Ugh, it’s been awhile since I tried a new recipe; in fact, I haven’t really been cooking much at all lately. Once again, I’m having trouble digesting solid food, so my diet recently has consisted of mostly liquids—weight gainer shakes, smoothies, soups, etc. I keep trying to add small amounts of solid food, but so far these attempts have been unsuccessful. This drink has been my lunch almost every day for the past couple weeks. It’s based off a beverage served at one of my favorite restaurants from when I lived in Ohio, North Star Café.
Sometimes I miss living in Ohio. I had a quaint little apartment downtown, in the Short North, with gorgeous exposed brick walls and a garden soaking tub in the bathroom. The neighborhood was awesome, too; I could walk to amazing restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, etc. I lived 2 blocks away from the original North Star Café in the Short North (it became so popular now they have opened at other locations in the area). Anytime I had a guest visitng from out of town I took them to North Star for a meal. I miss their food: wonderful flatbread pizzas, the Buddha bowl, cloud nine pancakes, and the veggie burger. Mmmmm, I’m still trying to recreate that burger. I’ve almost got it, I just need to tweak it a bit more before I post it.
Anyway, this post isn’t about that delicious burger, it’s about my favorite drink there, the Shooting Star. The summer before I moved south, Mr. Surly and I would go to North Star almost every weekend for brunch. I’d order the Cloud Nine pancakes and a Shooting Star. He’d usually get the Big Burrito and coffee. We’d eat, do the daily crossword, and people watch. This is my attempt at recreating the Shooting Star drink. At North Star they put all the ingredients in a juicer. I don’t have a juicer, instead I bought some carrot juice at Trader Joe’s (which is delicious on its own). Mixing that with orange juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and freshly grated ginger I was able to make my home version of the Shooting Star. It may not be as good as the original, but it’s pretty close.
¾ c carrot juice
1 ¼ c orange juice
1 ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
Juice from ½ lemon
Combine all ingredients in large cup. Using an immersion blender, blend a few seconds times to combine. Or put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse a few times to combine. Pour into serving glass and enjoy.
Source: inspired by North Star Café