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A Salad in Thyme

DSC_2932By Tiffany Young

At work, we have a monthly potluck. It’s probably my favorite part of my job. Everyone in the department—from translations to communications brings a dish to share with others.

Since we don’t have any way to heat up food, except for a microwave, it’s always difficult for me to determine what to bring. Will cold mac ‘n cheese really taste all that great? So much of the time I bring a cold salad or pasta.

This month I brought a delicious cucumber, tomato and feta recipe altered from a Pinterest recipe by Five Heart Home. Their recipe can be found at: http://fivehearthome.com/2013/06/28/tomato-cucumber-salad-with-olives-and-feta/.

A main change to mine is that I used thyme in place of dill, because it’s what I had on hand. I loved it!

Dressing:

  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c white wine vinegar (the original recipe used red, but use whatever you have on hand)
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  •  clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper ground to taste

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

Salad:

  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber, cubed
  • 1/2 c kalamata olives, drained, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 c feta cheese
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss. Garnish with sprigs.

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Take pics, refrigerate for a few hours, eat!

 

I thought I’d have plenty of leftovers after the potluck, since there’s usually so much food, but, alas, I did not. But I’m glad everyone seemed to enjoy it.

After we eat, we usually play a game. This time we played Catch Phrase.

Two of the best moments were:

1) When a lady whose first language is Spanish got the word cop out, she described it as a police officer who is not in. We were super confused, but realized it was a brilliant description once she told us what it was.

2) Just before our boss popped his head in because we were laughing so hard, the same lady as above had given this clue: It’s in your pants! None of us could think of a G-rated answer so we just burst out laughing. Turns out it was pocket change. That was so not what any of us were thinking …

If you want a pick-me-up at work, try planning a potluck. Bring food, bring a game and just enjoy each other for a change!

 

 

Voyages into the Unusual World of Gin and Music

By Tiffany Young & Antonio Delgado

Marc Stoddard

Marc Stoddard

Hendrick’s Gin sponsored a free drink party (FDP) in Austin in May featuring White Ghost Shivers, gin drinks, delightful food bites and many unusual sights. OhSpooning was lucky enough to take part in this free party and report back on its findings.

Listen to Hendrick’s U.S. Brand Ambassador Marc Stoddard describe what makes Hendrick’s unique, from its process to its taste, in the following interview with OhSpooning and the lovely sounds of White Ghost Shivers soundchecking:

Enjoy a Hendrick’s drink, recipes and photos courtesy Hendrick’s Gin:

VITU Traveling Punch 

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  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • crème de mure
  • fresh lemon juice
  • blackberry sage tea*
  • Demerara/lemon oleosaccharum**
  • sage leaves
  • blackberries
  • lemon wheels
  • chilled soda water
  • ice block

Combine ingredients except for soda water in a punch bowl and add ice, stir, top with soda and garnish.

*republic of tea 1 bag per 16 oz then chill peychaud’s bitters

**Take whole lemon peels and muddle with Demerara sugar 3 hours in advance of the event.  Then stir in 1/2 of the lemon juice to dissolve the sugar

Family Tree

Family Tree

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Fresh watermelon juice
  • Fresh lemon
  • simple syrup
  • Basil
  • Montelobos
  • Soda water
  • lemon wheel
  • watermelon juice

Combine ingredients except for soda water.  Ice, shake well and strain over fresh ice

into a long glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a basil leaf.  Serve.

Night of the Iguana

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • celery juice
  • cucumber juice
  • fresh lemon
  • simple syrup
  • cucumber wheel
  • ground sea salt
  • ground cubeb berry

Combine ingredients, add ice, and shake well.

Strain into martini glass. Garnish with cucumber dusted with ground cubeb and sea salt

Traveler’s Testament

Hendricks Testament

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Rooibos Tea*
  • Lime juice
  • Raspberry Syrup**
  • Coconut Flakes Toasted****
  • Cold sparkling water
  • Cucumber Blood Cocktail
  • Lemon verbena infused-Hendrick’s
  • cucumber juice
  • lemon juice
  • simple syrup
  • green chartreuse

Shake, strain, and serve in vessel garnish with cucumber “eggs”, (cuc-flavored spherified caviar) or infused cucumber balls depending on serving vial.

Rolling With My Homies


Sushi

My parents drove in today for my birthday and called me on the way to see where we were eating for lunch. When I asked them what they were in the mood for I was given “we’ve heard miso soup is good for you.”

OKkkkk… An odd challenge. I knew most sushi places had miso soup, but my parents say they don’t like sushi. I was pretty sure they just hadn’t experienced much sushi, so after a bit of browsing, I decided Maki’s How Do You Roll was a great choice. It’s sort of ‘sushi-light’ in my opinion. The normal menu intimidation is gone. You can just look at the ingredients and pick them, thus freeing yourself from ordering something that sounds safe, but really isn’t. Besides, you can even get teriyaki chicken on your roll.

How Do You Roll is a great place to take beginner sushi eaters. For starters, there are large posters giving directions on how it works. To make your own wrap, you choose the wrapper—soy or seaweed, then three vegetables and then a meat. And you don’t actually roll your own, as my mom was worried about—they put everything together for you as you point it out to them.

At the counter they also ask if it’s your first time to come in. If it is, they hit a big gong and say, “we have first timers!” or something like that. Then an employee walks you through the steps, giving suggestions as you go if you’re as slow as my family. I got a crab roll with avocado, cucumbers, green onion and sweet chili dribbled on top. I also ordered miso soup, which was very flavorful and hot.

Wraps are $3.95 for traditional and $4.95 for modern, with meats an additional cost for each. Miso soup is just 99 cents and will help you feel full after one roll.

My parents enjoyed everything we ordered and none of us were too full, which was good, because our dinner reservations were for just three hours later.

Bottom line? I think it’s a great casual place to eat. It’s fast, reasonable and the interior is bright green and fun. And I love fun!

Arbor Walk Shopping Center
10515 N. Mopac Expy. 165A
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 243-8298, hdyr1@howdoyouroll.com
Mon.–Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.