Merlot is the most popular planted grape in the Bordeaux region right next to Cabernet Sauvignon. It produces a very juicy, fruity, soft, and medium bodied red wine that is very versatile when it comes to pairing with food. The fruit profiles in this wine range from blackberries, cherries, plums, and blueberries. Merlot's also possess the flavor profiles of spice, black pepper, and cocoa.
So what strain did I pick to pair with this wine? Grape ape of course! The strain fits in perfectly with the flavor profiles creating a deeper fruity flavor and earthen tones. This drink pairs perfectly with red meats, pork, chicken, salmon, scallops, mushroom based dishes, charred or grilled style meats, salads, prawns, and pasta.
Once again, this is a quick and easy method to infuse already bottled wine without having to go through the fermentation process. This is the perfect Indica that can help combat anxiety, insomnia, pain, migraines, nausea, headaches, depression, chronic pain, and stress relief. Enjoy with a nice dinner after a long day or curl up by the fire with a loved one for a relaxing night. Enjoy!
Mise en place:
6 finely ground grams of Grape Ape (buds - not trim or shake)
1 bottle of Merlot
1 large dark tinted glass jar
Add the ground cannabis to a large dark tinted glass jar. Pour the Merlot of your choice over the ground cannabis until the wine is filled to the brim. Gently stir the mixture making sure all the cannabis is fully saturated. Seal the jar, making sure no air is left in the jar then place into a cool dark cupboard. Let this mixture macerate for 30 days then remove and strain. Pour into a bottle of your choice and enjoy :)
After driving through Breckenridge tonight, I found myself zoning out on all the snow devils dancing across the mountain roads lost in thought. What had my attention you ask? Nagivating the cyclone of thoughts I had on approaching the upcoming holiday so that it would be a very Danksgiving holiday for you all. I wanted to go old school with some recipes I had already in my pockets from StickyGuide and my own personal blog. So without further ado, please enjoy Maple Leaf Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Lightly Medicated CannaTurkey, and a arsenal of amazing recipes from my upcoming book this holiday season
Maple Leaf Spiced Pumpkin Pie
So what could possibly make this day even better? The answer would be making a delightful and elegantly medicated Maple Leaf Spiced Pumpkin Pie. The wonderful thing about this recipe is that the Maple Leaf strain pairs beautifully with the pungent spices and sweet custard that make up a pumpkin pie. This superb dessert will enhance your Thanksgiving Day experience and will be something you will want to repeat for the years to come.
Mise en Place:
2 cups canned pureed pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 whole eggs
8 grams very finely ground (think powder fine) Maple Leaf cannabis (or other sweet flavored strain)
1/2 stick sweet butter
1 shot vodka
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice with ½ teaspoon in reserve
1 teaspoon ground ginger
9 inch pie tin
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 stick chilled sweet butter
4 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
For this recipe you need to start the dough the night before or one hour before cooking time for the crust to set properly. In a bowl combine 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour, cane sugar and salt. With a knife cut the stick of butter into 8 slices and drop into the bowl. Mix by hand until the butter starts to meld with the dry mix. Add in 4 tablespoons of ice water and continue to combine until the mixture is fully incorporated. Roll into a semi-flat circle and then wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or for 1 hour prior to cooking time.
When you are ready to prepare your pie dough, roll out onto a floured surface and transfer to your 9 inch pie tin. Flatten the dough into the tin and pinch the edges to form a crust on the top. Take a fork and pierce little holes throughout the bottom and sides of the crust. This prevents the crust from bubbling out during the baking process.
Before you can start the filling for the pie you need to activate your cannabis. In a pan combine 8 grams of ground Maple Leaf, 1/2 stick sweet butter and 1 shot vodka. Cook on the lowest setting for 30 minutes. The alcohol is merely just used to aid in the activation process as lubrication and will cook out of the pan from the heat. Set aside and let cool for 15 minutes. There will be no alcohol in your pie so do not worry. *Also if you cannot get a hold of the Maple Leaf strain any sweet cannabis strain can be substituted.
Now it is time to create the delicious pumpkin custard for your pie. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a separate bowl, mix the 2 cups pureed pumpkin, condensed milk, 2 whole eggs, Maple Leaf cannabis mixture, maple extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger until fully combined. Pour your pumpkin mixture into your pie crust and lightly tap the pan against a counter to release any air bubbles. Take the 1/2 teaspoon reserve of allspice and lightly sprinkle the entire top of the pie. Put into the oven and bake for 55 minutes. Pull from oven and let the pie set at room temperature. Slice into 8 servings at 1 gram of cannabis per slice. Decorate with fresh whipped cream and serve al la mode for the most comforting holiday dessert. Enjoy!
*This recipe was written by myself for StickyGuide on November 23, 2010. The original article can be seen here.
Lightly Medicated CannaTurkeyOn Thanksgiving Day the gorgeous and tasty turkey is the leading role during your dinner celebration. The wonderful thing about this bird is that it has many different flavors of meat that can really please anyone's taste buds. The succulent breast, to the rich dark meat of the thighs, to the oily wing and gamey gizzards. This recipe is a very simple yet clever way to incorporate cannabis into your meal and will enhance all sections of meat on the bird. It is also lightly medicated so that you will be able to partake in as much meat as you want without becoming over medicated.Mise en place:1 turkey1 1/2 cups apple cider1 cup duck fat3.5 grams of ground cannabis any choice2 tablespoons clover honey4 tablespoons dried marjoram4 tablespoons dried garlic4 tablespoons dried basil4 tablespoons dried thyme4 tablespoons dried sagefresh cracked sea saltfresh cracked pepperDirections:First you will need to create a marinating liquid that will be injected into the turkey. In a saucepan on medium low heat combine 1 cup apple cider, 2 tablespoons clover honey, 2 tablespoons marjoram, 2 tablespoons garlic, 2 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons thyme, 2 tablespoons sage, a dash of sea salt and pepper. Stirring occasionally cook this marinade for 30 minutes. Pull from the stove, strain then fill up a turkey injector with this liquid.Place your turkey on a pan and gently pull the skin away from the meat starting at the neck working your way back. The goal here is not to detach the skin but rather loosen it so that you can spread the duck fat underneath. Once the skin is loose, inject your marinade under the skin into the breast, thighs, and wings. Then in a separate bowl combine the duck fat and 3.5 grams of cannabis. Take this mixture and spread it under the skin all over the breast of the turkey reserving just a little for the thighs and wings. Pat the skin down so that it adheres to the duck fat. Rub the remaining reserve on the outside of the thighs and wings.Now you will start to season the superficial layer of the turkey with the remaining ingredients. Massage 1/2 cup of apple cider all over the entire turkey. Then rub the remaining 2 tablespoons of marjoram, garlic, basil, thyme, and sage. Liberally sprinkle crushed sea salt and pepper on the skin to finish. Follow the instructions on the label of the packaging your turkey came in for correct temperature and cooking time. To ensure a moist turkey I would tent the turkey in tinfoil for the majority of the cooking process with 1 to 1 1/2 cup water for the turkey to sit in. This will help facilitate a gravy base for you. During the last 15 minutes of total cooking time, take the tent off and allow the turkey to crispen to a gorgeous dark golden brown. Enjoy your holiday!
The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis CuisineFor more amazingly delicious recipes for this holiday season, be sure to order your very own copy of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine.
I found myself in a kitchen in Buffalo, NY with a good friend discussing the potential in making our own Absinthe. Potentially dangerous? Very. We macerated a concoction of herbs and spices for a period of time. The wait was nerve wrecking! But finally I was summoned back to the house, and was given a talk. We were about to distill high proof alcohol in his home within a makeshift distiller he had made from scratch. Crazy? Perhaps. But who could resist? I was warned we could potentially blow up the kitchen, or worse, part of the house. But it was a risk I was willing to take. Luckily, we made it through the distillation process while experiencing the same feeling I am sure most eccentric inventors felt in the early 18th century. The distilled product then further went into a second maceration, where it sat until it was ready to be strained then consumed finally. It was one of the best culinary creations ever!It wasn't until this year, that I was possessed with the thought of Absinthe infused with cannabis. Why it took me this long to think of it? I am sure my mind has it's reasons. I mulled over the thought of which strain to select for both optimal strain specific flavors and mind altering effects. And then finally it hit me, LSD. This strain has an extremely high concentration of THC, which makes the effects extremely cerebral and psychoactive. LSD, produces an intense psychedelic effect that is both euphoric and vivid on the mind. While it produces good pain relief on the body, the user will find themselves lost in colors, music, food, people, or anything they find stimulating. LSD offers a deep earthy and woodsy flavor with hints of musk and sweetness. In my opinion, this is one of the best strains to pair to Absinthe with not only for the medicinal qualities but the flavor profiles. The flavor profiles of LSD only deepen and amplify the taste of the wormwood, fennel, and anise. With each sip, you will be lulled into the Green Fairy's realm and find the following effects: creativity, euphoria, pain relief, perspective, relief from nausea, relief from headaches, release of tension in the neck, lucidness, and deep introspection. One word of caution with people who are sensitive to cerebral highs: do not drink too much. This strains effects paired with Absinthe may produce anxiety or a false sense of being overwhelmed in whatever situation you find yourself in.I am providing you with the cheapest, easiest, convenient, and simplest way to infuse cannabis into Absinthe. In this recipe you will learn to infuse already made Absinthe of your choice from a liquor store. In the future I will release my personal Absinthe recipe and it will explain how to incorporate cannabis while also making the Absinthe from scratch. But at this moment, that time is not now. Stay tuned....but in the meantime, enjoy this short story from featured writer Anais L’amour. Or perhaps, when your Absinthe is done infusing, drink a glass in a comforting corner of your house while enjoying this whimsical story. Follow the white rabbit...The Rabbit and the Green Veil by Anais L’amourIt was a quarter to midnight and the sky was dark. The moon was struggling to be seen behind the clouds and there was a feeling of adventure in the air. This night was a long time coming for Lilith andAmethyst. It was the much anticipated Lost Souls party. When they entered the church the once muted sound of music poured out and washed over them. The church was at full capacity and the breathtakingarchitecture overwhelmed their senses.“Let’s find Alric.” Lilith screamed over the music pushing her raven black bangs to the side of her face. They steadily made their way through the mass of dancing bodies and spotted Alric by the back of the church. A large seated VIP area was set up with velvet rope across the length of the white marble stairs.“It’s officially midnight, the veil is the thinnest it’s ever been!” Alric declared as he motioned for them to sit beside him on the couch.“I have something special for you!” He placed a plain dark green bottle on the table between the two empty glasses.“Oh I see, perforated spoon and everything!” Amethyst commented.“Yes,” he grinned as he set up the Absinthe glasses and sugar cubes,“This will ensure tonight will be the best Samhain you’ve ever had.”“Let the green fairy take you on an adventure.” Alric said as he handed them their drinks then made one for himself.After some time Lilith found herself searching for Amethyst but everyone blurred together into a moving mass of colors. She tried scanning the crowd for Amethyst's blonde locks as she struggled to focus her eyesight. She had lost any concept of time and found herself staring at the stained glass windows as they came alive. Suddenly pulled to go down the far hallway she wandered until she stopped in front of a door. Slowly pushing it open she gasped and put her hand over her mouth. Before her stood a large white albino rabbit, he had red eyes, a black top hat and a black bow tie. He must have been at least five feet tall, his white fur so wondrous she wanted to touch it. And a tenderness to his red eyes that made them become non threatening.“Do not be afraid, I’m just a gentle creature. A gentle creature who means no harm.” The rabbit said.“You TALK!” She shrieked.“Yes, yes I do.” He replied.She stepped back into the hall letting the door close. Running to the dance floor she found Amethyst and pulled her into the hall toward the door.“Lilith, they must’ve turned on more lights or something. I couldn't see all these colors before! I....”“There’s a GIANT RABBIT in that room!” Lilith whispered pointing to the door.“A giant rabbit?” Amethyst grinned in disbelief.“Yes.” Lilith shook her head frantically and put her hand on the doorknob.“OK, let’s see this giant rabbit.” Amethyst was visibly excited as she pushed the door open.“You’ve brought a friend! Who are you?” The Rabbit asked.“Amethyst.” She replied.“Nice to meet you,” he raised his paw and they glanced at each other in awe, “and you are?”“Lilith.”“What a pleasure, I’m...” he stopped and started frantically licking his arm for a moment, “My apologies. I just can’t stand to be dirty!!! I’m Azazel. I’ve somehow entered this realm and am lost.”“Azazel,” Lilith's smile grew ear to ear, “nice to meet you!”“Will you help me find a portal, it just has to be here somewhere! I must get back home.”“Yes. We’ll help you. Which way did you come from?” Asked Lilith.“I’ll show you, follow me.” Azazel stepped outside the room and to the girls amazement no one else noticed him. He lead them to the basement of the church. It was dark and Azazel seemed to pull three lanterns out of thin air, giving them one each.“He’s so cute! I’ve always wanted a rabbit!”“Lilith what are you going to do with a large rabbit?” They laughed and Azazel turned to them.“We must keep concentration girls. The portal could be anywhere.”They exchanged glances like scolded children and followed him down the hall.“Where do you come from Azazel?” Amethyst asked.“A realm of magic and lore. It is quite a lovely place.” He answered.“Can we go???” Lilith asked excitedly.“Oh no, humans are not allowed there.”“Azazel, how will we recognize the portal?”“It takes a sharp eye Amethyst. It will seem to float in space.” As they explored the basement further Amethyst paused and rose her lantern.“Over here, I see something.” She motioned over to a room with an ajar door. Pushing it open she raised the lantern and in the corner by an old photograph of the church was the portal. It had a silver sheen to it asit danced in the air.“Oh thank the stars! I’m almost home!” Azazel turned to them and smiled, “Thank you for your help. I’ll be sure your good deed does not go unpaid.”“Will we see you again?” Lilith asked quietly.“My dear Lilith,” he touched her hand and held it a moment before taking a step back, “thank you for what you have done. Goodbye girls.”He stepped into the portal and was gone. Amethyst walked over to where the portal was and waved her hands through the air.“It’s really gone,” she said as she looked back at Lilith who seemed to be sad. Amethyst was about to speak again when she saw a dash of white by their feet, “Lilith find the light switch something is down here.”Lilith turned on the switch and as the room lit up with light she shrieked.At her feet was a white bunny with red eyes. She picked him up and he seemed to smile at her.“Aww Azazel!” She smiled and held him tight. Alric walked into the room and looked at them puzzled.“I was looking for you two for over an hour..where did you get that bunny?”“You wouldn’t believe it, not even while drinking Absinthe.” Lilith replied.LSD infused AbsintheMise en place:7 grams ground LSD (buds - not trim or shake)1 bottle of Swiss or French Absinthe1 large dark tinted glass jarDirections:Add the ground cannabis to a large dark tinted glass jar. If you want a heavier dose of cannabis, add 14 grams instead of 7, while taking care to finely grind it (coffee grinder works perfectly). Now pour the Absinthe of your choice over the ground cannabis. Gently stir the mixture making sure all the cannabis is fully saturated. Seal the jar and place into a cool dark cupboard. Let this mixture macerate for 30 days while gently shaking it every few days. Then remove and strain. Pour into a bottle of your choice and enjoy :)