Dish up dreamy desserts this Xmas with @BaileysOriginal Christmas Creams #baileyschristmascreams #food #drink #christmas

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Ever heard of the phrase “cant cook, won’t cook?” Yes, well it very much applies to us, the idea of a takeaway as the far easier option always comes to mind at around the 7pm timeslot, and the thought of hosting a group for dinner fills us with fear…until now.

With a little help from the latest Baileys Christmas Cream collection, this week we were taken on a culinary cuisine cruise around Les Atelier Des Chefs in London, to get ready for the Christmas season in style, and iron out any doubts we may have had about our cooking (or at least baking) abilities.Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 18.09.18

Luckily for us, in just a couple of hours, what we found, is that actually cooking is not only hugely fun and rewarding, but it also can be incredibly simple and yet produce results that even Mary Berry would be proud of. Oh and the fact that all the food we made had Bailey’s in it REALLY helps!

So where did this culinary cruise start?

Well as any good Christmas party host knows, it started with a nice glass of Prosecco… just to ease us into it of course! Now we would also recommend a quick pit stop before you get started, alongside a bowl of Baileys Original Sauce (£2.35 300ml) which you dip some yummy strawberry’s and marshmallows into as a pre dessert nibble!

Then with our advice, you skip the main meal and head straight for dessert!!!

Dessert you say…already?

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 18.12.45Well isn’t this splendid, who said Christmas isn’t about indulging yourself entirely. With the help of a fantastic Food Innovator called Janey Greene, (who taught us everything we needed to know on the day) Baileys has mustered up some fabulous dessert treats that have convinced us that we could pose as master chefs in no time at all!

All you literally need is a little bit of Baileys very own Christmas Cream selection and you will have a unique recipe or two to impress your friends with in no time

Here’s what we made on the day – oh and a little look at us in action….

Baileys Creamy Custard Fruit Brulee – by Janey Green

Apples and Dates infused with Tangerine and Basil, topped with Baileys Cream Vanilla Custard and finished with a Brulee toppingScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 18.17.03

Baileys Cream with Chilli Chocolate and Sour Cherry

Warm dipping sauce served with Filo Pastry ‘cinnamon sticks’Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 22.24.26

For these recipes, make sure you visit Janey’s wonderful blog A Slice of Slim.

 It really is that simple!

We cant express enough how easy these recipes were to make, and just how unique they all taste with a yummy Bailey’s twist. Even if its not your immediate top tipple, the addition of this to any dessert at Christmas is really worth it.

It’s guaranteed to make you fall in love with puddings all over again! Here’s some ideas for you…

Try classic Baileys Original Irish Cream with gooey chocolate cakes and tortes, while Baileys with a hint of Crème Caramel is the perfect accompaniment to warm sticky toffee puddings or fresh fruit crumbles and tarts. You can even use it to add a little extra luxury to recipes that traditionally use chilled cream, such as trifles or tiramisu.

The list is endless, and the taste is priceless! So what are you waiting for, its time to get in the kitchen, pretend you’re Nigella (in better times) and become the hostest with the mostest this Christmas! Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 22.30.06

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Go Nuts for National Peanut Day!!! #peanuts #food #celebration @foundationwc2

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There’s a new date for your diary people and its called NATIONAL PEANUT DAY!!

To celebrate, Foundation Bar in Covent Garden are launching ‘Big Peanuts’ a brand new peanut cocktail oozing with nutty goodness!

Foundation Bar mixologist David Kay whipped up Big Peanuts cocktail and describes it as a ‘bold nutty cocktail comprising of a generous helping of creamy peanut butter mixed with Baileys, Butterscotch Schnapps, and a lot of vodka.’ YUM!

 

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Why we’re celebrating National Peanut Day!! 

Well, there’s a reason why peanuts have a whole day dedicated to them and that’s because they are more than just nutty.

Did you know that…

  • Peanuts are cholesterol free naturally
  • They are rich in vitamin B3 which is good for your memory
  • It takes 540 peanuts to make a jar of peanut butter
  •  Peanuts contribute $4 billion to the US economy every year
  •  Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon
  •  The peanut,  isn’t really a nut at all. Technically, peanuts are legumes—simple dry fruits in the same family as peas and beans.

With all this goodness and the peanuts visit to the moon it was clearly a no-brainer to create a cocktail devoted to the little guy. 

So if you fancy going nuts this National Peanut Day head down to Foundation Bar, Covent Garden where Big Peanuts will be launched on  Friday 13th September.

But if you fancy just going plain nuts at home, then here’s the recipe for “Big Peanuts…” so go on, give it a go and GO NUTS today!

Ingredients for Big Peanuts:                      
25ml Finlandia vodka
12ml Frangelico
12.5 Butterscotch Schnapps
10ml Baileys
100ml Half & Half
25g Peanut Butter
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a peanut butter rimmed martini glass. Serve with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

And if that doesn’t float your boat then how about celebrating like this: bake peanut butter cookies, watch some sport with a bag of whole peanuts, enjoy a nice chunk of peanut butter fudge, or make a peanut butter and jelly/jam sandwich for lunch!

But remember, today, GO NUTS!!!!