Posts Categorized: bite + sip


bite + sip : bibimbap

unruly things | bite + sip : bibimbap

have you ever heard of bibimbap? it’s a signature Koren dish that’s super tasty. the word literally means “mixed rice” and it’s served in a bowl with mixed veggies, your meat of choice and a fried egg on top. I had it for the first time a week or so ago at one of my favorite local spots and it’s pretty much the best thing I’ve tasted recently.

a few days ago, I set out to recreate the meal with this recipe from Bon Appétit and was not disappointed. I thought it would be super time consuming, having to create all the separate veggies, but it wasn’t too bad. I slightly altered the recipe by using Brussels spouts rather than spinach, omitted the zucchini and didn’t add any meat. {though I would have added tofu if I’d had any!} it was so good!! try it and enjoy!


bite + sip : hello spring & rhubarb

unruly things | bite + sip : rhubarb pie

happy first day of Spring, friends! while it may be sunny and just gorgeous outside here, it still doesn’t feel quite like Spring yet with temps in the 40s. so I did what any normal Spring-loving gal does to welcome Spring: I made strawberry rhubarb pie and rhubarb simple syrup. you can find the pie recipe I used here.

since I’m pregnant, and not doing any cocktail drinking anymore, I’ve taken to making mocktails. but Levi still enjoys a well shaken whiskey sour so I made a little rhuby version for him last night with some homemade rhubarb syrup. I did have a sip, you know, to make sure it was safe for consumption, and it was mighty delicious! so quick, go find some rhubarb at the farmers market or grocery store and whip one up to welcome Spring. or if you’re pregnant like me, or liquor just isn’t your thing, mix it with a little limeade and fizzy water for a refreshing treat.

unruly things | bite + sip : rhubarb cocktails

rhubarb simple syrup
4 cups of rhubarb
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water

• combine everything in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil. lower the heat to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes. remove from heat and allow to cool for a bit. then pour into a fine strainer {I used our nut milk bag} that has been placed over a large bowl or other heat-safe jar. squeeze to strain the syrup from the solid pulp. bottle and refrigerate until ready for use.

rhubarb whiskey sour
makes 1 drink
2 oz of rhubarb syrup
2 oz of whiskey {we prefer Bulleit Bourbon}
2 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice

• pour all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until mixed. serve over ice in a rocks glass.

{photos by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things}


bite + sip : mulled winter wine

unruly things : mulled winter wine / photography by Alyson Brown

one of my absolute favorite winter drinks is mulled wine.  a few weeks ago, while the snow was falling in buckets and the temps were barely reaching over 10 degrees, I made a little batch.  I may have even enjoyed some at 4 in the afternoon.  hey, it was Friday plus I’d been smelling it mulling on the stove for over an hour.  :)

Country Living asked me to submit one of my favorite winter drinks for their blog, so hop on over for the recipe.

unruly things : mulled winter wine / photography by Alyson Brown

mugs from Mazama and photography by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things.


bite + sip : persimmon ginger fizz

Unruly Things for Art in the Age / Persimmon Ginger Fizz

have you heard of the delightful spirits from Art in the Age?  with an amazing collection including ROOT, SAGE, SNAP and RHUBARB, there’s something for everyone.  a few weeks ago, the kind folks at Art in the Age sent us a bottle of their SNAP to test out.  and let me tell you… it’s incredible.

Unruly Things for Art in the Age / Persimmon Ginger Fizz

we’ve been mixing it with everything from hard apple cider to ginger ale and have even drizzled it over dulce de leche gelato and baked it into a cake!  I thought I’d share with you a little cocktail I whipped up today.

makes 2 drinks

2 very ripe persimmons, pulp scooped and pureed
3 oz of SNAP
4 oz of apple cider*
1 generous knob of ginger, chopped
fizzy water
apple slices for garnish

shake the persimmon puree, apple cider and ginger really well in a shaker with ice.  divide evenly between glasses and fill with fizzy water to the top.  dash with cinnamon, garnish with apple slices and enjoy!

to find SNAP or any of the other Art in the Age spirits in your area, visit their website here.

*not the hard stuff this time, but it’d probably be really good!  you could swap out the regular apple cider and fizzy water for hard cider.  I recommend Doc’s Pumpkin Cider or Anthem Apple Cider.

{photos by Alyson Brown for Art in the Age}


curated for : uncommongoods

unruly things  //  curated for : uncommongoods

this year, we’re planning to spend Christmas at home – for the first time since Levi and I have been together!  I’m so excited.  we’ll get a big tree and host a big group at our home.  I created a little board of inspiration centered on dining and entertaining goodies from UncommonGoods to get me in a festive mood.  there’s so much goodness from UncommonGoods from barware to dinner plates to games and jewelry.  how fun are these pieces!?  wouldn’t you love to include them alongside your own holiday entertaining?  bonus – everything I picked is pretty generic so you could use them year-round!

one : birch dishware for making your tasty food look even prettier / two : diana camera for capturing every moment / three : granite cheese board for pre-dinner snacking / four : beer tasting flight for comparing / five : salt & pepper shakers / six : wood & ceramic tumblers for sipping in style / seven : stoneware growler to bring along your favorite hometown beer / eight : state apron to represent home / nine : a new deck of cards so you can play endless rounds of progressive rummy / ten : a cool car plate so the kids want no chance of skipping out on dinner

and psst… there’s a lovely little collection of holiday gifts for that lucky lady in your life.  check them out here!


bite + sip : mazama ceramic vessels

Mazama Ceramic Wares

I am a handmade ceramic fanatic.  there’s just nothing better than holding a freshly thrown ceramic cup in your hand and sipping your favorite beverage from it.  what’s even better is knowing that handmade cup is made a mere stone’s throw away from you.

my friend Casey emailed me to introduce me to Mazama – an amazing new project that she’s working on with a few friends to create a line of ceramic vessels built around moments with a drink.  Mazama vessels are perfect for that first cup of coffee to get your day started or that glass or wine at the end of a long day.  Mazama drinking vessels are designed with one thing in mind: to elevate what’s in them.  and they’re just stunning.

Mazama Ceramic Wares

Mazama is raising funds through Kickstarter to produce their inaugural collection of vessels: from product creation, firing, glazing, quality control, shipping and all the other elements that go into developing their first big production run.  back them if you can.  you’ll be truly pleased with the lovely ceramics you’ll receive in return.

Mazama Ceramic Wares

{photos courtesy of Mazama}


bite + sip : my favorite teas

unruly things  ||  bite + sip : my favorite teas  ||  photos by Alyson Brown

I’m a tea drinker.  I drink it every day, in the morning and afternoon.  sure, I enjoy coffee every now and then too, but rarely brew my own.  tea is my caffeination of choice.  it’s so versatile and there are so many different kinds to try!  with Fall in the air and the temperatures dropping, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you a few of my favorite teas.

unruly things  ||  bite + sip : my favorite teas  ||  photos by Alyson Brown

every morning with breakfast, I drink chai.  one of my favorites is Vanilla Spiced from Townshends, right here in Bend.  but recently I tried Blue Lotus Chai and loved it.  it’s super easy to make and doesn’t require steeping!  I’m also loving the chai blend from Lonepine Coffee {shown below} also in Bend.  this rooibos chai is an excellent, non-caffeinated chai if you’re not looking for a little pick-me-up.  I like my chai strong, sweetened with honey or brown sugar and almond milk.

unruly things  ||  bite + sip : my favorite teas  ||  photos by Alyson Brown

when I’m drinking green tea, I love jasmine.  my new favorite is Mint Leaf Jasmine and an old standby is Silver Leaf Jasmine.

unruly things  ||  bite + sip : my favorite teas  ||  photos by Alyson Brown

I don’t drink much white tea, but I recently tried this Coconut Creme White from The Art of Tea and it’s AMAZING.  I was drinking it by the pitcher iced this summer and I’ll be enjoying it with a splash of almond milk hot as the temperatures dip.

unruly things  ||  bite + sip : my favorite teas  ||  photos by Alyson Brown

and of course the right teaware is essential.  I love our little teapot.  it’s the perfect size for two cups!  it’s important to me to have a good mug.  and my new mug by Shino Takeda from Vuela Boutique is just right.  there are lots of great things at Vuela Boutique for tea drinking and the kitchen.  tea towels, spoons {which measure out tea or honey perfectly}, mugs and more.  have a look.

do you drink tea?  what are you favorites?

{mug, spoon and dish by Shino Takeda, ceramic coaster by B-Zippy and Co. all from Vuela Boutique  ||  photography by me}


bite + sip : pizza

Unruly Things, bite + sip : pizza  |  photo from Ameila

pizza has been on our weekly dinner menu for a few weeks now.  it’s easy.  it’s versatile.  and it’s a crowd pleased.  I used to be pretty diligent about making my own pizza dough.  then suddenly I didn’t have all that free time anymore.  hm…  so lately, I’ve been buying uncooked dough from Whole Foods, which I just roll out when it’s pizza time.

here are my favorite combos lately:

• ricotta cheese as a base, asparagus, anaheim peppers and goat cheese sprinkled on top.
homemade tomato sauce, yellow beets, massaged kale, red pepper flakes and fresh thyme.
• olive oil as a base, pears, bleu cheese and walnuts {put on last since my kiddo is allergic.}
• ricotta cheese as a base, these amazing sweet hot peppers, marinated artichoke hearts and feta cheese sprinkled on top.

what are your faves?

Unruly Things, bite + sip : pizza  |  photos from bliss and Martha Stewart Unruly Things, bite + sip : pizza  |  photo from alexandra's kitchen

{photos from amelia, bliss, martha stewart and alexandra’s kitchen}