Recipes With Spirits

Watermelon Fresca Mojito

Posted on: July 11th, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“Many wagon-loads of enormous water-melons were brought to market every day, and I was sure to see groups of men, women, and children seated on the pavement round the spot where they were sold, sucking in prodigious quantities of this water fruit.  Their manner of devouring them is extremely unpleasant; the huge fruit is cut into half a dozen sections, of about a foot long, and then, dripping as it is with water, applied to the mouth, from either side of which pour copious streams of the fluid, while, ever and anon, a mouthful of the hard black seeds are shot out in all directions, to the great annoyance of all within reach.  When I first tasted this fruit I thought it very vile stuff indeed, but before the end of the season we all learned to like it.  When taken with claret and sugar it makes a delicious wine and water.” ~ Frances Trollope (1780-1865) ‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’ (1832)

The last several years have seen the virtual disappearance of the watermelon with seeds and I am going to stand up and declare I miss them. I enjoyed spitting the black little slippery things out on the lawn at picnics. It was fun competing in  target practise with my friends. It is an art, you know, to propel a seed with accuracy and speed. And it is a celebrated skill that kids these days are missing out on.

And while I am sounding like an old has-been, I am going to declare that seeded watermelon tasted better. Mind you, I have not been able to compare and have no proof, but I am certain that seedless watermelon is blander and drier. It is less colourful and less flavourful. Or maybe I’m just wishing for the “good ol’ days” when the grass was greener and the watermelon sweeter. And I am wishing I could teach my daughter how to spit a watermelon seed without it dripping down her chin like mine always did. :)

This fun video below, on how to make a watermelon keg, popped up on social media recently and I love it. But I also knew we could do better than just serve plain watermelon aqua fresca from it. A little bit of “sin” makes it a lot better.

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

Watermelon Fresca Mojito

  • 3 cups seedless watermelon
  • 1  fresh lime, cut into sections
  • ¼ cup rum
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Fresh mint
  • Club soda (optional)

1. Mix the watermelon in a blender until smooth.

2. Muddle the lime, rum, sugar and mint in a pitcher.

3. Stir watermelon into the muddled mix in the pitcher. Serve individual glasses and top each with club soda. Garnish with a slice of watermelon or mint sprig.

“The nature of watermelons is generally rather chilling and contains a great deal of moisture... Their cleansing action you can discover for yourself; just rub them on dirty skin. Watermelons will remove the following: freckles, facial moles, or epidemic leprosy, if anyone should have these conditions.”
Galen (129-216 A.D.), Marcus Aurelius’s personal physician

Watermelon Fresca Mojito Cooking With Sin 2

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin


 

“Real Rum” Caramel Popcorn

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“Drinking rum before 10 a.m. makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic.” ~ Earl Dibbles Jr.

When my sister-in-law arrived at work this week, someone had brought in caramel popcorn to share with the office. She loved it. Who doesn’t love caramel popcorn! And she thought, “How brilliant someone had added rum.” Turns out it was only rum flavouring. Cue the communal “Boo!”

Knowing the real thing had to be out there, she found this great recipe, so I am sharing images of it here. If anyone tries this and wants to send me photos and recipe tweaks, I would love it. :)

Cooking With Sin author Carla Johnson

“Real Rum” Caramel Popcorn

 

Cooking With Sin author Carla Johnson rum caramel popcocrn

Photo Credit: http://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/07/12/rum-spiked-caramel-corn/

69 rum caramel popcorn recipe Cooking With Sin author Carla Johnson

Recipe & Photo Credit: http://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/07/12/rum-spiked-caramel-corn/

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin


 

Cooking With Sin 2014 Calendar – December

Posted on: November 30th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Each month in 2014, I have been sharing a calendar page that includes a CWS recipe. Here is December’s, the final one for 2014! This dessert is SO delicious, it can be enjoyed a month early. :)

Click to open up the large version of the calendar page, then right click and save or copy it for yourself. Print it off for your fridge, share it with a friend, post it at your office… etc.

I just ask, if you use it in a document, please use the entire image, so Cooking With Sin gets the credit. Thank you. It is yours to enjoy!

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin Calendar 2014

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

Yup, I know it’s a Rabbie Burns Day recipe, but I think it’s really Christmasy too. I bet the Bard would approve. :)

Here is the original post:

Ode to the Haggis” Burns Nicht.

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin


 

Cooking With Sin 2014 Calendar – November

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Each month in 2014, I am sharing a calendar page that includes a CWS recipe. Here is November’s!

Click to open up the large version of the calendar page, then right click and save or copy it for yourself. Print it off for your fridge, share it with a friend, post it at your office… etc.

I just ask, if you use it in a document, please use the entire image, so Cooking With Sin gets the credit. Thank you. It is yours to enjoy!

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin Calendar 2014

Cooking With Sin author Carla Johnson

Check out the story with the original recipe:

Sugar Plum Sisters’ Strawberry & Lemon “Short” Cake

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Maple Whisky Cookies “Ya huh!”

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments
Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

I believe the photo credit goes to Crown Royal.