Adventures in Food: Motor City Cider

Checking out Motown Records during our Christmas trip to Detroit in 2013. photo by M.Boyd

In this cold weather, all I want to snuggle up in a blanket with a book and a warm beverage. This apple cider recipe was shared with me by a fine lady who sold tea at Detroit’s Eastern Market, and every time I make it, I’m taken back to one of my favourite trips ever (go visit Detroit!).

Warm cidery goodness in a mug that reminds me of my Ukrainian grandma’s cross-stitch pattern

Motor City Cider

• 4 cups of apple juice
• 4 tsp of chai tea leaves (I like the African rooibois from The Tea Girl on 124 Street)
• A dram of maple or whiskey (optional)

Put tea leaves into a tea strainer or bag. Add apple juice and tea (and optional additions) to a pot. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Let it cool off a wee bit so you don’t burn your tongue. Pour into four mugs and enjoy!

Music while you cook

One of Motown’s greatest, Marvin Gaye expressing a pain still happening today:

Food blogging: Apple-Chicken-Potato-Kale Soup

Yes, I do really need to come up with a better name for the soup.

Photo by K.Barnes
Photo by K.Barnes

It’s a variation of the fantastic soup recipe that the Toronto Star’s Jennifer Bain breaks down here and in the Toronto Star Cookbook (worth the purchase).  The soup is one of my favourite recipes in the cookbook, but I thought it might be fun to try out a few variations

I generally follow Bain’s recipe, except today I made a couple small changes:

  • 1 full cup of apple juice, replacing some of the broth (short on broth)
  • Corridor Sausage’s Vietnamese Chicken Sausage (Detroit, I miss your food!)
  • a few slices of ginger, to season the broth
  • a teaspoon-ish of Chili Garlic Sauce in the broth
  • roast the potatoes, onions and garlic in the oven, because I’m lazy; I also leave the skin on the potatoes
  • about half a can of corn (leftover from yesterday)

The soup still looks the same as Bain’s recipe, but it tastes a fair bit different. Either way, both soups are very tasty, and this gives me something to do on my days off.