Cooking

Cocktails: Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.


Some things must be appreciated in their original state, but there's no denying that brainstorming the various ways to reinvent a classic is much too fun to completely forgo. In this recipe, we take the definitive French 75 and add an interesting twist. The citrus element of the cocktail comes in the form of an intensely flavored popsicle. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, our variation on the libation easily reminds us of the best summer cocktails we've had. 

Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (5 min prep / 1 hr 30 min freezing)


Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. champagne
  • ⅓ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice

Procedure:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the champage and pour into popsicle molds and leave about ¼ of an inch allowance.
  2. Freeze for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Serve popsicles inside a glass and pour champagne over.

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Cooking

Clean Cooking: Seared Prawns, Cottage Cheese & Greens on Whole Wheat Pita

Clean Cooking is a Tablecrafter series helping you prepare nutritionally-balanced, flavorful, and delicious food you can eat daily without feeling deprived.


Whether you're steadily holding on to your New Year's resolution to eat clean this year or looking for something tasty, you'll end up loving this recipe. A light, protein-packed dish, this variation on an open-faced sandwich hits the target as the perfect midday snack.

A myriad of textures comes through from a single bite: the plump, juicy, and lightly-spiced prawns stands out here, accompanied by crisp iceberg lettuce and velvety cottage cheese. These three, while harmonious together, nevertheless enjoy distinct flavors while served atop a toasted whole wheat pita.

Seared Prawns, Cottage Cheese & Greens on Whole Wheat Pita

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 15 minutes (10 min prep / 5 min cooking)


Ingredients:

  • 6–8 pieces tiger prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 2 pcs whole wheat pita
  • ¼ iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning
 
 
 
 

Procedure: 

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and garlic.
  2. When the garlic just begins to brown, add the prawns. Sprinkle the cayenne pepper.
  3. Cook the prawns for two to three minutes on each side. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the pita over a grill, torch, or gas burner. Cut in half.
  5. Spread the cottage cheese, sprinkle with lettuce, and top with the prawns.
  6. Serve with lemon or limes.
 
 

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