Sundowners and Drinks
Enjoying Sundowners with old friends or new ones we've just made in a anchorage is one of our favourite aspects of the cruising life. Whether it's on our boat, someone else's or ashore on the beach, a nice plate of nibbles and a glass of the tipple of your choice provides an unbeatable social atmosphere. It is also nice to have a small plate of tantalising nibbles to go with your drinks.
|A simple plate of Cheese, Marinated Olives and Chorizo|
|Popcorn Chicken Bites|
You would normally find us with a wine in our hand but Karen likes to break out the cocktails on occasion.
Here's a couple she come up with on Our Dreamtime.
|What about this great idea! We use these ice blocks to fill the freezer to ensure|
a good temp is maintained. Now another use ... Just add Vodka ...
What flavour would yours be?
|A range of Sundowners showcased at the recent WWSA Gathering on the Bay.|
1st Day of Christmas
250 grams. log goat cheese
¼ cup mango chutney
2 tbs. chopped walnuts
Crackers or bread
3rd Day of Christmas ... Salmon Cheese Log
4th Day of Christmas .... White Chocolate and Rose Dukkah Strawberries
200g block White Cooking Chocolate
Dukkah see recipe
Break white chocolate into pieces and place into a heatproof bowl.
Sit the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water but without touching the bottom of the bowl. Stir until melted and smooth.
Line a plate or tray with baking paper. Dip strawberries into chocolate until coated and and then dip in Dukkah, place onto baking paper to set.
1/2 cup pistachio kernels
3/4 cup macadamia nuts
4 Shortbread Biscuits
5 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
2 tsp dried rose petals
5th Day of Christmas ..... Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls and Peanut Sauce
1 handful Bean Shoots (I use canned if out of fresh)
1 Spring onion
250 grams of Prawns or Cooked Chicken or Beef Strips (Any of the three, or you can mix them up and have a variety) if vegetarian obviously disregard this ingredient
1 Tomato (optional)
1 bunch of Coriander
1 packet Rice Paper
To save time you can buy buy ready cooked prawns; peeled and de-vein, slice down the middle, set aside. If not peel, de-vein and slice
Can buy a ready cooked chicken and rip into shreds, or cut chicken into strips, marinade with oyster sauce, soya sauce, garlic, honey, salt & pepper. Quickly fry for a few minutes and set aside. You can follow same method if prefer beef, fry with butter rather than oil
Boil full kettle of water, pour into large bowl, dip one rice paper into water so is wet all over and place rice paper flat onto a wet new chucks cloth
At one end put cucumber, wombok, tomato, shoots, coriander, noodles and meat of choice, roll over once, fold in ends and roll remaining till rice paper roll forms a cylinder shape.
There you have your first rice paper roll. mix it up with the veggies/salad add any other favourite veggies you may like, can add more than one meat as well. great for entrees and starters, even for lunch.
2 tsp soy sauce.
1 clove garlic, mashed (or about 1 teaspoon minced)
1 tsp Sriracha sauce or a chilli garlic sauce, optional for spice. (Try Our Galleys Sriracha Spice Blend, Recipe found on our Spice Blend recipe page)
1-2 tbs warm water, or more as needed.
6th Day of Christmas .... Rosemary Antipasto Wreath
250 grams of bocconcini cheese
250 grams of baby gherkins
4 tbs of caperberries
1 punet of small cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper
8th Day of Christmas .... Flavoured Cob Loaf
9th Day of Christmas .... Candied Mango Camembert Cheese
10th Day of Christmas .... Bourbon Onion Tarts
2 tbs Intense Garlic Oil
2 tbs of Bourbon
Add onions and cook on low heat constantly stirring until onions are caramelised.
11th Day of Christmas ... Deconstructed Mexican Platter
heat oven to 180
Pop the platter into the oven until the cheese is just melted.