I haven’t posted anything on my blog lately about cocktails and drinks. While I love cooking and baking, hubby loves to get in his bar and mix up some concoctions for me and family. He loves to keep his bar fully stocked with different liqueurs and spirits.
Just like me, he experiments with flavours and textures with his drinks. He can make me a lovely refreshing cocktail and at the same time, whip up a delicious mocktail for the kiddies to enjoy.
Here are a few Hubby has mixed up and have come up a treat.
Pimms and lemon squash
Mai Tai: White rum, Malibu, orange juice and grenadine
Blue Sky Colado: Malibu, coconut milk, blue caraco, pineapple juice and sugar syrup
Sexy Cider: Sparkling White wine, Calvados, apple juice and fresh berries
And Hubby’s favourite at the moment …
Vodka and Lime Crush:
1/3 cup caster sugar
4 limes, cut into wedges
Crushed ice, to serve
Chilled lemonade, to serve
1. Place the sugar and lime wedges in a mortar and pound with a pestle until the lime is crushed.
2. Add the vodka and ice and pound to crush.
3.Divide among serving glassed and top up with lemonade
For more drink ideas and inspiration, check out my instagram feed and search for #DrinksMadeByHubby.
Do you know it’s International Ice cream month? No? well, you do now…
It just so happens July is also Deanna’s birthday month. What better way to celebrate than having an ice cream party. It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of winter here in Melbourne, ice cream is always welcome with my family.
Deanna was lucky enough to create her very own flavour to celebrate. Harry’s ice cream asked us to create a flavour that they would make for us in their factory in Brunswick. After many discussions between Deanna and myself, we came up with…
Cotton Candy ice cream with marshmallow pieces and strawberry swirl. It definitely is a fun flavour with a touch of a princess :)
Along with the Cotton candy ice cream, we were also sent Pavlova and sticky date flavoured ice creams. O.M.G. that sticky date! I had various toppings that our guests were able to add.
We had our family over to help celebrate and had lots of fun doing it.
Thanks to Harry’s Ice cream, we were able to have our creation made up in a couple of weeks. It usually takes 6 months of research to develop their perfect flavours before it hits the freezer shelves of Woolworths supermarkets. You can see Harry’s full range here or you can also see my recipe of Leche Flan Ice cream using Harry’s base ice cream recipe here.
This one has been sitting and waiting to be blogged. I don’t know why it took me so long because I really wanted to share this recipe with you as it’s a family favourite. You will never have a boring sandwich for your picnics ever again!
This was the first time I’ve made a stromboli. I’ve made similar loaves but this one was far the best one I’ve made and eaten. We took it out on one of our family days and it was a hit with the family. It’s basically a sandwich and filling baked all in one. You can choose what ever filling you and your family wants. I made one with two different fillings. One side for me and hubby with roasted peppers, pastrami, salami, and mozzarella cheese while I filled the other half with ham and cheddar cheese for the kids. A two in one!!
The recipe below is slight variation from Jo Wheatly, the winner of BBC’s The Great British Bake Off.
- 340g strong white flour (bread flour), plus extra for kneading
- 7g fast action yeast
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 200ml warm water
- 4 springs of rosemary
- 1 jar of basil and parmesan tapenade
- 1 small jar of roasted peppers in olive oil
- 100g sun-dried tomatoes
- 150g mozzarella cheese
- Combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
- Add 2tbs of olive oil from the roasted peppers and add 200 ml of the water. Mix until you have a soft dough.
- Knead with hands for 10 mins or mixer with a dough hook for 6 mins.
- Once the dough is smooth and elastic, place in a large oiled bowl . Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead for 1 minute to knock back and then roll into a 40cm x 20cm rectangle.
- Spread the tapenade then scatter the fillings evenly over the dough.
- Fold the shorter ends of the rectangle over and roll the dough into a tight Swiss roll spiral.
- Carefully transfer to a baking tray with the seam on the bottom.
- Cover with oiled cling film and leave to prove again for another 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat over to 220degC (200degC fanforced)
- Brush with a little olive oil and push the rosemary springs onto the top.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 mins until golden brown, then turn down the temperature to 200degC (180degC fanforced) for another 10 minutes
- Cool and then cut into thick slices to serve.
Make time to sit down and enjoy an afternoon treat. Lately life seems to go by so quickly. Life is fast paced and full of activity. For me, working long hour days, I don’t get the chance to sit down and enjoy and a cup of coffee or a pot of tea with a little treat.
Having some down time is very important. It’s time to collect thoughts and enjoy some quiet time. I know it’s hard. Even though I sit down, I’m constantly thinking about planning our family meals for next week or what chores and events I need to attend to next weekend.
The ritual of sitting down for a cuppa is long gone but I would like to bring it back. I enjoy a cup of coffee or sometimes a pot of freshly brewed tea. I always need to accompany my drink of choice with a sweet treat. Of late, I have put aside my Sunday afternoon, even for just half an hour to sit down, enjoy a cuppa. I often read a magazine while partaking in a sweet treat.
If I can do it al fresco, it’s even better.
For treats, I like scones. I’ve recently had the delicious range of scones from baker’s delight. Or if you’re up to baking up a storm to create your own special treat to enjoy, you can look here for some of my recipes.
Scones and the Christina Re tea cup came courtesy of Baker’s Delight and Keep Left PR