Cold Brewed Turkish Iced Cofee

Mmm, right? Two wonderful things put together.

Cold brewed coffee + Turkish coffee= coffee heaven (angels sing)

I was laying awake after my daily 3am novel writing and thought to myself: “Self, regular ground coffee and fancy presses are too expensive in Egypt. How can I get the yummy Iced Coffee with Cold Brewed Coffee taste without the high cost?”

And I answered myself, “Self, you can use things you have on hand. Do an experiment and tell your blog readers about the results.”

Thankfully this article is not lame (beyond that inner monologue) because it is so yummy even my traditional, “Turkish coffee is the only real coffee,” loving husband really enjoyed this icy treat.

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INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP finely ground coffee (preferably high quality Turkish coffee)

4 cups of water

2 TBSP of dissolved sweetener of your choice (dissolved in hot water then chilled) *adjust this amount according to your desired level of sweetness

Optional milk, cream, non-dairy whatever ­čÖé

ice cubes (optional)

SUPPLIES

2 jar or large 1.5lb takeout soup container (this is great if you like to freeze the final product)

Strainers, coffee filter, or muslin

Glass or travel cup

Optional elastic

Optional straw

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add a small amount of water into jar
  2. Measure coffee into jar
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with water
  4. Seal lid and shake until there is no unmoistened grounds
  5. Place in refrigerator for six to eight hours (the long the grounds soak the stronger the brew)
  6. Add ice to cup (optional)
  7. Shake jar
  8. Criss-cross two strainers so the mesh is in opposite directions or lay the muslin/coffee filter over the jar and hold it in place using the elastic (alternative options for straining pictured below)
  9. Strain coffee into second jar
  10. Add dissolved and chilled sweetener
  11. Seal lid and shake again
  12. Pour coffee into to cup until it is half full
  13. Add a couple splashes of cream, milk, nondairy whatever you like into the cup
  14. Fill the remainder of the cup with coffee
  15. Add a straw, stir and enjoy!

I think the reason people buy cold brewed coffee at stores is not just about convenience but because they think, “these people are so professional they must being doing this perfectly.” But in reality some places don’t understand that iced coffee is not the same as cold brew because cold brew can be served hot. Iced coffee is also not simply pouring coffee over ice, because iced coffee needs to be brewed stronger than regular coffee to compensated for dilution of the brew by the additional water from the melting ice cubes. Nor is all ice coffee made by cold brew.

Ok, did I lose you? That was confusing, just typing it I feel overwhelmed by the wanna-be barista talk. Bottom-line, make this and you will be totally in control of your own coffee experience, plus you won’t have to wait in a line or spend upwards of five US Dollars. Simply keep the jar of strained and sweetened coffee in your refrigerator to enjoy in the morning and throughout the work day (ooh or on a lazy weekend, or at a bunch or…well you get the idea).

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I made this coffee this morning and I’m having it as an evening pick-me-up. I’m so in love with this cold-brewed Turkish coffee I’m literally drinking it as I type with one hand! This is hands-down the best iced coffee or cold brewed coffee or maybe even the best Turkish coffee I have ever enjoyed. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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My Favorite Popcorn Recipes: Sriracha and Nutella

When its 3am and I’m not writing; I just want to cuddle up with hubby and watch a movie. Then we get to talking, next we’re thirsty, which reminds us were hungry and to end this ‘If You Give A Mouse a Cookie’ style vicious cycle, we start scavenging through the kitchen, foraging for just the right snack. I am always wanting naughty foods. I’m usually craving spicy chicken or chocolate, but then he asks if I can just make yummy stove-top popcorn.

That’s how the idea struck and I started making these; Sriracha Flavored Popcorn and Nutella Flavor Popcorn.

pretty popcornIt’s flavored, because sometimes I use hot chili flakes or jalepeno powder instead of sriracha or buy different brands of chocolate nut butter instead of Nutella because the name brand is so popular the Carrefour here in Maadi, Cairo is often sold out. And there was that one time I mixed melt dark chocolate with peanut butter messer but mmmm delicious! Without further adieu:

SRIRACHA FLAVORED POPCORN

sriracha is awesome

INGREDIENTS

1-2 Tbsp of Sriracha (your favorite hot sauce or hot pepper powder)

2 Tbsp of Butter

1/3 a cup of popcorn

Salt to taste

SUPPLIES

Big pot with lid

Big bowl with lid

Wooden spoon

Mesh spoon/ dotted spoon to remove popcorn from pan but avoid unpopped kernels

DIRECTIONS

  1. After preparing ingredients put the pot on medium heat and butter.
  2. Once the butter melts add the popcorn. Carefully using a wooden spoon to ensure are all the kernels are coated with the butter.
  3.  Place the lid on. As the popping starts take the handle and slide the pot back and forth over the heat to  regulate the temperature and move the kernels around.
  4. Let it pop for 3-5 minutes and then monitor it closely. As the popping slows down to approximately 7 seconds between pops and you kitchen smells of delicious popcorn, turn the heat off. Next is an optional step; put on oven mitts and pinch the lid down while holding the handles. This allows you to flip the pot oven and shake it about to let any remaining kernels have  chance to fall to the bottom, potential hitting a warm spot and popping open.
  5. Put the pot on a trivet and have your bowl and mesh spoon ready. As you open the pot use your lid as a shield and stand back because these babies like to pop up and burn you! Use the spoon to quickly transfer the Popcorn to the bowl. If you have kernels left you can try to pop them using the same Method as above or discard the kernels.
  6. Add salt and sriracha the stir or toss. Pro-tip use a bowl with a lid and shake it up to thoroughly coat it.

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Mmm, delicious spicy goodness. Just was you’re reaching for a cold glass of water you’re going to think…I wish I had some chocolaty-goodness to balance this out. Well here’s the perfect thing:

NUTELLA FLAVORED POPCORN

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INGREDIENTS

1-2 Tbsp of Nutella (your favorite chocolaty nut spread)

2 Tbsp of Butter

1/3 a cup of popcorn

SUPPLIES

Big pot with lid

Big bowl with lid

Wooden spoon

Mesh spoon/ dotted spoon to remove popcorn from pan but avoid unpopped kernels

DIRECTIONS

*Please note this is repeating the same first five steps as above

  1. After preparing ingredients put the pot on medium heat and butter.
  2. Once the butter melts add the popcorn. Carefully using a wooden spoon to ensure are all the kernels are coated with the butter.
  3.  Place the lid on. As the popping starts take the handle and slide the pot back and forth over the heat to  regulate the temperature and move the kernels around.
  4. Let it pop for 3-5 minutes and then monitor it closely. As the popping slows down to approximately 7 seconds between pops and you kitchen smells of delicious popcorn, turn the heat off. Next is an optional step; put on oven mitts and pinch the lid down while holding the handles. This allows you to flip the pot oven and shake it about to let any remaining kernels have  chance to fall to the bottom, potential hitting a warm spot and popping open.
  5. Put the pot on a trivet and have your bowl and mesh spoon ready. As you open the pot use your lid as a shield and stand back because these babies like to pop up and burn you! Use the spoon to quickly transfer the Popcorn to the bowl. If you have kernels left you can try to pop them using the same Method as above or discard the kernels.
  6. Add Nutella of the chocolate ┬ánut butter of your choice. Then stir or toss. Pro-tip use a bowl with a lid and shake it up to thoroughly coat it. If you like messy melt chocolate stop here and go eat. If you like something neater…
  7. Spread the popcorn out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure the freezer is set on high or the coldest setting.
  8. Once the chocolate firm pour it in a bowl and enjoy!

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I recommend eating the spicy sriracha  popcorn first and let the Nutella popcorn be the dessert of this movie snack feast, but do what you want. My husband likes whichever is done first and one time he even mixed them together!

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Maybe it’s not as gross as I think. I do love mole and spicy aztec chocolate, it’s probably not much different? I’ll give it a try, maybe the next time I make them ­čśë

He’s starting House of Cards, so I guess it’s time to go! ┬áLet me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to share!

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