Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cocktails for Beach Wedding Receptions

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Beach Wedding Drinks

 

Getting married on the beach is certainly the most fun and laid back reception you could have, which in turn definitely needs a touch of tropical Cocktails!

Whilst you admire the magnificent sunset and squish your bare feet in the sand, your dream won’t be fully complete without one of those wonderful, I would even say, colourful magic potions.

Make your beach wedding extra special by serving one of my 3 favourite cocktails. You can either suggest these to the barman or even prepare them in advance.

Enter into a journey of colourful beverages!

1.       Green Jade – Creamy & Minty Delight

This lime green cocktail reveals a subtle and unctuous minty smoothness that your guests would sip with style in a martini glass!

What do you need?

To make this cocktail, all you need to do is shake all the ingredients with crushed ice. The ingredients include: 2 shots of Gin, 1 shot of crème de menthe, half a shot of double cream, half a shot of milk, and don’t forget the decisive ingredient, a fresh white egg to get the consistency right. Add a leaf of fresh mint and a fresh cherry for garnish.

2.       Pina Colada – Coconut Enchantment

Here is another creamy cocktail! The sultry Pina Colada is one of those classics that won’t disappoint your guests. The combination of juicy pineapples with the tropical taste of coconut makes this drink a perfect beach cocktail.

What do you need?

Combine the following ingredients in a jug or a blender and pour them into a shaker filled with ice. Simply add 2 oz of pineapple juice, 2 oz of light rum (Bacardi for example), and 1 and half oz of Coconut cream. Blend it, until smooth and pour it in a chilled Collins Glass.

Add a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry for a tropical touch! You can even make it a non alcoholic drink by omitting the rum.

3.       Strawberry Champagne – Tangy & Bubbly Joy

This fantastic Jamie Oliver recipe is perfect to start a long night of festivities!

The harmonious match of strawberry purée and vanilla sugar topped up with refreshing prosecco or champagne will be ideal for a beach wedding.

What do you need?

Bring out the flavour of 250g of strawberries by sprinkling vanilla sugar.

Mash the mix until you get a thick purée and add a hint of balsamic vinegar. Pass them through a sieve and fill the champagne glasses with the mixture just a bit over an inch! Then pour the delicious bubbly beverage, stir it all up and serve it with a cranberry garnish.

I know what you are all thinking, they sound absolutely scrumptious!

What are your favourite cocktails?

Have you invented any cocktails yourself, that we could all try?

Elise Lévêque loves organising dinner parties and wedding receptions as she is always full of sparkling ideas! She writes for Wedding and Party Store, who provide a brilliant range of wedding supplies and party accessories.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Salad Choices for a Hot Summer Day

Salad Choices for a Hot Summer Day

Salad Choices for a Hot Summer Day

Salads Choices for a Hot Day

 

Fresh Summer Salads Are a Cool Choice on a Hot Day
Summer is a great time for salads, with all of the fresh produce available – and available at low cost – there’s no excuse for not including a fresh salad with nearly any supper. Summer salads don’t need to be complex or rely on fussy ingredients; you want the fresh, simple tastes of the vegetables or fruits to be play the starring role. To save both time and money, choose salads that can be made ahead of time or that use produce left over from an earlier supper. And for ultimate convenience, make extra to have for let overs the next day.

 

 

This first salad uses two of the primary staples of the summer growing season: corn and tomatoes. And even better – you can use corn on the cob left over from a previous meal, if you prefer; just let it soak up the flavors for a little longer. If you’re using fresh corn, cook it first and toss it with the ingredients while it’s still warm enough to absorb the flavors.

 

 

Corn and Tomato Salad
6 ears of sweet corn, cooked
½ red onion, diced finely
1 large or two medium tomatoes, diced
1/8 c. olive oil
1/8 c. balsamic vinegar
½ T. minced garlic
Black pepper to taste

 

Cut the corn from the cob. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. If using fresh corn that’s still warm, chill for 15 minutes prior to serving; is using left over corn, let the salad rest for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to mellow. This salad can also be made the day before and kept refrigerated until ready to serve. If you like, you can add a little Southwest flavor by adding black beans, a little chopped cilantro and the juice of a freshly squeezed lime. This last option is also good as a main course for vegetarians, since beans and corn make a complete protein.

 

 

This second salad makes a refreshing dessert, and can also be used as an appetizer to whet appetites made sluggish by the heat and humidity. Or serve it as a side dish, where its citrusy flavors will perk up even the blandest of leftovers. The key to this salad’s zingy taste relies on its use of orange and lemon juices. Fresh juices are ideal, but it’s a good bet no one will notice if you take a shortcut and use prepared juices from your grocer. In a pinch, or if the heat has you too worn out, you can also substitute canned, drained pineapple and frozen blueberries for fresh.

 

 

Summer Fruit Salad
2/3 c. orange juice
1/3 c. lemon juice
1/3 c. sugar
2 c. fresh pineapple, cubed
2 c. fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 bananas, sliced
2 c. fresh blueberries

 

 

Combine the juices and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Cool. Layer fruit in a large bowl and pour the syrup over. Chill for 2 to 3 hours and serve. This salad can also be served with yogurt, ice cream or even pound cake, if you like.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Author Bio: Melonie loves to blog about food and travel.  She’s addicted to The Cooking Channel

Monday, April 16, 2012

Five Great Tips To Teach Your Children Cooking Skills

Tips to teach your children to cook

Tips to teach your children to cook

Five Great Tips To Teach Your Children Cooking Skills

Teaching your children a new skill can be one of the biggest challenges you ever have to face. This is when you should learn more about the tips which you can use to start to teach your kids how to cook. When your children know how to cook, they can easily prepare food for themselves or their future families to eat all the time. Without the tips, you can still teach them to cook, but the chances are higher for frustration to be present. This can may lead to you and your children not having any fun while cooking.

 

 

1. First up: Learning the utensils of the kitchen

The basics are the hardest thing for your children to learn. Now you may think this is going to be silly, but the first thing you need to do is teach your children about all the different utensils you will be using inside of the kitchen. For example, you may need to teach them about the different skillets, pots, dutch ovens, and even the types of knives inside of your kitchen. When you do all of this, it will make it easier for your children to know which of the items you are asking for when you are cooking together!

 

 

2. Teaching measurements

After you have taught them about the different utensils and pots in the kitchen you should teach them how to do measurements. Now if your children are older, they may have already started to learn this in school. However, it is not uncommon for children to start to help their parents at a younger age. This can lead to them needing to know more about the measuring cups and how these work. For example, you will need to educate them about the abbreviations, but also where the measurements are found on any of the cups or spoons which you plan on using.

 

 

3. Reading recipes

Teaching your children how to read recipes is a good step to take as well. This step is the one where you will whip out the old cookbooks and teach the children where each item they need is found. Then you will want to tell them how to read the recipes and why it is so important for them to follow the recipe to the letter. Without this, you may find your children are going to deviate from the recipes and this can lead to a failing cake, or even worse, food poisoning. If your children are not old enough to read, then you will want to find a book which uses pictures to provide them with the knowledge of learning what they need to use and when. A simple Amazon.com search will reveal some several kid-friendly cookbook options.

 

 

4.Letting your children take the helm for cooking!

This is the step where the real cooking will begin. In this step, you will start to educate your children about how to properly prepare all the food and get it ready to be eaten. For example, you will want to let your children do as much as you are comfortable letting them do. However, you should make sure they are old enough to handle a hot pot if they have to. If they are not old enough, then you may need to consider doing this part and have them help with the preparation of the foods A task such as helping to shred lettuce for salad or butter bread for sandwiches as skills that will go a long way!

 

 

5. Checking if the food is done

The final tip you can use is to guarantee your children know how to check if the food is done. This does not mean tell the child to wait until the smoke detectors go off. You will want to teach them how to do the timing and when they should stir foods and such. When you do that, you will confidently know they can properly prepare any of the foods you or their future family wants to eat, without worrying about serving under cooked foods.

 

 

Laurie is an avid 80s music fan who is loves trying out new recipes for her family as well as keeping her home full of lovely, fresh flowers from FLOWERDELIVERY.NET

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