Monday, February 16, 2009

Tis' the season . . . .

Winter is coming to a close, and spring is soon to come! I feel February is a pretty random month for seasonal fruits and vegetables, but it does have some sweet surprises.  

Citrus for example is at it's best.  Mandarin's right now are super sweet and yield a lot more juice than usual. During my trip to Costco (don't judge), I came across a large box and decided that with my purchase  I would get a little crazy and creative with them alll this week. 

Last night I made a mandarin, and chinese five spice simple syrup.  A simple syrup is just that. simple. It's equal parts water to sugar, boiled down  and reduced.  I boiled 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 tbs of five spice, and 1/2 cup of my freshly squeeezed mandarin juice.  With this little concoction I made some pretty fun martinis. But that's not the end of it. tonight I'm going to use it in a  french toast batter.  I hope this inspires you to go out and get yourself some great citrus. squeeze the fun out of it. Ha! 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds delicious! I have oranges here, juicy ones, so maybe I'll try it with those, even though the mandarin's kick would be better. Nice photo, too.


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