September, 2016

Honey Mead

Posted on September 21, 2016

I have been away for a bit. Do you ever get so many irons in the fire that you cannot remember which one to take out first. That is where I am at right now.

I have my regular job at Antonio’s that pays the bills and keeps the roof over my head.

I have this, my beloved Tripping Vittles. It is my dream that is slowly making it to reality.  It is what keeps my mind going it has taught me so many new things  from getting back to writing all be it poorly sometimes  as I have not done anything like this since  my last creative writing class in high school. My 30 year reunion is this fall so you do the math. Then there are the classes about blogging and computer code(this is so hard I cannot tell you). I admire anyone that understands code as it makes cooking a soufflé easy by comparison.  Plus learning about Photography and e-commerce.

My plate is full with just that but I have now added on a new project I am volunteer managing the Camp Sychar snack shop and soon to be added a coffee shop with a good friend of mine.  Camp Sychar is where I go each year in July and August for 10 days to recharge my spiritual battery.  It is a Christian Holiness Camp but it is even more to me. It is a place where I can shut off Phones and TV where I can read the Bible and any other book that can expand my social and spiritual conciseness. It is where I can hear birds chirp and I do not have to drive a car or be involved in the worlds rat race. It is very good for me and my heart.

So all that said I am trying to post Monday, Wednesday and Fridays but some weeks this may not happen as my readers please bear with me as I get to a place I am more regular with content.

I have a stack of things I want to write about and share I sometimes have a hard time just getting to it all. I have wanted to write about corn on the cob for a few weeks but I just have not gotten to it.  I went to some festivals and I am trying to decide do i write about those now or wait until they roll around again and talk about them before they happen next year? Or do I do both. I am trying to stay seasonal and topical I may not always get it right but in the long run I will figure it all out.

Today was easy though today I get to share with you an awesome gift I was given. It is a bottle of Honey Mead. The simple explanation of mead is fermented honey, water and yeast. You would think I would have tried this drink before but in my head I always thought it would be more beer than wine and well I hate beer.

Apparently this mead stuff upon research maybe one of the oldest boozy beverages on the planet. Sometime around 7000BC someone maybe a Chinese guy since the evidence was found in  Chinese pottery that mead was being brewed. As continents moved and people traveled Mayans, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all seemed to dig this drink. Lets not forget about the Vikings  not the team in Purple that just beat the Green Bay Packers but they did and I raise a glass of mead to ye’ Skol Vikings!! But those dudes hailing from the trifecta of Denmark, Norway and Sweden or Scandinavia as you may know it. Growing up in Minnesota land of the Scandinavian and all things Norsk you would have thought my first drink would have been some mead but alas nope, it was a half a beer when I was 13 or so shaping my disgust for that beverage for the rest of my life.

I now live in Ohio and for the first time in my life I tasted some honey mead.  It blew my mind! Not literally but figuratively it does not taste like beer. It has a smooth golden taste like a sweet wine but not as crisp as say a Riesling or a Muscato. It is mellow and well after 9000 years or so I would be mellow too!

Now you can go ahead and just put this in a glass and sip away on it but I have to be honest after a single glass you will be on honey overload. Though one glass maybe enough for most as the alcohol content can run upwards of 20% so it is a boozy little fermented drink. The first glass I had I just sipped. The second time i lured myself a glass i drink it with a nice rib eye steak and some brussel sprouts and roasted potatoes. It worked the sweet went well with the smokey  grilled meat.

Next Challenge could I make a cocktail with this.  The answer was Yes I can and a really good one at that.  I am calling this drink the Normandos it is the closest  Spanish word for Vikings I could find and it comes from what the Spaniards and Portuguese called the Vikings in the 9th century when they were a marauding force.

The ingredients and where they come from and how they formed a cocktail in my brain.


The Honey Mead was a gift, The Apricot Brandy comes courtesy of the movie Notting Hill…. Hugh Grants Character upon trying to give Julia Roberts Character something to eat..Would you like something to eat? Something to nibble? Apricots, soaked in honey? Quite why, no one knows, because it stops them tasting like apricots and makes them taste like honey… and if you wanted honey, you could just… buy honey. Instead of apricots. But nevertheless they’re yours if you want them…..So my Brains said Honey and Apricots and yes in my head I hear it like Hugh Grant some how he makes Apricots sound sexy. The Tequila I used was made by George Cloony, I mean he probably did not make it really I am pretty sure he just owns the company but connect the dots he was in a movie with the Julia Roberts lady and tequila is my favorite hard booze so that is how you get tequila and I really dug the hickory smoke with the mead from the steak so I added some smoke  to the drink. Lemon because it was the citrus on hand and I like it. I now present to you The Normandos Cocktail!!

The Normandos Cocktail


The Normandos Cocktail

  • 2 oz Honey Mead
  • 1 oz Apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz Tequila Resposado
  • 1/2 oz Monin Hickory Smoke Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • Juice of Half Lemon

fill cocktail shaker with ice add all ingredients shake until you can’t shake any more and then shake for a few more seconds. Strain into a martini glass and serve with a garnish of lemon peel.

Jarritos today’s flavor is Pineapple..

Posted on September 7, 2016

I am obsessed with Jarritos. If you are unfamiliar it is a soft drink made in Mexico and it comes in a bunch of different flavors all fruity and delicious. It is best served icy cold right from the glass bottle.

I cannot pick a favorite flavor and you will see in this post and future posts just how much I love this drink. It will sound silly but the different flavors match well with food and can even blend with alcohol.

I got home from work last night and thought it is still hot and sticky out and I want something tropical. Well I do not really keep tropical in the house so I rummaged my cupboards and my fridge and came up with a bottle of Pineapple Jarritos and some Coco Lopez.( canned creamed coconut)That should suffice to make  bit of nummy.

Rum is the perfect mix with coconut and pineapple. I have a bottle of Vanilla Shipwreck Rum that I have had for sometime it should suffice.

Shipwreck vanilla rum

The following drink is more like a dessert than a cocktail or something to have with food. As far as food and Jarritos, Pineapple is my goto soda with cheese quesadillas. It is a super easy snack. I just slap a tortilla into a pan throw some cheese in, any cheese works add a little salsa, cover with another tortilla heat until bottom tortilla starts to brown flip do the same on other side. Cut in 1/4’s and enjoy.

Now on to the main event Pineapple Jarritos with Booze.  I am calling this the Jarritos Colada. Make sure you have  cold Jarritos at all times. I find the cold brings out the flavors in the Jarritos in this case Pineapple.

Jarritos Colada

Jarritos Colada

  • 2 oz Dark Vanilla Rum
  • 2 Tbls Coco Lopes Cream Coconut
  • Bottle of Jarritos Pineapple

Combine the above in a shaker with ice and shake till you can’t shake anymore. Pour into martini glass. Fill the rest of way with the Jarritos Pineapple. If you are serving in a big martini glass it will be about half a bottle. If you do not have a martini glass never fear this drink is good on the rocks too.





End of Summer!

Posted on September 2, 2016

So here we all arrive at the end of Summer….Well kind of The meteorological end of Summer came on Aug. 31st….. My personal official end is Labor Day…..This years truly official end is Sept. 22nd Fall Equinox signaling the seasonal change over according to all the official mumbo jumbos about the equator passing thru the suns center and it happens twice a year…. Pagans will drop the robes and dance naked with the devil in the pale moonlight you know the end of summer!! (more…)