Mint Chocolate Boozesicles | A Frozen After-Dinner Dessert

Mint Chocolate Boozcicles aka Frozen Grasshopper Grasshoppers are the delicious after-dinner cocktail famous for their trademark green colour. We’ve transformed this classic New Orleans drink recipe and turned it into a refreshing frozen treat. These boozy little beauts have all four essential food groups: sugar, fat, chocolate and of course, alcohol.

Mint Chocolate Boozesicles  (aka Frozen Grasshoppers) Mint Chocolate Boozcicles aka Frozen Grasshopper

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Creme De Menthe
  • 1/4 cup Creme De Cacao
  • 1 cup milk ( we used 2% milk)

Method

1) Mix ingredients in a pitcher

2) Pour into popsicle mould

3) Freeze until popsicles are set.

4) Enjoy!

 

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Happy Birthday Flirty Foodie: A Year in Blog Posts

Happy birthday Flirty Foodie! A little over a year ago we put down our forks long enough to start a food blog. 365 days, 47 posts, dozens of mind-blowing meals, and countless glasses of vino later, we’re happy to report that our gym-less streak is still going strong.

To mark this caloric occasion, we’ve hand picked our favourite blog posts from the past year. You get a little bit of everything; recipes, edible exploits and enough wine to throw a Catalina wine mixer!

A Visit to Rocky Creek Winery

Rocky Creek Winery, Vancouver Island Two winos visit a winery. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Ayaka’s Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad Recipe

Gluten Free Quinoa Salad Who says gluten-free has to be boring? We hit the jackpot with this tasty grain! Healthy and delicious like Flintstone vitamins. Yabba dabba doo!

Good Eats on Commercial St. Under $10

Mon Petit Choux, Nanaimo BC

We scoured the streets of our home town to find you the best eats on a budget. All of our picks are under $10.

 

Lean N’ Green Spinach & Avocado Smoothie (aka The Hulk)

Glass of spinach and avocado smothie

This addictive recipe is our most popular post by far. Give it a try and find out why. Once you go green, you’ll never go back!

 

Visiting St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse

Busy at work @ St. Jeans Cannery and Smokehouse

We visit one of the last (and we think best) Canadian canneries in operation. Seafood, smokers and hair nets…just another day on the job.

 

Sunset Sangria – A Blonde Sangria with Watermelon, Basil & Ginger

Sunset Sangria. A blonde sangria with basil watermellon and ginger

We’re such sluts for a good sangria. This original recipe combines the flavours of summer with the refreshing aroma of sweet basil.
**Spoiler alert…the main ingredient is wine!

 

Recapping the 2012 BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner

bc shellfish festival

What do you do when the coveted BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner is sold out? You crash it! This is what ensued.,,holy shuck!

 

 How to Order and Eat Pho Like a Pro

A large bowl of Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) Drawing from our hundreds of bowls experience working in a Vietnamese noodle house, we show you how to order (and eat) this delicious bowl of heaven like a local.

 

The Nest Bistro

Spinach herb gnocchi with wild coho salmon at the Nest Bistro in Nanaimo, BC Canada

Home made gnocchi, a fungi pie and ice cream sandwiches round out one of the best meals we’ve ever had in Nanaimo.

 

Easy Blackberry Limoncello Granita

Blackberry Limoncello Granita

And finally in anticipation of hot summer days, we bring you this divine recipe for Limoncello laced blackberry granita. Recipes + booze = good idea…every time!

 

We’d also like to use this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers. The response over the past year has been overwhelming, and we love you all very much for the support. We look forward to bringing you many more posts in the future. Loosen your belt. Trust us, you’ll need the extra wiggle room!

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Eating Out: Corner Bistro

CornerBistro-3

Once restaurants close their kitchens for the evening, greasy pizza shops and fast food joints take over the dining scene. While serving as excellent booze mops, they always leave you feeling unsatisfied and craving vegetables shortly afterwards. There is a serious lack of quality late-night dining choices here in the Harbour City. So when we got wind of a newest dining destination, we were eager to fill our bellies with something tasty, without taking a straight shot to the heart. Continue reading

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Ayaka’s Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa was one of those ingredients on our list of things we didn’t cook with and couldn’t pronounce. Turns out, this grain-like edible seed packs quite the nutritional punch. Full of protein, fibre, iron and calcium, quinoa is great for gluten-free diets, vegetarians and those who are lactose intolerant.

Ayaka managed to avoid quinoa her entire life. That is until her brother had to adopt a gluten-free diet. She was pushed out of her culinary comfort zone and had to work with this unfamiliar ingredient. The resulting experiment turned out to be a delicious one. Continue reading

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We Review Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings

Sunday Brunch

Brunch is a beautiful thing. It’a a laid-back feast combining the very best of two meals. Brunch bends all the culinary rules. You can enjoy the artery clogging goodness of breakfast alongside other unconventional early morning fare like meat roasts, seafood and desserts…simultaneously. Where it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in a few cocktails with your meal and the need to get up early is eliminated entirely. Add a few hungry guests and you have the perfect meal. What’s not to love?

When we received an entire cookbook dedicated to this wonderful occasion, Sunday Brunch: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Leisurely Mornings, we took it as a sign from above that is was time to mix up a few Caesars. Continue reading

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Hiatuses & Euro Trips: The Flirty Foodie is Back in Action

Flirty Foodies where did you go? Did something terrible happen? Are you guys dieting or something? Why haven’t you posted anything in a while? Are you breaking up with us? Can we cuddle?

-concerned readers

We apologize for the lack of posts of late. Rest assured we are very much alive and well. Fall has been a very busy time of year for pair of us. For the most, part it was spent fattening up in preparation for a long and cold winter. This makes for excellent heat retention and great spooning. Any takers?

Did we mention the liquid calories?

Meaghan has been busy in the kitchen, developing recipes and expanding her freelance photography. Boudoir shoots and bacon…sounds delicious non?  Ayaka on the other hand, recently came back from a whirlwind trip in Europe. Here she recaps three of her European dining experiences. Continue reading

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Eating Out: The Harewood Arms Pub

Hummus & Pita at the Harewood Arms

We’ve all been there, scrounging up loose change to fund a night out of drinking on a budget. Affordable watering holes offered a break from mac and cheese and Mr. Noodles and pretty much guaranteed a hungover for that mid term exam. A pub with student friendly pricing was our best friend through university and the Harewood Arms Pub was our go to from our days as starving college students.

Locally owned and operated, the Harewood Arms Pub has been serving the Harewood community over twenty years. Having a dedicated following of regular customers, this is where students, sports teams, workaholics and alcoholics come to unwind. We ventured into our old stomping grounds and former rib eating competition training grounds for a good old fashioned gorge fest. Continue reading

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Easy Blackberry Limoncello Granita

Blackberry Limoncello Granita

Granita is a light iced dessert similar to a sorbet, but made with half the effort, no ice cream maker necessary.  This simple but satisfying dessert with origins in Sicily literally melts in your mouth!  Here at the Flirty Foodie, we are always looking for excuses to incorporate liquor into our recipes.  This rendition takes advantage of fresh in season blackberries and tangy Limoncello, a combination that is a near religious experience for your taste buds!  This refreshing sweet treat is ideal for those summer scorchers, on those days where relief from the heat can be cured by a good old brain freeze via liquor laden snow cone. Continue reading

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Fab Food Photo of the Week: Brie & Peaches

Warmed brie topped with gin marinated peaches.

Nothing beats a fresh tree ripened peach in the summertime.  Peaches are a versatile fruit that shine in desserts and can add complexity to savoury dishes.  We love this dessert created by Chef Tony Rondow at a recent cooking course at Lucky’s Liquor Store; a wonderful marriage of savoury and sweet.  Ripe and juicy peach slices marinated in gin, mint and lemon juice are layered on a slice of baked creamy brie cheese.

Berries, cherries, peaches or grapes.  What’s your favourite summer fruit? Post your answers below! 

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Eating Out: Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

Dining at an ethnic restaurant is supposed to transport diners to the exotic country of the cuisine’s origin.

Most of the time they do not.

The end result is palate numbing combination of forgettable fusion and perpetual fortune cookies with traditional recipes being tailored to suit Western palettes. Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant however is the rare exception.

Seafood Chow Mein at Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant Continue reading

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