An abundance of oranges
You weren't a big OJ drinker till you've had a orange julep from Montreal.
1 cup milk
2 cups orange juice (or just toss the peeled oranges into the blender)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (1 real vanilla pod is better)
6-12 ice cubes
Put in blender. Blend till it looks like a slushie. Drink. Discover how much you are in love with oranges now :)
Oh, might wanna strain it if you didn't seed those oranges.
I make a similar drink with vanilla yogurt and orange juice. Just mix enough juice into the yogurt until it is the consistency you like. I love it for breakfast as I prefer not to have solid food when I first wake up.
Vanilla flavored vodka is also great in oj. Tastes like an orange julius. Be careful though. These are dangerous.
Orange-Almond Cake -- moist and delicious, and easy!
The recipe I use is not overly sweet, and gets rave reviews from everyone. If I'm dressing it up, I just glaze it with a little dark-chocolate ganache (poured over while the ganache is still warm and runny) -- and if I'm *really* going uptown, I drizzle it with a little Cointreau (very lightly, as the cake is *very* moist on its own).
I got it through a long chain of emails, so I've no idea to whom the credit belongs:
Orange and Almond Cake
(choose oranges with unblemished skins as the whole fruit is used)
2 large navel oranges, washed (I've also used 4 clementines or 3 tangerines with no problems)
10 ozs/1.1/4 cups caster (superfine) sugar
9 ozs/2.1/2 cups ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat oven to170C (325F/Gas3)
2.Grease and line the base one 9.1/2 inch spring form tin. (or two 8" cake rounds)
3.Place the whole oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, ensuring that the oranges remain covered with water.Drain and cool.Chop the oranges into quarters, discard any seeds then place the chunks into a blender and puree until smooth.
4.Beat the eggs with sugar until thick then add the orange puree, ground almonds and baking powder - mix well.
5.Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour. Leave the cake to firm up in the tin for 20 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack, remove the baking paper and flip over to finish cooling the right way up. This cake definitely mellows with a little time and can be prepared 48 hours in advance.
6.To serve you can decorate with sifted icing sugar
You may want to advance search CH under Nigella's Clementine Cake for opinions. While it is generally approved of, I am not the only one who thought the taste and texture were revolting. It is one of the few things I have made that I was unable to salvage and resorted to throwing away.
Going back to childhood breakfasts/desserts: peel and slice crosswise thinly, remove any pits. Cut thin coins of banana, too. Sweeten, if desired, with a little honey or sugar, then pour on a couple of ounces of OJ or other juice of your choice, for a simple fresh fruit salad.
A more adult but equally simple dessert is to overlap the thin orange circles around a mound of honey-sweetened mascarpone or yogurt. Drizzle with pomegranate syrup.