Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post up for a little while, now finally online in time for ‘National Vodka Day’ (seriously though, who makes these days??) – popcorn and banana flavoured vodka, made using Tic Tacs. The latter was made using Minion Tic Tacs – their sacrifice shall not be in vain!
For the popcorn-flavoured vodka, I poured one container’s worth of Tic Tacs into the bottle, then just a little extra from another container, then allowed to brew.
Around 90 minutes later, it looked like this….
Then the following day, it looked like this….
To play it safe, I decided to allow it to brew for another day, then moved on to the next one.
For the banana-flavoured vodka, I added about half of a large container, equivalent of a regular sized one. A little less may have sufficed, as it left more to filter out, but it was still worth it.
I ended up having bits of Minion floating around….
A few days later, both had the right scent – just needed to be filtered and taste-tested.
Given that this was my first attempt at flavouring vodka, I was quite pleased with how they turned out, having tasted both. Still need to try these out on friends, hope they’re ready….
Inspired by the current ‘Pokemon Go’ hysteria that everyone’s into, I give you my latest cartoon-inspired shot – a ‘Pokeball’. Whilst the game itself might appeal to all ages, this one is strictly for the adults.
Just add a dash of grenadine to a shot of white chocolate liqueur, and it’s done.
I might continue to play with the theme, but for now, hope you like this one!
Ever have one of those moments where you want to do something different to spruce up a meal, but you’re limited to what you have to hand? I had one such moment at the weekend with some sausages, but upon discovering that we had some left-over boiled rice, decided to make my first attempt at making a homemade stir-fry, using some tips from my dad, who has made them often.
2 cooked sausages, chopped
1 rasher of bacon, chopped
Boiled rice (the amount will come down to personal preference)
A pinch of garlic powder
A pinch of ginger powder
Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue sauce
Melt some butter in a large wok/saucepan, enough to cover the bottom of the pan
Add the onions and cook until softened, then crack open the egg and mix in.
When the egg has yellowed, add the bacon and stir in, then once the bacon has cooked lightly, add in the rice and sausages and stir in.
Add the garlic and ginger, stir then add a couple of splashes of soya sauce.
Stir in, then when just about ready, drizzle on the barbecue sauce, stir until covered and serve.
It wasn’t until I’d eaten around two-thirds of it that I realised that I had essentially made an all-day breakfast* stir-fry, quite by accident – one I’d happily make again!
*A popular breakfast dish here in the UK
I was quite pleased with how my first attempt at this turned out – now to think up some further twists!
It’s been a while since I last tried doing something cake-related, so decided to modify one of my earlier ideas (which in itself was a twist on something else I’d seen online) and created another batch of an old favourite, with a new twist – banana cupcakes, with Smarties mixed in. Who hasn’t got time for Smarties?
This is an easy recipe to follow, and isn’t too time-consuming.
230 grams (1 3/4 cups) self-raising flour
150 grams (3/4 cup) granulated white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
120 grams (1/2 cup) melted butter or margarine
2 large bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Roughly two and a half tubes’ worth of Smarties (or chocolate chips for a similar result)
This mixture will yield 22 cupcakes.
In one bowl combine your flour, sugar & salt. In another combine your eggs, butter, mashed bananas & vanilla. Tip one into the other and mix together, but don’t worry so much about making a smooth mix – it still needs to be lumpy ideally.
Mix in the Smarties, then spoon into each cake case.
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 (180C or 350F), then place in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
They turned out great! Banana cake is always nice, regardless of what you add to it, and isn’t too difficult to make, so I’d recommend something like this if you’re looking for something simple but fun.
This evening I discovered that it was in fact ‘World Cocktail Day’, via Twitter – well, who am I to argue? I decided to try putting something together, using what I already had in stock, and this was the result.
In this order:
A shot of Cococabana coconut rum
A dash of Honey Jack Daniel’s
A couple of grapes injected with grenadine, with a little more grenadine added on top
Considering it was completely improvised on the spot, I couldn’t have been happier with this, it tastes great.
As an aside , this is worth trying in itself – grapes injected with grenadine and Blue Curacao. This is something I first tried last year, and occasionally add to cocktails as a result.
These were actually among the first themed shots that I created last year, when I started to play around with shots using popular culture as inspiration, so thought it was about time I posted them up here.
The ‘Minion’ shot
I’ve made a whole load of cocktails using banana juice (also very nice on its own), this was the first shot. Mix two parts banana juice with one part orange juice, just enough to get a bolder yellow colour, then add a dash of Blue Curacao.
The ‘Frozen’ shot
This actually happened after a request from a friend, a fan of Frozen, to make one based on the animated film.
Simply a measure of Bitter Lemon, with a dash of Blue Curacao.
Have fun trying these, there will be more to come.