Cooking & Baking/ Holidays


Happy 2016!!

I took a mini break so that I can start 2016 rested and fresh. I’ve made these two mocktails as I want to live a cleaner life in 2016. I want to be more outdoors and become a proper 365 days a year gardener instead of a spring and summer gardener only. We have made a good start of building me a proper garden shed with a pottering table and all my tools neatly organised. I’m going to rearrange the back of the house garden and I’m going to rethink the side of the house garden. I’ve also started to exercise daily. I’ve bought myself a good indoor bike and have been on it for at least an hour a day watching two episodes of The Big Bang Theory. As from Wednesday I’ll start to swim 3 times per week and by March I might need a break – LOL!!! And a new years resolution we’ve both made: work less and travel more.

Here’s to an exciting fresh new year.

Non-alcoholic Ginger Mimosa (left)

50 ml fresh orange juice
250 ml sparkling water
2 x 1 cm thick slices of fresh ginger
Half a Clementine
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary


Pour the orange juice into a glass, then add the sparkling water. Garnish with pieces of Clementine, ginger slices and insert the rosemary sprigs into the glass. Use a cocktail pestle to squeeze the juice out of the ginger and Clementine. To make the drink alcoholic pour 50 ml champagne in the glass and reduce the sparkling water to 200 ml.

For one long drink or champagne glass

Non-alcoholic Iced Chai Latte (right)1 litre of boiling water

4 bags of Clipper Chai Tea
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cinnamon stick
2 sprigs of star anise


Brew the tea in a litre of boiling water, about 15 minutes. Stir the maple syrup into the tea and add the cinnamon stick and star anise. Let stand until it has cooled completely. Then cool the tea for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before you pour the tea into an ice cube tray. Place in the freezer for at least 24 hours. Pour into a glass of cold milk and add (to taste) the chai tea ice cubes. Stir and wait until the cubes are almost melted. To make the drink alcoholic add 1 tablespoon of Kahlua to the tea mixture before freezing.

For 8 glasses

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  • Zilverblauw
    16/01/2016 at 17:00

    Dat zijn mooie voornemens. Fijne foto’s ook en super dat ik weer kan reageren af en toe. Fijn weekend Yvonne!