Red Lotus Cocktail

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The distinct flavour of lychee is accented with the lighter taste of cranberry, an interesting play of flavours that is both intensely sweet and delicately refreshing. Ingredients: 60ml vodka 60ml lychee liqueur 45ml cranberry juice Method: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into…

#NHS70

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BY ANASTASIA CHOO As the NHS approaches its 70th Anniversary, I thought it appropriate to hear from NHS employees with their thoughts on the NHS. As one would expect there are both fans and detractors. Here are the comments of NHS staff below: ‘It was a privilege to work…

Hong Kong Style Coconut Milk Pudding — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

Ingredients: 100ml water at room temperature 200ml coconut milk 200ml fresh milk 2 tbsp gelatine 80g sugar Instructions: Pour the water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatine onto the water, allow the gelatine to sit and bloom Put the remaining ingredients (fresh milk, sugar and coconut milk) into a saucepan. Heat it […]…

Rhubarb, Rhubarb

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BY NONI CHRISTOPOULOS A dear friend who grows his own vegetables gave me a big bundle of rhubarb and tells me that the vegetable which we cook as fruit was at one time worth several times the price of opium. The Chinese used the rhubarb root for medicinal purposes…

Easy Beer Bread Recipe

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Ingredients: 3 cups self-raising flour, sifted 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 bottle or can (12 fl oz) beer, at room temperature 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted Method: Preheat the oven to Gas 5 / 375°F. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the beer…

Letter to the Burglars

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BY ANASTASIA CHOO The Police informed me that the maximum amount of time you spent ransacking my home would have been ten minutes.  Yet the carnage you left in my bedroom alone took the best part of three days – with very little sleep – to clear up.  You…

#WorldWhiskyDay

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BY NINA YANG When you think whisky, do you think Japan?  When I think of single malts and whisky, the image that comes to mind is of brawny men in kilts pushing barrels about in a cellar.  However, I am told by my bar tender friend in America to…

Καλό Πάσχα – Happy Easter!

Tσουρέκι – Traditional Greek Easter Bread Most us will have devoured the last of the chocolate eggs from Easter by now but for the Greeks, Easter weekend is just starting.  I have fond memories of Holy Thursday from the days when i lived in Thessaloniki. The women in our street would be dyeing eggs red…

Cocktails for Mama!

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Aside from flowers and breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, impress the Mama in your life with one of these easy cocktails: Tea Tini – It’s tea time and Mum will sure enjoy this light short drink on a Spring afternoon. Ingredients: 50ml vodka 30ml iced tea (sweet) 10ml lemon juice (fresh) […]…

Kung Hei Fat Choy! 恭喜發財!

BY ANASTASIA CHOO As Chinese New Year is fast approaching this Friday 16th February, I am having my house spring cleaned or as the Chinese say, “Sweeping of the Dust” which represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the New Year. Pretty much all the […]…

Fluffy Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

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BY NONI CHRISTOPOULOS Serves approximately 4 Ingredients:  1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any other variety of milk) 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt…

Autumn Apple Roses

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BY ANASTASIA CHOO Is there anything that feels more nostalgic or autumnal than a basket of freshly picked apples? Each year in October a friend brings me an abundant mix of Cox’s Orange Pippins, Worcester Pearmain and Egremont Russets from her orchard to celebrate a delicious harvest.  As an…