Archive of ‘alcoholic’ category

Vegetarian Mincemeat Recipe (And A Giveaway)

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

It never feels like Christmas is close for me until I’ve had my first mince pie; they are an absolute essential in making me feel festive and I love them. While I enjoy most mince pies, shop bought or otherwise, as with most things you just can’t beat homemade ones, and if you do make your own then you get the bonus of festive baking, which always helps to put me in a Christmassy mood. If you are going to go through the effort of making your own (and they really aren’t that much effort at all), then you might as well make your own mincemeat too – again, homemade is so much better than shop bought. (more…)

Feeney’s Gingerbread Latte Martini

Gingerbread latte martini made with Feeney's Irish Cream and homemade gingerbread syrup; the ideal Christmas cocktail!

This post is sponsored by Feeney’s

Are you prepared for Christmas yet? Most years I’m super organised and have all my gift shopping finished by now, but this year I haven’t bought a single thing yet and don’t even know what to get anyone. I have put my Christmas tree up though, I usually wait until about the 15th to decorate it but I wanted to use it as a backdrop for food photos so up it went! (With much complaining from my fiancé – he’s not big on Christmas). (more…)

Rich Christmas Fruitcake

Rich Christmas fruitcake packed full of rum soaked fruit. Make in advance and feed regularly with rum, whiskey, brandy or sherry

So it is somehow December already and I have done no Christmas shopping or planning whatsoever; I wont be hosting Christmas lunch (my house is essentially a building site at the moment) but I do need to make dessert and some Christmassy nibbles. I did manage to be organised enough to bake a rich Christmas fruitcake last week though; I haven’t yet decided how I want to decorate it but I’ve got a few weeks left to come up with something. (more…)

Chocolate Porter (Or Stout) Ice Cream & A Giveaway

milk chocolate porter (or stout) beer ice cream with porter caramel sauce

It was only a few years ago, while managing a country pub, that I started to like beer; before then I had found the taste too bitter. But maybe something to do with the fact that I was serving many pints of it a day and taking care of the casks in the cellar changed my mind, and I grew to appreciate the bitterness. I have not however managed to grow to like drinking stout or porter, it is just too strong for me; but, pair it with chocolate and add to to ice cream (or cake) then it is a whole different story. Used in this way the deep, rich flavour complements and accentuates the chocolate and adds a malty flavour without overpowering. It is in short, utterly delicious.

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Vegan Roasted Banana Ice Cream With Rum Coconut Caramel Swirl & June 2016 Degustabox Review

Vegan roasted banana ice cream with rum coconut caramel swirlI absolutely could never, and would never, go vegan. This is for two main reasons, those being cheese, and ice cream; which are probably my favourite food groups (don’t try telling me that vegan “cheese” is any kind of substitute for the real stuff). That being said, I do occasionally make a vegan recipe, more out of necessity than on purpose – because I’ve run out of eggs for example. In the case of this vegan roasted banana ice cream, I had some bananas that needed to be used up and fancied making ice cream with them but didn’t have any cream in the house; I did however have a tin of coconut milk; so there you go, accidental vegan ice cream. (more…)

Chocolate Stout Cake With Stout Ganache (Guinness Chocolate Cake)

Chocolate stout cake with stout ganache

So much for Summer; for the last week we’ve had nothing but grey skies and rain. It has been properly gloomy, but SO uncomfortably humid; especially at night, when we all, including Ringo the dog, have been struggling to sleep. There has been so much rain in fact that there has even been quite a bit of flooding near my house… in Birmingham! The gloomy weather and lack of sleep called for cake, chocolate cake to be specific. Dark, dense and richly flavoured chocolate stout cake, topped with a thick layer of silky-smooth stout ganache; grown-up chocolate cake heaven. (more…)

Sausages With Beer Pretzel Buns, Beer Braised Onions & Roasted Garlic Butter

Sausages with beer pretzel hot dog buns, beer braised onions and roasted garlic butter

So apparently this week is #NationalBBQWeek, but as I write this it is dark, wet and miserable outside, most decidedly NOT barbecue weather…hopefully it will pick up for the weekend in time to get the BBQ out (not that I actually even own one…). But even if the weather doesn’t improve, you can still enjoy some BBQ food with these sausages with beer pretzel buns, beer braised onions and roasted garlic butter; as the sausages can just be cooked in a pan or oven. (more…)

Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

Beer pretzel hot dog buns

We attended our first barbecue of the year at the weekend. The weather was glorious, the company couldn’t have been better and the food was plentiful (though not as plentiful as the alcohol…); all in all it was a lovely day and one that I hope to repeat many times over the summer. But I have never actually hosted my own barbecue; we spent many years living in a flat, making barbecues impossible, and although we now have a house, the garden is very narrow, the patio tiny and the whole garden is in quite a state; it needs some serious work doing to it before we can even fit a barbecue out there, let alone more than two people. We intend to sort it out this summer, and when (if) we do, I’ll finally get round to hosting one and will probably vastly over-cater because I can’t have people round without providing waay too much food – can’t risk anyone going hungry! (more…)

Pimm’s Fruit Tarts

Pimm's fruit tarts - crisp citrus shortcrust pastry filled with Pimm's creme patissiere, cucumber & mint jam, strawberries, orange & apple

Did you know that the Queen has not one but two birthdays? Obviously there is her actual birthday, on April 21st; but since 1748 the sovereign of the UK has had an ‘official’ birthday which is generally set around the start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of good weather for outdoor ceremonies. For her 90th birthday this year, June 11th is the official date, but celebrations will begin on June 10th as well as there being events on May 12-15th. (more…)

Gin And Bitter Lemon Sorbet

Gin and bitter lemon sorbet - a light, refreshing grown-up treat

My fiance is a bit of a sorbet fiend, he would eat it almost every day if he could; but I think he got through this batch more quickly than any other sorbet I have ever made before…it must be the gin… And to be fair, this gin and bitter lemon sorbet is pretty much everything you could ever want from a sorbet – light, refreshing, not too sweet and a little bit boozy… (more…)

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