5 summery drinks to make for friends

5 summery drinks for friends

5 Summery Drinks to Make for Friends

It’s great to have friends or family come to visit but the effort to prepare food can make impromptu invitations off-putting.

And when it’s a lovely day none of us want to be slaving in the kitchen cooking.

So why not host a drinks
and nibbles afternoon?

Whip up a few of the fabulous drinks below and serve with a variety of crisps, nuts, olives etc. With a variety of drinks – including plenty of non-alcoholic – it’s perfect for a gathering of people of all ages.

Make all the drinks in advance and store in the fridge so that you can enjoy the afternoon with your visitors.

 


 

Minty Lemon Sorbet Tea

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 5 mins plus cooling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 59 per portion
Fat 0.2g (0g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Darjeeling tea 600ml (1 pint), hot and strong
  • Sprigs of mint 3
  • Golden granulated sugar to taste Lemon sorbet 4 scoops
  • Lemon 1, sliced
  • Strawberries and mint sprigs to decorate

Instructions

  1. Pour the hot tea into a jug, add the mint sprigs and stir in the sugar to taste. Leave to brew and cool completely.
  2. When ready to serve, remove the mint sprigs. Scoop the lemon sorbet into four tall glasses and pour in the tea.
  3. Decorate with strawberries and mint and serve immediately.


Refreshing Lemonade

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 134 per portion
Fat 0g (0g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Caster sugar 200g (7oz)
  • Lemons 8 large, finely grated zest and juice (giving about 200ml/7fl oz)
  • Ice to serve

Instructions

  1. Tip sugar, lemon zest and juice into a heavy-based pan with 1 litre (1¾ pints) water
    and heat gently until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Taste and adjust sugar and lemon juice to taste. Remove pan from the heat and leave to cool. Strain liquid (if wished) into a jug filled with ice.


Caribbean Shake

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 199 per portion
Fat 7g (4.2g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Banana 1, roughly chopped
  • Orange juice 2 tbsp
  • Pineapple juice 2 tbsp
  • Milk 300ml (½ pint)
  • Vanilla dairy ice cream 2 scoops

Instructions

  1. Put banana in a blender with orange and pineapple juices. Add milk and whizz to blend.
  2. Put a scoop of ice cream in two glasses and top up with fruit milk. Serve immediately and with straws, if you like.


Summer Berry Milkshakes

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 461 per portion
Fat 35g (20.4g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Fresh raspberries 110g (4oz)
  • Fresh strawberries 150g (5oz), hulled and sliced
  • Vanilla ice cream 2–3 good scoops
  • Whole milk 600ml (1 pint), chilled
  • Natural yogurt 150g (5oz)
  • Double cream 125ml (4 fl oz), whipped to a soft peak, to decorate, optional
  • Raspberries 12, to decorate, optional Strawberries 4, to decorate, optional

Instructions

  1. Put raspberries, strawberries, ice cream, milk and yogurt into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour milkshake through a non-reactive sieve into a large jug (to remove seeds), and then pour into four large, well-chilled glasses. Serve immediately.

TIP For some extra pizzazz, top each glass of milkshake with a spoonful of whipped cream topped with raspberries. Make a slit in each strawberry, place on rim of each glass and serve.


Iced Coffee

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 12 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 334 per portion
Fat 17.1g (11.2g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Instant coffee 1 tbsp
  • Caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • Boiling water 3 tbsp
  • Whole milk 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Vanilla ice cream 250g (9oz)
  • Grated chocolate a little for sprinkling, optional

Instructions

  1. Put coffee and sugar into a heatproof jug, stir in boiling water, cover and leave to cool for 5–10 minutes.
  2. Mix coffee with milk and chill well.
  3. When ready to serve, pour coffee into a liquidiser, add ice cream and blend well. Pour into tall glasses, sprinkle with chocolate, if using, and serve immediately.


 

 

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Recipe of the Week | Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

 

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

 

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 303 per portion
Fat 20g (9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Shortcrust pastry 150g (5oz)
  • Butter 15g (½oz)
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
  • Small broccoli florets 75g (3oz)
  • Stilton 50g (2oz), crumbled

When ready to cook: serves 2

  • Egg 1
  • Milk 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Roll out the pastry and use to line four 10cm (4in) diameter flan tins.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onion and cook gently for 3–4 minutes until softened.
  3. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Pour into a sieve, rinse under cold water and drain.
  4. Divide the onion, broccoli and Stilton between the four tins.

To serve now:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C /425°F/Gas 7. Mix together 1 egg and 100ml (3½fl oz) milk. Pour into two tins, season and mix gently. Place on a baking tray. Bake for 20–30 minutes until set and golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tins. Serve warm.

To freeze:

  1. Wrap the assembled quiches in cling film and pack into a plastic container. Seal, label and use within 4 months.

To serve from the freezer:

  1. Unwrap two tins, and cook as above (adding egg and milk); there’s no need to defrost.

Cook’s tips
These can be cooked straight from the freezer, which is perfect for when you’re short of time. Simply add with the egg and milk before baking. If you have any egg and milk mixture left, mix with 1–2 tsp sugar and orange zest, pour into a ramekin and bake with the quiches for a scrumptious baked custard. If you don’t have individual flan tins you could use metal poachette rings set on a baking tray.

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

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Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

  • Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 303 per portion
Fat 20g (9g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Shortcrust pastry 150g (5oz)
  • Butter 15g (½oz)
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
  • Small broccoli florets 75g (3oz)
  • Stilton 50g (2oz), crumbled

When ready to cook: serves 2

  • Egg 1
  • Milk 100ml (3½fl oz)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Roll out the pastry and use to line four 10cm (4in) diameter flan tins.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onion and cook gently for 3–4 minutes until softened.
  3. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Pour into a sieve, rinse under cold water and drain.
  4. Divide the onion, broccoli and Stilton between the four tins.

To serve now:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C /425°F/Gas 7. Mix together 1 egg and 100ml (3½fl oz) milk. Pour into two tins, season and mix gently. Place on a baking tray. Bake for 20–30 minutes until set and golden. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tins. Serve warm.

To freeze:

  1. Wrap the assembled quiches in cling film and pack into a plastic container. Seal, label and use within 4 months.

To serve from the freezer:

  1. Unwrap two tins, and cook as above (adding egg and milk); there’s no need to defrost.

Cook’s tips
These can be cooked straight from the freezer, which is perfect for when you’re short of time. Simply add with the egg and milk before baking. If you have any egg and milk mixture left, mix with 1–2 tsp sugar and orange zest, pour into a ramekin and bake with the quiches for a scrumptious baked custard. If you don’t have individual flan tins you could use metal poachette rings set on a baking tray.

This recipe is taken from our cookbook; Just for One or Two – see more about this brilliant book here.

 

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Recipe of the Week | Pancetta & Mushrooms on Toast with Egg

Pancetta & Mushrooms on Toast with Egg

This is THE perfect breakfast for a lazy morning.

Enjoy with a cuppa and your favourite magazine.

Pancetta & Mushrooms on Toast with Egg

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 152 per portion
Fat 9g (3g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Sliced ready-to-cook pancetta 6–7 rashers, cut into strips
  • Oyster mushrooms 125g (4½oz), wiped, trimmed and sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Egg 1
  • Bread 1 thick slice, toasted

Instructions

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan until hot and add the pancetta. Cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp, stirring every now and then.
  2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and fry for about 5 minutes until they start to turn golden. Season with pepper only as the pancetta is already salty.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a small pan of water to a simmer, crack in the egg and poach according to taste.
  4. Pop the hot toast onto a warmed plate and spoon over the hot pancetta and mushroom mix. Top with the poached egg, season with black pepper and serve at once.

 

This recipe is taken from our fantastic cookbook;  Just For One Or Two – see more about how great it is.

 

 

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5 breakfasts that will make you want to leap out of bed!

5 breakfasts that will make you want to leap out of bed!

A good breakfast will definitely
keep you going until lunch and
help to stave off those
mid-morning biscuit cravings.

Here are five breakfast ideas that will make you love mornings.

 


Avocado on Chilli Buttered Toast

Avocado on Chilli Buttered Toast

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Chilli jam 2 tsp
  • Seeded bread, such as Vogel, 2 large slices
  • Ripe avocado 1 large or 2 small, peeled stoned and sliced

Instructions

  1. Beat butter together with chilli jam.
  2. Toast bread on both sides.
  3. Spread with chilli butter, top with avocado and season to taste.

 


Blueberry Bircher muesli

Blueberry Bircher Muesli

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 10 mins plus chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 422 per portion
Fat 22g (9.7g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt 500g tub
  • Rolled oats 200g (7oz)
  • Wheatgerm or ground hazelnuts 40g (1½oz)
  • Desiccated coconut 40g (1½oz)
  • Hazelnuts 50g (2oz), toasted and chopped
  • Cloudy apple juice 200ml (7fl oz)

To serve per portion

  • Granny Smith apple ½, cored but not peeled, coarsely grated
  • Blueberries 50g (2oz)
  • Runny honey 1 tsp
  • Ground cinnamon to sprinkle

Instructions

  1. Mix together yogurt, oats and wheatgerm or ground hazelnuts then stir in coconut, hazelnuts and juice. Transfer to a container, clip on lid and chill overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, stir in apple and a few blueberries and spoon into glasses. Top with blueberries, honey and cinnamon.
  3. The remaining muesli will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days; just add a little juice, if required.

 


Scotch Woodcock

Scotch Woodcock

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 441 per portion
Fat 37g (18.9g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Eggs 8 (4 whole plus 4 yolks)
  • Single cream 300ml (½ pint)
  • Unsalted butter 50g (2oz), softened
  • White bread 4 slices
  • Anchovy fillets in olive oil 8, drained
  • Capers 16, drained
  • Chopped parsley 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks and cream and season to taste.
  2. Melt half the butter in a saucepan and scramble eggs for 4 minutes until softly scrambled.
  3. Meanwhile, toast bread on both sides and spread with remaining butter.
  4. Pile scrambled egg onto toasts and arrange anchovy fillets in a cross on top of each. Sprinkle with capers and parsley.

 


Pancetta & Mushrooms on Toast with Egg

Pancetta & Mushrooms on Toast with Egg

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 152 per portion
Fat 9g (3g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Sliced ready-to-cook pancetta 6–7 rashers, cut into strips
  • Oyster mushrooms 125g (4½oz), wiped, trimmed and sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Egg 1
  • Bread 1 thick slice, toasted

Instructions

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan until hot and add the pancetta. Cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp, stirring every now and then.
  2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and fry for about 5 minutes until they start to turn golden. Season with pepper only as the pancetta is already salty.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a small pan of water to a simmer, crack in the egg and poach according to taste.
  4. Pop the hot toast onto a warmed plate and spoon over the hot pancetta and mushroom mix. Top with the poached egg, season with black pepper and serve at once.

 


Scotch Pancakes

Scotch Pancakes

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 61 per portion
Fat 1g (0.3g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour 125g (4½oz)
  • Ground cinnamon a pinch, optional
  • Caster sugar 1 tbsp or to taste
  • Egg 1 large, beaten
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Bananas 2, peeled and chopped
  • Maple syrup 4 tsp or to taste

Instructions

  1. Sift flour and cinnamon (if using) into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre and add egg. Whisk in milk gradually until batter is smooth and has the consistency of thick cream.
  2. Wipe a non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat pan until hot, then turn down heat to medium low.
  3. Cook pancakes in batches: drop tablespoons of mixture into pan, spaced well apart. Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side or until surface puffs and bubbles.
  4. Serve three or four per person, piled in a stack, scattered with chopped banana and drizzled with maple syrup.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken & Avocado Fajitas

Chicken-&-Avocado-Fajitas--

 

Perfect for eating in the garden, these fajitas are easy to prepare and taste amazing.

Chicken & Avocado Fajitas

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 598 per portion
Fat 19g (5.7g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Paprika 1 tsp
  • Cumin ½ tsp
  • Ground coriander ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Lime 1, zest and juice
  • Mini chicken breast fillets 350g pack, cut into chunks
  • Tortilla wraps 6
  • Cos lettuce ½, shredded
  • Avocado 1 large, peeled, stoned and sliced
  • Chopped coriander 3 tbsp, optional
  • Soured cream 4-6 tbsp, optional

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix together oil, spices, lime zest and juice and use to coat chicken. Heat a non-stick frying pan and fry chicken over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until cooked.
  2. Warm wraps according to packet’s instructions. Divide lettuce and avocado between them, top with chicken, coriander and soured cream, if using, roll up and serve.


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