I was invited along for a behind the scenes look into a venture from another one of the North East's individuals. This time, it was Joe Meagher, of Flat Caps Coffee. Joe has owned Flat Caps Coffee for a number of years and wishes to expand to be able to give what customers cannot get at the original due some restrictions, without breaking his brand's ethos. I had a chat with Joe about his ideas for an expansion and what it could do for Newcastle, and invite you to have a look at his Kickstarter where you can get involved but also receive some fantastic perks in return!
Happy Cinco de Mayo everybody! It's been too long since introducing my Taki Bar to you before actually creating something with it to share with you on here. Things have been quite manic, and will be for the next couple of weeks. I actually have no tequila in my home bar at present, but I do have Kahlúa, a Mexican coffee liqueur. Bad timing though as I wondered whether DECAF Espresso Martinis would be possible (and easy) to make*. I'm removing the one Mexican ingredient, however: Kahlúa, and creating my own decaf coffee liqueur. If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and with the added energy from the caffeine, just swap the homemade decaf coffee liqueur back to the standard Kahlúa.
*The fact we have a blog post on it, means this is really easy to make.
I love Thai and East Asian food and it's really really easy to cook. I was asked recently
a few months ago what you should get in (fresh, herbs and cupboard) for when you're first starting out experimenting with Thai cooking. Then a few months later, I decided that it would make a very informative and colourful blog post to create a shopping list of east asian staple ingredients that you can get! I hope it inspires a few of you into experimental cooking with healthy and tasty ingredients. See below for a Thai Red Prawn recipe with many of these ingredients that I have used for years, first established from good old Jamie.
As I am sure you are already aware, it was my birthday last month. I promise, I will stop going on about it after this post. Until next year anyway. I recently went on a shopping spree with the sole intent to see what I could get for being such a loyal customer to... most of the shops on the British high street. Materialistic, perhaps, but also a bit of an experiment. Do loyalty cards really pay off for your birthday? Do these big commercial places really look after you, especially on your birthday, as you do them with your loyal custom?
It was about time I showed you around my pride and joy of my entire house. A true centrepiece to any party and a half-decent conversation topic. My home bar, named "Katie's Taki Bar", a twist on the good old tiki bars. You don't need a fancy cocktail cabinet, antique globe or oak cabinet to have an equally as impressive and functional home bar, maybe you're lacking space, funds or you live in a rented property (like me). Here, I give you, a piece of flat pack and functional furniture that I'm sure every blogger is familiar with, an IKEA BILLY bookcase.