Coffee Time with The Copper Collection (video)

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The Copper Collection

Like most people, I can't begin a morning without a cup of coffee, partly because of the much needed caffeine but most of all because making it is a bit of a ritual to me and feels therapeutic. I used to make my coffee in a very noisy machine at home which was great but ever since I have discovered The Copper Collection I have been loving filtered coffee and my gorgeous copper stand looks fab in my kitchen! Did I mention the stand is copper?!!

The talented ladies behind The Copper Collection, Danielle & Deirbhile, create hand crafted pour over / filtered coffee stands for coffee shops, at home baristas and lovers of modern lifestyle and decor. Copper is all the rage in interior design at the moment and the coffee stands will make your kitchen look instantly stylish. They also make fantastic birthday / wedding / house warming gifts.

The Copper Collection

If you are a lifestyle and decor enthusiast or even just a fan of pretty shiny things, make sure to check out The Copper Collection website and social media! Their Instagram account is to die for!

If you would like to buy one of the stands you can avail of an exclusive reader discount code (type PINKELEPHANT10 in at checkout, valid till Friday, 17th July).

The brewing of filtered coffee comes from Japan and is a lovely process. It doesn't take long and it produces a wonderful, flavourful cup of coffee. I love how tactile the whole experience is!

If you want to find out more about brewing coffee on one of the gorgeous copper stands make sure to watch the video below. If you love coffee you will definitely enjoy thus process!

 

Have you ever tried filtered coffee?

Alex Signature

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Summer Elderflower Gin & Tonic #DublinGandT

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Summer Elderflower Gin & Tonic

A good Gin & Tonic has to be one of the most refreshing drinks ever. With the summer finally here to stay I have been experimenting with different gins and flavourings to come up with the perfect summer G&T and the outcome was the, very seasonally appropriate, Elderflower Dingle Gin & Tonic. If G&T is your tipple of choice or you would like to try some creative variations make sure you head to the Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest next week!

Gin & Tonic is classically a highball cocktail made with gin & tonic poured over ice with the typical garnish being a wedge of lime. There is nothing wrong with the classic, it is one of my favourite drinks in the world but... in summer I cannot resist adding a little something to my G&T.

I have also recently discovered Dingle Gin, which has very quickly taken first place in my gin collection (yes, I do have a gin collection!). Dingle Gin is a hand crafted, artisan gin made in small batches in County Kerry. It is delicious, infused with a blend of different botanicals including rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather for a taste of the Kerry landscape.

If you'd like to try a Dingle Gin & Tonic or some other amazing G&T creations make sure you head to the Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest taking place next week from 22.06 to 27.06 across 30 different venues all over Dublin! Each venue will be creating and selling a specific Irish Gin & Tonic at a 30% discount to anyone with a Dublin Gin Fest wristband (€5).

Summer Elderflower Gin & Tonic

The Elderflower G & T must be one of the easiest drinks to prepare, you don't need a shaker, you just pour it all into your glass and enjoy! Minimal effort, minimal mess.

Elderflower Gin & Tonic

50ml Dingle Gin 5 ml elderflower cordial tonic water ice cubes sprig of mint

Fill a glass with ice. Tip in the gin and cordial. Give it a quick stir then pour over the tonic water and garnish with a sprig of mint! Cheers!

Hope to see you at the Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest! What are your favourite G&T creations?

Alex Signature

Cocktail Essentials: Rosemary Simple Syrup + Summer Pomegranate Gin Fizz

Cocktail Essentials: Rosemary Simple Syrup

Summer is on the way and summery cocktails are in order! I love including herbs and fresher ingredients in my cocktails when it gets warm and simple syrup is the easiest way to do it. The flavour options are unlimited (mint, basil, lavender - all fab!) and once you have your syrup done you can keep it in the fridge for about 2 weeks or 1 month if you have a sterilized container* - not that it will last that long, let's not kid ourselves.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

So... as the name suggests it is really simple to make, I wouldn't even call it a recipe!  You will need:

1 cup (or any measure) of sugar 1 cup (or any measure) of water

Boil water until the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add rosemary. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove rosemary and refrigerate the syrup.

* If you want your syrup to last longer in your container you will need to sterilize it. The easiest way is running the bottle & cap through a hot dishwasher cycle. Remember not to de-sterilize the container when you are taking it out (meaning, don't put your finger inside the bottle or cap!!)

Cocktail Essentials: Rosemary Simple Syrup

Pomegranate & Rosemary Gin Fizz

1/4 cup of gin (60 ml) of your favourite gin 1 tsp lime juice 1 tbsp rosemary simple syrup 2 tbsp pomegranate juice (the real thing, not juice drink!) Club soda Ice Garnish: rosemary sprig, some pomegranate kernels - whatever floats your boat

Pour all your ingredients into a glass and stir. Add ice and fill up with club soda, give it another quick stir. Add your garnish & enjoy!

For bigger quantities just multiply the ingredients and have the main ingredients in a jug then just pour into individual glasses and top with soda water & ice. It's one of my favourite cocktails, super refreshing and so tasty!

Cocktail Essentials: Rosemary Simple Syrup

Cheers!! xx

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Easy Spicy Nibbles

Easy Spicy Nibbles

You may have already seen our Spicy Valentines Wings & Whiskey Feast and here are two more recipes for you! They are both super easy but very impressive and tasty so whether you are cooking for your girlfriend / boyfriend or just some pals you will be scoring some massive brownie points!

Spicy Nuts

One of my favourite things to snack on ever since Jette Virdi made these for us! They are sweet and spicy and have all these amazing nutty flavours, very addictive. The best thing, they are super simple to make - the only thing you need to watch out for is the caramel, it is VERY hot so do not be tempted to stick your finger into the pan to taste!

250g sugar approx. 500g mixed nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts... anything you like!) 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes 1 teaspoon chili flakes (adjust the spice to your taste)

Easy Spicy Nibbles

Easy Spicy Nibbles

Prepare a baking try and line it with baking parchment. Heat your sugar gently until it melts and then wait until it becomes all golden and starts smelling really delicious (about 5 min). Now you need to work fast. Add the nuts to the caramel, sprinkle over the salt & chili flakes and stir well so that the nuts are well coated.  Try to be quick here, the nuts will decrease the temperature of the sugar and it will start setting. Once you're happy with the mixture tip the contents of the pan out onto your baking tray and spread out the nuts. Now all you need to do is wait for the caramel to cool & set and then break it up into bite-sized pieces.

The nuts make a fantastic gift, just put some in a cute bag or box.

Spicy Chocolate Bark

Next up is a beautiful spicy chocolate bark. This is literally a foolproof recipe but the effect is very beautiful, so brilliant if you are not great in the kitchen but want to impress!

100g best quality dark chocolate approx. 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes approx. 1 teaspoon chili flakes

Easy Spicy Nibbles

Easy Spicy Nibbles

Start by laying some baking parchment on a baking tray and melting your chocolate over a water bath (which is essentially a saucepan with a little bit of boiling water and a heatproof bowl sitting on top). As soon as the chocolate pieces start to melt switch of the heat and wait until the chocolate melts completely. This way you don't risk burning the chocolate!

When your chocolate is all melted and silky pour it out onto your baking tray and smooth over with a spoon. Sprinkle over the salt and chili flakes. Now all there is to do is wait until the chocolate sets. Once your bark has hardened you can break it up into bite-sized shards with your fingers and dig in!

Easy Spicy Nibbles

So whether it's Valentines Day, an evening with friends or you need bring some nibbles to the office here are two amazing options. If you haven't seen it check out Jette's recipe for spicy chicken wings and an amazing Teeling Whiskey cocktail here.

Make sure you enter our giveaway! You can win a bottle of Teelings Small Bathch Whiskey & some of the spicy goodies made by Jette.

Enjoy!

A & B. xx

Whiskey & Wings: A Love Story

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Whiskey & Wings: A Love Story

Every now and then we get the opportunity to work with some truly creative geniuses and this weekend was one of those occasions. Jette Virdi is the definition of a creative free spirit. Not only a talented Ballymaloe trained chef, international food stylist and freelance creative director, but also founder of ‘The Creatives’ - hosts of the increasingly popular Long Table Supper Evenings and creative workshops. Be sure to follow Jette on instagram @jettevirdi  for some serious food ogling!

I’d be lying if I said we love Valentine’s Day, it’s a bit of a forced Hallmark holiday in our book and there’s nothing quite as unromantic as scheduled romance (at this point I’d like to just add that we're open to receiving flowers at any time throughout the year, peonies are preference with white roses a close second!) What we do love most, though, is food, as do the men in our lives.

So without so much as a nod in the direction of pink fluffy hearts we decided that this one will be for the boys, and what love is greater than that of a man with Whiskey and Wings. Armed with a bottle of the finest Teeling Whiskey, some seriously hot spices and the culinary expertise of Jette, we pulled together what in our book constitutes the perfect Valentines. Obviously Jette has the gastronomic skillset to rival that of Nigella, but even if cooking isn’t really your strong point we pretty much guarantee you can master these goodies without breaking a sweat.

Teeling Whiskey Cocktail

Blood Orange & Teeling Cocktail

This cocktail is a celebration of the beautiful Teeling Small Batch Whiskey. We didn't want to overpower it and thought that the citrus will go well with its sweet and spicy flavour. The Teeling Small Batch is aged in rum caskets and is a particularly good one to drink if you are not used to whiskey. The rum caskets give the it a unique smooth, sweet finish that even us, not frequent whiskey drinkers, enjoy a lot!

The cocktail is simple to make and looks very impressive. All you need is the juice of a few blood oranges, an ice cube tray and your Teeling Whiskey. We made our ice cubes in giant sphere molds (you can buy those online) but you can also just use an ordinary ice cube tray. Pour your whiskey in a glass and gently drop an ice cube into each glass. Done!

If you are an inexperienced whiskey drinker (like we are) here's a great tip from Jette: Breathe out after you've swallowed the cocktail - you will be able to actually taste all those delicious flavours of the whiskey and blood oranges without that burning sensation we associate with drinking spirits.

Fiery Hot Wings

Fiery Chicken Wings

Fiery Chicken Wings

Fiery Chicken Wings

This recipe is as easy as the one above! You only need a few ingredients that are then thrown together and baked in the oven. We have included measurements but the great thing about this recipe is that it will also work perfectly well if you just eyeball it. Easy peasy!

1kg free range chicken wings 150 ml Frank's hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

Preheat your oven to 180C. Mix together the spices and hot sauce, make sure you adjust the level of spice to your taste. We like our wings super hot but if you don't, pull back on the cayenne and chili flakes. Put the chicken wings into your spice mix and rub it in. Hands are best for this but if you're squeamish when it comes to raw chicken a spoon will do, just make sure all of the chicken is coated. You can leave the chicken in the marinade for a couple of hours, overnight or bake them straight away. They will need about 25 - 30 min in the oven, depending on the size of your wings. Serve straight out of the oven!

Whether you are spending V-Day on your own, with girlfriends / guyfriends or your one true love, this feast is the perfect accompaniment to a cosy movie night in. The Teeling Small Batch would make an awesome Valentines gift, especially if served up to your one and only complete with a giant spherical blood orange ice cube!

Thank you so much to Teeling for providing their excellent whiskey for us to use & officially turning us into whiskey drinkers! Keep an eye out for our fantastic Teeling Whiskey giveaway along with some more spicy recipes on the blog later on this week. And just because it’s Valentines and we love you, here's a sneak peak of what you can win….

Whiskey & Wings: A Love Story

What are you planning for Valentines?

A & B. xx