Cocktail Competition Night

Cucumber Gin Cocktail

I was invited to a cocktail night at a friend’s house recently.  There were 7 couples attending and the idea was that each couple has to come up with a cocktail for everyone to drink.  This time each couple was sharing a drink cos after the last cocktail competition night, we thought that it would be more sensible to share!  Each cocktail will be judged by taste and presentation.  And the host will decide the winner/loser prize.

I (aka my husband and I ) have decided to make a cucumber gin cocktail and also a gin and tonic jelly.  Both cocktails are gin based as I love gin.  You can find the recipes for both cocktails below –

Cucumber and Gin Cocktail



  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 200ml cup water
  • 175ml ml gin
  • 100ml cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar cane syrup,
  • Edible flowers optional

Please note that the above measurement are approximate.


  1. Peel and chop the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add rosemary and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, gin, lime juice and syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the syrup is dissolved. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and edible flower.

Gin and Tonic Jelly


Based on Nigella’s recipe but I have put the jelly in an individual molds instead.  I also added the edible flowers before putting them into the fridge to set.

You can find the recipe here –

Btw, we didnt win but still it was a good night and there will be another one soon!!!

This weather reminds me of Padstow and seafood!!!


I love Padstow it is just beautiful and the kids love spending the week down there.  So much to do and so much to see and best of all we get to go to visit Rick Stein’s restaurants.  This time we managed to book a table at his seafood restaurant as my younger child is finally old enough to go.  I am very lucky that my kids will eat anything and willing to try anything.  We all ate some sort of form of seafood and this was what I had.  I can just taste all the flavors again just by looking at this picture.  Yummy and I hope everyone is enjoy their summer!!!

This reminds me of my childhood.


I recently spotted this (chinese pork meat) in my local supermarket.  Of course I have to just buy it.  My kids love this fried and then dip in mayo to eat, just like how it was served to me as a child in Hong Kong.  We normally have this at dinner time, accomplished with some Chinese veg in oyster sauce, steamed fish (seabass/salomn/cobbers) with spring onions and ginger, steamed rice with a fried egg on top.  Cheap, quick and the best Chinese meal ever.  (And definitely authentic!!!)

Dinner with friends at Sushi Samba




We started off with a cocktail or two at the outside bar on the 38th floor.  The sun was still shinning at 7pm in London and the place was buzzing.  We sat down for dinner at 815pm and we ordered various dishes (probably most of the dishes on the menu).  Above were just some of the dishes that we had.  We drank wine and more cocktails.  It was just a perfect evening to catch up with good friends.  Definitely memorable and cant wait to go back!!!

Easy No Cook Nutty Bites



I love to make these bites for my kids to eat as a snack or serve with ice cream as a treat.  So easy to make and my husband and my in laws love them too!!!

In a large bowl, simply add a handful of your choice of seeds (I like pumpkin and sunflower), raisins, chopped nuts, chopped dried fruits, a large spoonful of wheat bran, peanut butter, honey and chocolate spread.

Mix well and roll into bite size balls.  Finish off with rolling the balls into some desiccated coconut.  You can put them into the fridge to set them a little but it’s optional.