Eat well - travel often

Month: July 2014

How to spice things up with Tabasco this summer

How to spice things up with Tabasco this summer

I was invited to attend an event put together by Tabasco and which was held at The Cookery School (at Little Portland Street) in London. We were assembled ready to prepare a meal using the fab range of Tabasco sauces, Mild Jalapeno, Original, Smokey Chipotle […]

Adult Ice Cream time!

Adult Ice Cream time!

Watching the grandchildren with their home made smoothie ice lollies and fruit juice ice treats got me thinking – what about the adults? I came up with a cunning plan after I bought a nice lolly mould reduced in the supermarket!  Which liqueurs or spirits would […]

How to make the perfect Mojito at The Snug Bar St Albans

How to make the perfect Mojito at The Snug Bar St Albans

Following our recent review meal at The Snug Bar in St Albans, Mr R and I were invited back, this time for a Cocktail Masterclass.

After assembling we met Ryan our Bar Teacher for the evening, firstly giving us a lesson in pouring. Pour too much and you are giving away your profits – pour too little and you are cheating the customer. We were all very adept (or lucky) and picked up the ‘Pour’, graduating from water to the real thing.

First up we split into two groups of three and were shown how to make the perfect Mojito. I love Mojito so was in my element making this cocktail. It’s all about the mixture, the muddling of the mint, the ice, the rum and the shake!!

 
 

After learning how to pour without measuring and how to make the classic Mojito we sat down to a selection of the fabulous and delicious snacks The Snug have to offer.

We went on to make another cocktail using Jack Daniels called A Cherry Jack due to the inclusion of Maraschino cherry juice. This was a bit on the sweet side but considering I don’t really drink Jack Daniels it was really nice!

The next cocktail was an ‘Old Fashioned’.

As we were doing all this behind the bar and it was open to the public we were getting some funny looks! I didn’t really like this one and gave it to a customer waiting at the bar to get served.  Her face when given a free cocktail was lovely.

The Snug Bar in St Albans runs the Cocktail Masterclasses at various times throughout the year and they are perfect for corporate events, hen and stag nights and just a fun adult family evening.

Many thanks to The Snug Bar St Albans for inviting Mr R and myself to have an evening of fun, food and cocktails!  All opinions and photos are as usual my own.

Summer Perks – Week 2!

Summer Perks – Week 2!

Perk!er is a small UK company with a passion to create a range of gluten free treats that are tasty and nutritious with nutritious breakfasts, indulgent treats and delicious breads. As part of Perk!er’s ‘Perk up Your Summer’ campaign I get a surprise box each […]

CafePod – Clever Coffee Capsule

CafePod – Clever Coffee Capsule

We do love our coffee in this household and Mr R especially loves his Nespresso machine. This machine uses little sealed capsules to ensure you get the perfect fresh cup every time. The only drawback is that the capsules are not sold in shops which […]

How to Turn Courgettes into Courgette and Pecan Muffins

How to Turn Courgettes into Courgette and Pecan Muffins

When I went to stay with my sister in North Carolina I asked Mr R to keep an eye on the courgettes on our allotment and to pick them as they were ready.  The last week I was away he didn’t have time to pop up to the allotment and I came home to quite a lot of very large courgettes (zucchini).

I am making loads of recipes such as courgette ‘spaghetti’,

courgette stuffed pepper,

courgette relish and loads more but today I made some really tasty muffins with a couple of the courgettes and some fresh pecan nuts I brought home from North Carolina with me.

Courgette & Pecan Muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped raisins
2 medium eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded courgettes (zucchini)

Method:
* Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel and nutmeg,
* Stir in the nuts and raisins,
* In a separate bowl beat together the eggs, milk and veg oil,
* Stir in the courgettes (zucchini),
* Add to the flour mixture, stirring just until combined; do not overmix,
* Fill well greased muffin tin or use paper muffin cases 2/3 full with the batter,
* Bake in a preheated oven, 170oC/375oF for 20-25 minutes.
* Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing from the pan or taking the paper wrappers off.

Makes 12-14 muffins

How to get addicted to Patron Tequila

How to get addicted to Patron Tequila

At this year’s Food Blogger Connect there was a plethera of food and drink stalls for use to visit on an unlimited basis throughout the conference (as there usually is!) . The one that surprised me was Patron Tequila! This was the first time I […]

Summer Perks -Part 1

Summer Perks -Part 1

Summer time and we love to go on pic-nics! Usually I just pack the coleslaw, cold chicken, French stick, potato salad etc however following a three week family visit in the USA I wanted take something a bit healthy on the pic-nic! My hamper comes […]

Fun and Food at The Lounge Odeon Cinema – El Jeffe (The Chef)

Fun and Food at The Lounge Odeon Cinema – El Jeffe (The Chef)

I love going to the cinema to see the latest release so attending the preview of El Jefe (The Chef) was an event not to be missed.

My pal Val and I were invited to watch the film at the Odeon Cinema, Whiteley’s Department Store, Bayswater Road in West London.

The Lounge is a collection of five small screening rooms upstairs in the cinema, each seating only 48 peoplewhere you pay a bit more to have the availability of a great bar and fine food whilst seated by just pushing a button.

The Lounge is perfect for corporate events, presentations, team building, birthday parties and more.

and luxurious seats you can order snacks from your seat.

Before the show we were offered Cuban cocktails to tie in with the Cuban theme of the film.

Coco Loco – Havana 3 yr old run, amaretto, maliby, grenadine, pineapple and coconut puree
Little Prince – perfect blend of Havana 7 year old rum and sweet vermouth

During the film we were served ‘Cubanos’ Cuban sandwiches featured in the film.

I loved the luxury and the convenience of The Lounge.

The film El Jefe features John Favreau (who wrote and directed the film as well as starred in it) as Carl Casper, a chef who finds it impossible to continue working for his boss (Dustin Hoffman) and after suffering a humiliation from a bad review from one of the top restaurant critic bloggers he quits. Following some persuasion from his ex-wife he collects and renovates a food van with the help of his son, played by the emerging actor Emjay Anthony.
The pair, along with good friend drive the food van home from Miami to LA and with the help of the boy’s posts on a Twitter and Facebook alerting the cities on route, the food truck is an outstanding success. They eventually end up serving the critic who loves the food and the pair strike up a partnership but I don’t want to give away the ending!
 
The film also stars Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr.

I was the guest of The Lounge and did not receive any payment. All opinions and photos are my own.