With summer coming in strong, I wanted to create something in the cocktail vein that would also help keep things a little cooler.
Echo Falls’ peach & mango wine
Bitter Lemon (optional)
Blue Curacao-injected grapes (optional)
I took a mixing jug and poured in one part wine to three parts pineapple juice (to ensure it froze properly), then added a dash of orange juice. I then poured it carefully into an ice tray, dripped in some grenadine into one half of the cubes with a straw, then placed in the freezer.
Around 90 minutes into freezing time, I then took the tray out and dripped in some grenadine into the remaining cubes, so that they looked like this….
Thought I’d see if I could get a marbled effect. I then placed them back into the freezer, to remain there overnight.
This was the end result.
To serve, I poured a glass of bitter lemon, added a couple of cubes and also threw in a couple of grapes that I had injected with blue curacao.
I was quite pleased with the result, both visually and taste-wise, and may play with the idea again in the future.
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.