Dry martini

Dry Martini

2.5 cl Gin
0.5 cl trockenen Vermut
1 Spritzer Orangen Bitter

Alle Zutaten in ein Glas geben und gut rühren.
Anschliessen in ein gekühltes Cocktailglas geben, mit einer Olive garnieren und servieren.

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Paddington & Lina Bo Bardi

Yet another new drink we tried over the holidays, the Paddington.
I organised and attended a mixing workshop for the place I work this december, now I'm mixing a lot of new drinks I never had before.

I have to admit it like my cocktails on the sweet side, Paddington is a rather dry cocktail and therefore not my favourite. If you like yours dry, you should definitely give it a go. The Orange and grapefruit aromas are rather nice.

You'll need:

  • 4,5 cl Banks % island rhum or any other you have in your bar
  • 1,5 cl lillet blanc
  • 1,5 cl fresh pressed grapefruit juice
  • 1,5 cl fresh pressed lemon juice
  • 1 bs Bonne Maman orange jam

Rinse a chilled coupe glass with a splash of Absinthe. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

The paddington is pictured next to the Lina Bo Bardi book that came out with Hatje Kantz for the lina Bo Bardi exposition in Munich. We did not know her prior to seeing the exhibition and were really impressed by her work.

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A double recommendation : Passioned green tea whiskey & Lady and Pups

My favourite Food blog of the 2014 was definitely ladyandpups.com and I strongly recommend you to keep an eye on it. It's funny, unusual, has great pictures and nice recipes.
"An angry food blog - home cooking with extreme prejudice" it's says on top of the page, sounds go too me.
I could do with a lot more food blogs that talk about kitchen disasters, headaches and midlife crises !

We had her  "Passioned green tea whiskey " on one of the last days of the year  - good stuff you should give it a go to.

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Fresh flower infusion


The garden is in full blossom. Mint, calendula, chamomile, melissa ... What I really like is these days is boiling a kettle of hot water over the fire in the garden and make some fresh infusion.
Sometime I mix everything together, sometimes I just make a simple calendula infusion with a little bit of mint, lime and honey. Delicious!



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Tea time

My grandmothers tableware.

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Soba tea


Lucky me I got a new pack soba tea from Japan. Soba is buckwheat, soba tea has a hearty and toasty flavor. I like it a lot. Mind you I don't like cooked buckwheat at all.

To celebrate and accompany  this tea I tried these cookies.

The tea sits on the outstanding "Japan towardas total scape" book. One of the most beautiful books I know.

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Hendrick's Gin Tonic


Another absolute classic with us is the Hendrick's Gin Tonic with a few cucumber slices.
Hendrick's gin one can buy at good liquor stores. In switzerland you can buy it in Globus.
Don't even try to make this with an other gin.


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Aperol Spritz the casa souk way

Aperol spritz

When we come home from the beach and the sun is slowly going down it's apero time.
One of your favorite drinks at the moment is Aperol Spritz.

Cool down the glass with some ice. Add the slice of an orange.
Add the the aperol.
Now add a dash of Tonic water and a dash of prosecco.



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Here come the British

Montgomery cheddar and Stilton cheese

Christmas Pudding

Thanks uwe!

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