Unexpected Treasures

Lovers, 

did you enjoy those decadent muffins I made for you last week?

Did you inhale them,

lustily?

And now you find,

that there is much nectar left over...

Such abundance,

and yet, much of it will get tussled to the back of the fridge,

only to be discovered long after it's moment in the Sun.

But no worries!

I've whipped up two gorgeous reasons to use up every last drop of your cider,

in the most delightful ways...

Harvest Cider Pilaf

  • 1/2 C black or red quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1/2 C golden quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 C pure apple cider
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 9 leaves of fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 Tsp curry 
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 C raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 C dried unsweetened cranberries
  • Organic olive oil
  • Celtic salt
  • Ground pepper

Bring the cider and both quinoas to a boil. When they're rolling, reduce the flame to super-low, cover, and cook until all the cider has absorbed into the grain, about 20 minutes. Mmmmm! Delicious already! Are you getting that fabulous aroma?

While it's simmering, spiral the oil into a sauté pan. Let the heat rise until you can feel the warmth above the pan with your hand. It's ready...

Toss the garlic in, and allow it to sizzle ever so gently on a low flame, releasing it's amazing perfume. When it turns translucent, sprinkle the curry and turmeric on top of the garlic, and let the spices mingle for a few minutes. Then add in the cashews and cranberries, and stir to coat them with the oil and spices.

When it looks irresistable, and smells divine, turn off the heat.

The quinoa should be done by now, so add it to the pan, and bring everything together like a symphony...

Add in a dash of Celtic salt, fresh ground pepper (a "pinch-n-grind"), and the fresh sage. Mix it well.

You have now, my Edible Ones, a savory and cidery dish that not only tastes incredible and is full of protein and nutrients, but actually has the consistency of a traditional Thanksgiving stuffing! Yes! It can totally pass for stuffing, on any table! So enjoy it yourself, but bookmark this for the holiday season also. Everyone will dig this.

And, to reward yourself for all your Kitchen Witch genius, and to wow guests with...

Champagne Cider Cocktails

  • 1 pt-1 qt organic apple cider
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 star anise
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into three pieces
  • 9 whole cloves
  • Apple slices
  • Dry champagne, prosecco, or cava

First...we're going to mull the cider...yesss....

Pour the cider into a pot with the cinnamon, star anise, ginger, and cloves. Bring it all to a boil, and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Let it cool completely.

When you are ready to serve, pour into glasses halfway, and top with bubbly.

Add apple slices for garnish, and toast to all the zesty, beautiful things in life!

Santé!

xxx Alise