Some more martinis

Just another selection of recent martinis… A dirty one. A clean one. Both dirty and clean – photograph courtesy of Dr. Kirsty. Watching the sun set. Seeing the moon rise. Feeling the summer fade. Watching seasons come and go in general. I guess one thing about a martini is taking the time to pause and enjoy things. They are the most ‘zen’ of drinks and I … Continue reading Some more martinis

Fusion Food: Seaweed Butter for Martini Canapés

Seaweed butter on a cracker with tsukemono cucumber pickles in the background. I recently enjoyed a discovery taster menu at the beautiful Michelin-starred Greenhouse restaurant in London’s upscale Mayfair area. I didn’t have any martinis as I didn’t want to spoil my palette before the dining extravaganza but the setting was beautiful, the food utterly inspiring and the service convivial and professional; in-depth but relaxed. … Continue reading Fusion Food: Seaweed Butter for Martini Canapés

Asparagus skewers to accompany a martini

   This is dead easy.    Asparagus is tasty and a bit of a luxury so it naturally pairs well with a martini. I love its distinctive flavour, visual appeal and most of all, its satisfying fresh and crunchy texture.    My brother and I were having a martini before dinner, but after we had drunk the first one we really just wanted to have … Continue reading Asparagus skewers to accompany a martini

A martini with sage

This is a very simple recipe for a snack that may or may not taste like fragrant Pringles made for the Gods…   While coriander is my favourite herb (controversial, I know), I also love sage. I previously made a sage-infused gin which goes nicely in a gin and tonic.     However, this sage recipe is very easy and infinitely faster than making an infusion.    Instructions Pick around … Continue reading A martini with sage

The Stinging Nettle Martini

   This is how to take the natural sting out of a nettle leaf and replace it with the more subtle but no less painful sting of vodka. Does it ever feel like nettles are taking over your garden… and your LIFE?   If so, don’t panic! Alcohol will come to your rescue.    Apparently the Romans imported nettles (Urtica dioica) to the British Isles … Continue reading The Stinging Nettle Martini

Martini with a sprig of thyme

   This is a very simple variation on the classic martini. Thyme is one of my favourite herbs. The mouth-watering smell evokes summertime, or some of the delicious za’tar manouche (savoury thyme-flavoured Lebanese wraps) I’ve eaten in Beirut, London and Dubai.   Take a sprig of fresh thyme (I’ve been growing some on the balcony), wash and dry it, then rub it around a chilled … Continue reading Martini with a sprig of thyme

How to make sage-infused gin (for martinis or gin and tonics)

I have sage growing in the garden so I thought I would make good use of it. When infused in gin it adds a subtle dimension to a martini. It also goes very well in a gin and tonic. Pick a generous bunch of sage leaves, approximately 15 per 100ml of gin you intend to infuse. Wash, pat dry, then roughly chop the leaves. Add … Continue reading How to make sage-infused gin (for martinis or gin and tonics)

Rosemary’s Baby martini – not as terrifying as it sounds

Remember the Rosemary Martini I made the other day? I experimented slightly last night and have subsequently come up with a Version Two. Using the rosemary-infused gin/vodka from the same recipe, put together the martini using the following proportions: 1 part (or to taste) sweet vermouth 1 part rosemary gin/vodka 4 parts normal chilled gin/vodka It’s more subtle than the full blown rosemary martini but … Continue reading Rosemary’s Baby martini – not as terrifying as it sounds