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 […]
Month: July 2014
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 […]
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.
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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
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)
* 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
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 […]
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.
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.
I was the guest of The Lounge and did not receive any payment. All opinions and photos are my own.