I slept in a different bed last night.
In a different room!
Don’t worry it was in my own house and I was on my own.
This morning I awoke to a surprise…
The sun was shining!!!
I spent the morning being reacquainted with the weeds in my garden.
I wonder which of my Toyboys will prepare a pleasant refreshing drink for me later in the afternoon? I fancy a…
500ml Cranberry juice
225 ml fresh orange juice
A few ice cubes
Combine the chilled cranberry and orange juice with the juice from half the lime. Add the ice cubes and serve with slices of lime.
For an extra kick, add a good splash of chilled Vodka.
Since this is a holiday weekend I have something a little Special.
A treat from The Magpie’s Nest. Regular visitors here will be very familiar with hints, tips and recipes added in the comment box by Magpie 11. On the day we were talking about Skittles Vodka, Magpie asked if we would like a recipe for Cherry brandy. How could I refuse? So over to Magpie 11:>
Take as many ripe black cherries as possible and snip the stalks off then prick the cherries a few times with a bodkin (or other large needle). Place the cherries in a large jar and add sugar (just sling it in) cover well the whole lot with not too expensive Brandy or Marc cover/screw down the lid. Leave to mature for a minimum of 4 months (or, if you forget it’s there, for four years!!!!) in a dark place. (the dark place is actually important.)
After six months taste from time to time (you may want to add a bit more sugar or Brandy, or even more cherries) too much testing can lead to unforeseen results such as…nothing left at the end of the process. When you are satisfied strain off the liquor and bottle in dark bottles.
The cherries can then be eaten a few at a time or fed to your local school site services officer (aka caretaker).
I once left a container full in the staff room fridge. The head accused the caretaker of drinking on the job. We let her taste the cherries and take a few home and she withdrew the accusation. Well, he wasn’t drinking.
Myself…I don’t actually like Cherry brandy or brandied cherries… I did enjoy the one I made with Blackcurrants and vodka(and a few leaves of lemon balm) and apparently using gin and blackcurrants makes a great drink…. and of course there’s Sloe gin or Sloe whiskey…..
Unfortunately I am not allowed to set up a still other wise I’d be well set to experiment!
Mango, Banana and Orange Juice
Makes 2-3 glasses
This smoothie is filling and fibre-rich, but you have to drink it more or less straight away, as the bananas and mangoes will give the drink a sludgy grey colour in quite a short time.
1 large mango, peeled, stone removed and sliced
2 bananas, peeled
300ml orange juice
Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.
1 ripe banana
½ cup non-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 cup crushed ice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
lime wedge or banana slice, for garnish
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into a large glass and garnish with a lime wedge or banana slice.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh pineapple
¾ cup soymilk
1 tablespoon honey or sugar (optional)
Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
With all the good weather about it is time for outdoor living and BBQs. There is nothing like a good punch to to get the party going.
3 Bottles of medium sweet white Wine
1 Bottle Gin
2 Bottles orange (dilute able)
Mix wine and gin with one bottle of orange. Add extra orange to taste.Serve in a large bowl decorated with sugar and orange slices.
(75 glasses approx)
Punch with Champagne and Cointreau
1 bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine
2 bottles white wine
½ bottle Cointreau
1 punnet of fresh strawberries, washed & halved.
Mix champagne, wine & Cointreau add halved strawberries just before serving.
And if you want something for the drivers why not try this one:
1litre Cranberry juice
450ml fresh Orange Juice
A few ice cubes
Combine the chilled cranberry and orange juice with the juice from half the lime.Add the ice cubes and serve with slices of lime.
If there are no drivers try adding an extra kick with a good splash of chilled Vodka.
No Nancy, that was Vodka and not Vinegar! 🙄
A winter weekend with friends around a real fire is bliss. Add a jug of mulled wine for a heart warming experience!
Servings: 8 Glasses
1 Bottle Claret
¼ pint Water
pared Rind of 1 Orange
Put claret, brandy, water, sugar and nutmeg into a saucepan.Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, making sure the liquid is really hot.Remove nutmeg and pour into warmed glasses.Put a small piece of orange rind into each glass.