Enjoy the holidays indoors with something to cut, something to slice, and something to pour over ice!
It’s getting cold outside. So here are some cool things to do inside. An artsy activity to help set the mood for the winter holidays. An easy, do-it-your-way sushi buffet, and a classic Italian cocktail with an American twist.
Who else remembers this paper craft activity from elementary school art class? Clumsy little fingers using safety scissors to cut construction paper into, well, shreds. I know I do. Now that we’re a bit more grown up, let’s give it another whirl. Go grab some scissors and paper, maybe a drink or two, and let’s try cutting snowflakes out of paper!
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Watch the video to see how to fold a paper snowflake template, as well as some examples on how to snip simple yet fancy-looking paper snowflakes.
And remember: each snowflake is unique, so there are no mistakes… just new flakes! Enjoy the experience and see what magic ‘unfolds’.
“There’s no ice covering iceland.”
Fresh Fish, Delish!
Having a sushi buffet at home when friends are coming over is something I bet they’d enjoy just as much as you. That’s why we are re-sharing last weeks Sashimi For You & Me post in this Hanging out episode, just in case you missed it.
Fresh raw fish: Salmon and/or Tuna
Short Grain rice
Seasoned Rice Vinegar
Nori (seaweed paper)
Gari (pickled ginger)
And if you like: Masago, Avocado, Sprouts
- Rinse your rice and start it cooking so it will be done by the time you’ve prepped all other ingredients.
- If you are using wasabi powder, mix it up now and set aside.
- After removing seeds and skin, thinly slice cucumber julienne-style and set aside.
- After removing pit and skin, thinly slice the avocado and set aside with cucumber.
- Pat fish dry with paper towel.
- Using a very sharp knife and long, smooth strokes: slice fish into pieces just under 1/2″ thick. *Cut the flesh perpendicular to the length of the fish!*
- Set all sliced fish onto a chilled (not frozen!) plate.
- Rice should be done… put some in med-large serving bowl, add vinegar while rice is still hot, and mix thoroughly.
- Present all fish, rice, seaweed paper, veggies, sauces & sides buffet-style.
- Each person gets to build their bites to their own delight!
Bon Appétit! Or as the Japanese say: “Meshiagare!”
“Unlike most fish, tuna are warm-blooded. This helps them stay fast and active even in frigid waters. They can swim over 40mph!”
Whiskey Negroni (Boulevardier Cocktail)
James Bond drank a Negroni when he wasn’t in the mood for a Martini. And when Orson Welles tried his first one in 1947 he commented, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
1.5 ounces Whiskey or Bourbon
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Red Vermouth
Garnish – Orange peel
- Ice down a glass and set it off to the side.
- Bring out the shaker and fill half way with ice.
- Combine the whiskey, Campari, and vermouth in the shaker.
- Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Get the chilled glass and discard the melting ice. Add a few fresh ice cubes.
- Strain the mixed ingredients into the glass.
- Garnish the twist of orange peel, and enjoy!
“The name vermouth comes from the French pronunciation of “wermut,” the German word for wormwood. the hallucenogenic herb was usually a part of vermouth’s ingredient mix until its ban in many countries in the early 20th century.”
Although we may be social distancing, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the best of our time indoors. We can make a night memorable with just four ingredients: good tunes, tasty eat and drink, and most importantly: great friends! So shake up some smiles with those close to you.
And let us know your favorite way to chill! We’d love to hear, and potentially share all the fun ways you stay connected with friends and family. Please respond in comments below, or send us a direct email to email@example.com