Anyone ready to call time on Dry January yet? Tempt yourself with these twists on bubbly cocktails. I sampled a couple over Christmas - English Garden and Green Ginger Fizz were both very good, almost too good. They have that very-easy-to-drink factor and tipsy-after-half-a-glass warmth. Love it. Don't let me be a part of you falling off the wagon though. Be strong, you're nearly there. February is just round the corner. Almost.
I had very high expectations of these shortbread cookies from Alison Roman. The social foodies have been raving about them for months with shining reviews and beautiful photographs being posted all over the interweb. Are they worth the hype? I wasn't disappointed; they're buttery, just the right side of sweet and flecked with generous chunks of chocolate. The sugar coating on the edges adds a delicious crunch. A very good shortbread all in all. The recipe says use chilled butter - I wouldn't, it'll be a nightmare to mix in. I used room temp and it worked just right.
You might have guessed that this is not my picture, credit to M&S. I just love the colours of these jewelled pickles and for me, there's something addictive about that tangy crunch. Pickled cucumbers are one of my absolute favourite foods, so satisfying. I'm going to try the carrots and radishes. Very simple recipes but add an extra special something to a sandwich or salad.