Made at Home: Iced Coffee


Yesterday I spilled an entire thermos of coffee in my schoolbag. Thankfully, the thermos only housed my auxiliary coffee supply so I still had another tumbler of coffee with me (my addiction knows no bounds). Let me tell you, using the air dryer to dry your coffee-soaked backpack in the girl’s washroom is not fun. Neither is having to explain to people why your backpack leaves brown puddles wherever it goes.

Despite the whole messy experience, I won’t be cutting back on coffee anytime soon, but I will be staying away from my thermos. It’s a good thing that coffee is just as delicious cold as it is hot. In fact, iced coffee happens to be one of my and Mike’s favorite drinks. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, and crazy delicious.

We’ve experimented with a lot of different ice coffee recipes, and think we’ve come up with one that any friend of coffee would love (the recipe is largely based on one found here, with some changes). So if you’re in the mood to try something new, we recommend the following recipe:

For 6 large servings
10 cups water
2/3 cup ground coffee
2 tablespoons spices (we love using: vanilla, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon)
Sweetened condensed milk to taste (optional)
Place water, coffee, and spices in a large container. Stir and let sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, spread some cheese cloth over a large pitcher or other large container, and pour the mixture into it. To serve, discard the cheesecloth and pour the mix from the pitcher/container into individual glasses. For a sweet/creamy taste, add in some sweetened condensed milk. Pop a few ice cubes in, stir, sip, and enjoy!


H(eat) Up


Every weekend Katie and I try to get out to Halifax’s unbeatable Seaport Market. On Saturdays and Sundays it’s a hotspot for local farmers, craftspeople, and families, and lately it’s also where we’ve tried to do most of our grocery shopping (if you consider German pastries groceries – which we do). Particularly luscious are the giant bunches of kale and freshly made sausages, which don’t last long in our house.

Nestled beside the Seaport Market is the Garrison, a local brewery that makes some of the tastiest ales this side of the Atlantic. After stocking up at the market, we headed over to the Garrison. Lucky for us, this year’s Winter Warmer (a seasonal brew for chilly nights) had just hit the shelves, so we grabbed a few to enjoy.

The Winter Warmer is a deliciously dark ale with hints of cloves and cinnamon. It’s a great beer for those who like their ales dark, but not too heavy (and at 7% it lives up to it’s name).

Tonight, despite the apartment being warmer than usual, we thought we’d heat things up with some spicy “Dragon Noodles” and a half pint of the Winter Warmer. The noodles are a great Asian-inspired recipe we found online here. They are super tasty, quick, and are easy on the budget (so you can still afford other necessities – like beer). They look great with fresh cilantro and pair perfectly with the Warmer.

Together they make for a dinner so toasty you’ll have to open up the windows. We did.