Pina Colada Day

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Well today is the day that we have all been waiting for ladies – Pina Colada Day!

It is said that Pina Coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the term ‘pina colada’ is actually Spanish for ‘strained pineapple’

We all know that instead of being in work we’d rather be on a beach sipping one of these bad boys, however its nearly the weekend and the sun is shining so we think that gives us the perfect reason to celebrate and rustle up some pina colada’s, for those of you that wish to join us why not have a go at making some with the following recipe: 

Pina Colada Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 120ml Pineapple Juice
  • 60ml White Rum
  • 60ml Coconut Cream
  • Wedge of Pineapple to Garnish

 Method:

  1.  Put the Pineapple Juice, White Rum and Coconut Cream in a blender with a handful of ice.
  2. Pulse all the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and add the pineapple wedge to the top of the glass as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy!!

 

Have a fabulous Pina Colada Day!

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Happy Fourth of July

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With today being the July 4th, this is the day that all Americans celebrate Independence Day which is also fondly referred to as the ‘Fourth of July’.

It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Americans around the globe tend to mark the occasion with a day of family celebrations including picnics and barbecues, whilst showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom.
There are many activities and events that are associated with the event including eating competitions, baseball games, three-legged races and other such sporting past times.
It is quite common that people will display the American flag outside their houses, buildings and places of work, with many communities coming together for an arranged firework display which are more often than not accompanied by some patriotic music. Independence day is a very patriotic holiday and The Statute of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with it.

Whether you are attending a Fourth of July party, hosting your own or fancy marking the occasion in your own way, we have put together some Fourth of July recipes for you to enjoy and get yourself in the U.S spirit.

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All American Mini Burgers with Special Sauce

If its one thing that the USA knows how to do, its make a good burger and what would an American theme party be without burgers? Here’s a recipe for some mini burgers that will go great at any social gathering:

Ingredients: (These ingredients will make around 10 burgers)

Burger Ingredients:

• 1 ¼ pounds of Ground Sirloin
• 2 Tablespoons Dill Pickle Relish
• 2 Tablespoons Steak Sauce
• 1 Tablespoon Grill Seasoning
• 1 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
• 10 Sliced Dinner Rolls
• 2 Cups of Chopped Iceburg Lettuce
• 1 Finely Chopped Small White Onion

Special Sauce:

• ½ Cup of Ranch Dressing
• ½ Cup Ketchup
• 1 Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Additional Optional Toppings:

• Sliced Cheeses – your choice
• Pepperoni
• Sliced Tomatoes
• Yellow Mustard
• Mayonnaise
• Blue Cheese Dressing
• Sweet Pepper Relish

Method:

1. Preheat your grill.
2. In a bowl mix together the ranch dressing, ketchup and black pepper and then put in the fridge to chill.
3. Mix the meat, dill pickle relish, steak sauce, grill seasoning and sweet paprika together until well combed.
4. Separate your burger mixture into 10 equally sized portion and then roll into little balls.
5. Squish each of the meatballs into round patties of around 3 inches in diameter.
6. Grill for 2-3 minutes and then serve on the chopped buns, dollop with special sauce and any additional toppings of your choosing.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro (Coriander)

Ingredients: Makes about enough for 4 portions

• 3 Unpeeled Sweet Potatoes
• Salt
• Lime Zest
• Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
• ¼ Cup Canola Oil
• Freshly Ground Pepper
• ¼ Cup of Finely Chopped Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)

Method:

1. Part cook the potatoes – Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender.
2. Let them cool and then slice each potato lengthwise into eigths.
3. Preheat your grill.
4. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt. The lime zest and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
5. Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
6. Grill until golden brown on all sides – including the skin – and just cooked through, about 1 ½ minutes per side.
7. Transfer to a platter and then immediately season with the salt mixture and sprinkle with cilantro (coriander).

American Flag Fruit Cake

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Cake Ingredients: – The cake will serve around 24 people

• 18 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
• 3 Cups of Sugar
• 6 Extra-Large Eggs at Room Temperature
• 1 Cup Sour Cream at Room Temperature
• 1 ½ Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
• 3 Cups of Flour
• 1/3 Cup of Cornstarch
• 1 Teaspoon Salt
• 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Icing Ingredients:

• 1 Pound of unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1 ½ Pounds of Cream Cheese at Room Temperature
• 1 Pound of Sifted Confectioners Sugar
• 1 ½ Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

Other Ingredients:

• Blueberries
• Raspberries

Method:

1. Preheat your Oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4
2. Grease and flour an 18 x 13 x 1 ½ inch sheet pan.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
4. Whilst mixing add the eggs 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Make sure that you scrape all the mixture of the sides of the bowl and ensure it’s well mixed in until smooth.
5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda.
6. Whilst mixing the egg and butter mixture at a steady and gentle rate add the flour mixture until just combined.
7. Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top over with a spatula.
8. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
9. Cool to room temperature.
10. For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
11. Spread three-fourths of the icing on the top of the cooled sheet cake. Outline the flag details using a toothpick.
12. Fill the upper left corner with blueberries and put 2 rows of raspberries across the top of the cake like a red stripe.
13. Putting the rest of your icing in a piping bag, pipe two lines of icing underneath the raspberry line to create a white line.
14. Alternate stripes of raspberries and icing until your flag is complete and use the leftover icing to ice little stars on the top of your blueberries.

We are most definitely gonna have a go at making these bad boys! We hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Happy Canada Day

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July 1st sees the National Day of Canada, a holiday which is for celebrating the anniversary of July 1st 1867 where three colonies united together to form a single country called Canada.

So whilst Canadians across the globe celebrate the birthday of their country we thought we’d look at some of the most awesome things that Canada has given us:

  1. Dan Ackroyd – The film world just wouldn’t be the same without the legendary dude who starred in greats such as ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and of course the fabulous ‘Coneheads’
  2. Blackberry – Can we imagine the world of business gadgetry and smartphones without Blackberry? It has transported the way we can conduct business on the go and also provided us with the much loved socialising tool of Blackberry Messager (BBM).
  3. Michael J Fox – An inspirational spokesperson for Parkinson’s Disease and another film legend! We’ve all been in love with Marty McFly since the 80’s and quite rightly so.
  4. Wonderbra – The invention of the Wonderbra is something that both Women and Men are thoroughly thankful for. It is a staple of many a ladies underwear drawer for that quickly added sex appeal and curvaceousness and well I think we all know why the men folk are pleased with the invention.
  5. Nathan Fillion – On behalf of geeks and Firefly fans everywhere we salute you Captain Mal! O and who could forget his rather creepy bad guy persona Caleb who gave Buffy Summers a run for her money.
  6. Java Programming Language – Invented by Canadian James Gosling – no relation to Ryan 😉 – Java is the pillar of the Android operating system and the internet and tech world wouldn’t be the same without it.
  7. Pamela Anderson – One for the guys, the ever beautiful Ms Anderson hails from Canada too and took red swim suits to a whole new level! ‘I’ll be ready…’
  8. Peanut Butter – this is something that I personally will be eternally grateful for. It’s one of the most important food innovations of all time and Yum, Yum Yummy!! 😀 It was first patented by Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884 and is enjoyed worldwide.
  9. John Candy – Incredible and legendary actor of the big screen who brought us such amazing classics as Home Alone, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and my personal favourite Uncle Buck.
  10. Ryan Gosling – No explanation is needed, we need only to say ‘Thank You Canada, we are eternally grateful’.

Wishing you all a happy Canada Day!