Café Borgia

I grew up in a small town in NJ, and there was this amazing whole in the wall coffee shop. My mom and I would go there together all the time. My favorite drink was their Café Borgia. It had espresso, milk, orange, and cocoa. It was amazing! I decided I would try to recreate this to enjoy at home! Stew was my guinea pig. We had this on a chilly rainy afternoon. It came out so delicious that I had to share! We used an espresso machine to froth the milk, but if you don’t have one, no biggy! Just whisk the milk on the stove to dissolve the Nutella. It will be just as delicious! Hope you enjoy.

Orange Mocha Latte-serves 2

1 cup strong coffee

1 cup 2% milk frothed

1 Tbsp Nutella

2 tsp orange zest

whipped cream

chocolate shavings

Brew one cup of strong coffee (I use 1 cup water with 2 tbsp coffee grinds). In the meantime, froth your milk in an espresso machine. When the milk starts to heat up, turn off the machine and whisk in 1 Tbsp Nutella. Continue to froth until the milk is foamed on top. If you don’t have an espresso maker, heat the milk over the stove and whisk in 1 Tbsp Nutella until dissolved. Set a few pieces of orange zest aside to use as garnish. Divide the remaining zest into two glasses. Pour ½ cup coffee into each glass. Then top each with ½ cup milk and spoon the froth on top. Top with whipped cream, reserved zest, and chocolate shavings.

Chai Tea

I remember when chai was the new thing. I was never a big fan. I guess I had to make it myself to fall in love. I love drinking tea, but this mixture of tea, almond milk, and spices just calms every nerve in my body! It’s perfect on a chilly winter night when you’re snuggled up on the couch! It’s also great poured over a glass of ice in the summer! Enjoy.

Chai Tea LatteServes 1

1/2 cup water

1 black teabag

3/4  cups almond milk

1/4 tsp ground clove

1/4 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cinammon stick

2 tsp maple syrup

whipped topping (optional)

Combine almond milk and spices in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and turn off the heat. Let the spices steep, covered, in the milk for 5 minutes. In the meantime, boil the water and pour over teabag. Let sit for 5 minutes and discard teabag. Fill mug halfway with tea. Pour milk mixture through a mesh sieve. Fill the mug with the milk and spice mixture. Stir in the maple syrup. Top with whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Use the cinnamon stick as stirrer.

Green Juice

I made this juice on New Year’s Day. What a way to start the New Year! 

Green Juice-makes 7 cups

2 handfuls spinach

7 granny smith apples

5 carrots

1 bunch celery

2 cucumber

3 limes

In your juicer, press spinach leaves into the feed tube. Then, using celery sticks, press the spinach through the juicer. I usually do the greens followed by a watery fruit. That helps all the greens get through the juicer. Then run the rest of the vegetables and fruit, except for the lime, through the juicer. Pour into a pitcher. Squeeze the juice of 3 limes into the pitcher and stir. Keep it in a glass container covered in the fridge. The longer it sits, the more nutrients it loses. Drink within 72 hours.

Green Goddess Shake

While the holidays are definitely a time to overindulge, there are times when I just need a break from all those heavy dishes! Stew and I had our Christmas Cocktail party this past Saturday night. It was so much fun! We had tons of friends and family over, all drinking wine and having a great time. The food was delicious! I made a vegetable Stromboli, a meat Stromboli, mini turkey sandwiches, brie cheese and cranberry bites, sausage balls, cookies and brownies, and a veggie platter. So we ate a lot of heavy food to say the least! I went to bed feeling so full! I hate that feeling. When I woke up in the morning, I wasn’t hungry. That’s when I know I’ve eaten too much the night before. So instead of having cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, I made my favorite green shake. After all, it’s still in the 60s and 70s here! Why not take advantage?

I definitely recommend a Vitamix for this shake.  If you don’t have one, use a softer green like spinach; that way you don’t have chunks of leaves in your shake. I add almond milk, kale, frozen banana, berries, and agave into my Vitamix and blend it up on high until it’s completely smooth. YUM! The great thing is, you can change up the ingredients and make endless variations of this shake. I felt like a million bucks after I drank this! It definitely tastes much better than it looks. Although, I’ve gotten quite used to drinking green things!

Green Goddess Shake

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

1 Handful (about ½ cup) of kale leaves (or other green washed well)

½  frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

¼ cup frozen strawberries

1 tbsp Agave Nectar

Add all the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend on high until the shake is completely smooth. Enjoy!