Category: Frangelico

Frangelico Luau

Aloha people of the internet.  It’s time to don your grass skirts, your leis and start shimmying those hips in a vague approximation of the hula because we’re off to Hawaii with this lovely Frangelico Luau.  Well, actually I’m off to Perth but a holiday is a holiday right?  Also, winter has arrived in Melbourne, its cold, gloomy, dark, rainy and miserable.  So a reminder of sun, sand and tropics is also in order! 

Frangelico LuauI found the recipe for the Frangelico Luau in the Feb / March edition of Vogue Entertaining and Travel.  It’s a three ingredient taste o’ the tropics that is pretty to look at and yummy to drink.  And guaranteed to bring some sunshine into the darkest winter day!

Frangelico Luau2The Frangelico Luau has only three ingredients – Frangelico, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine so it is relatively light in alcohol.  This is a great holiday drink because it is one you can sip all afternoon without getting too drunk to enjoy the evening!  I would have been a bit dubious about the combination of hazelnut, pineapple and pomegranate but it works! 

There are a few more lovely sounding Frangelico cocktails from the same advertisement so there may be a few more appearing here soon!

Frangelico Luau
A lovely taste of the tropics, guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days!
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Ingredients
  1. 30ml Frangelico
  2. 120ml pineapple juice
  3. Dash Grenadine
  4. Pineapple Circle and Mint Sprig to garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix the Frangelico, pineapple juice and grenadine in a blender. Pour into a chilled glass over ice.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple circle and a mint sprig.
  3. I used Vietnamese mint to add to the tropical vibe but regular mint would be fine!
  4. Enjoy!
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining and Travel Feb / March 1990
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining and Travel Feb / March 1990
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 Gotta run, both metaphorically and literally – my plane leaves in a couple of hours and I have yet to pack and I also want to stretch my legs before the four-hour flight!

Have a wonderful week! 

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Two Turtledoves

Sometime last year I became obsessed on Pinterest with an American candy called a turtle.  I went from never having heard of them in my life to seeing them all over the internet.  And holy moly did they sound good!  For those of you, like me, who have spent our lives in ignorance of this delight, just listen to this:

  • A chocolate base.
  • Toppped with pecan nuts
  • Topped with caramel
  • Topped with more chocolate

There is no way on God’s green earth that they could be bad.  Supposably.  As Joey Tribbiani would say.  And depending on your definition, they were really good.  Well, they tasted delicious. 

Before we get into them, just a word of explanation.  The recipe I used called them turtledoves because they used Dove Chocolate.  We used to have Dove Chocolate here – apparently not anymore.  I wonder when that happened? 

My turtledoves started really well. 

TurtledovesIt all started to fall apart with the caramel.  I could not get it to sit on the pecans the way I wanted it too.  I wanted it to be a perfect dome, surrounding my pecans but leaving a little bit of chocolate on the base visible.  Not ONE of them looked like that.

Turtledoves2And the more I tried to meddle with it, the worse it got.  In the end, I thought. “Nevermind.  It will all be covered with the rest of the chocolate.  It will be fine”. 

Not so.  I was already on a slippery slope and the only way was down.  The final chocolate layer was a disaster!  I could not get it smooth, it was a hot day and the second I touched it, it would either melt or crack.

Before I show you the wreck of the Hersperus that was my effort, let me show how these babies should look  (via candy,about.com)

Turtles from candy.about.comAnd, oh Lord, here are mine….

Turtledoves3I know.  I’m sorry.  Two fails in a row.  Although these tasted delish, my turtles may not have been teenage or ninjas but they were mutant. Technically they weren’t even turtledoves because I could not find Dove chocolate. 

They did taste good.  Really good.  Even the fussiest eater in the world was a fan. 

Turtledoves4But you know food blogging can be very much style over substance so that sometimes I think it doesn’t matter how things taste as long as they look good.  In retrospect, I should have not tried to cover them entirely but just done a little splodge of caramel and one of chocolate over the top.  Next time….

But I wanted to have something that was a success, of only to soothe my wounded self-esteem.  Two fails in a row is no way to write a food blog.  So I needed a turtledove.  Fast.  Guaranteed success.

Hmmmm….

  • Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Nuts

How about something like this?

Turtledove7

  • Baileys
  • Frangelico
  • Butterscotch Schnapps

Now that’s my kind of Turtledove! 

And it brought F.Scott out of the funk caused by the Bobby Dazzler.

Turtledove6Normality has resumed in Chez Retro Food.  Well, as close as we can get ’round here anyway!

Turtledove
A cocktail shooter that mirrors the flavours of the classic American turtle candy - chocolate, caramel and nuts
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Ingredients
  1. 30ml Butterscotch Schnapps
  2. 30ml Frangelico
  3. 30ml Bailey's Irish Cream
Instructions
  1. Pour the Butterscotch Schnapps and the Frangelico into a shooter glass.
  2. Measure out the Bailey's and pour very slowly over the back of a spoon into the glass.
  3. Enjoy!
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 Have a wonderful week!

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