Pineapple Lime Ice Lollies

pineapple, lime, pop, popsicle, ice, lolly, lollies, tequila, cocktailFor a last grasp of summer we decided to indulge in a little adult, warm weather treat. Bright lime and sweet, tart pineapple highlight the mellow, agave of the tequila. Try to only eat one. We dare you.

Makes approximately 18 mini pops

You will need:

1oz plastic shot glasses – or other popsicle molds

1 ripe pineapple – juiced (easiest done in a juicer)

Will make roughly 3 cups of juice

Reserve 1 cup of the pulp (remove any hard bits or eyes)

2 limes – zested and juiced

1/2 cup tequila (optional)

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Mix everything together in a shallow freezer proof dish. For a family friendly treat, omit alcohol.

To avoid rock hard pops and to give them a nice flakey texture slightly pre-freeze before you fill your pop molds. This will also help your stick remain upright during the freeze.

In the shallow dish, freeze for 10-15 minutes, gently flake with a fork, replace in freezer. Repeat once more. Spoon into molds, and insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least a couple of hours or overnight.

Butternut and Shrimp soup

Winter is coming, I’m building a freezer stash of soup for the frigid days ahead. My go to is lentil and lately I’ve been adding some smoked sausage and garnishing with feta. So I thought I’d try something new.


Serves 4

1/2 of a large butternut squash

24 large raw shrimp with shells on

2 garlic cloves

1 medium onion

6 celery stalks

32 oz chicken stock

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp Mediterranean spiced sea salt

1 tsp Curry powder

1 tsp Hot Paprika

1 tsp Smoked sea salt

1/2 tsp Black pepper

1/2 tsp Mustard powder

1/2 Cayenne pepper

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Peel and chop the butternut squash into small cubes.  Roughly chop the onion and celery, peel the garlic cloves and leave whole Place the on a lined baking tray, drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with the 1 Tbsp of the mediterranean spiced sea salt 1/2 tsp of the black pepper, curry powder, hot paprika, mustard powder. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes take out of the oven and place everything but the squash in a dish. Return the squash to the oven for another 15 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting  peel the shrimp. Heat 1 tsp of the olive oil in the soup pan. Once hot, add the shrimp shells and saute until pink. About 3 -5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and cover with the lid until the vegetables are done.

Strain the stock to remove the shells. Return the stock to the pan and add in the vegetables and 10 of the shrimp. Turn the heat to medium and gently simmer for 15 minutes.  Puree the soup.

In a small frying pan melt the butter and add a splash of olive oil. Cut the remaining shrimp into 1cm size pieces. Season with 1 Tbsp of mediterranean spiced seal salt, the cayenne pepper and the remaining paprika. if this is a little too much spice you can always opt for salt and pepper. Saute until just pink.

Stir the shrimp into the soup and let sit for 10 minutes, check the seasoning. The flavours on the shrimp should have leached into the soup. You can add in a splash of cream to make this a bisque, I had to do this once when I was heavy-handed with the spices.

A crusty baguette is the perfect accompaniment, but if all you have is sliced white bread, keep reading.

Rolled croutons

What you’ll need,




Other spices and cheese optional.

Heat the broiler to low

I like the garnish this with a few more shrimp and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.



All High Kicks and Gleaming Teeth

My sister came to visit for Christmas, and we decided to have a day in the city. We did a little shopping, had lunch at Balthazar, shopped a little more and then  headed to Radio City Music Hall home of The Rockettes!!

Seeing The Rockettes one thing that I always thought I should do, but never got round to. It’s a New York institution, like going to the top of the Empire state building or see the Statue of Liberty.

An Impressive crystal chandelier tree hangs in the lobby of the iconic Radio City

My excitement was building, The lobby really sets the tone and one could really imagine what it was like way back in the day was this was the hottest ticket in town.

The eye is drawn down into a cavern orchestra seats and ends with a magnificent swath of red velvet

At this point I have a flash back to my youth and remember the scene from Annie when Daddy Warbucks takes her to Radio City and the ushers are showing them to their seats. I love that movie.

One word to describe this place is HUGE!! It’s vast, I feel so tiny waiting excitedly in my seat.

There were pretty decorations hung high in the rafters.

The was an organ players on each side began to play, then the curtains were raised and the orchestra floated towards the audience. Next appeared 6 performers dressed as ushers (3 on each side) and they welcomed us all to Radio City.

I won’t give the rest of the show away. Yes it is a little saccharin sweet and a little stuck in the past and probably not everyones taste, but I loved it as did my Sis.

Two happy girls