The Hen Party Series Part 1

Hi all, I’m back at last!! I have been wanting to for ages but now I have been forced into it I thought I should get right back in it!

I fell off the side of a kerb, in true blonde style as my mother says, and badly injured my back. I literally haven’t been able to move for three days. I’m just starting to go stir crazy so today I have been adding new products to my website and eagerly getting through my enquiries for new brides.

I am going to share one of my new products with you today but first I thought I would share a lovely cocktail recipe which is easy to make and can be made whilst all you  girls are getting ready for a fab hen night.

The Raspberry Daiquiri

There is a tartness and sweetness that fuse together just so to make this a beautiful, tasty cocktail.

Ingredients

50 ml light rum

25ml lime juice

2 spoons caster sugar

6 raspberries

Method

Add 5 raspberries, saving one for garnish, along with the caster sugar into a mixing glass and muddle into a paste.

This means to press the ingredients against the glass until it breaks down into a paste therefore releasing the flavours so they mix with the alcohol better. If you don’t have a muddler the end of a wooden spoon will be OK as will the end of a heavy butter knife.

Add the rum and the lime and fill the glass with ice.

Pour into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with raspberry  and any other decoration you wish!

Enjoy them with some canapes before you leave on your big night out or if you are enjoying a girls night in.

There are lots of simple recipes on the internet. When I made my cocktails I tried the following recipe from a blog called Wrapped Up In Rainbows and they are just so simple and tasty.

http://wrappedupinrainbows.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/easy-canapes-tomato-basil-and-goats.html

You can enjoy these treats while dressing the bride up and playing silly games from our fabulous new Hen Party Bags. They are great value for money and lots of fun.

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Fabulous filled party bags full of treats for a great night out.

Each bag comes with 15 fun items to help get your night of to a brilliant start. 

 Standard Items include:

Tiara, name tag, scratch a dare cards, truth and dare cards, sweets and lollies,willy straw, a sparkly wand, mini touchable bubbles, neon shot glass, small willy whistle, balloons, badge with funny slogans.

These are the items in the standard bag but items can be changed at our discretion. Just contact us using the contact form and we will rovide a list of alternative items.

BONUS

The Bride To Be’s bag will contain a cute dress up pack and selfie stick prop pack

When ten bags or more are purchased the bride will receive a relaxing pamper basket containing handmade natural soaps, moisturising shea butters, bath bombs, bath melts, foot soak,candles and more!

*****The contents of this basket is worth at least £20****

http://www.littlemisseventplanner.com/apps/webstore/products/show/6790260

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This first Hen Party blog was an introduction to my series and our new line of products.

My next post will be all about picking a theme for your Hen do whether you are planning a full blown weekend away or you are working to a budget there will be plenty of ideas and hints and tips.

Stayed tuned if you are planning your hen party or you are the maid of honour who has been given this daunting task!

Believe me, speaking from experience it is very hard to please all the girls attending. There will always be someone not happy I can assure you!

Happy blogging and wedding planning and see you all soon!

A Recipe for Potstickers

I had often wondered what potstickers were, turns out they are just Chinese dumplings and are, in fact really easy to make!

Don’t be daunted by the long list of ingredients, once you have all the ingredients in front of you its super easy.

For the filling

1/2lb minced pork (about 225gm)

Finely chopped spring onions ( I usually use a whole bunch)

2tbs finely chopped red pepper

1 egg

1tsp mustard

2tsp ketchup

2tsp Worcestershire sauce

1tsp brown sugar

1 1/2tsp salt

1/2tsp black pepper

1/4tsp cayenne pepper

3/4tsp oil

250mls chicken stock

For the dough

285g all purpose flour

150-170mls boiled water

1tsp salt

To make the dough

Mix the flour and salt together and create a well in the middle.

Add 150ml of the water slowly, mixing with a wooden spoon, you can always add more water if the mix is too dry or more flour if its too sticky.

Knead into a ball and then carry in kneading well for two minutes.

Wrap in clingfilm and allow to rest for 1 hour. I always mix the filling here.

Roll out the dough as thinly as possible. I out it through my pasta machine but rolling it out thinly works too!

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For The Filling and making the dumpling

Basically just mix all the ingredients apart from the oil and chicken stock. Season well.

Take a dumpling round and brush the edges with water and add half a teaspoon of the mixture to the centre.

DSC00913Fold over and seal at the edges. Repeat until all the dough and mixture has been used, covering the completed dumplings with a damp towel.

Put the oven on at 95 degrees, this is a cool oven and make your chicken stock up. You will use this in three lots so use about 83mls at a time.

Heat a frying pan and add your oil. Place around 8-10 dumplings in the pan, leaving the rest under the towel. Heat for 2 minutes without touching them! Its good to use a good non stick pan. My first attempt with a bad pan was terrible!

After 2 minutes add a third of the stock and cover them. Leave for 2 minutes.

Remove and place on a baking tray and place inn the oven to keep warm.

Clean the pan and repeat the process until all the potstickers/ dumplings are done.

Serve immediately.

potsticker172You can make a dipping sauce using 1tbs chilli oil, 1tbs of soy sauce and 1tsp rice vinegar. Just mix together and adjust to suit your taste.

They are great little snacks for family or friends.

Its worth noting that you can make the dough one day ahead and refrigerate if entertaining, in fact I normally make both the dough and the mix a day ahead then the actual cooking time is minimal. I have more time to enjoy a cocktail or two with my friends!

I’m going to have a practice with more Chinese style dishes and host a little dinner party to review my new cooking skills!

A Christmas Canape Recipe!

Hi all! I am in the middle of writing some more of my New York Diary pieces, but in the meantime I thought I would share some of the Christmas canapé recipes I am experimenting with!

I know there are some fantastic products at Iceland, but for those who like to cook this is a great sausage roll recipe which received high praise from both my lovely Mr Seaside and my very best friend.

(I must admit I had a half hour strolling around Iceland and very nearly gave in to the easy option. Look blinkin great, very affordable and easy if you have a lot of people at a party. I am certainly having a cocktail party night with the stuff they have in at the moment for a night off!)

Anyhow, here is the recipe for my sausage rolls, it’s easier than you think. I use ready made pastry!

Here Goes……

Ingredients

30g butter

100g mushrooms (very finely chopped)

1 tbps Worcestershire Sauce

1tbap Tabasco

1 tbsp thyme

450g sausage meat (you can squeeze it out of fresh sausages, messy but YUMMY!)  Tip: go to your local butcher and get your favourite sausage, you won’t regret it.

Ready rolled puff pastry. If you have the perfect recipe use it. If not, get ready rolled and roll it out and thin it out a bit. (I use ready made! My hands aren’t cold enough!)

Salt and Pepper , Oh one beaten egg (I forgot!!)

METHOD

Preaheat oven to gas mark 6

 

Melt butter and fry the mushrooms in a frying pan until soft.

Transfer to a bowl.

Mix all of the other ingredients together, Mix very well!!

Don’t forget to season!!

Roll out pastry, use as much flour as needed to stop it sticking, It won’t ruin it and it won’t stick.

Cut and lay the meat as follows.

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Then roll up and put the join facing down on the baking tray and with a knife make joins along the pastry to mark out each individual roll like soSausage-Rolls-before-cooked

Make sure you don’t cut all the way through, this is done afterwards. Using a beaten egg brush the roll and repeat the process for as many rolls as you want or as far as the meat will stretch!

Bake for about 25 minutes until the rolls are a lovely golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cut into mini rolls once cooled.

ENJOY!!

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These can be made in advance so there is no rushing about before your guests arrive! The best kinds of recipes.

I have been experimenting with more canapés today so I will be adding the recipes tomorrow and will finish with some fab Christmas cocktails (I’m looking forward to that tasting evening!) and a post about hosting the perfect Christmas party stress free!

See you all soon!