Turmeric Lemon Drink


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Photography by. Bernadette Mira

My adoptive father surrounded the house I grew up in with photographs that he took throughout the years. I admired the rawness and shock that his photos invoked. When it comes to photography, I do have this pain that comes with it. I didn’t know that I would spend the rest of my life without them. I don’t have that family anymore that I grew up with. They aren’t the people who I thought they were and it has taken me a lot of time, but I have come to terms with that.

Even though that pain is there, I still enjoy taking photographs and capturing the human experience. One thing I find true that my adoptive father told me about photography in his most “arrogant stern voice” is, “It doesn’t matter what equipment you have. It all depends on the photographer and the story they want to tell.” That saying makes me frustrated. It’s almost as dumb as the saying, “There are no small parts, only small actors…” BUT it’s true. There are times when I get so hard on myself about not having the ‘best’ equipment or much of it. I mean, I  have been using the same camera for over ten years, which is a hand me down anyway. A Nikon D200, which is old as fuck.  I  grew up poor. Everything I have still and had are hand me downs. It makes me embarrassed yet, I will admit, I have produced some good images even with equipment that isn’t shiny and new.

As artists its easy to convince ourselves that we aren’t “good” enough and compare our work to other people’s’. It’s something I struggle with everyday, but I try to remember why I started taking photos. When I was 16, along with dancing, photography helped me capture the pain and sadness I was feeling then. I stopped when I started pursuing Musical Theatre, but once I opened up about being sexually abused to my adoptive family I started taking photos again to help me through the pain. That’s where I discovered cooking, food and product photography. As silly as it is, photography has saved me in some ways. So, in conclusion I will continue to take photos, even with the pain, even with shitty equipment, because it is a part of me. I’m not going to let that go.




Turmeric Lemon Drink

(To heal colds and other remedies)

Serves 1


Juice from half of a lemon

1 cup of boiling water

1-3 turmeric ginger iced cubes

1/2 tsp. of turmeric 

5-8 thin slices of fresh ginger

1/2 tsp. of honey (optional)


  1. Prepare turmeric ginger iced cubes the night before. Combine 1/2 tsp. of turmeric, 5-8 thin slices of ginger, and 1/2 cup-1 cup of water. Stir well and pour mixture into ice-cube tray. Should make about 5-7 cubes. Let them rest for 8 hours or overnight to freeze.
  2. In a kettle, boil 1 cup of water or more.
  3. Then add turmeric ice cubes, juice from half of a lemon, and honey into a heat proof mug.
  4. Once the water has boiled, pour the hot water over the ice cubes and watch them melt into the water. This should happen fairly quickly, about two minutes.
  5. After the ice cubes have melted, stir the mixture one more time then enjoy slowly or take it as a quick shot to help colds, sore throats, upset tummies and more.




Lemon Sake Quencher

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Photography by. Unknown-TOPSHOP photoshoot(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model: Cara Delevingne

This past weekend was hectic and made me think quite a bit about what I want for my life. Relieving the past and traumatic situations can always put me into the what I like to call my ‘quiet time’ where I spend countless hours talking to myself (which maybe isn’t exactly quiet time but it certainly is therapeutic.). I find it important to take those moments of quiet where we ask ourselves “What do I really want for my life?” or “Who are the type of people I want to be surrounded by?” I have so far concluded that I want a life of growth, to be surrounded by people who care and also desire growth. I’m still spending time figuring out the rest but I have a lifetime for that.

For today’s recipe, I once again wanted to keep it simple, because sometimes the simplest things can be the best. Enjoy this Lemon Sake drink while relaxing the evening away in a bubbly bath tub.


Lemon Sake Quencher 🍋

Serves 1


1/2 tsp. of sugar

 a pinch of black cracked pepper

1/3 cup of lemon juice (from two small-medium size lemons)

5 ginger pieces chopped up into big slices

1/4 tbsp. of good sake

1 ounce of tonic water 

lemon zest to top it off


Small or medium sauce pan


Ice cubes 



  1. Boil on low to medium heat lemon juice, sugar, pepper and ginger slices together with lid on for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the lemon mixture has finished, drain in a strainer to catch the ginger slices and pour into an empty jar. Immediately put into the freezer to freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Then take the lemon mixture out of the freezer and pour into desired cocktail glass.
  4. Combine sake and tonic water to the lemon mixture. Grate lemon zest to top it off.
  5. Enjoy with two ice cubes. Relax and take it easy.



Photos by. Bernadette Mira

Sugary Cinnamon Coffee


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.


Sugary Cinnamon Coffee Drink

Serves 1-2


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 


Coffee Grinder

Tea Kettle 

2 cup French Press

milk frother 

Ice cubes


  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.



Photos by. Bernadette Mira 

A lovely Grapefruit Gin and Tonic


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.


Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Serves 1-2


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 


Cocktail Shaker 


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!


Strawberry Orange Spritzer with Ji Young Kwak

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Photography by: Zhang Jinga (Left) and Bernadette Mira (Right)

To celebrate my upcoming 26th birthday on Monday the 13th of June, I decided to make a sweet little recipe for my lovely small group of followers and whoever else is reading out there in this social media universe. (Are you there? Is anyone reading this?)

The very talented and gorgeous 24-year-old model Ji Young Kwak inspired today’s recipe. I spent hours online being enamored by all the editorial photos that Ji Young Kwak has modeled for. I finally settled on this photograph taken by the ever so talented Zhang Jinga.

Kwak’s lovely dress that is enveloped by swirls, reminded me of a bubbly effect. I immediately thought of seltzer waters and how they give off that same bubble effect once poured into a glass.

So enough chit-chat, here is…

Strawberry Orange Spritzer

Serves 4


1 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of ripe strawberries

Juice from half of an orange

pinch of black cracked pepper

1/4 tsp. of nutmeg

pinch of coriander

1/4 tsp. of ground ginger

1 bottle of Classic Seltzer (I used Boylan)


Blender, or food processor to blend ingredients

Frozen strawberries to top

Strawberry ice-cubes (chopped strawberries added to ice tray with some water)


1. In a medium size saucepan, add water and granulated sugar. Bring to a simmer.

2. Stir and wait until sugar dissolves. (About two minutes)

3. Once dissolved, add strawberries, orange juice and spices.

4. On medium to low heat, stir ingredients until well combined.

5. Remove saucepan from heat and cool for a few minutes.

6. After the simple sugar cools, add it to a blender and blend till smooth.

7. After blending, add the simple sugar ingredients back into the medium saucepan and stir on medium to low heat until it becomes a thick consistency. About five to ten minutes.

8. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool again for a few minutes. Once cooled, pour into covered glass container. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

9. The day of or the next day, add 4-6 tbsp. of the simple sugar to a small wine glass. Add as much of the seltzer as you want. Stir it together then top it off with fresh or frozen strawberries or homemade strawberry ice-cubes.


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Photo by. Bernadette Mira

Grape Mocktail with Sammi



Photo by: Michaela Tornaritis (top) Photo by: Bernadette Mira (bottom)

There are many people who I have followed on YouTube. Over time, I noticed that I would eventually get bored and lose interest. Samantha Maria is not one of those YouTubers. When I first stumbled upon Sammi’s  YouTube page originally know as Beauty Crush, I immediately felt inspired and drawn to her genuine personality. I would have to say, almost embarrassingly, that I have spent hours watching her beauty and personal daily vlogs.

Not only is Sammi classy and genuine, but she emanates confidence. Being who I am, I am very drawn to people, women in particular who embrace who they are and are willing to share it with the world. I feel that it’s easy for women to feel embarrassed or unfortunately disgusted with how they look. Whether that be having a bad nights sleep and waking up to puffy bags underneath the eyes or feeling fat and not liking the way you look. Yet, with Sammi, she is completely honest about it. She embraces those days of feeling “ugly” or not “perfect” and isn’t afraid to share it with people. I admire that. So, thank you Sammi for being completely you and sharing that with young women around the world.

Now on to the recipe. Sammi’s bomber jacket that is detailed with pink flowers and a touch of green inspired me to make a Grape Mocktail. I wanted to create a recipe as classy as Sammi. I thought that adding a touch of citrus would suit this recipe. Citrus can brighten up any dish and I relate that to Sammi’s bubbly personality. Unintentionally, my boyfriend ended up noticing in the photo I took of the mocktail, that the shape of the mint sprig was similar to Sammi’s shape and how she was walking. Funny that it turned out that way.  Please enjoy this recipe and let me know how you liked it. Feel free to make this as a cocktail too. I will leave information for that in the ingredients section below.


Serves 1-2


-4 ice cubes

-1-2 cups of frozen concord grapes

-dash of ginger spice or fresh ginger

-1 tbsp of finely chopped mint

-half of a lime zest and juice

-1/2 cup of sparkling water (San Pellegrino)

-1/2 cup of grape juice or grape soda

-opt. 5 ml in mini cup  The Genuine Curaçao Liqueur in green

Cook’s Notes: Feel free to add more liquid if it’s too slushy.


1. In a blender, blend all the ingredients together and serve in classy cocktail glass.

2. Top it off with a mint sprig for style.








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