Monday, April 30, 2012

Time Flies When...

You're prepping for your next pole competition! And you spend 90% of your time thinking about said pole competition, mostly because you spend 60% of your time at your sucky job, and therefore can only utilize the remaining 40% of your time to do everything else that life requires of you, which includes, but is not limited to: physically training for said pole competition, obsessing over and spending plenty of money on my costume for said competition, caring for the three animals with which I now reside [obvi my roommate and I split these responsibilities, but either way, it's a package deal, there's no way I can feed/walk/play with/scold one pet without doing the same for the other two], eating pizza/chipotle/scrambled eggs, & whey protein shakes because I no longer have time to cook or grocery shop, "studying" various pole techniques at establishments where women get paid to dance on poles as well as workshops with professional pole artists, sleeping , and some other stuff I can't really remember.

And then your pole competition comes and it was marvelous and terrifying and before you know it, it was over. I didn't place, but I didn't expect to. I was more honored by the fact that I made it to the finals, I had a LOT of fun, and I've got lots to learn/work on for my next competition, whenever, or wherever that may be ;-)

Sadly, I don't have video (yet), so I haven't even seen my performance. But I'll share if I can find it or find a way to rip it off the DVD
So now that that I have unofficially apologized for my wanton 30+day absence from the blog, allow me finally start posting about food related things again.

Well actually, I'll start with booze, since you know, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and that calls for boozin' like you get paid to do it. I couldn't think of a name for this drink, but after some delightful Facebook suggestions, I came up with "The Hunt for Red Hot Summer".

You see I actually made this drink sometime in January. I tell you this because blood oranges are a winter fruit, and are typically available between December and March. And even though we had a disturbingly mild winter, I still wished it were summer instead.

And I didn't want you to think I was trying to pull a fast one on you. I probably haven't cooked a real meal since sometime in February, but I was busy in the kitchen before then, so I will be posting several wintery recipes just in time for early summer.

This is the point where I usually say I need to get my shit together and post more regularly blah blah blah. But clearly, after 2+ years of blogging and saying that, I've accepted that it's never going to happen. I cook, therefore I blog. And I'm a procrastinator, therefore many of my posts are from weeks if not months ago. True story.

The Hunt for Red Hot Summer
Print Recipe 

Juice of 8-12 Blood Oranges*
~1/4 cup White Wine (light-medium bodied)
~1/3 cup White Rum
~1/4 cup Ginger Simple Syrup
Pulp of 1-2 blood oranges
1 tsp Candied ginger pieces from ginger syrup

Juice oranges into a measuring cup with a hand juicer (or fork in my case), set aside. remove remaining pulp from 1 or two oranges. Using a mortar and pestle, pound pulp with ginger pieces, add to juice. Combine juice and pulp mixture with rum, wine, and ginger syrup over ice. Shake vigorously to combine. Add more wine/rum/syrup per taste.

Serve in a cold martini glass and pretend it's summer. Or make a big batch of it for a Superbowl party and call it Giants' Punch. And be sure to taunt the Patriots fan who hosted the party with it, and refuse to let him drink any until he says "Go Giants!", and then salsa dance in his living room when the Giants win the game. #victorcruz #yesplease #gogiants


*All measurements approximate, you know I don't write these things down


  1. I can't wait until I can enjoy a cocktail!  I miss those... and wine... and sushi.  :-)

  2.  I can't imagine going that long without a drink, but obviously baby powell is well worth the sacrifice. And I fully support the pump and dump, lol :)

  3. Wow!! It's been a while.  I almost forgot all about the GIANTS super bowl win! lol! So glad you're embracing your inner pole diva! Your enthusiasm makes me kinda want to try it out for myself :)

  4.  I highly support that idea :D

  5. Delicious looking cocktail. Definitely added to the roster of drinks in my rotation (hopefully I can scare up some blood oranges this late? May be a lost cause). And you are a fitness inspiration! I have been so lazy with our recent move and renovations and I need to get in shape!! 

  6. I think its pretty cool that you have a hobby that you're so in to. Would it be too much to ask for you to maybe share a few mock-tail recipes? Or is that just totally corny? You know I don't drink :(

  7. Thanks girl, I never imagined when I took my first pole class that I would get so into it, but here I am. and it's certainly no trouble to share some mocktail recipes, it's not corney at all. Not everyone can be a boozehound like me, lol

  8. I think it may be too late for blood oranges, but a good substitue might be ruby red grapefruit? But I don't know when those are in season. And I know all to well how home rennovations can suck you dry of motivation for anything. My sister has been renovating her place for MONTHS...I get exhausted just from visiting her place, lol



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