Sohla El-Waylly's watermelon gazpacho

You may be more familiar with gazpacho as a cold vegetable soup but you can also make it with watermelons as Sohla El-Waylly demonstrated with this recipe.

The full recipe can be found on Serious Eats but you can check out the ingredients below:

Ingredients

  • 6 cups watermelon (30 ounces; 840g), roughly diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes (14 ounces; 400g), roughly diced
  • 1 medium cucumber (14 ounces; 400g), roughly diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion (4 ounces; 110g), roughly diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds (2 ounces; 60g)
  • 1 tablespoon (12g) kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (1 ounce; 30g)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (2 ounces; 60g)
  • 1/3 cup crema (2.7 ounces; 75g); see note
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) chopped Calabrian chilies
  • Additional diced vegetables, for garnish (optional)

Gazpacho originates from the southern regions of the Iberian peninsula and it is eaten regularly in Spain and Portugal as a way to cool down during the hot summer months. Similar to vichyssoise, which is also supposed to be cold.

Hot chocolate with added spice

If you’re looking for a different kind of hot chocolate, try this spiced hot chocolate recipe. Follow the link for how to make it but check the ingredients below (which I’m sure you can substitute for dairy-free alternatives where applicable)

Ingredients

  • 400ml full cream milk
  • 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp freshly ground green cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp ginger syrup (optional)
  • double cream and grated chocolate to garnish

And for another type of chocolate drink with added spice (cinnamon in this case), try a cup of cocoa tea.

An original clarified milk punch

Thyme x Table – “I Can See Clearly Now”‘ by Edsel Little is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Via Mary Rockett’s original recipe from 1711 (an adaptation can be found on Cook’s Illustrated):

Ingredients

  • Two gallons of hot milk
  • One gallon of brandy
  • Five quarts of water
  • Eight lemons
  • Two pounds of sugar

Recipe

  1. Let the mixture sit for an hour
  2. Strain it through a flannel bag
  3. Pour over ice

Lasts for months. No refrigerator required.

For more advanced and varied recipes, try Alton Brown’s version with Earl Grey, port, and rum, Blossom to Stem’s version with pineapple, coriander, and cinnamon, and Difford’s Guides’s version with vodka, breakfast tea, and orange juice.

(h/t Atlas Obscura)

Cocktail related: A Christmas tree in a cocktail and Mountain Dew-flavoured cocktails, punches, and shooters

How to make Jamaican rum punch with Wray and Nephew (recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups Wray and Nephew (depending on your liver and gag reflex)
  • 2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup grenadine
  • Ice, ice, baby!

Recipe

  • Put the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker (if you have one) filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 30-40 seconds.
  • Strain into a hurricane glass with ice.

More on rum and cocktails: a very brief history of Jamaican rum, the mint julep and the Black bartenders who popularised it, and Equiano, the world’s first African-Caribbean rum

Kashmiri chai

Kashmiri chai
credit: jslander, via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

While Kashmiri chai is a green tea, it’s actually pink in colour.

Originally a Himalayan drink, pink tea goes by many names across South Asia, some which reference its unusual color and flavor, from nun chai (salt tea) to gulabi chai (rose-hued tea). Salt and baking soda are key ingredients. Salt acts as an electrolyte to prevent dehydration at high altitudes, and baking soda is the catalyst that turns it pink. Infused with spices such as star anise and topped with crushed nuts, the tea is tailor-made for cold weather. In Kashmir, nun chai is drunk piping hot several times a day, accompanied by an array of breads: crispy kulcha, dimpled girda, or bagel-like tsochwor.

via Atlas Obscura

There are plenty of recipes online (some more authentic, some quicker and easier) but the key to its pinkness is getting in the right reaction between the baking soda and your green tea leaves and how long you brew it for.

Emerald marine chocolate mint tart

Emerald marine chocolate mint tart

With all the continued controversy over recipe blog posts, their length, apps that stole content, and the reasons for seemingly irrelevant life stories attached to them, I’ve wondered if it’s worth blogging about recipes anymore.

Then I remembered the time I went to my grandparents house in 2004 in Jamaica. It was the first time I’d been back since I was a baby…

That was a joke btw; no tangents here!

Back to the matter at hand. Here’s how to make an emerald marine chocolate mint tart. It looks gorgeous and I can only assume it tastes it too.

As not to be a hypocrite, I won’t copy and paste the recipe so you’ll have to go to the YouTube page to find all the ingredients you’ll need. It’s “in the description below.”

How to make "Emerald marine Chocolate mint tart"

Hungarian cuisine: 5 delicious dishes & recipes

Our article on Hungarian chess master Paul Charles Dozsa has been quite popular (although we now know the man from the meme was actually Cecil George Edwards). But regardless, it got me thinking—what are the best dishes in Hungarian cuisine?

In this list, I’ll be looking at 5 recipes and dishes from Hungary.

1. Goulash (gulyás)

Let’s get goulash out of the way. In the realms of Hungarian cuisine, this dish is the one everyone thinks of. The name originates from gulyás, a word for “herdsmen”. It still means that but it also takes the meaning of the actual stew. There’s also gulyásleves which is a thinner soup than goulash.

Most modern recipes include tomatoes but they were nowhere to be seen in the original recipes. Meats in goulash recipes include lamb, pork, beef, and veal and a wide variety of vegetables such as onions, garlic, carrots and peppers. To quote my friend, Tom: “Goulash in a bread basket is also beautiful.”

Beef Goulash - Hungarian Beef Goulash Recipe - Paprika Beef Stew

2. Chicken paprikash (paprikás csirke/csirkepaprikás)

I love to season my meat with paprika (keep your mind out of the gutter, please) and so do the Hungarians. They love the paprika peppers and spice so much, they have two museums dedicated to them. For chicken paprikash, the meat is cooked in a roux containing paprika, then simmered in a sauce for around 40 minutes.

Fun fact: Jonathan Harker ate chicken paprikash while he travelled to Dracula’s castle in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. (And in case you didn’t know, Transylvania was part of the Hungarian Empire until the 20th century.)

3. Pörkölt

It’s another meat stew. Pörkölt is similar to goulash in that it contains meat (boneless), paprika, and vegetables. But the main difference between pörkölt and goulash is the latter has more gravy and the meats can contain bones.

The most popular variant of this Hungarian dish contains beef and onion as detailed in this Daring Gourmet recipe. Pork is another popular choice, served with nokedli like the one in the Where Is My Spoon recipe.

4. Sour cherry soup (meggyleves)

Let me preface this by saying: I hate cherries. So the idea of a cold sour cherry soup is hell for me. But not for the Hungarian population so my opinion is invalid here.

Meggyleves is made with sour cherries (which come in 2 variants: Morello cherries and Amarelle cherries). It’s traditionally served as a dinner course, either as a starter, main soup or a dessert and it works best served during the summer.

Random fact: Turkey produced 187,941 tonnes of sour cherries in 2012, compared to Hungary’s 53,425 tonnes.

5. Spätzle (nokedli)

Spätzle, or nokedli, is a type of pasta made with fresh eggs, bread flour, and salt. The geographic origin of spätzle is unknown, leading to many nations claiming it as theirs.

The pasta is best known as a German delicacy but Hungarians love it and serve it with soup or you could have it with cherries in kirschspätzle.

Honourable mentions

You should also try:

  • Palacsinta (a thin crêpe-like variety of pancake)
  • Halászlé (a hot, spicy paprika-based fish soup)
  • Főzelék (a thick Hungarian vegetable stew or soup)
  • Dobosh (a Hungarian sponge cake)
  • Lángos (a deep fried flatbread although my friend Tom recommends to have it at a restaurant rather than a takeaway)

Hungarian cookbooks to buy

Enjoyed all the food? Want to nose dive into the world of Hungarian cuisine? Check out the list of books below and experience Hungary without leaving the comfort of your sofa. Well, you’ll have to make the short journey from there to the kitchen but someone’s got to do it.

Mountain Dew Cheesecake

Mountain Dew Cheesecake

It was a sad day when they nerfed Mountain Dew in the UK because of the sugar tax. When my cousin introduced it to me in 2003, I’d never tasted anything so sugary, watery, or green in my life. But thanks to Tastemade and James Lamprey, there’s a new way to add the sugar back in the form of a Mountain Dew cheesecake.

Tastemade’s version comes in a rectangle and uses a “Mountain Dew Glaze” containing 1 cup of Mountain Dew and a tablespoon of powdered gelatine but James Lamprey’s version involves no baking and uses a Mountain Dew syrup (1 cup of Mountain Dew with a helluva lot of sugar and corn syrup).

These recipes are not for the faint of heart (literally). If you want something lighter, try a banana bread bottom cheesecake instead.

Mountain Dew Cheesecake | How to Make Mtn Dew Cheesecake
Nothing Was The Same After This MOUNTAIN DEW CHEESECAKE Recipe!

How to make MooMoo Milk from Pokémon

MooMoo milk

Miltank remains my most hated Pokémon. Fans of the game will know exactly why and which Miltank I mean—Whitney’s Miltank. But the one thing it has going for it is MooMoo Milk.

In-game, MooMoo Milk restores a Pokémon by 100 HP but IRL, it’s not officially a thing so there are a plethora of recipes for it. I settled for this recipe and bottle tutorial (because MooMoo Milk is a brand in the Pokémon world).

MooMoo Milk recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon of agave (1 tablespoon if you want it sweeter) or 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix together serve

If you don’t want to make the bottle, you can skip to 9:08 for the milk recipe. It might not help you defeat Whitney’s Miltank but it’ll be damn tasty. Now I’m wondering how MooMoo Cheese would taste so I can add it to the growing Cultrface cheese collection.

EASY Pokemon MooMoo Milk Bottle DIY + Recipe (collab with iloveanimewebshow)

How to make a Taiwanese Castella

Taiwanese Castella Cake Recipe | Emojoie

Emojoie Cuisine uploaded a video of its Taiwanese Castella recipe and my mouth is watering as I write this. I love sponge cakes but this looks especially decadent.

The cake was introduced by Portuguese travellers as “a bread from Castile” which the Japanese later turned into Castella. Nagasaki is now regarded as the birthplace of Castella and the cake was introduced to Taiwan when Japan ruled it. Bakeries refined the recipe and in 1975, Castella varieties included local foods including Taiwanese Longan honey and Japanese cheese.

Stream the video below and turn on subtitles for the recipe (available in Swedish, Russian, European Portuguese, Bangla, Korean, Persian, German, Turkish, Italian, Greek, and Arabic).

A Brilliant Banana Bread Bottom Cheesecake

Banana Bread Bottom Cheesecake

My mum used to make banana cakes every now and again and it was delicious. Banana bread is equally as wonderful a creation. So is cheesecake. But what if you put them all together to create a banana bread bottom cheesecake?

That’s what Tasty did. BuzzFeed’s culinary video series are always making unique dishes and this is a great addition to their repertoire. Their recipe only needs four bananas (and all the other stuff of course).

Bad news it also uses gelatin for the cream cheese which is obviously a no-go for vegetarians and vegans (and to be honest, the whole thing is off-limits to vegans) so you might need an alternative solution for that.

Otherwise, this is a fine-looking banana bread cheesecake and I hope to make this one day.

Stream the “how it was made” video below and read the banana bread bottom cheesecake recipe on the Tasty website.

(Full recipe: https://bzfd.it/2npg3eS)