Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Underworld - Halloween Cocktails | 2

When I was in the kitchen making my first Halloween cocktail, I decided to get a few other bottles of alcohol out and try to make a few more. Looking through my flavour thesaurus for some inspiration of what might go well together, I decided to try melon and orange. After I had my base, I decided to make it a little more gruesome adding it to a cauldron looking jar and dropping in a few extras.

When I sat back and looked at my creation I decided that it reminded me of Hercules the film. The jar looks like the cauldron that the witches use and the red and green layer with the speckles of orange zest represent the Underworld which Hercules brought Meg back from. Well that's what I thought anyway, overall its just a lovely drink!

The Underworld - Halloween Cocktails
The Underworld - Halloween Cocktails

For this you will need:
1 shot of Midori
1 shot of Triple Sec
Grenadine
Soda water
optional: orange zest

1. In your glass put in some and then add your Midori and Triple Sec, mix, then top with soda water.

2. To add a red layer to the bottom on your glass, pour a little bit of grenadine in being careful to pour towards the edge to keep the layer.

3. Finally to add the grizzly spirits whirling around in the 'Underworld' grate an orange over the top of the drink.

The Underworld - Halloween Cocktails
The Underworld - Halloween Cocktails

I'm only a real fan of sweet, fruity drinks and that is what this is. The melon and the orange work really well together and the addition of grenadine works well with any drink.

Let me know if you make this or if it inspires any other Halloween creations. I have one more Halloween cocktail recipe left which will be up next Tuesday!
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Spiced Pumpkin - Halloween Cocktails | 1

I took a trip to TKMaxx in September when all the Halloween and Autumn homewear was released in early September and came across the most adorable pumpkin copper mug. This inspired me to create a few Halloween-themed cocktails which I'll be posting throughout October! The first one is very comforting and Autumnal, presented in the gorgeous copper pumpkin mug.

The Spiced Pumpkin - Halloween Cocktails
The Spiced Pumpkin - Halloween Cocktails

For this you will need:
300ml Milk
1 shot of Irish cream
1 shot of Triple Sec
1/2 tbsp Pumpkin spice
optional - marshmallows to top

1. Warm your milk in the microwave in a microwave safe mug or jug for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each until you're happy it's at a good temperature.

2. Add a shot of Irish Cream and Triple Sec to your cup/mug and sprinkle in your pumpkin spice. If you can't find pumpkin spice simply make your own. I made mine with a recipe from Pinterest.

3. Finally add your warm milk, mix all together, then decorate with your marshmallows and enjoy.

The Spiced Pumpkin - Halloween Cocktails
The Spiced Pumpkin - Halloween Cocktails
The Spiced Pumpkin - Halloween Cocktails

This is a very sweet and comforting drink with a subtle orange undertone. It makes a great alternative to hot chocolate and would be a great accompaniment to a night out at the fireworks (just make you're not the designated driver!).

I'd love to know if you try this out and I can't wait to share my other drinks with you! Hope you're excited for Halloween.
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Friday, 29 September 2017

Trying out the latest cut at Tomahawk Steakhouse, Potto

If you're from in and around Teesside you will have heard of the new restaurant in town, Tomahawk Steakhouse. What used to be The Dog and Gun in Potto has now been taken over and transformed into a modern, trendy steakhouse specialising in meat. Established by the people behind the Lotus Lounge, Tomahawk has now been open for seven months, so I thought it was about time I tried it out.

Organised by my fellow food-lover Rachel, we decided to go for the Early-Bird Menu which was fantastic value for money. I went for two courses at £13.50 whilst Rachel opted for all three at £15.95.

On arrival into the car park, we were greeted by two life-sized fake cows which confirmed to us that we were in the right place. The layout of the restaurant is very much the same as it was when it was The Dog and Gun but it seems much more modern with lots of clean colours and wooden furniture.

Tomahawk Steakhouse, Potto - North Yorkshire
Tomahawk Steakhouse, Potto - North Yorkshire

After a quick browse at the menu, it was time to order. Rachel chose the Salt and Pepper Squid to start which she throughly enjoyed. For our main course and dessert we happened upon the same options; 8oz 28-day Himalayan salt dry aged rump steak followed by Vanilla Creme Brûlée.

Although I'm not a fan of pink meat, I decided to have my steak cooked medium as the past few times that I've gone for medium to well, I haven't enjoyed it. When it came it was pretty pink in the middle but it tasted great. The steak was really flavourful and I paired it with a Diane sauce which was very rich. The chips and salad that accompanied it were perfect too.

Tomahawk Steakhouse, Potto - North Yorkshire

Next up was dessert and having only had Creme Brûlée once before so I'm not able to tell what's a good one and what isn't, but this was pretty tasty. The little shortbread biscuit that came with it was good for breaking through the sickly sweet topping.

Overall I had a really great time at Tomahawk. The interior is elegant, the staff are very friendly and the food is really fantastic quality and full of flavour. If you're looking for a new spot to try in the North East, this should definitely be on your list.
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