Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage

Scattered Thoughts From A Maryland Cottage
The Yin and Yang of Thankfulness

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

One Step Closer To Summer!

These blue eyes are telling you that 
Summer will be here before we know it!
playin' in the grass, lickin' ice cream cones
sittin' on the beach...
ANY beach...

I've been roasting every vegetable imaginable,
trying new recipes, 
being thankful for the beauty 
God presents every day

getting ready for bilateral knee 
replacement in March - and no, 
haven't worn heels in many a moon 
and the surgeries won't change a thang!
I'm more a barefoot gal. 
I love my life.
I have moments, even in the Winter 
when I say say "thank you Lord
for the wonder of it all"
and if I'm down....
I phone a friend (and make the recipe below)
 read a book, or go to Home Goods!
Winter Drearies Tamarind Margarita
For those of you who want to make a blended tamarind margarita, here is a recipe that is very easy and has been very good. I use a tamarind paste (concentrate) instead of fresh tamarinds, which eliminates cooking, straining, sweetening, and other cumbersome steps. It may not be quite as good, but it's damn close.

Tamarind Margarita
2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz tamarind paste (concentrate)
1 oz simple sugar
2-3 cups ice

Combine in blender and blend until smooth. Rim glasses with chile salt. Serves 2-3.

Vary the amount of tequila based on how strong you want your drinks. The tamarind is overpowering and you probably won't taste much of the tequila.

Look for tamarind paste in Indian or Mexican markets. I use "Mr. Manish Tamarind Paste" purchased from an Indian grocery store, which contains only tamarind extract.

You may find 1 oz of tamarind paste to be a little too much. I like bold flavor and the tartness, but experiment to find the amount you like best.

Don't over blend  You want to crush the ice but still keep a somewhat watery drink. If you blend too long, the drink becomes too thick and looks kind of unappealing because of the brown color (use your imagination). 

Life isn't always a bowl of cherries
but a good Margarita recipe
ain't half bad!

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