January 17th, 2014
Are you still on holidays? Or are you like me and trying to re-create that holiday vibe as soon as Friday afternoon rolls around? Today I wanted to share with you a couple of recipes, perfect for these glorious summer days; Whether its a relaxing Saturday arvo at home with no plans or a rowdy Friday night get together with friends, these recipes are a great addition to the repertoire!
The Bowerhouse holiday drink of choice... Spiked & Iced Tea using 'The Seventh Duchess' Flor De Jamaica Hibiscus & Vanilla tea
Spiked iced tea is a gorgeous refreshing drink for summer - when entertaining friends, I make a big jug of tea in the morning and by afternoon it just needs to be popped onto the bar cart ready for when guests arrive!
Ingredients - makes a large (2L) jug
4 tablespoons of loose leaf tea - most fruity or 'flowery' teas work well, as does mint, ginger & lemongrass.
3-4 tablespoons of raw sugar, coconut sugar or agave syrup as a sweetener
Citrus slices or wedges - lemon, lime or orange work well
Vodka (You can easily cater for non-drinkers by omitting the vodka.)
Place your tea into a large size infuser and sit this into a large teapot or jug (I invested in the T2 Tea Jug $38.00 which has a built in infuser)
Pour in the boiling water
Add sweetener & stir well
Leave for a couple of hours to infuse & cool. At which point I like to taste the tea to decide if the infuser can come out, or if I want it stronger I leave in and place jug in the fridge for a few hours to chill.
When ready to serve fill glasses with ice and add vodka.
Pour over the tea and add fruit slices to garnish.
Then have fun creating silly names for your cocktail creations like we did.... Anyone for a 'Herbal Fantasy' or 'Jamaican Dream'?
Favourite holiday meal... Middle Eastern Spiced Lamb Pizza (recipe adapted from taste.com)
This is an easy, tasty and impressive meal idea for a party of 2 or 20.....
Ingredients - (Ive left quantity off as with pizza you can 'freestyle' and mix up the topping quantity depending on your taste, how big the bases are & how many you are making)
1 tspn Cumin
1 tspn Ground Coriander
Flat leaf parsley
Grated Mozzarella Cheese (dont use too much as it will 'take over' from all the other textures & flavours)
Fresh Pomegranate seeds
Pizza base (I usually cheat & use store bought gluten free pizza bases or lebanese bread)
Pre-heat oven, pizza oven or BBQ depending on your cooking method, put a saucepan of water on the boil.
Cook red onion in a frypan for a few mins until soft, add cumin & coriander and cook for a further minute, add lamb mince and brown, season with salt & pepper.
While mince is browning, steam thinly sliced pumpkin (I used bamboo steamer over saucepan of boiling water - only takes about 4 mins)
Spread tomato paste on the base and then add cooked mince mix, pumpkin, pinenuts, fetta, mozzarella and parsley.
Cook your pizza either in conventional oven/grill or pizza oven (we used the pizza stone our Weber-Q)
Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and more parsley to serve.
PS. Images are from my Instagram feed, you can find Bowerhouse on Instagram here.