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October 25, 2015

I Hope That No-One Actually Thinks It Gives You The Power To Fly…

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Sometimes you see things that make you wonder who on earth was on the Marketing campaign and how on earth ideas made it past the drawing board. One of these is a brand of drink found in Aldi supermarkets: it’s called “Flying Power”. Seriously??? I sincerely hope that no-one takes this drink at face value and thinks that downing a few bottles and jumping off structures of any height can have a good outcome. I really shake my head and wonder who comes up with names like this sometimes…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 18, 2011

Easy Fruit Cubes pack a Wow Factor Punch…

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Agh! Guests are due in a day or more and you want something easy with the WOW factor. So, what’s easier than jazzing up your drinks with a recipe that can be made a day or more ahead and tastes great too?

.. and what could be more simple, and stunning than frozen fruits suspended in ice? (or in this case, the beverage of your choice?)

I get my frozen summer fruits from AH, probably the most well known Dutch supermarket and after some experimentation, find that a while range of beverages can be used as the liquid ingredient. I also add fresh mint with my fruit.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Mineral water works well, as does Bitter Lemon, and the recommended grape juice. I also discovered that if your chosen beverage is carbonated, then likely as not it will turn the colour of your fruits, so a little speed during assembly is essential. That said, it take only minutes to assemble and your freezer does the rest of the hard work for you.  Fabulous or what?

Personally, I used mini-muffin pans to make bigger ice cubes  and then served my drinks in balloon style glasses, or I  just tip a load of the fruity ice-cubes into a large punch bowl.  Either way it’s a hit.

As a member of the Recipezaar community (now called Food.Com) I made this for the first time and reviewed it ages ago. Recently I used the photo to illustrate one of my posts, was then asked for the recipe and since your wish is my command …here it is.

The recipe was submitted by  hubby and wife team who go by the member name of  “2Bleu”  and I’m sure that if you try it, they would appreciate your review. The yield depends entirely on how big your ice-cube trays  and frozen fruits are (I got a dozen mini muffin pan sized ones)

Crystal Clear Punch With Fruit Cubes
Serves: 12-36

4 cups frozen fruit
2 (24 ounce) bottles white grape juice, well chilled
1 liter ginger ale well chilled

While fruit is still frozen, dice into small pieces.
Work carefully yet quickly to keep fruit in a frozen state.
Place a few bits of frozen fruit bits into each of the ice molds/trays. Pour enough chilled white grape juice to fill trays. Pour into mini muffin tins or ice trays and freeze solid.
Once fully frozen, place in a large Ziploc bag until needed.
When ready to serve, mix remaining bottle of white grape juice and ginger ale into a punch bowl.
Add frozen fruit cubes and serve.


January 12, 2010

A Dutch Baby Tradition: Kandeel Drink.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Here is another Dutch baby tradition that not even all Dutch always know about.

Kandeel is a traditional drink that is served when visitors come to visit a new baby. Kandeel has been around since the 17th Century and used to be homemade but today it can be found ready made in most liquor shops.

It’s a creamy, yellow drink that contains 17% alcohol and tastes a little of “advocaat” (eggnog) because of the brandy and eggs.

The name “Kandeel” is originally from the word “ caldellum” which means “ warm drink” and tradition has it that the baby’s Father would stir it with a stick of cinnamon in the presence of the visitors who came to see his new child.

Whilst stirring, the Father has to wear a silk cap adorned with ribbons of his wife and this ritual was to keep away evil spirits from Mother and Baby.

Kandeel should be served in a small glass or beaker with a spoon, (just as you would with advocaat /eggnog) along with any of the following: “lange fingers” (sugared lady finger cookies), kaneelbeschuitje ( a type of cinnamon cookie) or “beschuit met muisjes” (see my blog post of  January 2010 to explain what this is)

It’s also very nice served over vanilla ice-cream or with fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Kandeel is traditionaly served lukewarm, but may also be served cold.

(I’ve translated this text from a Wikipedia article that is only available in Dutch, and also spoken to Staff in the company that makes it.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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