|Left: Pancakes Right: Ginger cookies|
Apparently I can follow the directions for cooking and baking well but for drinks I am such a klutz. Anyway thanks to my good friend Biola of Cocktails by Enliven by God's grace my clumsiness in making drinks would be a thing of the past.
She is having a one day training at two venues (two states) and fortunately for me it seems this strike is still on. I really hope to attend the training. She is teaching on how to make cocktails however alcohol and i don't mix so I might not be able to drink what I would make however I am hoping that if I am able to slay making cocktail drinks I should be able to slay making mocktail (cocktail drinks without alcohol) drinks.
She is having a super duper discount so hurry up and pay. Check it out here http://www.dealdey.com/deals/exclusive-cocktail-training
Here are the highlights of what you stand to gain:
One day cocktail training for one individual
Training holds in two locations nationwide:
Lagos: 288, Ikorodu Road, near Palm-Groove Bus Stop, Lagos
Ibadan: 6, Olu Abiodun Street, Bode Wasimi, Bashorun, Ibadan, Oyo
Lagos - Saturday; January 31, 2015
Ibadan - Saturday; February 7, 2015
Time 12 Noon – 03:00pm
Course outline includes:
An introduction to the world of cocktail
Practical foundation in the mechanics of mixology
Method of cocktail preparation (building a drink, stirring, shaking, layering, muddling, straining and smashing)
Standards of garnishing cocktail drinks
Basic bar tools
Training materials will be provided
Okay enough of the training talk, now on to my experiments/disasters. I made ginger cookies which was really nice except a batch decided to overbake (burn). Here is the link to where you can find the recipe http://www.dobbyssignature.com/2013/09/homemade-ginger-bread-cookies.html?m=0.
I tried to make ginger beer with this recipe www.dobbyssignature.com/2014/05/how-to-make-ginger-beer-ale.html?m=0 but it was a disaster. The whole thing was smelling like yeast or palm wine and it was not sweet. I had to pour it away.
I made american style pancakes which is different from the other pancakes I made last two weeks. This involves the inclusion of baking powder or baking soda into the batter. When frying you flip the pancakes when you see lots of air bubbles.
I also made dark fruit cake using the same the recipe here because I had run out of refined white sugar (wasted my sugar on the ginger beer) and I wanted to bake a cake.
I tried my hand in making Chapman and it came out in an orange shade. I was not happy. The taste was just fantaish and since I don't fanta it was not nice. Here is the recipe I tried to copy....http://www.dobbyssignature.com/2015/01/chapman-drink-recipe-fanta-chapman.html?m=0.
Here are some of the pictures I took:
|Ginger cookies.....before baking|
|After baking....you can clearly see the ones that decided to overbake...|
|In preparation for Chapman drink|
|Cucumber slices, Lemon slices and Alomo bitters (I ended up putting less than 5mls when I remembered that alcohol and me don't mix)|
|Orange Chapman....This is supposed to be red! Red! Not orange.....*crying*|
|American pancake....my grandma says it tasted like cake and she is right. It is fluffy with a spongey feel and because I added vanilla essence it smelt amazing.|
I wish you all a great week ahead.
Hey, I need to know if there is a FedEx or UPS office close to festac town, Lagos. Can someone please help me? EMS is not an option for me, I just don't trust them.
Thanks for stopping by.