Charleston Spice Co Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is what you make it.

Maybe its spicy, maybe its even spicier.

Maybe it has a celery stick, maybe it doesn’t.

Maybe it has a little garnish, maybe it has a lot.

Maybe the garnish is all olives, maybe its just every pickled item you could find in your fridge.

The possibilities of the Bloody Mary are endless, you just have to listen to your heart.

Here’s how we make ours:

5 oz V8 juice

1 tsp Caribbean Oil Blend (or Roasted Cajun, or Smoky Cajun, or really any blend with a little kick)

2 oz vodka

Pour vodka into a pint glass over ice. Mix spices into the V8 juice and pour into glass.

And that’s it. But it doesn’t have to be. If you really want to bring your bloody to a whole new level rim the glass before you start pouring things in. We like to do this with bbq sauce (we use Southern Comfort BBQ Grilling Sauce, find it at the Summerville and Mt. Pleasant farmers markets) and smoked salt (we usually use Yakima Salt):

Bloody Mary rim

And let’s not forget about garnish! This is your chance to get wild:

Bloody Mary, extreme garnish

Or this is your chance to eat the veggies you’ve been practicing your pickling skills on:

Bloody Mary garnish

The most important thing is to make a drink that inspires you, that you can dream about later, and that you want to drink.

As always, enjoy!

Charleston Spice Co

Bloody Mary

Sunday Brunch: Caprese French Toast

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Do you ever stand in your kitchen, look at everything in it and think what in the world am I going to eat?

We do.

So what do you do with a loaf of bread, some basil, a few eggs, some spices, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella?

The obvious answer to us was make caprese french toast!

caprese french toast

For the caprese topping you’ll need:

2 tomatoes (ours came from Behr Farms at the Summerville farmers market)

.5 lb mozzarella (we used Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse mozzarella)

2 Tbs fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade (that sound’s fancy but here’s how you do that.)

1 clove fresh garlic

Chop up all these ingredients then throw them together with a little olive oil, Charleston 10 Spice, and African 5 Spice to taste.

Here’s how we made the french toast:

8 slices Dakota bread from Great Harvest

5 eggs (from Fili-West Farms)

5 Tbs milk

A little butter or oil for cooking

African 5 Spice and Peruvian Pink Salt to taste

Place nonstick pan on medium heat add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter or oil. Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a pie plate. Once mixed add your slices of bread and allow them to sit in mixture for about 5 minutes. Add the soaked bread to the hot pan and cook until brown before flipping to other side. Serve immediately or once cooked hold in an oven at 200F.

Top the french toast with the caprese and garnish your plate with some fresh fruit! We used Big Smile peaches and Blue Pearl Farm blueberries.

caprese french toast

Happy brunching!

xo

Charleston Spice Co

 

 

 

Sunday Brunch: Garam Masala French Toast

Welcome to the Charleston Spice Company blog! This is a place where you can find inspiration and helpful tips about all our herbs, spices, and blends.

We thought the best way to start this blog would be with a post about two of our favorite things, brunch and Garam Masala!

After bringing home eggs from Lowland Farms and two brioche loaves from Baguette Magic brunch was a no brainer: french toast!!! Garam Masala french toast to be precise!

What?! But I thought Garam Masala was for Indian food!? 

Well, you are certainly correct, but when added to your eggs and cream it creates a lovely sweet and savory french toast coating!

Here are our guidelines for making brioche french toast:

6 eggs

1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream or milk of choice

2 teaspoons garam masala

12 slices brioche bread 1″ thick

butter for cooking

Place nonstick pan on medium heat add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter. Beat eggs, heavy cream and garam masala in a pie plate. Once mixed add your slices of brioche and allow them to sit in mixture for about 5 minutes. Add the soaked bread to the hot pan and cook until brown before flipping to other side. Serve immediately or once cooked hold in an oven at 200.

This recipe makes enough for 3 to 4 people. Add sides of fresh fruit (Strawberries from Maple Ridge Farms) and bacon (Sunny Cedar Farms) or sausage (Sweet Bay Sausage Company).

Enjoy!

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