Day 3: Midnight cocktails

So, we decided that making ourselves a delicious cocktail just after midnight would totally count as a new recipe on a new day.  Given that tomorrow evening for us means a night out at the pub quiz, I think that’s fair!
Go with it ;]

This is our take on The Kentucky Apple found in Jane Rocca’s The Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks  (which happens to be the most adorable cocktail book in the WORLD, we’ll have you know!)
We switched the ingredients around somewhat to suit what was available to us at the time, so here we present to you:

The Tenessee Apple
(makes 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 1 double shot (50ml) of elderflower cordial
  • 2 double shots (100ml) of Jack Daniels
  • 1 double shot (50ml) of Bacardi white rum
  • ½ an apple, chopped
  • Apple juice
  • Ice and apple slices to serve

Method

  1. In bottom of cocktail shaker, crush chopped apple pieces (we used a hand held lemon juicer) to release juice and combine with elderflower cordial, leaving apple pulp in the shaker.
  2. Add the shots of Jack Daniels and white rum, and top up with apple juice.
  3. Get shaking!
  4. Strain into glass, over ice and with a slice of apple to garnish

Tips:

  • We found that given the mixture ended up being strained off, there was no need to peel the apples – much less fuss!
  • After the first mix, if you don’t intend to change cocktail you do not need to throw the apple pulp away as it will sufficiently last a couple more mixes. It may need recrushing, depending on how thoroughly it was done the first time.
  • In hindsight, there’s probably a better way to crush apples… once we find it we might share, but this worked sufficiently.

Soooo there’s that.
Totally simple, totally tasty, totally easy to have a couple too many.

Enjoy :]

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Day 2: Pita Bread


Using a recipe found at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen, we ventured into the realms of pita bread creation. This recipe is awesome, because not only is it fairly easy to do but it’s possibly one of the only recipe’s we’re likely to do that is vegan friendly. Not that that’s an issue for either of us but it’s good to know, and perhaps more vegan friendly recipes are something we should look into further along in the project.

Be warned; as is somewhat standard in bread making anyway, there is a LOT of waiting around. Allow plenty of time before you want to serve the pitas, and if you’re really super clever about it they’re delicious when they are fresh out of the oven. =]

We served our with Kai’s delicious honey mustard chicken and apple salad and there were happy taste buds all round!

Introducing… Nomming365GLOBAL

Hey,  Nomming365 is going global!

I can’t decide if we are awesome or just really persuasive. I’ll take both, but either way here’s links to a couple of our friends:

NOMMING365SD

and

LENOMMING365

Obviously… Not forgetting about NOMMING365South either, and if anyone else wants to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy Nomming!

Suze ♥

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Day1: Ready. Steady… RAINBOW CAKE!

In order to see this project off to a suitable start, ourselves and our friends over at NOMMING365South decided that a joint venture into the world of rainbow baking was in order!

Given that Victoria sponge was not really a new recipe for anyone but we all made it differently, we picked a recipe that none of us had done before.
This Martha Stewart recipe is perfect, as the removal of the egg yolk makes for paler cake batter and therefore brighter colours.

Seeing as this whole project is about trying new things, here’s evidence of Nat learning to seperate yolks from egg whites.

I think we can consider it a success!  No split yolks, only one or two escaped back into the bowl..  and very minimal egg shell ;]

Pro tip:  When the recipe asks for room temperature ingredients, it’s usually a good idea to make sure this happens.  Especially where butter in the ingredient in question. Otherwise you end up with arm ache while trying to make do without an electric mixer to do all the hard work for you.

In fact Suzi almost certainly uttered the words “I’ve been doing a lot of stabbing!” And that, intrepid 365 followers, is a technical term for how to combine butter and sugar… we promise.

When it came to the fun food colouring part, we found that different manufacturers certainly provided varying levels of colour quality in their food dyes.

The red and blue Silver Spoon food colourings we used were pretty disappointing. And really theres a point you reach where you have to question if the amount you are adding is going to do anything strange to your recipe. Likewise… when you are mixing orange and you end up adding more red food dye than yellow.  Needless to say, the disappointing red and blue dyes made for interesting purple mixing.
The Langdale yellow colouring needed all of two or three drops to achieve the canary yellow we did, and likewise, the Dr. Oetker green was a success!

We also did find the colours changed a lot after baking, which is useful to note!

Overall, the rainbow cake was a huge success!
Cutting it proved an interesting task but once we had managed that, the vanilla sponge and frosting was accompanied with clotted cream icecream, and followed by a couple of slightly nauseous feeling ladies ;].
But in small portions, it’s the prettiest cake we’ve ever eaten!

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365 DAYS OF NOMMING

We are 2 of 4 friends (the better half) on a mission to try out 365 days worth of new recipes!

We will be making something new every other day, (or try our very best to at least!) as will our 2 counterparts, 182 recipes each, plus one joint baking session to kick us off, making it 365 altogether.

1st attempt, will be 1st of January.

Wish us luck!