グッチ・カフェ (Gucci Café)

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)Yes darlings, the divas who lunch are back and this time we hit up the glamorous Gucci café after a strenuous day of some luxury shopping.

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)Their absolutely delicious risotto and a nice warm cappuccino proved the perfect pick me up because baby, it’s cold outside!

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)If you’re feeling inspired and like giving risotto a go then why not try this recipe (serves 4)?

Ingredients:

50ml olive oil, 1 finely chopped onion (amount acc. to taste), 1-2 crushed cloves of garlic, 200g Arborio rice (risotto rice), 120ml white wine, 750ml hot vegetable stock, 20g butter, 50g grated Parmesan cheese, 10g of basil leaves (shredded), sea salt and black pepper

1. Put oil and onion in a pan and fry on low heat until soft. Add the garlic and stir fry for another 3 minutes.

2. Turn up the heat and add the rice. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and cook for yet another 2-3 minutes.

3. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the hot stock to the rice, little by little (let it absorb), while stirring. When all the stock has been added, remove pan from heat. Add whatever taste you prefer (could be lemon zest of one grated lemon, +2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 medium, previously diced and fried aubergine or maybe pesto), also add the butter, most of the Parmesan and a pinch of salt. Stir well and put a lid on and leave for 5 minutes.

4. Sprinkle with basil and light roasted pine nuts before serving. Enjoy, and add salt and pepper according to taste.

Lime Soda Recipe

The Beach, Rayong ThailandIf you’re craving a change from the classic fruity beach cocktails and mocktails then why not quench your thirst by trying out this refreshing lime soda? It’s one of my favorite alternates to be enjoyed on hot and sweaty days.

Ingredients: 1/3 cup (90 ml) fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar syrup *more or less depending on your taste preference, pinch of salt (optional), ice, about 1/2 cup (125 ml) soda water

The Recipe makes about 1 1/4 (300 ml): * Salty-sweet combinations in drinks (and food) are especially relished in Thailand, hence the optional inclusion of salt. To Westerners, this may be an acquired taste. But if you’re feeling brave, why not give it a go?

In a small jug or stylish decanter, combine lime juice, sugar syrup to taste, and salt if using. Stir to blend. Pour into a glass packed with ice. Add soda water to top off (I really recommend it), plus additional sugar syrup if you like.

If you’re also curious to try the dangerously addictive sugar syrup, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Ingredients: 1 cup (250 ml) granulated (white) sugar, 1 cup (250 ml) water

The Recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups (300 ml):

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine sugar and water, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, stop stirring, increase heat, and bring the water to a boil. Continue boiling for 3 minutes without stirring. Do not let the syrup crystallize. Brush the pan side with a brush dipped in cold water. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour into a jar, cover, and refrigerate indefinitely.

The recipes can be found in the book Thai Home Cooking if you’re curious to try more. Enjoy!

Weekend Drink

Take a second out of your busy lives and just enjoy a moment! Jazzed up my day with this fabulous drink that I created, granted it’s very similar to a mojito. Reow so here’s how I did it:

Ingredients: Fresh lime, cucumber, mint leaves, water (could be sparkling or flat) *if daring, water can be replaced by your choice of liqueur.

1. Slice the fresh lime in half and then press into juice in a fancy glass

2. Wash mint leaves and pluck a few (c. 8-10 leaves) and place in the fancy glass with lime juice in it

3. Finely slice a few (c. 2-4) circular pieces of cucumber and place in the fancy glass with lime and mint leaves in it

4. Add as much or as little water as you’d like, it really depends on how strong you like your drink

* If you want to jazz up your drink further you can sweeten it by adding a pinch of natural raw brown sugar or make it a bit more salty by salting the rim of your glass like a margarita! Yum! Enjoy and alter as best suits you.

Summer Drinks

Wow, I don’t know about everyone else out there but I am seriously starting to feel the heat here in Stockholm! Sure it’s summer but sometimes it can simply get too hot. My choice of cool refreshment comes in the form of saft (juice). My favorite is the ecological blueberry juice shown above. Not only is it delicious, healthy, and ecological but it is also full of antioxidants.

Ice Cream for Everyone!

Instead of just buying a boring cone or cup of ice cream, I like to mix it up.
I’ve come to believe that I have some imagination when it comes to creating delicious things and therefore decided to create this masterpiece.

Ingredients:
Berries- your choice but I happen to love raspberries and blueberries
*when it comes to your berries aim for fresh ones but frozen ones work too
Ice cream- vanilla, this way you still get to taste the berries
Meringue- sweet and adds a bit of crunch to your dessert

Devilish as it may look, it must be healthy right? I’m not a nutritionist but I assume so since it has berries in it :)