine ripe plums, the juice of 1 lime, ginger, and sugar into a blender or a vessel for an immersion blender. Mix for about 30-45 seconds until you have a consistent puree.

2. Add about 2 tbsp of the puree to a glass of ice. Pour 3/4 cup of sparking water into the glass. Mix with a long stirring spoon (or chopstick if you're unsophisticated like me).

3. Garnish with a sprig of basil and blackberries to be fancy!

* Add a splash of gin or vodka to make it a lot more exciting! 

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