- 1lb fresh strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 tray of ice cubes
Here in Seattle, Nordstrom’s two huge yearly sales are pretty much holidays. Shoppers create game plans, reading the catalog from cover to cover, figuring out their wish list and purchase priorities. The beautiful thing – since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns (LOVE this), you can avoid the crowds and shop with ease. Check out my top picks – the sale goes ’til May 31, 2015, so shop while you can!!!
Since we’ve been having monthly mini dinner parties, I’ve been getting more adept at planning complete dinner menus, which of course, includes a drink component! Last Friday, we had some dear friends over for a dinner of Indian food. This cuisine is great because it is naturally vegetarian and meat eaters don’t even notice the absence of meat. It can be made vegan without a flick of the eye either!
As many of you might know there is no traditional alcoholic drink to pair with Indian food, which had me scratching my head for a few days. But thinking of the flavors we use in cooking, I thought a ginger martini would be a natural addition!
- 1.5 oz ginger liqueur
- 1.5 oz gin
- juice of half a lime
- garnish with crystallized ginger
- rim the glass with the excess sugar from the crystallized ginger.
For those of you wanting to host your own Indian dinner, here’s what our menu consisted of…
- Vegetable Samosas (from Trader Joes)
- Vegetable Pakoras (also from Trader Joes)
- Billy’s Chana Masala
- Raspberry Tort (also from trader joes)
As you can see, I like to mix a few homemade items (our masala and martini) with ready to go products. Trader Joe’s is great for this! (and no they did not sponsor this post).