I attended a very cool workshop on the weekend: Sparkling Summer Beverages with Emily Ho. It was so much fun. We were a class of about 15 people and in just over 2 hours, we each learned to make and went home with:
2. A Ginger Ale fermented with Champagne Yeast, and
3. A Shrub Syrup with our choice of fruit, herbs and spices. Mine was made with peach, plum, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and black peppercorns.
I picked up some useful tips like storing peeled ginger in the freezer to make it much easier to grate. I am now inspired to make more syrups that I can use in homemade sodas and as ice cream flavorings.
Recently I had the pleasure of doing some illustrations for Hannah Kaminsky, amazing vegan chef and cookbook author. You may remember the Chocolate Hazelnut and Tropical Plum ice cream recipes on this blog… both were inspired by Hannah.
I highly recommend Vegan A La Mode and Vegan Desserts for creative flavor ideas and inspiration even if you are not vegan. I am not vegan but I try not to consume too much dairy. Below are two illustrations of recipes from Hannah Kaminsky’s new book - Easy As Vegan Pie:
Meanwhile, here’s a new Cooking Conversions fridge magnet starring Boogie my blue-eyed boston terrier. It is an updated version of this earlier magnet that I made for myself but if anyone is interested I would be glad to take pre-orders and get extra copies printed. Stay tuned to the facebook page! :)
Last but not least, I am registered for the next LA Food Swap - August 18th 5-7pm, Spice Station, Silverlake. Looking forward to it! :)