Did you know that today (1st of October 2015) is the first ever International Coffee Day? No? Well you do now 😉 I was pretty excited when I found out, we all know how much I love coffee!!! And if you didn't know that well you do now 😉
You are learning so much today! Must be the coffee in your body reacting to the fact that around the world people are celebrating the wonderful drink that is coffee.
On Tuesday I shared a delicious coffee marinated steak recipe as it was National Coffee day here in Australia. It was also my step-mum's birthday 😉 (Don't worry I remembered to send cards) (more new information for you!!! - Gold mine of useless information here today!!!)
National Coffee Day, International Coffee Day. Coffee is being celebrated a lot! I celebrate it every morning 365 days a year. Coffee I don't need a day, I love you all year round 😉 And my kids love you........because once Mummy has had coffee she isn't quite so stressy.
Today I am doing a round up of some of the amazing and surprising ways we can get more coffee. We are eating our coffee as well as drinking it. So celebrate International Coffee Day and let's work our way through the list....don't worry you can sleep at the weekend!
Starting off with savoury, moving onto breakfast and finishing up with sweet treats and drinks. This list has something for everyone. Well unless they don't like coffee and then I think you are in the wrong place! At least for today xx
Coffee Crusted Steak by Fox Valley Foodie.
Here the Fox rubs a delicious mix of herbs, spices and coffee onto his steak before cooking it to utter perfection. Seriously! How good does this steak look. And you have to go over and read his post. The first paragraph had me nodding along and laughing. Spot on Fox!
Duck Bacon Jam with Coffee and Thyme - by Suitcase Foodist
I am loving everything about this!!!! Bacon Jam is one of the best inventions ever!!! And now we can have it with coffee in it, and the deeply savoury taste of duck. YUM!!! I want a bowl of this with some cheddar cheese, water biscuits and a sofa with my bestie!
Coffee Spice Grill Rub by Sunny Side Ups
Imagine this sprinkled over some chicken thighs before you throw them on the barbie! Such a wonderful mixture of flavours. Or brush some mushrooms with a touch of oil, sprinkle them with this and get them on the barbie too. Or the oven...as long as there is coffee involved I'm not fussed 😉
Coffee Marinated Skirt Steak - by Sprinkles and Sprouts
The wonderful, smoky, sweet, tangy marinade does wonders for this cheaper cut of beef. It is juicy, delicious and even the kids will eat this one. And it is a sinch to make!
Slow Cooker Coffee Rubbed Beef Brisket by Pack Momma
This beef looks so succulent! And Heather over at Pack Momma stuffs it into bread rolls. Bread rolls are one of my favourite ways to eat most meats. I love a good sandwich!!! And this barbecue flavoured beef would be perfect for munching on with the kids whilst you watch the Saturday movie. Yum!!!
This salad is inspired! Pomegranates, rocket, prosciutto to name a few ingredients and then the crowning glory, the genius...the coffee balsamic vinaigrette. I could drink this stuff!!!! I love this dish. I have made the dressing up just to dip bread in. Seriously love it!!!
Coffee, Chile Rubbed Steak with Chimichurri Sauce By Katie at the Kitchen Door
This dish just screams flavour! The steak all charred from the barbie, with the fresh herby piquant dressing. In fact the whole menu that Katie has going on screams....COME FOR DINNER.
Hot and Spicy Chicken Skewers by Sprinkles and Sprouts
Not for the faint hearted, these skewers pack a punch! Marinated in a chilli spiked coffee mixture perfect for serving on a bed of sweet corn, this is a dinner that is fit for any cowboy. Add a jacket potato with blue cheese butter on the side and you have a great tex-mex style dinner.
Coffee Rubbed Prime Rib Roast with Roasted Garlic Gorgonzola Butter. by Half Baked Harvest
Oh my goodness, just look at this roast. A rib is a wonderful cut, it roasts quickly, is beautifully tender and the bone helps everything stand up as it should. And what Tieghan has done with this dish is amazing, there are some inspired ingredients in her rub and then there is that butter! Blue cheese and beef - Yes. Roasted garlic and beef - Yes. Together with beef....sublime!
Maple Coffee glazed Bacon by The Worktop
If you are not a morning person, then I don't judge. I come from a line of non-morning people. Seriously try and talk to my sister until she has been up at least a couple of hours and you need to be wearing protective clothing. Love ya Cece xx
So if you aren't a morning person then this recipe is for you. I mean what is not to love. Bacon - check. Maple - check. Coffee - double check! See. It is the best idea for breakfast ever. Plenty of this stuffed inside soft bread rolls, a double espresso on the side and I think even my sister might be up to some morning conversation. If I added a little bit of smoked cheese to her roll I think she might even smile 😉
Mocha Granola with Cashews from Rhubarbarians
And another way to eat coffee for breakfast whilst you sip your double shot latte. A crunchy, cereal that takes coffee and chocolate and makes it acceptable to have them together at breakfast. And for those of you not so sure about chocolate for breakfast.....how about having this for pud sprinkled over some coffee ice cream! (Don't worry I have some of those for you later!)
Espresso Chai by Ciao Florentina
Last breakfast on the list (unless you want cupcakes for breakfast - again I won't judge! Just drop one over!) is this healthy option, with the super food chia and coconut milk this is perfect for breakfast on the run. And look how beautiful it is presented inside a coconut shell! I want to go stay at Ciao's villa!!!!
Coffee Bean Syrup by Kleinworth & Co
Whip up some pancake bites, pour over coffee syrup, then try and tell me you don't like mornings! 😉 Honestly can you think of anything better, fluffy pancakes with a sweet sticky coffee syrup on them? I can! Waffles with the same syrup!
This would also be great poured over vanilla ice cream.
Coffee Baileys Macarons by Liv for Cake
The title of this just calls my name. I love Baileys, it has an unrivalled richness, smoothness and overall comforting flavour. But put that flavour together with coffee and then turn the whole thing into a crisp coat, chewy centred macaron. Well you know there is heaven right there in that mouthful. And the beauty of macarons is you can make them in advance so no will see the mess you have made.
Chocolate Espresso Dip by Dip Recipe Creations
I am so excited by this one. I love nibbles, I have a whole recipe collection for them! So when I saw this dip I was a bit giddy. A dip made with coffee...genius. This would be perfect for serving with some crispy pretzel bites or biscotto. I also thought you could spread this on melba toast! Or just eat it with a spoon 😉
Kahlua Milkshake by Splash of Vanilla
I love Emma's recipe and her disclaimer that this "doesnt even taste like theres alcohol in it". This is essentially a super rich iced coffee with the added bonus of Kahlua. I can imagine drinking more of these than I should and having a bad head the following morning! But look at the photo, doesn't it just shout," it is a hot day, drink me."
No Churn Mocha Ice Cream by A Calculated Whisk
I adore coffee ice cream, we used to be able to buy a brand in our local supermarket that was beautiful. Rich and creamy and with a real taste of coffee. Sadly it was discontinued, luckily they put the remainder or sale, so I stocked up. They are long gone, so this recipe from Becky is perfect. No churn and no worrying about ice crystal. Just smooth, soft delicious coffee ice-cream. She even shows you how you can adapt it and make it gluten free. Perfect for my Dad, although he only drinks decaf coffee (Yes I know I have told him. Decaf coffee is broken coffee!!!! But he doesn't listen!) So no ice cream for you Dad, which is no worries as I know Stew and I will have NO problems finishing this one!
Coffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting by Homemade Food Junkie
Coffee cake is my favourite type of cake, so when I saw theses I just wanted to dive right in. Then I read the title and I wanted to rip the bottom of the cake off sandwich in that frosting and gobble the whole lot! Coffee and salted caramel together in a cupcake, hand these the cupcake crown (it is so a real thing 😉 )
Long Island Iced Coffee by Supergolden Bakes
Seen as it is nearly Friday how about a cocktail? A coffee cocktail, now that has got to get you up and dancing to ABBA....You can tell how long it is since I went dancing 😉 No seriously, how good does this sound, all the wonderful spirits you usually see in a long island iced tea, but with actual coffee in it. This cocktail (unlike it's tea counterpart) really lives up to it's name. Just be careful this is packing it in when it comes to alcohol! Cheers
Cotton Candy Coffee by The Worktop
I love everything on this list. Coffee in food sounds like my idea of heaven, but I think, I may, if pushed pick this recipe as my favourite. (And I have two recipes of my own in the list!!) I found this recipe a few months back. I love the originality of this, the theatre of this and the sweet reason that Tina came up with the recipe. Seriously get on over there and read her beautiful story!!! And watch the video!
Happy International Coffee Day. I'm off for another cup x