So after a beaut meal at the Wig and Pen we’ve come home to a night in of Cocktails and Captain America. Yum (cue: stop drooling, or try).
This week’s Saturday night treat is a gin special with fresh raspberries; fresh, zingy and so so tasty.
- You will need (per glass):
- 1 shot of gin (my choice is tanqueray or portobello road)
- 1 dash of lemon vodka (I used grey goose)
- 6 raspberries, plus more to garnish
- elderflower sparkling water
- Add the ice a raspberries to a glass, for a quirky feel why not try using jam jar style. Muddle together until the raspberries are broken up.
- Add your spirits to the glass and mix.
- To finish fill the rest of the glass half up with tonic and the rest with sparkling elderflower water. Add more raspberries to garnish and enjoy!!
This is my recipe for my ultimate favourite dip Tzatziki. This is a real taste of holiday and always brings me a sunny feeling. For over 10 years I have holidayed in Cyprus or Greek island where this dip is an ultimate staple. When eating Greek you NEED this dip. I love it.
You will need:
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 300g Greek Yoghurt (full fat, low fat, whatever you fancy)
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 15- 20 Fresh Mint Leaves
- Juice of 1/2 to 1 Lemon
- Salt and Pepper to season
- In a preheated oven, roast the whole garlic cloves in an oven proof dish for about 5 mins, take out and allow to cool. This gives the dip the garlic flavour without the sharp raw taste.
- Next, prepare your cucumber. Use half and coarsely grate and finely chop the other half.
- Add a pinch of salt to the cucumber mix and allow to sit for a couple of mins. Squeeze out and drain as much water as you can get out to ensure that the dip isn’t too wet.
- Finely chop the mint and add to the cucumber; I find an easy way of doing this is to pile all the mint leaves up, rolling them together and then chopping it up.
- Once the garlic has cooled, remove its skin and finely chop. Add to the cucumber mix.
- Add the yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and give a good mix. Taste and add more seasoning if you desire.. and done!!
This is a great simple dip which is great to impress your friends or just to simply ‘pimp up’ your meal and will keep good in the fridge for a fair few days. An instant taste of summer perfect for all year round.
Ever since visiting Bruges last month (I’ll tell you all about it soon), I have changed from just loving beer to having a slight obsession. I can’t get enough. I’m constantly on the lookout for new beers to try at any opportunity and saw this American craft beef earlier from…. Home bargains. Well I must say, this beer just did it for me pale, semi strong (5.8%) and full of flavour without being to overpowering. I’ll definitely be giving this another go.
If your anything like me you need your lunch to be tasty, interesting and fresh. I easily get bored with eating the same foods everyday and you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!! Yesterdays lunch was no different and was inspired by the block of Halloumi sat in my fridge purchased on last weekends shop. This is quick, easy and not only a great for lunch but also good as part of a Meze or platter.
(the below recipe was for my lunch and is enough for one person)
You will need:
- 1/3 block Halloumi Cheese, cut into cubes (1-2cm)
- Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
- 3-4 Mint Leaves Chopped
- pinch of Oregano (fresh or dried)
- Black Pepper to season
- Salad to serve (or whatever else you choose)
- Put the cubes of Halloumi in a bowl with the lemon juice, mint, oregano and black pepper, mix, cover and leave to marinade for 30 mins.
- Thread the Halloumi onto skewers and place into a preheated frying pan/ griddle. Save the remains of the marinade in the bowl, you will need this later.
- Grill each side for 30 secs- 1 min until you see and nice golden crust forming. Once all four sides are cooked, turn off the heat and pour over the remainder of the marinade which will start to sizzle in the pan.
- Take out of the pan and serve with whatever you fancy.
I enjoyed mine with salad, Tzatiki and these little Pearl Onion from Aldi. To top it all off the sun was shining and I managed to enjoy my lunch al fresco.
And today, because it’s Friday it’s going to be good old Fish & Chips.
I came accross this recipe for this quick, simple yet indulgent and impressive in a magazine and couldn’t wait to create it. Made ahead will prove showstopper for any party, a perfect summer dessert, it’s messy and loads of fun.
You will need:
- 250g Caramel Biscuits (or digestives will do the trick)
- 85g Melted Butter
- 500g Vanilla Ice Cream (I used Carte Dor but any good quality would do)
- 140g Honeycomb (See yesterdays post for the recipe [you will need to use about half of what you made])
- 400g Raspberries
- Approx 20cm loose bottom pie dish
- Crush or blitz the biscuit until they resemble crumbs and mix with the butter. Line the pie dish making sure the bottom and all of the sides of dish are covered. Put in the fridge for a minimum of 30 mins until the filling is ready.
- Take the ice cream out the freezer and leave to slightly defrost.
- While its defrosting tip half the raspberries in a large bowl and crush using a masher, the back of a fork or whatever you have to hand.
- Add half the Honeycomb to the raspberries and tip over the softened ice cream. Spoon together until the mixture has a marbled effect.
- Tip the mixture into the prepared base and flatten down. Put in the freezer to set for a minimum of 4 hours (I would recommend overnight to allow the mix to become more solid as it makes the cake easier to handle)
- Just before you are about to serve the cake take it out the freezer and decorate with the rest of the raspberries & honeycomb. Enjoy!!
If you don’t fancy Vanilla Ice Cream & Raspberries Why not try using Rich Chocolate ice cream and topping with Black Cherries to make the cake even more indulgent. Why not serve with the Quick and Easy Caramel Sauce from my earlier post.
Heres a simple recipe for honeycomb, it may seem daunting but as long as your careful this will be easy (and safe). Ps. this can be used to make the recipe in my next post which all I can tell you it will include ice cream and caramel biscuits.
You will need:
- 200g Caster Sugar
- 5 tablespoons Golden Syrup
- 2 teaspoons Bicarbonate of Soda
- Large, deep sided baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
- Mix the sugar and golden syrup in a good large saucepan and heat, do not stir.
- Leave bubbling for 2-3 mins until the mix has turned a rich golden brown colour.
- Add the bicarbonate of soda to the pan and give it a quick mix, this will start bubbling and will be hot- be careful!!.
- Turn off the heat and carefully pour onto your prepared baking tray (if you want to take extra precaution you may want to wear your best oven mitts for this).
- Leave to cool over night, break up and enjoy.
If you’re a fan of crunchies why not make your own by dipping your honeycomb pieces in melted chocolate and allow to set, or to take it up a notch put honeycomb onto skewers and make you own crunchie pops.
I was absolutely ecstatic this week to read that 3 North Yorkshire businesses had worked together to combine 2 of my favourite things, gin (in fact this is more than likely my most favourite thing, ever!) and ice cream! Wow.
SLOEmotion, Brymor Dairy and Hunters of Helmsley have come up with the worlds first sloe gin truffle ice cream. The ice cream is made using milk from Guernsey cows and rippled with sloe fruit ganache spiked with gin and dark chocolate chips, all locally sourced. I need need need to try this!! It’s available this summer at Hunters deli. Race you there.
I was very wrong in thinking that The Common Room on Devonshire Street, Sheffield was just a pool hall, it is in fact home to some of the best American food and Cocktails I have ever had.
After a long week at work all I wanted on a Friday was a couple of drinks (or maybe a few) and some good food so headed to my favourite street and it did not disappoint.
What to eat: As I am one. very indecisive and two. like to have a bit of everything we chose a mixture of starters/ sides and sharers. Pulled pork and burnt ends were good, you can definitely taste the benefit of the in-house smokers but I must say the stars of the show were the mac & cheese and shredded beef philly cheese topped fries. The cheesyness of the sauce was just amazing (as a cheese fanatic myself this is a must!) and the fries were just what I needed.
What to drink: The evening was started with a pint of local ‘guest ale’ which never fails to hit the spot. Then after dinner it was time for dessert cocktails, a mojito never fails then it was gin time with a Gin Ting which was like nothing I’d ever had before with ginger beer and lemongrass, wow. Needless to say after these I was on happy (and very full) bunny.
When eating here make sure you sit in the bar area ‘booths’ the atmosphere is spot on and as the night gets later you get a laugh from the wobbly after work drinkers. I also must say I was very impressed with the condiment offering, alongside the Hendersons (seeing this always makes me a happy girl) there was also offerings of favoured BBQ Sauces which I’m pretty certain were homemade. I lathered my food in Chipotle BBQ sauce which had all the flavour of the chipotle and a slight heat, winner!!
If you like good American food or just want a decent drink (or both in my case) I would definitely recommended coming here, I’ve been a couple of times now and was very impressed.