Category: Kahlua

Cowboys, Caviar, Casseroles and Cocktails

Dear readers

I had such high hopes for this post.  Then they were totally dashed by a twist of fate that…well…I guess if I’d seen it coming it wouldn’t be a twist would it?  But I’m jumping ahead of myself.  First, I was totally delighted when Greg from Recipes4Rebels asked if I would join in a cookalong for Cowboy Day!  This event occurs on the fourth Saturday of July each year and is celebrated all over the world! 

Cowboy Caviar 1Obviously, this is not the fourth Saturday in July, however, as I will be sunning myself on the beach at Sanur in Bali that day, with Greg’s blessing I am posting my ventures into Cowboy Cookin’ early!  And it’s a three course meal y’all. (Because 1 that’s how cowboy’s talk and 2 cocktails are a course aren’t they?  This one is almost a meal!  But again, getting ahead of myself!)

So now onto my foiled grand plans.  My idea was that I would find a cocktail called a Bali Cowboy – possibly a more tropical version of this cowboy cocktail and I would make it for my post and then, on the day itself, I would tweet another picture of me in Bali with with my Bali Cowboy and it would in a glass as big as my head and it would be blue and loaded with umbrellas and pineapple wedges and all the other tropical cocktail paraphenalia. 

Cowboy Caviar 2A quick google soon showed me that there is such a thing as a Bali Cowboy.  It is NOT a cocktail.  Turns out that a Bali Cowboy is a male prostitute who hangs around Kuta Beach willing to sell his services to any rich (ie all) Western women who care to pay for them. So, whilst I’m not 100% ruling out a photo of me with a Bali Cowboy on Cowboy Day, the likelihood of it happening has dropped significantly!

So, new ideas had to be found.  Starting with some caviar.  Because we’re classy cowboys!  It’s Cowboy Caviar of courseCowboy Caviar 4Where has this salad / dip been all my life?  If this is what cowboys eat, then I want to be a cowboy.  It’s all kinds of beans and corn and tomatoes and avocado . Truly delicious!  I loved this! 

So, for the second course, I went straight to the top.  And by that I mean Mr John Wayne himself.

John wayne casserole recipeTurns out The Duke and I share a love of eggs, cheese and chillies.  Now, just one thing about the John Wayne casserole…. To my mind, when you combine egg yolks to beaten egg whites with other stuff, in this instance cheese and chilli and you them put that in an oven and cook until it’s all puffed up and golden, that’s not so much a casserole as a soufflé. 

You be the judge:

John wayne casserole1I’ll sit quietly over here and let my case speak for itself. 

By the way, cooking this for an hour would be way too much.  You are seeing about 35 minutes and I think it was over.  I would cook this…half an hour max.  Also, the tomato didn’t do much.  I would actually leave it out and cook this for 20 minutes total. 

John Wayne casserole2The soufflé casserole was good but I think I was so blown away by the Cowboy Caviar that it kind of paled by comparison.  I will definitely make it again though!

John Wayne casserole3And now for my grand Cowboy finale, I am turning to to person who started all of this, yep, Greg.  This cocktail /dessert  is A-MAZING!  So, so good.  Cowboys and cowgirls, can I present, the Giant Martini! 

Giant Martini2There is no other word for this but absolutely divine! The giant in the Giant Martini doesn’t refer t to it’s size (but you could scale it up very easily)  but to the fact that it was created on the set of Giant by Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson.

Git along little doggie, this cocktail is all mine!

Giant MartiniAnd you too!

Giant Martini3jpgAh yes, Greg’s site on the PC, a cocktail in front of me and The A-Z of Cooking behind it.  Just a regular day round these parts!

Many, many thanks to Greg, this was so much fun!  Thank you so much for including me!  I always say this but you hear so much about the internet being a a horrible vicious place, I am always delighted and totally honoured to make new friends, like Greg, on here. 

Ok, I’ve gotta go, 5:30am start tomorrow!  But I’m loving and leaving you with some some super rhinestone cowboy singing!

Find out all about the Cowboy Day Cook A Long here.  Hopefully my attempts will inspire you to bigger and better things on the day!

The recipe for Cowboy Caviar I used came from Cookie and Kate.

The Giant Martini recipe is here.

Kiss me and smile for me, I’ll be back here in a couple of weeks but if you can’t smile without me, I’ll be tweeting and instagramming from Bali throughout.

Loving you, leaving you, now!

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History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable

  For many a month I’ve been thinking about how to bring you some of the delights of  “International Mixed Drinks” as featured in this post.  I’ve also been wanting to do something more interactive, that allows others to join in if they wish.

Because, lets face it.  Sometimes we all need a reason to have a libation (or two).

Inkahluarable1So, without any further ado, welcome to History Happy Hour!

Every couple of weeks, I will find a reason to celebrate a piece of history and we can all drink to it! 

Kicking things off we have the Inkahúarable celebrating Jamaica. 

Reasons to celebrate Jamaica this week? 

  • Last week Marlon James became the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize with his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, based in part on an assassination attempt on Bob Marley.
  • Today, 19 October is National Heroes Day in Jamaica. 

So why not pop some Bob Marley on the ipod, raise a toast to Marlon James and the seven National Heroes of Jamaica and join me in sipping an Inkahlúarable.  And don’t worry about a thing.  Because every little thing’s gonna be alright!

Inkahluarable2NOTE: The book of International Mixed Drinks claims that terminal illness can be temporarily postponed with this drink. 

I think that is highly unlikely so don’t go off your meds if you drink one of these. 

Totally irresponsible claims from the book of IMD aside, this is a damn fine cocktail.  Who knew orange and coffee went together so well!!!  Inkahluarable3

History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable

History Happy Hour – The Inkahlúarable

Ingredients

  • 10ml Kahlúa
  • 10ml Cointreau
  • 10ml Grand Marnier

Instructions

  • Pour the Kahlua into the glass.
  • Slowly pour in the Cointreau over the back of a spoon.
  • Repeat with the Grand Marnier.
  • Enjoy!
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But wait, there’s more!

You Can Be A Part of History Happy Hour!

  • Do you live in a country? (Yes you do.)
  • Does that country have any celebratory days? / Historically significant days / weird fun facts? (Of course it does)
  • Want to make a cocktail to celebrate the above? (You betcha)

Either make your cocktail, # historyhappyhour and drop me a line in the comments.  Or guest post it on here. 

Or, stumped for a cocktail?  Let me know where you are from and I will do my best to send you an appropriate recipe.  (Not all countries are represented in the International Book of Mixed Drinks).  Again, you can post it on your own blog, or guest post your cocktail on here.

Have a recipe celebrating a particular place / piece of history and can’t be bothered making it?  Send it through.  Just give me plenty of time before your special day so I can buy supplies if needed.

Happy (Responsible) Drinking!

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