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Five Cool Foodie Ideas From Pinterest

Get your foodie inspiration firing and your taste buds zinging with my cool foodie ideas from Pinterest!

I’m a little bit addicted to Pinterest.  It’s one of those dangerous places where you can innocently go while you have a spare 5 minutes, only to realise 2 hours later, that your children are unfed and your washing un-cleaned…but hey, you’ve got some bitchin’ ideas on what to do with that funny space under the stairs!

Those of you who already follow me on Pinterest may have come across my ‘Cool Foodie Ideas’ board.  This is where I pin away all those clever little culinary tricks that I spot while browsing for inspiration.  Today I want to share a few of those gems on my blog.

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So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the wonderful world of Cool Foodie Ideas from Pinterest!

1: Watermelon Ice from Taste & Tell

This is such a simple concept but I’ve never thought to do it before! This summer I will definitely be giving it a go. Doesn’t it look refreshing?

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Image from taste and tell

2: Nutella & Banana Sushi from Paging Fun Mums!

I LOVE this! How cool do this little sushi look?  Another super-simple idea that produces really fun and exciting results.

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3: No Washing Up Ham, Egg & Cheese Bread Bowls from Recipe Tin Eats

This takes one pot meals a step further, using no pots at all! I’m all for it.  These would be great for taking on picnics don’t you think?

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Image from Recipe Tin Eats

4: Frozen Banana Bites from She Knows

These little guys look absolutely amazing! I think they’d make great little treats to serve guests with a cup of coffee after dinner. 🙂

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Image from She Knows

5: Pineapple Infused Vodka from My Baking Addiction

Ok, so this one is more of a ‘Cool Drinkie Idea’ than a foodie one – but it still definitely deserves a place on the list because it sounds delicious!

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Image from My Baking Addiction

So there they are – pretty cool I think you’ll agree!  Let me know in the comments what other cool foodie ideas you find 🙂

Five Homemade Gifts With Vodka

Both hubby and I drank vodka as students.  It was cheap and reasonably palatable (our mixer of choice was limeade – you could buy a 2 litre bottle for about 50p! We were classy kids in those days…)  Nearly 20 years on and we still find ourselves being given bottles of vodka by well meaning friends and relatives.  Neither of us drinks the stuff anymore (quite frankly we had enough to last a lifetime at uni!) but I’m still very pleased to receive it because it’s so versatile when it comes to homemade gift giving.  Here are five of my favourite gifts with vodka…

1) Limoncello

Limoncello – BBC Good Food

Everyone’s favourite holiday liqueur! SO easy to make and a fab gift to receive.

Limoncello Recipe – BBC Good Food

2) Blackberry Vodka

Nigella has done a great recipe for this.  It transforms the vodka into something sweet and delicious – think alcoholic Ribena!  The recipe isn’t online so here’s a quick rundown:

You will need:

1 x 70 cl bottle vodka

500 g blackberries

200 g caster sugar

  • Sterilise a 1.5 litre bottle or jar and pour in the vodka, blackberries & sugar.  Seal and shake until the sugar dissolves (this takes a while!)
  • Store in a cool, dry place and shake each day for 2 weeks and then once a week for another month
  • After 6-8 weeks your vodka is ready to strain and decant into the (sterilised) bottles of your choice
  • The booze soaked berries can be enjoyed with ice cream 🙂

3) Arancello (spiced vodka)

Spiced Arancello – BBC Good Food

This is really unusual but absolutely yummy. Like Limoncello, it’s a tasty little tipple but is also great on puddings.

Arancello Recipe – BBC Good Food

4) Vanilla Extracts

Just so you don’t think I’m a complete booze hound! I get through quite a bit of this stuff and it’s not cheap so I was very excited when I discovered that it could be made so easily.

You will need:

1 x 70 cl bottle vodka

2 vanilla pods

  • Cut your vanilla pods in half lengthways, so as to expose the lovely, fragrant seeds
  • Add them to your bottle of vodka and store in a cool, dark place.
  • Shake occasionally and leave for around 6 months before decanting into some pretty (sterilised) bottles

The same theory can be used for other flavoured extracts too – orange or lemon peel can be used to make lovely citrus extracts. Some mint leaves can be used for (you’ve guessed it!) mint extract. Why not experiment with other ingredients and see what exciting extracts you can come up with?

5) Chilli Vodka

Just give on it’s own, or add some tomato juice, Worcester Sauce and Tabasco to make a great little Bloody Mary Kit.  Perfect for those Christmas hangover brunches 😉

You will need:

1 x 70 cl bottle vodka

2 red chillis

So simple – just stick your chillis in your vodka and leave them to infuse for a couple of weeks.  If you’re giving as a gift, then feel free to decant into a pretty bottle and add your own label!

What do you think?

Get in touch and let me know if there are any other vodka based homemade gifts that you make!

Homemade lemonade

How to make your cold drinks cooler – No.5: Drink homemade lemonade!

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Frankly, most things taste better when they’re homemade.  PLUS they tend to be cheaper, PLUS you get to feel pretty smug.  There are soooo many combinations you can try.  Seriously, just type ‘drinks recipes’ into Google and see what comes up!  To get you started, here’s a quick recipe for an old favourite, and our eponymous hero, homemade lemonade…

This recipe is a slightly sweeter version of a recipe taken from Nigella Express and is so easy you have to try it!

Cloudy Homemade Lemonade

– Serves 4-6

You will need:

1 litre chilled fizzy water

2 unwaxed lemons cut into eighths

6 tbs castor sugar

ice

  • Put the water, lemon and sugar into a blender and blitz until the lemon is puréed (you may need to do this in batches)
  • Pass through a sieve and serve over ice.
  • Sip in the sunshine with a good friend or a good book 🙂

Something to try…

Why not throw in a few strawberries or raspberries to make it a bit different?

Alternatively, add a little tipple of your choice to spice it up a bit

For a lemon slushy, just add the ice into the blender along with all the other ingredients!

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Ewwww! That’s gross! No, no, no – I’m not talking anything unhygienic here.  I just mean trying something a little different in your presentation…

No. 4: Go communal

Last year we went to Majorca for a week with family and friends.  One evening, we went to this really cool little local bar for cocktails (picture lots of trendy people lounging around on big cushions and futons with artily hung fabrics overhead providing much needed shade).  Imagine my excitement when the waiter brought over a big bowl with lots of long straws for all of us to share!  Sadly, I could only have a few sips because it was pretty potent and I was pregnant at the time, but the idea has stuck with me and I’m determined to try it myself sometime.

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Picture from Pinterest

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Drinks tips: 5 ways to make your cold drinks cooler

Who knew that just plain old water could be made into something so much more special? (Well, Jesus did I guess… but I’m not talking quite as magical as water into wine here..) Check out number 3 in my drinks tips series to see exactly what I am talking about…

No.3: H2 WOAH!

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Picture from Pinterest

Most of us should be drinking more water.  Even I should drink more, and I’m evangelical about it – just ask my husband!  He has a headache, I tell him to have some water, he feels tired, I tell him to have some water… you get the idea!  There’s nothing in the rules that says it has to be kept plain though right?  So treat yourself and add a little sparkle (I don’t mean literally – but hey, you could do that too) to your 8 glasses a day.  Some ideas are:

Ice (always!)

Mint (or try other herbs)

Lemon, Lime, Orange

Berries

Whisky….just kidding! (sort of…)

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Drinks Tips: 5 ways to make your cold drinks cooler

Continuing my series on how your can wow your friends with new and exciting ways to pimp up your drinks…

No. 2: Drink outside the box! 

I spend a lot of time looking at my glasses and wishing I had cooler ones, then looking at cooler glasses and how much they cost and wishing I had more money.  Turns out there are ways to keep it cheap AND cool!  Hurrah!

I love this idea of serving drinks in jam jars – your friends will either think you’ve lost it or that you’re SUPER cool (I’m pretty sure it’ll be the latter…)

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picture from Pinterest

 

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Drinks Tips – Make your cold drinks cooler

Drinks Tips: 5 ways to make your cold drinks cooler

So it’s a hot Summer’s day and you’ve got a garden full of guests who are starting to feel the burn.  If you hand them a nice glass of something cold and wet, they’re going to be pretty chuffed, BUT if you try one of my drinks tips to make your cold drinks cooler? Well, they’re just going to be incredibly impressed and want to be your friend forever…

No. 1: Pimp up your ice cubes

drinks tipsWhy serve plain old ice cubes in your drinks when it’s so easy to make them more exciting?  There are endless variations you can try.  Here are just a few…

Berries

Mint

Lemon & lime

Edible flowers (very pretty!)

Sweets (jelly type sweets work well)

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