Bamboo Charcoal Peanuts

   I think I’ve previously mentioned my interest in black-coloured food, prompted by the 1989 Peter Greenaway film “The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover” in which the chef declares that he charges double the price for black-coloured items on the menu because they resemble death. To eat death is therefore to cheat death, thus giving the diner an additional sense of pleasure … Continue reading Bamboo Charcoal Peanuts

Another selection of recent martinis

Here are some I made earlier… A frosty classic. A lemon drop martini with foam. An earl grey martini LINK with foam. A spicy Sriracha martini LINK A dirty Mr. Gibson (combining this with this) A tribute to the God of dirty martinis. A frosty classic with mixed nuts. A Gibson with olives and sliced pickled gherkins. Here’s a classic martini I made for my … Continue reading Another selection of recent martinis

Earl Grey Gin & Tonic

I previously made Earl Grey infused gin which I’ve used to make one or two martinis. However, for a highly refreshing (and less alcoholic alternative) I would also recommend this infused drink for a nice gin and tonic (yes, I drink tonic water sometimes). Right now it’s in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere but if you’re in Australia, Chile, South Africa, the … Continue reading Earl Grey Gin & Tonic

The Lemon Iced Tea Martini with Foam

While I first made this during the winter, I think it will make a better summer cocktail. It involves a similar preparation technique to the Lemon Drop Martini with Foam but uses Earl Grey infused gin as an additional ingredient. Leave out the egg white and the frothing process in this recipe if you want a simpler drink. For two martinis you will need: * … Continue reading The Lemon Iced Tea Martini with Foam

The Jasmine martini

While I was jogging this morning I was arrested, not by the intense heat, the failing of my heart or the police, but by the scent of jasmine flowers growing on a bush in the neighbour’s garden. As usual, my first thought was ‘how do I martini-fy this?’ I picked a handful (don’t tell the neighbour), but I’m sure you could use normal jasmine tea. … Continue reading The Jasmine martini

Camomile Tea Martini

If I could drink only one thing for the rest of my life (other than water) I would pick tea, not gin or anything else. I love tea. It can be a gentle pick-me-up, a social bonding agent, a family focal activity or my first positive sensory experience of the morning. I’ll usually drink simple black tea blends with milk, mostly Ceylon or English breakfast. … Continue reading Camomile Tea Martini