Eton mess is a lovely dessert, easy to whip up and perfect for spring and summer weather although it can be made at any time of the year with seasonal fruit. Traditionally made with cream, I added some Greek yoghurt to this for some zesty sharpness in amongst the sweet flavours which reminded me of cheesecake – never a bad thing. I also used pure double cream, the cream which is super thick so you don’t need to whip it up, just pile everything in a bowl and dive into the cool richness.
Oh and you don’t need the coloured meringues or you could even make your own, however I spotted these cute little pastel, flavoured meringues in the supermarket a while back and loved how they looked but plain white meringue would be just as nice.
Guys, this is so good! It doesn’t even taste like there’s alcohol in it (haha, probably a bad thing I guess) and it’s so full of creamy, luscious coffee flavour, more like a fancy iced coffee. I used full fat ingredients but have an idea this would be just as good with lower fat.
I watched The Two Faces of January recently; this subtle psychological thriller set in the early 60s and based on the 1964 novel of the same name is in film noir style, very stylish and really enjoyable.
The storyline’s based on 3 main characters – a seemingly wealthy and glamorous couple and a young man, one of whom is a con artist, meet in Athens, Greece and become reluctantly involved after a violent incident. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen (always a pleasure to see this talented fellow in movies, he never makes a bad one), you’re never sure who to trust as jealousy, betrayal and paranoia abound (if you’re into Hitchcock, you’ll love this).
Images from the movie: The Two Faces of January, 2014, USA, UK, France, Magnolia Pictures
I’m always banging on about spring produce but this time of year always inspires me to cook up huge, steaming bowls of pasta with this season’s fresh and lovely vegies. There’s something about their sweet, crisp flavour combined with comforting spaghetti; fresh, lemony and perfect for a weekend lunch.
I really enjoyed this cute, heart warming movie.
Enough Said is a grown-up romantic indie comedy basically; about being middle aged and worrying about the future, dealing with children leaving for university, divorce, single parenting and attempting to meet potential partners at a stage of life which must be difficult when life experiences start to weigh you down.
The extremely talented James Gandolfini (being the big guy’s last movie, it’s difficult to come to terms with knowing I won’t see his friendly and rumpled persona in anything new) and the lovely Julia Louis-Dreyfus play two people (Albert and Eva) who meet at a party and find they share divorces and impending empty nest syndrome in common, then start dating. There’s a catch though as massage therapist Eva also, unbeknownst to all, meets Albert’s ex-wife at the same party and they become friends. Eva meanders between her new friend and Albert without being truthful to either of them, being privy to the personal details of their marriage breakdown which then starts to affect her new relationship, until an inevitable confrontation.
I loved how this movie showed the minutiae of life in a perceptive, sometimes awkwardly funny way; I like to imagine that both of these really likeable and empathetic characters are close to James and Julia’s true personalities.
Trivia: the actress Eve Hewson who Albert’s daughter is U2’s Bono’s real-life daughter and plays nurse Lucy in the Knick!
Images from: the movie Enough Said, USA, 2013
I’ve been making these gorgeous roasted, stuffed capsicum for years. Fresh, warm coloured capsicum filled with tomatoes, olive oil, basil, olives, toasted pine nuts and cheese (lotsa cheese!), you bake these until the filling is bubbling and cooked through … I overcooked ours a bit as you can see. These are actually even better the next day after storing in the fridge for a day or so.
When I told Ant I was going to make a cocktail with bourbon and Appletiser he wasn’t that keen …. “does Appletiser go with bourbon?” he asked sort of sceptically. I said, oh come on, you know you’re going to drink it (he loves my new cocktail Fridays thing because I experiment with the actual cocktails on Saturdays! Win).
Anyway, hard-core bourbon drinkers might not think this is a legit combo but it is! Bourbon being rich and dark with a dash of maple syrup works well with the fizzy, fresh apple flavour and a thin, crispy slice of apple.
Well I love bruschetta and toasted cheese sandwiches are my favourite thing ever so why not combine them?
You could always slowly roast the cherry tomatoes beforehand, however I prefer them fresh and steeped in the olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing beforehand. The combination of melted, decadent cheese with fresh tomatoes is really delicious.
Remember slushies on a hot day at the beach from the 7-Eleven? Well these are so much better!
For one thing, they’re made with real, fresh, summer fruit and for another, well they have a shot of vodka in them. They’re great for having people over and were fun and sparkly on a hot day a while back and you can easily make them without the voddie and have an awesome summer drink for kids. Oh and obv. use seedless watermelon but then I don’t think the seeded kind is really around anymore.
It’s easiest to make the fruit mixture the day before, for freezing, then the next day you can just spoon it into glasses with strawberries and mint for your delighted guests!