Classic Bellini Cocktail- Thirsty Thursday 12

[ti_audio name=”newyear” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ randomize=”1″ volume=”20″] The Classic Bellini cocktail was created by Giuseppe Cipriani. He founded Harry’s Bar in Venice in the 1930’s. While sitting at his bar one day pondering about what kind of drink he would like to be served, he mixed up a Bellini with the fruit that was in season. White peaches. The classic Bellini cocktail, a delicate sparkling drink, was made from the purée of fresh white peaches and prosecco Italian sparkling wine to produce the most captivating pink hue. Its pink colour reminded Giuseppe of the toga worn by someone in the famous … Continue reading Classic Bellini Cocktail- Thirsty Thursday 12

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Cranberry Strawberry Cooler and Festive Cheer

This festive season spread some cheer with this Cranberry Strawberry Cooler. Full of warm holiday reds and sweet tasting berries, cranberry and strawberry together – a winner. It sometimes gets so hot during this time of the year that honestly, all I want to do is sip on something refreshing all day. Forget the food and cooking…this cooler/punch goes down really well and doesn’t leave you feeling full. What I like about it, apart from it being really cold, is the floating strawberries on the ice – so you take a sip and a bite of strawberry at the same … Continue reading Cranberry Strawberry Cooler and Festive Cheer

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Cape Town style Chilled Eggnog

What is Christmas without a good chilled Eggnog? I found this recipe in the Good Taste Magazine and modified it slightly a la Cape Town style. Chilled, very chilled… and with Cape Velvet. So now, everyone is chillin’ here with their eggnog, preparing dinner. The left over eggnog will be turned into ice cream… if there is any left! Continue reading Cape Town style Chilled Eggnog

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Summertime and Beer Shandy – Thirsty Thursday 11

[ti_audio name=”Summertime” autoplay=”1″ repeat=”1″ volume=”20″] [hr] “Roll out those hazy, crazy, lazy days of Summer… those days of soda and pretzels and beer…” Summer has arrived. It’s great outdoors… I can finally potter around in the garden again and harvest this season’s herbs. It also means – sunshine, beaches, sunsets and sundowners… On days like this there is nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Beer Shandy. I am a relatively short person…that means alcohol doesn’t have far to travel to my head. Because of that I can tolerate one drink and that’s it for me. With a beer shandy, … Continue reading Summertime and Beer Shandy – Thirsty Thursday 11

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Sparkling Watermelon Chiller- Thirsty Thursday 10

Beat the heat with this cool Sparkling Watermelon Chiller. This is such a simple drink to make – use up your leftover watermelon, add some sparkle with sparkling water, lemonade or seltzer and loads of ice for the chill. I usually make puréed fruit juices from fruit that is turning over ripe. I add some simple syrup and toss it in the freezer to use as sorbet, granita or for drinks like this. It adds a vibrant inviting colour and it’s a healthy alternative to sodas. Perfect for summer. To make simple syrup – boil 1/2 cup of sugar with … Continue reading Sparkling Watermelon Chiller- Thirsty Thursday 10

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“Peace and Quiet” and a Rose for Mom

My kids used to ask me every year, “What do you want for mother’s day Mommy?” My answer was and always is the same. “Peace and Quiet”.  Well, maybe not the quiet part. Any mother of three children will know what I am talking about. A day of peace and no bickering and moaning among the kids!  That is a great gift. Jokes aside… an even greater gift is having them around. As long as we are all together, I don’t really mind what we do. I just want everyone to get along and enjoy the day. I have realized … Continue reading “Peace and Quiet” and a Rose for Mom

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Thirsty Thursday #9

Fruity Sangria You will not find a ‘fiesta’ anywhere without a couple of pitchers of Sangria on the table. The word Sangria stems from the spanish word ‘sangre’ which means blood. Considering the deep red colour of this fruity drink, it makes perfect sense. A ceramic pitcher is the traditional ware for a sangria, but a regular glass jug may also be used. I actually like the glass jug because it shows off the beautiful colours of the fruit and wine. If you have red wine, some fruit and a little fizzy something lying around in your kitchen then you … Continue reading Thirsty Thursday #9

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