I am not a “summer” kind of gal. For me, the only good thing about the heat of the summer is the fact that I can consume popsicles and drink gallons of Agua Fresca. This is one of my favorite refreshers. If I am having a party, I like to switch it up and use club soda instead of water. It makes the drink a lot more fun and bubbly, as well as versatile enough to mix in with adult beverages.
- 12 oz fresh strawberries
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 10-12 fresh basil leaves
- 10 cups of water, or club soda
- Wash and remove green tops from strawberries. Remove basil leaves from stems.
- In a blender, combine the strawberries, basil leaves, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix on HIGH for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is finely pureed.
- Place a fine mesh sieve over your pitcher, and start pouring the strawberry and basil mixture into it.
I specializes in clean eating and gluten-free meal preparation. Born in Russia, I spent summers at my grandmother’s house, near the Black Sea, where there was a plentiful garden, in an area where everything was grown and nothing was prepackaged or manufactured. There, I would go mushroom hunting and fishing with my grandfather and, every evening, we would gather around the outdoor stove where I helped prepare dinners.
My passion for cooking came from those summers.
After moving to America, I discovered The Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer, inspiring me to attend the Art Institute of Los Angeles’ culinary program, becoming a private chef, soon after graduation.
In 2012, while in France, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, prompting me to cease consuming gluten and developing a bevy of gluten-free, clean eating, and healthy-living recipes.
Since 2012, I have been teaching private cooking lessons, as well as providing meal-prep and catering services, in Southern California, upon request. If interested in any of the above services, and for any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.