Sunday, August 28, 2011

I'm Loving Feast Magazine!

Feast magazine

I used to buy a lot of 'food' magazines but stopped a few years back, mostly as it seemed much easier to look up recipes on the internet.  However, I came across the new Feast magazine which has been created by the folk from SBS and I am in love with it!  I'm loving the format, the feel of the paper and it's super cute layout.

I'm also about discovering different recipes from other countries, which this magazine does so well.  These Turkish style baked eggs above look totally delicious.  I know that other magazines have tried this 'ethnic' way of thinking in their food magazines but it seems to come so naturally from SBS.  

In the first edition they also had a feature of creating recipes from famous international films.  For this edition it was the film Amalie, which also was being shown on SBS during the month too.  I really like this idea of food inspiring film and film inspiring cooking.

Feast magazine

Also, aren't their photographs just beautiful?!  I had to end this post with these gorgeous image of a Sikh man and his most awesome beard!  I loved Feast so much that I even got a 12 month subscription, can't wait for it to turn up in my mailbox and to try some of the recipes out!

(note, I haven't been paid for this promotion, these are my own thoughts on this magazine!)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Miss Mardi's Home-style, strong Lemonade!

Homemade lemonade, spiked with belvedere vodka!

Like the saying goes:  "What do you do when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade!".  That's pretty much what I did last weekend!  I had a tough week last week.  I went to visit my mum and her lemon tree was bursting with fruit.  I came home with several large bags of the yellow beauties.  The sun was shinning on Sunday and when my friend turned up on my door step with a bottle of Belvedere vodka, I knew it was time to make a big jug of Miss Mardi's home-style, strong lemonade!

What you will need:
  • plenty of lemons, I think I used about 8 to 10 per jug.
  • good quality plain mineral water
  • ice
  • large jug
  • a batch of my lemon simple syrup.
  • good quality, Polish vodka

Miss Mardi's Lemon Simple Syrup
Using a 2 parts water to 1 part sugar theory, I put 2/3 cup of caster sugar into a small saucepan with 2 x 2/3 cups of cold water. Put about 4 to 5 large pieces of lemon zest/rind (use a vegetable peeler to get these peelings off!) in the saucepan too.  Stir mixture over heat until the sugar dissolves and then bring to a boil until the mixture is slightly syrupy and thick.  You want this to still be an easy pouring consistency, lighter than maple syrup.  This can take about 7 to 10 minutes depending on your mixture.

Remove the lemon rind and discard, pour mixture into a small glass container and allow to cool.

How to make Miss Mardi's Home-style, strong Lemonade!
  1. In a large jug, add a good dose of ice cubes (fill about 1/4 of your jug)
  2. Add a few shots of vodka
  3. Add the juice of about 8 to 10 lemons, this is to taste, you can add more or less if you like and it depends on the size of your jug.
  4. Add a good dose of the lemon simple syrup.
  5. fill remainder of jug with plain mineral water.
  6. garnish with freshly cut circles of lemon and give a good stir!
Now, remember all of this is to taste!  You can add more of the simple syrup for a sweeter lemonade, more lemons and naturally more vodka.  I find when I pour out the individual drinks into small glasses to add a dash more vodka per glass just for good measure!

Enjoy! Miss Mardi xxx

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