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南瓜玉桂杏仁奶 Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

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Ingredients 材料 (This recipe makes two servings 2 杯的份量 ):

1 cup (8 oz.) almond milk 杏仁奶 1 杯( 8 安士或 237 毫升 )
4 tbsp. pumpkin puree from a can 罐頭南瓜蓉 4 湯匙
1 tsp. brown sugar or to taste 黃糖 1 茶匙或你喜愛的份量
1 tsp. rum or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 蘭姆酒 1 茶匙或香草精 1/2 茶匙
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon or to taste 玉桂粉 1/4 茶匙或你喜愛的份量

Garnish and Optional 裝飾材料 ( 可以不用 ) :
Whipped cream (sweetened) 已打發和加甜的鮮奶油
More ground cinnamon 更多玉桂粉

Steps:

  1. Heat almond milk in a microwave-safe mug for around 3 minutes until it becomes hot but not boiling.
    把杏仁奶倒入一適用於微波爐的馬克杯中,用微波爐加熱約三分鐘,至變為熱杏仁奶 ( 不用煮開 )。

  2. Add all other ingredients (except those for garnish) and stir till well blended. The pumpkin will dissolve into the milk.
    把其他所有非裝飾材料加入,用一茶匙攪拌至所有材料混合。南瓜蓉是會融入杏仁奶中的。

  3. Pour into two serving cups.
    倒入兩個小杯中以供享用。

  4. Optional: garnish with sweetened whipped cream and/or more ground cinnamon.
    可加已加甜和打發的鮮奶油跟/或更多玉桂粉在上面作為裝飾。

Written: November 4, 2017



冷凍海鹽咖啡 (手搖淡奶奶蓋版) Chilled Sea Salt Coffee

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Ingredients 材料 (This recipe makes one serving 一杯的份量):

1 cup chilled coffee 冷咖啡1杯
3 frozen coffee cubes 咖啡 "冰" 塊3顆
Sweet syrup to taste and optional 糖漿適量或可以不用 (cook equal parts of sugar and water until all the sugar has dissolved, store covered in the refrigerator for later use 用 1 : 1比例的水和白糖煮成後加蓋放冰箱中冷藏 )

3 tbsp. chilled unsweetened evaporated milk 從冰箱取出的罐頭淡奶3湯匙
¼ tsp. extra virgin coconut oil 椰子油1/4茶匙
¼ tsp.fine sea salt or to taste 細海鹽1/4茶匙或你喜歡的份量
3 drops apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 蘋果醋或檸檬汁3滴

Garnish: cocoa powder or a little matcha powder (optional) 可可粉或一點點抹茶粉 ( 裝飾用或可以不用 )

Steps:

  1. Preparation 預備 :
    Chill a small lidded glass jar in the fridge overnight. 把一小有蓋玻璃瓶 ( 上了蓋 ) 放入冰箱一夜。

    Make coffee cubes and store in the freezer to be used later. 把一杯咖啡倒進製冰模中,放進冰庫,凝結成咖啡 "冰" 塊備用。

    Chill the canned evaporated milk in the fridge overnight. 把罐頭淡奶放進冰箱中過夜備用。

    Make a cup of coffee and chill in the fridge. 另沖一杯你喜愛的咖啡放進冰箱中備用。

  2. Make coffee base 做咖啡底 :
    Add your desired amount of sweet syrup (if used) to the chilled coffee. Stir to mix well. 如選用糖漿,把糖漿加進冷咖啡中拌勻。

    Put three frozen coffee cubes into a tall glass. 把三顆咖啡 "冰" 塊放進一高玻璃杯中。

    Pour the (sweetened) coffee onto the coffee cubes and store in the fridge. 把咖啡倒進高玻璃杯中的冰塊上。把這高玻璃杯放回冰箱中備用。

  3. Make milk foam 做奶蓋 :
    Take the chilled glass jar out of the fridge. Pour unsweetened evaporated milk into the jar. Add coconut oil, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice). Put the lid on tightly. Hold the lidded jar at the top and bottom (don’t hold the body of the jar) and shake vigorously for one minute or until the volume of the milk inside has doubled.

    把小玻璃瓶從冰箱中取出、開蓋。加入淡奶、椰子油、海鹽和蘋果醋或檸檬汁。上蓋後拿着瓶蓋和瓶底 (手指不要碰到瓶身) 用力搖一分鐘,至看到奶在瓶中的體積變成雙倍大。

  4. Assemble 最後步驟 :
    Take the chilled coffee base out of the fridge. Open the jar and pour the milk foam on top of the chilled coffee. Garnish with some cocoa powder or a little matcha powder if desired. Served immediatly.

    馬上把咖啡底從冰箱取出,把奶蓋倒在上面。可洒一層可可粉或一點點抹茶粉裝飾。馬上享用。

Notes:
1. The major reason for making my own sea salt coffee was my observation of how it was made at a chain café last week. The barista (a) poured a little very hot coffee into a disposable plastic cup and then (b) added ice and water (sweetened, I assume) to dilute it. On a busy day, (b) did not follow (a) immediately. I did not feel 100% comfortable with the hot coffee sitting in the plastic cup like this.
上禮拜到一馳名的連鎖店買海鹽咖啡。看到咖啡師傅 (一) 把很燙的咖啡倒入即棄塑膠咖啡杯中, ( 二) 再加糖水和冰塊。在繁忙時,動作 (二)未必馬上跟著動作 (一)。 兩位化學系的博士曾分別告訴我不要讓燙的食物碰到塑膠的容器或餐具。所以決定自己鑽研怎樣做海鹽奶蓋。以後在外邊買冰咖啡可免則免吧!

2. If you do not keep cream as a staple in your fridge, this method of making milk foam is for you. Using evaporated milk is also more economical. I always have evaporated milk in my fridge for my morning coffee.
如果你沒有常備鮮奶油在冰箱的習慣,用罐頭淡奶是更方便的。我這咖啡控常有淡奶在冰箱中。故用這方法做奶蓋十分方便,也比用鮮奶油便宜。

3. To me, cleaning a glass jar afterwards is easier than having to wash an electric blender or the attachments of an electric mixer.
我認為事後去洗一個小瓶子比洗電動攪拌器的配件容易,故採用這用手搖晃瓶子的方法。

4. Keeping the jar chilled, adding coconut oil and vinegar, and not holding the jar body while shaking it are the techniques that help form and keep the volume and creamy consistency of the foam.
保持瓶子和所有用料冰冷、加入椰子油、蘋果醋和搖晃瓶子時不讓手指碰到瓶身等有助淡奶變成和保持「打發起」的狀態。

5. Sweetening a chilled drink by adding some sweet syrup to it is better than adding granulated sugar because it is harder for sugar to dissolve in chilled liquid. I learned this from a fast-food place employee when I was in secondary school.
因為砂糖很難溶於冷飲中,所以用糖漿去令冷飲更甜比用砂糖好。這是中學時一位快餐店店員教我的。

6. I always save the glass jars after finishing the jarred sauces bought in an Asian supermarket. This method of making milk foam is very handy to me.
我家有很多有蓋小玻璃瓶子。都是用完從唐人超市買回來的醬料後留起的。故用這方法做奶蓋對我來說很方便。

Written: September 26, 2017



Healthful Pina Colada Smoothie

Ingredients for One Serving

1/2 of an 8-oz. can of undrained crushed pineapple
4 oz. chilled coconut milk (a brand is Silk)
1 ice cube
3 tbsp whipped topping
1 tbsp barley powder (optional)

Steps

  1. Put the ice cube in a blender.
  2. Add crushed pineapple with juice and optional barley powder.
  3. Add coconut milk and whipped topping.
  4. Cover the blender and blend until you do not hear the blades hitting the ice pieces anymore.
  5. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
Written: June 17, 2012



Iced Tea with Flavored Ice Cubes

Ingredients

A few Earl Grey teabags, a few green tea teabags, water, granulated sugar, and lemons

Steps

  1. Making the flavored ice cubes:

    Boil enough water for the ice cubes and dissolve some sugar in it to make enough sweetened water for the ice cubes. Set aside to let sweetened water cool off.

    Wash enough lemons for number of ice cubes one wants to make. Slice lemon and cut each usable thin slice into six wedges. Put one wedge into the space for each ice cube of ice cube trays to be used.

    Pour the sweetened water into the ice cube tray spaces and put trays into the freezer.

  2. Making the iced tea:

    In a clean pot, boil enough water for making the tea. Put in the Earl Grey and green tea teabags. Let the tea steep for a while. When it is cool, discard the teabags, pour the tea into a pitcher. Put the pitcher into the refrigerator.

  3. Serving the iced tea with the flavored ice cubes:

    Put enough ice cubes into a tall glass, pour the iced tea into the glass.



Green Tea Latte

Ingredients for Two Servings

3 teaspoons of green tea powder
1/2 banana
1 cup cold milk
3 tbsp. frozen whipped topping
1 to 2 ice cubes

Steps

  1. Peel the banana and slice it thinly into a blender.
  2. Add the green tea powder to the blender.
  3. Add all other ingredients to the blender.
  4. Cover the blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Serve in two tall glasses.

I developed this recipe myself after having a green tea latte at a local teahouse. Making it at home with the additional half of a banana makes the drink more healthful. Moreover, it definitely beats paying more than two US dollars for one serving outside.




Peach and Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients for Two Servings

1 peeled peach (fresh or drained from a can)
7 pieces of pineapple chunks from a can, drained
8 oz. low-fat plain yogurt
4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
2 ice cubes

Steps

  1. Cut the peach into small pieces and put them into a blender.
  2. Add the pineapple chunks to the blender.
  3. Add the ice cubes to the blender.
  4. Add the condensed milk and yogurt to the blender.
  5. Cover the blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Serve in two tall glasses.



Homemade Frappuccino

Frappuccino

Ingredients for Two Servings

1 envelope of cappuccino mix (0.82 oz)
1 cup cold milk (8 oz.)
2 ice cubes
3 talespoons whipped topping
Additional whipped topping (optional)

Steps

  1. Put ice cubes in a blender.
  2. Add cappuccino mix.
  3. Add milk and whipped topping.
  4. Blend until you do not hear the blades hitting the ice cubes anymore.
  5. Pour frappuccino into a glass. Add more whipped topping on top if desired.
Written: June 3, 2007