Cocktail Time: Flirtini!

Flirtini

I always loved the show Sex and the City, in fact even now when I see it on reruns when flipping channels I usually stop and watch. In one of the episodes the girls are at a rooftop barbeque at Samantha’s new place in the Meat District with her transvestite neighbors and the drink of choice is a “Flirtini”. The dialogue goes on to reveal it’s a martini made with pineapple juice, vodka and champagne and I noted that on my iPod a few years ago and promptly went on to forget about it until a few weeks ago, when I decided it was time to play around with the drink.

I’m a huge fan of pineapple, so instead of just using pineapple juice, I decided to go with pineapple vodka as well. I also thought since it was a shout out to Sex and the City I’d go with pink champagne just for the hell of it. What I came up with was a really fun, really fabulous little cocktail that is just perfect to share with your girlfriends when you’re having a lovely girl’s night in! If you like pineapple this is the drink for you!

What You’ll Need:
A martini shaker
Ice
1 cup of pineapple juice
1/2 cup of pineapple vodka
1 cup of pink champagne

Flirtini

Gather your ingredients and place the ice, pineapple juice, pineapple vodka and champagne in your martini shaker. Shake gently to mix and pour in to a martini glass to serve.

Flirtini

Quick, simple and fabulous!

Oh and public service announcement: Don’t drink and drive!

Notes: You can serve it over ice, or not. I like to serve it over ice as I like really cold drinks. You ingredients are chilled though so that is up to you. You can also use regular vodka or champagne. If you use regular vodka the pineapple flavor will not be as strong.

Asian Peanut Salad

Asian Peanut Salad

I’ve been on a peanut kick lately. If there’s something that can be done with peanut butter I’m there! This salad is satisfying as a main meal, or lovely as a side dish, and it has a delectable, fresh flavor with a satisfying crunch. It really hits the spot on a hot summer day, when you just want to eat something cool and refreshing and not have to bother with the stove or oven. It’s also easy to make subtle differences by switching things up a bit, and it is ready in under 15 minutes. What’s not to like about that?

Asian Peanut Salad: Ingredients

What You’ll Need for the Salad:
1/2 of a large head of savoy cabbage, chopped or shredded
2 cups of snow pea pods
3 big or 6 small carrots, chopped
1 cup of sliced almonds or chopped peanuts
2 cups of chow mein noodles

Chop cabbage and place in a large bowl:

Asian Peanut Salad: Savoy Cabbage

Next add snow peas:

Asian Peanut Salad: Snow Peas

Then carrots:
Asian Peanut Salad: Carrots

Then Nuts:

Asian Peanut Salad: Nuts

And finally the chow mein noodles:

Asian Peanut Salad: Ready for Dressing

Set the bowl aside and mix the dressing (see below). Once the dressing is made pour the dressing over the top of vegetables and noodles in the bowl and toss to coat.

Asian Peanut Salad: Tossed

Serve immediately

Notes: You can use any type of cabbage with this, though I wouldn’t recommend red cabbage since the vinegar makes its color leech and though it might taste OK, the visual isn’t pretty. Also this really is an eat it now sort of salad. It might hold up for one day in the fridge, but the noodles will become mushy if you try to store it much past that time.

Asian Peanut Salad: Peanut Dressing

What You’ll Need for the Peanut Dressing:
1 cup of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of natural brown sugar
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/3 cup of peanut butter (Note: You can use creamy or chunky if you want a bit more of a peanut crunch.)
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup of brown rice vinegar

Place all ingredients in a jar:

Asian Peanut Salad: Peanut Dressing Ready to Mix

Place the lid on the jar and make sure its tight. Shake the jar for a minute or two until the contents are completely mixed.

Now the dressing is ready to use!

Notes: You can use regular cane sugar if you want, but the brown sugar really gives it a nice flavor punch.