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Friday, 12 February 2016

Oat and Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie and a video

Oat and chocolate chip skillet cookie served with vanilla ice cream and smothered in chocolate sauce

When it comes to favourite recipes I have shared on the blog, I would say that this oldie for a humble oat and chocolate chip cookie ranks amongst the top 3. Not only is this something I make again and again, I have shamelessly shared it more that once in slightly different guises. So when I decided to update the photography on the original skillet cookie post, I thought 'hey, why not make a recipe video too?'. But after going through the effort of making the recipe video (with my husband's help) I realised I didn't want to bury this in an old post. So I hope you all forgive me for giving this (updated) skillet cookie recipe another 15 minutes of fame. It seriously deserves it! Serve in the skillet topped with ice cream and liberally drizzled with chocolate sauce - just hand everyone a spoon. Or cut into slices and serve – easiest dinner party (or Valentine's Day) dessert ever. 

Here's a reader review – sent in an email no less. I read it once in a while if I need cheering up. 
"Nothing short of a life-altering experience (well, at least culinary). Truly amazing how something sooooo simple can taste soooo outlandishly good! My husband and I finished the whole lot in one sitting, it was that good." So there you have it - if you want an easy dessert that sure to make you go mmmmm, look no further!


Oat and chocolate chip skillet cookie served with vanilla ice cream and smothered in chocolate sauce

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cocktails for two: The Clover Leaf

The Clover Leaf - a gorgeous gin-based cocktail perfect for Valentine's Day

Are you celebrating or are you hibernating? I am of course referring to Valentine's Day which has once again sneaked up on us. My husband and I will be happily avoiding crowded restaurants and overflowing bars and having a little private dinner à deux instead. A quick poll of friends suggests that sharing a cozy meal at home trumps dinner out – and many hinted darkly at the 'weird vibe' infecting restaurants on V-Day. An air of heightened expectations and grim determination to have a good time? I think we have all been there.

In my book, the best (or perhaps the only) way to celebrate is retreat into your happy little love bubble and enjoy each other's company away from crowds. Naturally, you have set the mood with the right cocktail. My pretty in pink suggestion is the Clover Leaf – a vintage cocktail dating back to the days of bathtub gin. The Clover Leaf is basically a Clover Club with an added mint leaf – it looks very girly indeed but that's not to say it's a lightweight drink. Instead it is nicely balanced between sweet and sour with the gin holding everything together and rounding off the flavour. 

The Clover Leaf - a gorgeous gin-based cocktail perfect for Valentine's Day
By the way if Valentine's Day is too corny and 'couples only' for you to handle, why not celebrate Galentine's Day instead? This will be familiar to all fans of Parks and Recreation, but, for those not in the know, Galentine's Day (13th of February) is the day to celebrate all your female friendships and I don't need to tell you that cocktails are mandatory.

You can get the recipe for a classic Clover Leaf from The Bar – the recipe below is a slight variation with the addition of homemade raspberry syrup (it sounds fancy, but really it is fresh raspberries muddled with lemon and sugar). This ups the sweetness/tartness and makes the drink a deeper pink.



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Clover Leaf Cocktail
A gorgeous gin based cocktail – perfect for sipping on Valentine's Day! Make sure you double the quantities to serve two. Cheers!

Serves 1

Ingredients
2 measures (50ml) gin 
10 fresh raspberries
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp egg white
1 tsp grenadine
mint leaves and fresh raspberries to garnish

Method
1. Put a martini glass or coupe glass in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill.
2. Put the raspberries, sugar and lemon juice in a glass and let them macerate for 10 minutes. Muddle with a spoon and then sieve the pulp to extract the raspberry syrup, pressing on the berries with the back of a spoon.
3. Add the gin, raspberry syrup, egg white and grenadine into a cocktail shaker filled with plenty of ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds and then strain into a large glass.
4. Empty the shaker of ice and then shake the cocktail again to froth up the egg white.
5. Pour into the chilled glass and garnish with a mint leaf and a fresh raspberry.

This recipe is sponsored by thebar.com – visit the site for more Valentine's Day cocktails.

The Clover Leaf: a gorgeous gin-based cocktail that's perfect for Valentine's Day

Check our these wonderful cocktail (and mocktail) links from around the blogosphere...
Pimms mojito from Jo's Kichen.
Strawberry Daiquiri from Coffee and Vanilla.
• A non alcoholic mojito from Fab Food 4 All.
Orchard mocktail from Emily's Recipes and Reviews.
Slow cooker Baileys hot chocolate from Lovely Appetite.
Cinnamon White Russian from Foodie Couple Blog.