Cooking Onions started off as a random project, the result making another’s blogger’s recipe and photographing my ugly (but delicious) version. Had I known how hard it would be to photograph food well, I probably wouldn’t have started this journey. But today I am here to celebrate 1 year of blogging. I didn’t take this project seriously as first and it was just a casual way for me to document my successes and failures. Now, while I still text food pix to my family, I am sharing most of my creations with you now. Thanks to social media and blogger networks, I am now connected to an unbelievably creative and supportive group of food bloggers and am very grateful for the opportunities that they have created for me. So thank you to everyone who is reading Cooking Onions. I truly appreciate it. And I promise to continue sharing my food adventures with you regularly.
You have to celebrate birthdays with cake, right? I was hoping to share an amazing passion fruit cake with you. But as part of the great Cooking Onions tradition, my cake recipe began with failure. A long list of failures, to be honest. A cupcake that was too sweet to eat, a cupcake so dry that Z told me “Mommy, this is NOT good!” and a cake that was burnt and raw at the same time. So now, in the spirit of transparency, I will tell you the truth: every single version of this would-be birthday cake sucked. Badly. To the point that we will celebrate blog birthdays differently going forward…
With cocktails! (And, possibly a slice or 3 of chocolate cake from a local bakery…)
I have been obsessed with passion fruit puree since I discovered that it is easy to find in frozen foods section of local grocery stores. Goya’s version is delicious and widely available, although I would describe it more as a juice than a puree. A bit of lime, fresh mint, club soda and passion fruit come together for an exotic spin on the classic mojito. This is a truly perfect summer cocktail and super easy to make in vast quantities. (Consider making a pitcher – it is really that good.) So curl up with a cocktail, flip open your laptop and laugh at the horrendous photography from the early months of Cooking Onions. Just kidding. Have a cocktail and enjoy your evening like a normal person. Remember, it is 5:00 somewhere in the world. And thanks again for reading this.
This recipe sounds very precise. It’s not. It’s booze. That means 7 mint leaves means ~7 normal size leaves. A quarter of a lime means a nice size lime, not one of those mini limes or one the size of a grapefruit. The same way that there’s a normal shot of rum and a Cooking Onions-style shot of rum. You get it.
|Passion Fruit Mojito|| |
- 7 mint leaves, torn
- ¼ of a lime, cut into 3 pieces
- 1 shot rum
- 1 shot passion fruit juice
- ½ teaspoon agave nectar
- club soda - cold
- Add mint and lime the bottom of your glass.
- Use a muddler or the handle of a spoon to down on the mint leaves and lime until their oils and juices are released (aka muddling)
- Add in rum, juice, agave and stir together.
- Top with club soda and give it a quick stir.