Hong Kong Gunner
If you’re like me today, you’re desperately searching for something to act as an antidote to all of those cocktails you had last night. But what if the answer to that question was… Another cocktail?
No, I don’t mean a dose of hair of the dog, although that would probably work too. The cocktail I am recommending here is non-alcoholic, refreshing and full of ginger, which works wonders for nausea. Come to think of it, the bitters in this recipe do in fact contain alcohol, even if you’re only using a drop.
The gunner is the only cocktail to have been invented in Hong Kong. It’s name is probably linked to the colonial military presence around at the time it was created. I can just imagine a group of mustachioed men called Biggles or Algernon sipping on these before the days of air conditioning.
Whether you are hungover or just lethargic from the crushing Asian heat and humidity, this drink will sort you out in a jiff. Bally Ho!
Comments: 0, Author: Jessica, Category: Trips, Published: 25 May 2013
Beet Tom Kha
When the impossibly hunky lad from the garden centre (desperate housewife, moi?) gave me a bunch of freshly grown beetroot with my batch of potting soil last week, I almost fainted – you know already how I feel about beetroot…
Anyway, I quickly ran through the options… Beetroot risotto? Been there, done that. Another moist chocolate cake (http://www.thekitchennomads.com/posts/68)? What about the diet… Borscht? Bit boring. No, nothing was doing it for me. Then it occurred to me that perhaps I could incorporate my favourite vegetable into my current Thai food fetish. Genius!
And so I threw my new best friends (lemongrass, bird’s eye chilies and kaffir lime leaves) into a pan of water, and with the stock made a bright purple version of yummy tom kha soup.
Now, if you are not already a fully fledged member of the beetroot fan club, this might seem like a bit of a mismatch. But give it a chance – it’s surprising, challenging, and an absolute success once your tastebuds have stopped resisting it. And not only is it scrumptious, it’s super pretty too. Swoon…
Comments: 0, Author: Jessica, Category: Appetizers, Published: 08 March 2013