Sugary Cinnamon Coffee

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Photography by. Nicole Heiniger (Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model: Luma Grothe

This coming week is going to be, go, Go, GO! It seems the more I become accustomed to Jersey City, the busier I am, which I am totally okay with. My social circle is growing and I am finding things during the day to keep my wheels rolling.

Before the sun was about to go down, I quickly pulled my camera equipment together, turned on some Carole King for the mood and decided to make a lovely, sugary drink.   I made it for my husband, since if I drink even a couple of sips of coffee, I go coo-koo. I got the inspiration for the drink from Nicole Heiniger’s editorial shoot of the ‘Fashion Cow-Girl. Please take the time to look at the many photos from this shoot, you won’t regret it.

Enjoy today’s recipe for breakfast or even for a quick pick me up during the day.

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Sugary Cinnamon Coffee Drink

Serves 1-2

Ingredients 

2-3 tbsp. of coffee beans Counter Culture Brand

2 tbsp. of brown sugar

1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of nutmeg

pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup of whole milk 

Extra:

Coffee Grinder

Tea Kettle 

2 cup French Press

milk frother 

Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Prepare cold brewed ice coffee the night before or day of. Add desired mug filled with 4-5 ice cubes into the freezer to freeze while making drink recipe.
  2. Then with your coffee grinder, grind up 2-3 tbsp. of whole coffee beans.
  3. Then move the ground coffee to the French Press and start boiling  two cups of water.
  4. While the water is boiling, in a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt together with a fork. Then set aside.
  5. Once the water has come to a full boil, carefully pour two cups of hot water to your french press.
  6. Stir the coffee around with a fork or chopstick (I highly recommend the chopstick, because it won’t ding the side of the french press.)
  7. Once the coffee is stirred around, add a quick drip of the liquid (about 2 tbsp.) to the sugar mixture till it creates a creamy paste.
  8. Wait for 5 to 7 minutes to press down the coffee in the french press.
  9. While waiting, add the sugar mixture and combined it to a 1/2 cup of whole milk. Then pour into a small glass and set aside in the fridge to cool.
  10. By the 7th minute press down the coffee in the french press.
  11. Then add your coffee to the prepared ice mug. Add about 1/2-1 cup of coffee then add 1/3 cup of the milk/sugar mixture.
  12. Another added step to this recipe is to create a foam top. You will need a milk frother for this or some really mad beating skills–don’t take that a dirty way. Anyway, a milk frother is really handy, especially if you want to create latte art. If you have a milk frother, you may add 1/2-1 cup of coffee to your desired mug, then add 1/4 cup of some of the milk then use the rest of the milk to froth up with the milk frother. Then gently pour it on top once it is to the desired texture of your liking.

Enjoy!

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Photos by. Bernadette Mira 

Tropical Swirl Smoothie Bowl

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Photography by. Nick Hudson(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model: Ajak Deng

While I sit here listening to Pandora on the African Radio station, I can’t help but wish that I could travel to a different land. I think that’s what I enjoy most about cooking/baking and learning new techniques from different cultures. I can automatically transport myself to a different place by trying to recreate a dish from somewhere far off.

Today was my day off, so I opted for something simple and refreshing before I take on the evening at kickboxing class tonight. I wanted to add a squeeze of lime to the dish, because the sad, shriveled lime that was left in the back of the fridge was calling to be used. This dish may transport you from cold, slushy, snowy NYC to a tropical island. Where you can hear howler monkeys off in the distance and then watch the sun slowly fade behind the ocean range.

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Tropical Swirl Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

Ingredients

Bottom part

2 ripe bananas

1/3 cup of Greek yogurt(optional)

1 juice from half of a lime

3-4 ice cubes

1/3-1/2 cup of coconut water

Top Part

5-6 Frozen strawberries

3 ice cubes

1/3 cup of chopped frozen pineapple

1/3-1/2 cup of coconut water

Toppings

Chia Seeds

Grated Milk Chocolate 

Directions:

  1. Gather your ingredients and blend the bottom layer first in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the bottom layer first to your bowl of your choosing. Then blend together the top layer till smooth.
  3. Once the top layer is smooth, add it to the bottom layer and swirl together.
  4. Add toppings of your choosing. I used chia seeds for protein and milk chocolate by Nathan Miller.

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Photo by. Bernadette Mira

Colorful Spring Rolls

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Photography by. Morelli Brothers(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Whenever I feel a lack of inspiration, I always turn to colorful fashion photos. I’m not sure why honestly. Trying to combined food along with fashion photos to create a recipe can sometimes be a nightmare when the photo is SCREAMING colors!! BUT I find it helpful. It gets me out of the box that I’m comfortable with. It’s easy to create a dish that has the colors, reds, browns, greens and yellows, because let’s be real that’s what most of the food we consume on a daily basis looks like. When I push myself out of that zone, I am able to create dishes without feeling like it needs to look EXACTLY like the photo I’m comparing it to.

So, today’s inspiration features the Morelli Brother’s photography. I was instantly drawn to the scene and the vibrant colors of this photo. Seeing the other people in the background behind the women, just adds to it. It says, “Wow, look at these two confident, colorful, fashionable ladies!” I couldn’t help but think, “Man…I REALLY want that dress!”

Without much more talk, here is today’s recipe! Enjoy!

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Colorful Spring Rolls with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Serves 3

Ingredients

1 carrot peeled and julienned

1 handful of thinly diced cilantro 

half of a small purple cabbage thinly sliced

half of cucumber julienned

Spring roll wrappers 

Cooked baby shrimp (optional)

Extra: 

Pot filled half way with warm water

Large Plate

Spicy Garlic Sauce

Ingredients

3 tbsp. of Soy Sauce

3-4 garlic cloves minced

1 tbsp. of Hoisin Sauce

1-2 tbsp. of Chili Sauce 

1 tbsp. of thinly sliced cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prepare day of or day before. Thinly slice carrot, cilantro, cabbage, and cucumber. Then set aside in an empty bowl. (If you’re adding shrimp, cook ahead of time. Follow directions on bag and set aside till ready to use.)
  2. Then prepare the spicy garlic sauce. In a small bowl add all the ingredients (including the thinly chopped garlic and cilantro) Then mix all together and set aside.
  3. Prepare a medium size pot of warm water. Be careful to only heat it to about medium heat or you might burn your hands if it’s too hot.
  4. Once the water is warm, bring the large plate onto the next burner beside the warm water. Add one spring roll wrapper at a time. Leave the wrapper in the warm water for about five seconds, then gently add it to the empty plate.
  5. From there you can add the veggies and optional shrimp. (I find it helpful to add most of the ingredients in the middle of the spring roll wrapper, then roll it from there. Try not to fill it up to much or you’ll have difficultly rolling it up.)
  6. Then repeat the process to make more spring rolls.
  7. Once finished, enjoy with friends and the added spicy garlic sauce.

 

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Photos by. Bernadette Mira

A lovely Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

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Photography by. Bernadette Mira Hagen

Where do I even begin when it seems like decades since I have written down my musings and even a recipe!? So much has happened this past year and even just this current year. You know what I mean…dare I even speak his name? It’s like the evil, demonic Voldemort in Harry Potter. Maybe if all pans out well, all of America will rally together and we will put an end to him. Maybe WordPress isn’t the best place to discuss this, but I want to be candid.

Before 2017 began, I got married back on November the 5th. It was nothing huge, just a few family and friends. I wanted to make it special for my husband and I. We have for the past almost six years we’ve been together have had to deal with my deceased family for many reasons. Dont worry, they’re not dead, just very toxic to have as a family. Anyway, in my head I wanted needed the wedding to be perfect to make up for their absence. Which puts so much pressure on a person to do EVERY SINGLE THING RIGHT. To my surprise though, the wedding was and has been the most perfect, magical day of my life so far.

Quickly after that, America was on their feet to the surprise of HIM winning the election. So, this past year I have done a tremendous amount of thinking of what I can do for myself to keep myself happy and to keep going. My conclusion is to keep on making art, no matter what form that may be in. Be it fashion, photography, making a gif video for Instagram, that is what is going to help America through this rough time. Rallying together, bringing art at the center, because that is what makes us as humans so special. We have the ability to create amazing things, so why not share it? Without much more talk, here is today’s recipe. Enjoy it, because everyone deserves a drink and also enjoy it because it’s damn delicious if I say so myself.

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Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Serves 1-2

Ingredients 

1 hearty Grapefruit 

4tbsp. Of good Gin 

dash of nutmeg 

dash of sea salt (optional)

3-4 ice cubes 

1/2-1 cup of Tonic water 

Extra 

Cocktail Shaker 

Directions:

1. Vigorously roll around the Grapefruit on a flat surface in the palm of your hand to release the juices.

2. Cut the Grapefruit in half and gently squeeze the Grapefruit juice in the cocktail shaker. (May use both halves of the Grapefruit if you decide to make two Gin and tonics. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, be sure to remove the Grapefruit seeds.)

3. Add the nutmeg, sea salt, Gin and ice cubes to shaker. Quickly shake the ingredients together while holding the top intact.

4. Remove the small cap to the shaker and pour into wine glass or glass of your choosing. Then add the Tonic water and stir together with the other ingredients.

Enjoy with a slither of Grapefruit on the side!

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Ferrero Rocher Granola with Kendall

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Photography by. Inez and Vinoodh(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Today’s inspiration is a young woman who is almost literally on EVERY single page of EVERY fashion magazine. She is on the cover and the main hit of Vogue’s September 800 page issue. Through the well-known fame of Keeping up with the Kardashians, she has been able to make a name for herself. This young woman is none other than Kendall Jenner. To learn more fun facts about her, watch 73 questions by the Vogue Channel.

Kendall Jenner, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and she definitely commands the runway with her striking features and also having an amazing walk. I was very intrigued by the photo above taken by Inez and Vinoodh. I wanted to create something that would feature chocolate to resemble the nut-brown color from the outfit and purse that Kendall holds. So, enough with the chit-chat, here is today’s recipe…

Ferrero Rocher Granola

Ingredients

2 cups of rolled cereal oats

1/2-1 cup of whole grain rolled oats

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of raw agave syrup

1 tsp. of ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of coriander 

1/2-1 cup of wheat germ

1/2 cup of golden raisins

1/2 cup of finely diced dried apricots

1/3 cup of Ferrero Rocher chocolate

Extra

parchment paper

baking sheet 

big bowl 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients together, except for golden raisins, apricots and chocolate.
  4. Mix the granola mixture with your hands or stir with spoon.
  5. Once well combined, spread the granola mixture onto the baking sheet. Set aside until oven is ready.
  6. Finely dice apricots and chocolate and add golden raisins to a small bowl. Then set inside the fridge to chill.
  7. Add the granola mixture to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Once the timer has made it to 10 minutes left, add the apricots, chocolate and raisins.
  9. Keep on baking until golden brown.
  10. Take granola out of oven and let it cool completely.
  11. Keep granola in large zipper bag or glass container in fridge. Enjoy with milk, yogurt or even by itself! (Warning, this recipe is addictive–enjoy with caution)

 

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Photo and gif by. Bernadette Mira and Garrett Hagen

White and Purple Bean Salad with Rosie

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Photography by. Russell James(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Today’s inspiration is the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  The first time I saw or honestly, even heard of Rosie, was through watching Mad Max Fury Road.  I remember her role distinctly, because I was very upset to see her character go in the film, but her exit was memorable .  Rosie obviously not only acts, but models too.  She is most known for her role as being one of the faces of the Victoria Secret’s Angels.  With her talents combined with the extremely talented Russell James, the photo above inspired me to create a dish that would  resemble the striking, Gucci purple gown.

  The colors within the dish not only amused my eyes, but it reminded me of the days when I was little.  I  remember wondering out into the backyard where I grew up when spring and summer rolled around.  I would scout out tasty treats to eat like berries and nuts.  My favorite treat of all was the honeysuckle bushes.  The taste from the honeysuckles is the exact same sweetness in the dish that I am about to share today.  So, without further adieu, here is today’s recipe…

White and Purple Bean Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 can of cannellini beans 

1 head of broccoli 

half of a small purple cabbage finely diced

1 tsp. of coriander 

1 tsp. of olive oil

squeeze of lemon juice

1/2 tsp. of sea salt

2 tbsp. of agave nectar 

dash of black pepper (to taste)

Toppings

4 tbsp. of tahini (optional)

diced purple onions (optional)

crumbled goat cheese

slivered almonds 

Extra

Large Bowl

Tongs (to mix)

Directions:

  1. Wash one can of cannellini beans and drain until dry.
  2. Then combine finely dice purple cabbage and broccoli with the beans in a large bowl.
  3. Then with tongs, mix in the rest of ingredients and combine together.
  4. Enjoy with crumbled goat cheese and slivered almonds on top OR optional tahini for dressing.

Happy Eating!!

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Photo by. Bernadette Mira

Toasted Yellow Tomato Bruschetta

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Photography by. Cuneyt Akeroglu and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model. Natalia Vodianova

The other day, I passed by my local market. I was planning to get the usual groceries. Bread, peanut butter…I think you know where I’m going with this. Then out of nowhere I noticed the most vibrant, luscious yellow tomatoes. Sometimes, I buy food off the whim, which isn’t necessarily the best option but I told myself, “I have to do something special with these.”

Now, I want you to set your mind off to a far away place. This place is Turkey. See yourself in crowd of people. You happen to find yourself in an alleyway market place that is filled to the brim with beautiful, majestic colors and spices. You set yourself down at a nearby table and are served something delicious…

Toasted Yellow Tomato Bruschetta

Inspired by Turkey

Serves 2

Ingredients 

2 pieces of crusty bread 

1 yellow tomato

2 tsp. of oregano

1/2 tsp. of thyme

spreadable goat cheese

 a small fist full of crushed spinach 

olive oil to drizzle 

spritz of lemon juice and zest

sea salt and pepper to taste

Extra

aluminum foil

mortar and pestle 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 420 F.
  2. While the oven is preheating prepare the crushed spinach.
  3. In a mortar and pestle crush the spinach with a spritz of lemon juice. Crush the spinach until it resembles a type of vibrant green paste. Set the paste aside.
  4. Make a small bowl or simply fold the aluminum foil over on the sides, creating a small square shape, enough to fit the bread and yellow tomato. Drizzle some oil over both the bread and tomato. Sprinkle the tomato with pepper and sea salt. Then sprinkle some oregano and thyme over the bread.
  5. Carefully place the aluminum bowl that you created into the oven and let it bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Once the bread and tomato are done baking, carefully chop the tomato(It will most likely be hot and messy.)
  7. Spread the spinach paste on the bread along with some spreadable goat cheese. Top it off with the toasted tomato, lemon zest, oregano and a drizzle of olive oil.

Enjoy and happy eating!

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Photo by. Bernadette Mira