Friday, January 15, 2010

Bloody Mary – Food For Thought!

When the lovely Jain from Once In a Blue Moon contacted me about a new challenge idea called Food for Thought, I was intrigued.  We are both avid readers (she, way more avid than me) and we love to cook.  It seemed like a lovely idea. 

One slight problem.  My latest reading kick.  Murder mysteries.  Not just murder mysteries, but bloody, gory, serial killer mysteries.  No, cute cozy mysteries for me.  These books do not lend themselves to prettily prepared dishes.  I turned to Jain for some help and she came up a perfect solution…a Bloody Mary.  Hey, I’m always willing to swill a cocktail, especially if it is for you my loyal readers. 

I haven’t had a Bloody Mary in ages.  What with the tomato juice and the celery stalk, I felt downright healthy drinking it!  There are lots of variations for recipes.  I am ashamed to say that we used a bottled mix.  It was easy just 4 parts mix to one part vodka and toss in a celery stick.

I’d like to try one from scratch though.  What about it, anyone have a favorite recipe?

So, this brings my first Food for Thought to a close.  No food and no recipe.  Jain is so thrilled that she asked me to participate, I bet.  Be sure and follow the links and go check out how you too can participate.  You’re probably reading a nice normal book, with tea parties or dinner parties, and all other kinds of inspiration. 

Oh yeah, the books that inspired this Bloody post were Shadow Man and The Face of Death both by Cody McFadyen.

31 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Bloody Marys are my husband's special.

He adores them and makes them from scratch. It's not really a recipe but he uses plain V-8, a squirt of lime, Wochestershire sauce, Tabasco (sometimes the red one, sometimes the japapeno one), and celery salt. You can add a little bit of horseradish for more kick but we don't normally. Add vodka, gin or Cruzan dark rum (our favorite), shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, and serve either over new ice or straight.

He says "No celery stick. It takes up the space of the rum." He calls this a Rummy Bloody Mary.

Enjoy reading your mysteries. Some are real cliff hangers.
Sam

Terri and Bob said...

I love bloody marys! I add a teaspoon of horseradish for extra kick. Sometimes I use a pickle instead of a celery stick and when I am really groovin' I make a stick of shrimp, black olives, grape tomatoes, red peppers and other goodies to put into the drink. I don't like celery salt so I usually make mine from scratch. I do sometimes put in steak seasoning to jazz them up.

hip chick said...

I so wish I liked a good bloody mary. But, alas, even though I love the thought of them...I just can't stand that tomato juice.

La Table De Nana said...

I commend your first FFT~ A nice kickoff! And the books? Yay or Nay?(SP?)

Kathy said...

Here is a Bloody Mary recipe from a friend of mine from South Africa and she calls them "Bloodys"
Vodka
Clamato tomato juice
1 Tbl lemon juice
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce or Chipotle sauce
Sprinkle of Garlic Salt
Sprinkle of celery salt
Sprinkle of Tony Cacherelle Spice
Decorate with vegetable of choice:dilly beans, asparagus, olives
Ice
These are wonderful and she says she got the recipe from the Queen of Bloodys

A Year on the Grill said...

I think this is such a great idea... I made all these links rounds, and signed up to follow. I have a lot on my plate this week, but i intend to play along soon

Thanks for the connection to a great new idEA!

aND YOU ARE CERTAINLY IN THE SPIRIT OF The EVENT

Donna-FFW said...

I call Bloddy Mary's My Breakfast of Champions:)

Kat said...

If you are still in the mood for serial killer reading, you should read The Want-Ad Killer By Ann Rule. I lost sleep while reading this one.
I love Bloody Marys. But, have not had one in years.

food with style said...

oh i love this, i am totally cracking up like the cheshire cat! and look how helpful everyone is, all your new recipes to go with your gory books! thanks for playing, i am sure your books will evolve ;-)

well one can only hope...!

noble pig said...

Reminds me of being in Palm Springs sittin' in the pool with one of those...ahhhhh.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Very clever for the books you're reading. I enjoy Bloody Mary's, it's one drink where everyone has their own delicious version.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Don't tempt me! In Canada we have something similar called a Caesar cocktail. It uses clamato juice rather than tomato juice. Otherwise, the same.

shabby girl said...

This cracked me up! Bloody, gory, flesh-ripping murder mystery!
Ha! Of course bloody marys! I used to be able to read those types of books. Now I can only drink the Bloody Mary's. :)

Mimi said...

Bloody Marys are a delicious way to get your vegetables. At least that has always been my theory.
Mimi

Kim said...

A bloody mary is perfect to accompany a murder mystery!

Glenda said...

I don't drink alcohol as I am allergic to them (story of my life!). This post made ma laugh a bit at the part where you decided to do a Bloody Mary because you were reading a murder mystery. =)

Michelle said...

Murder Mysteries and Bloody Marys are perfect!

Instead of Dill Weed I add a little bit of Dill Pickle Juice! And sometimes I add a TBL or so of beef stock.

My Bloody Marys are a meal in themselves!

Marjie said...

My grandmother used to have a Bloody Mary for breakfast every weekend day. I believe she used tomato juice, tobasco and worcestershire sauce with her celery stalk. She was allergic to eggs, so she used to have stuff like fish for breakfast. It never seemed odd to me, although relating the story to others causes them to look at me like I have 2 heads.

Lori Lynn said...

Looks mighty tasty. Here's a great idea - salt the rim with a mixture of half smoked paprika and half celery salt.
LL

Debbie said...

My favorite author is Anne Rule...you should read her books. They're great if you like serial killer/murder mysteries! The drink looks good but I just can't drink tomato juice!

Mags said...

TGIF! It's 5:00 here (well, almost) and this looks delicious.

Sarah said...

Love a good mystery! Can't say I'm a fan of Bloody Marys, but my husband is. I'll take a mimosa, thank you! Hope to have my Food for Thought up later this evening. The lamb stew is cooking as I write. ~ Sarah

buffalodick said...

I'd rather drink a shot of chilled vodka, and chase it with some V-8 juice... I know, I'm a peasant...

Velva said...

A Bloody Mary perfect for breakfast :-) Seriously, it's been awhile since I have had a good Bloody Mary. This month, we are supposed to join a group of friends for a Bloody Mary throwdown-should be interesting.

Susan said...

Love Bloodys. Sacramento (no plug) used to make a great mix in those tiny cans; haven't seen it for years.

Thanks for the lead on Food For Thought - my kind of event.

grace said...

i don't love bloody marys. i do love murder mysteries, and much to my chagrin, the more macabre they are, the more i enjoy them. mehopes that's not an indication of anything... :)

Mary said...

This is really clever and I love a good Bloody Mary :-).

SDK said...

I read about a murder mystery a night when Molly was first born (LOTS of late night nursing). Michael Connelly has the best combination of good writing and good plot that I've found. Man, there are some bad murder mystery writers out there. Wow.

once in a blue moon... said...

just wanted to thank you for sharing the link, you brought lots of new readers and eaters to food for thought! not sure if you had a chance to check out the other participants on mr linky yet, but there are some super books and pics, oh my, the bar has been raised high right out of the shoot! thanks again and happy reading~

zurin said...

Believe it or not Ive never read a gory murder mystery book but ur making me curious! :)

Cindy said...

So, this brings my first Food for Thought to a close. No food and no recipe.

I love it! ;)