Candied Walnuts

Ingredients:candied walnuts
4 oz walnuts
• 1/4 cup powdered sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
• In a medium sized bowl, mix together the sugar, cayenne and salt.
• Bring a small saucepan of water to boil.
• Add the walnuts and blanch them for 3 minutes.
• Drain well and then immediately roll the walnuts in the sugar mixture until thoroughly coated. The sugar will melt slightly.
• Transfer the walnuts to a baking sheet or pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until they are a deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Watch carefully because the sugar can burn easily.
• Let cool completely before serving.

Green Tea Latte

Ingredients:green tea latte
• 1½ tsp. matcha (green tea powder)
• 1 Tbsp. hot water (not boiling water)
• 1 cup milk
• 1 tsp. sugar (optional)

Directions:
• Sift green tea powder into the cup to get rid of the lumps in the powder.
• Add hot (not boiling) water and whisk briskly until powder is all dissolved.
• Add milk and sugar in a small saucepan.
• Heat the milk over medium heat until small bubbles start to appear around the edge of the saucepan. Do not bring the milk to full boil.
• Turn off the heat.
• Froth the milk until foamy, about 10 seconds with a frother.
• Add the hot milk and foam in the cup and dust the green tea powder on the top.

PS. You can also use honey instead of sugar.
PPS. Any milk you like will work (cow, almond, soy…)

Breakfast Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:Breakfast hot chocolate
• 200 ml cream
• 100 ml whole milk
300 grams dark chocolate

Directions:
• Bring milk, cream and mint to boil.
• Take off the heat.
• Discard mint.
• Add chocolate and mix till well incorporated.
• Bring to room temperature.
• Keep the chocolate sauce in the fridge till ready to use.
• Heat a cup of milk in microwave for 1 minute on high.
• Add 3 TB spoons of chocolate sauce to the milk.
• Enjoy.

Almond-Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:Almond Banana Smoothie
• 2 bananas, out of freezer
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 TB spoon powdered sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
• Blend all the  ingredients in blender until smooth.
• Divide smoothies among 2 glasses.
• Serve.

Coconut Horchata

Ingredients:Almond horchata
• 1 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1/4 cup  honey
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:
• Place the coconut milk and water into a pitcher.
• Place the honey, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and dash of nutmeg in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
• Heat until the honey is just melted.
• Pour the honey mixture into the pitcher.
•Stir until the honey mixture is well combined with the coconut milk.
• Place the pitcher in the fridge and allow to chill for at least two hours.
• Stir well before serving.

Almond Horchata

Ingredients:Almond horchata
• 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
• 1/4 cup  honey
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or more to taste)
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:
• Place the almond milk into a pitcher.
• Place the honey, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and dash of nutmeg in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
• Heat until the honey is just melted.
• Pour the honey mixture into the pitcher.
•Stir until the honey mixture is well combined with the almond milk.
• Place the pitcher in the fridge and allow to chill for at least two hours.
• Stir well before serving.

Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients:hot chocolate mix
• 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
• 3/4 cup  powdered sugar
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-process preferred)
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
• Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
• Transfer mix to an airtight container.

N.B.: Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. Works great with hot water or warm milk.

Peach Ice Tea

Ingredients:peach ice tea
• 4 tea bags of any good-quality black tea
• 4 tea bags of green tea
• 1 lemon, sliced
• 1 quart (8 cups) boiling water
• 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and diced
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 peach, pitted and sliced
• 8 cups ice cubes
• 8 sprigs mint (optional)

Directions:
• Place tea and lemon in a heatproof container and add boiling water.
• Let tea steep 7 to 8 minutes.
• Place 4 cups of the ice in a pitcher, then pour in tea.
• Blend diced peaches and sugar in a blender until smooth.
• Mix into tea.
• Serve in glasses over remaining ice and garnish with peach slices and mint.

Freckled Lemonade

Ingredients:freckeled lemonade
• 2 tablespoon frozen strawberries with syrup (let melt)
• 1 1/2 cups  Lemonade
• Ice
• Fresh strawberries for garnish if desired.

Directions:
• Fill a tall highball glass with ice.
• Place two tablespoons of strawberries and syrup onto the ice.
• Add lemonade and stir the mixture together.
• Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.

Iced Tea

Ingredients:Ice tea black
• 8 tea bags of any good-quality black tea
• 1 medium lemon or orange
• 8 cups simmering water
• Ice
• Simple Syrup (optional) (Recipe follows)

Directions:
• Place the tea bags in a large heatproof glass pitcher.
• Use a vegetable peeler to strip the peel from the lemon or orange, avoiding as much of the white pith as possible.
• Add the peel to the pitcher.
• Pour the simmering water into the pitcher and let it steep for at least 5 minutes.
• Remove the tea bags and discard.
• Refrigerate the tea until cool.
• To serve, fill iced tea glasses with ice and pour the tea over the ice.
• Sweeten with simple syrup, if desired.

Simple Syrup
Ingredients:
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 cup water
Directions:
• Place sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine.
• Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
• Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
• Remove from heat and let cool.
• Transfer syrup to a container with a tight fitting lid, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.