Starbucks Iced Latte with half and half

This week I decided to try my Starbucks Iced Latte with half and half instead of regular milk. While the barista taking my order did ask me to confirm, he made it without further comment. It really goes to show that they don’t care what you order and you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to order something that’s a better fit for your tastes or diet.

The half and half latte was much better than the heavy whipped cream latte. I actually got used to the additional creaminess and was able to finish it this time! I did notice that without any additional sweetener it was a bit sour on its own. I haven’t had much luck with sugar free sweeteners in cold drinks in the past so I will continue ordering it plain.

In all, I still think that my whole milk is my favorite type of Starbucks Iced Latte. It’s much creamier than the 2% that’s used in the standard drinks, and doesn’t have to sourness in unsweetened cream.

Simple coconut milk chia pudding

Yum! I haven’t had the chance to write this up yet but while searching for Shirataki noodles I also found some Chia seeds at the local coop. I thought this was an awesome find, only to find them at Costco for way cheaper a week later lol. Oh how I love Costco!

Whatever the avenue into my life, I’ve been obsessed with Chia seeds these past few days. Soaked in coconut milk they’re such an amazing texture, it’s like a decadent pudding without all the starchy thickeners. I’ve always hated eggs and potatoes for breakfast and mostly stuck to fruit and yogurt. This is way more appealing to me! I’ve even seen a few recipes for a kind of mock oatmeal using chia seeds and coconut flakes that looks really good.

Simple recipe above: Take 1 cup coconut milk and mix with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Leave overnight. Mix and serve in the morning. I personally like the unblended texture but you can also blend it for a silky smooth treat.

Starbucks Iced Lattes with heavy whipped cream

So I’ve been hearing online about people ordering lattes with all sorts of alternative milk choices. You can get full milk, half and half, or even heavy whipped cream!

Last week my boyfriend offered to pick something up for me and I asked for an iced latte with heavy whipping cream. He said they didn’t bat an eye at this order and just made it for him, lol. I guess it’s kind of like when you go tithe Doctor, they’ve already seen everything.

As for the latte itself, it was super rich. While the first sip was really good, even after a few it was already too much. I just felt so full drinking it. I only finished half of a grande.

i think I will try the half and half next. I already really like lattes with whole milk so we’ll see if this is a happy middle ground.

Ponzu and sambal oelek glazed catfish with cauliflower rice

Eric has signed up for the Blue Apron meal service, so over the next three days we are in for a treat! Tonight was Ponzu and sambal oelek glazed catfish, yum.

Pretty tasty looking, huh?

As for me, I decided now would be a good time to try out making cauliflower rice. Unfortunately my vitamix appears to be on its last legs, so I had to resort to using the cheese grader to make my cauliflower into more manageable pieces.

This was fairly quick and painless, however I felt like I wasted a hell of a lot of cauliflower. I imagine a food processor is much more efficient. I grated slightly less than one half a head of cauliflower.

Here I am taking some paper towels and squeezing all the water I can out of it. There was a surprising amount actually! You can kind of see the wet part on the paper towel in this picture.

To saute, I started with two tablespoons of kerrygold butter and warmed that up in a cast iron pan on medium. Once it was mostly melted I added one small clove of garlic minced. I just stirred that around the pan for about a minute, long enough for it to get fragrant. After that I added the cauliflower, stirring constantly. Also I added a  bit of salt and pepper. It started to steam a lot which I was hoping for. Once the cauliflower was the slightest bit brown I took it off the heat and tried some.

It was actually very good! Not overly cauliflowery tasting, with lots of nice garlic. It was also very similar in moistness to rice which was an unexpected bonus. The texture was not like rice but close enough to a rice like side I knew that it would go really well with tonight’s dinner.

Here is it all plated together. The catfish was so good, and the cauliflower rice was the perfect accompaniment. Funny story, my boyfriend didn’t like the rice that came with our meal and actually preferred my cauliflower rice! Because I was so stuffed I gave him what I couldn’t finish.