Cocktail Monday: The ‘Nina Simone’

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 18, 2017
I’ve loved Nina Simone since 1994, thanks to a boyfriend who loved her. Her voice – rich, smooth; he words – full of hope, longing, loss and love. There was something about her that drew me 23 years ago and hasn’t left me since, even past the memories of that relationship and others. Her ‘Feeling […]

Friday Cocktails: On Pepper Fruit Gin & Simple Syrup

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 2, 2017
I’ve been thinking about a way to create a non-alcoholic infusion of pepper fruit without losing flavour and fragrance and then two things happened: Ramon shared that cooking killed the flavour [baking them in scones worked well though – flavour remained] And I watched Mary Berry make an Elderflower infusion. So I knew there’d be […]

Homemade Mulberry – Almond Gin

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 23, 2015
As simple as stewing fresh mulberries with almond brittle, sugar, Cointreau and gin. I liked Sarah Raven’s suggestions about adding almonds to the gin.  putting in a bottle… and topping with Gin The colour comes through immediately that pleases me much.  Right now, it’s setting in a cook dark place to ‘chill’ and infuse. I wonder if it’ll […]

The Anatomy of Lemongrass

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 16, 2015
I grew up putting lemongrass leaves in everything from hot water to soup and rice. If you haven’t tried it, just snip off a few leaves, wash, rub between your palms to bruise and tie up in a small bundle using a blade of grass. Toss this in a pot of hot water with scent leaves and […]

Five (5) Favourite Mocktails

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 7, 2015
The last cups are poured slowly, sipped with dreamy eyes. Eyes glazed with memories of mornings and glasses of juice – mostly orange, memories of heat at noon and refreshing drinks, full of muddled mint and ice. Holidays for me are mostly about the unhurried cups of tea at dawn, the fresh juices I down […]

Passion Fruit, Carrot, Ginger & Papaya Smoothie

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 12, 2014
For when you can’t eat. Two pains I cannot fathom or explain – heartbreak and toothache. Are they really necessary for life, growth, healing? I wonder. I had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted last Monday. It’s not something I’d like to repeat. Or wish on my worst enemy. Now I understand what my friend Joy […]

Fruit & Tea: Green Tea with Sugarcane Juice, Watermelon & Mint

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 23, 2014
Embrace the ittars, the exotic scents of the Levant In tendrils of steam from the hammams of Turkey Rosewater. Orange Blossom. Jasmine Fragrances captured and essences preserved by ancient methods that go back to the Renaissance Experience the abundance of fragrances Get carried away with the heady notes and exotic dances of the Levant Captured […]

Sugarcane Juice Revisited: Three (3) Ways

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 21, 2013
This post is as much about showing off my bargain ‘Eva Solo’ Danish Design tumblers…. ….as it is about exploring new flavours with sugar cane juice.

Two Recipes from Thanksgiving

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 7, 2013
We feasted and we drank plenty. My back ached but I was thankful in spite of it.