Tag: Christmas

Cranberry Moscow Mule

It being Monday and all, the last thing you probably want to read right now is a cocktail recipe, especially if you are still suffering from your shenanigans at the weekend. However I have been inundated with requests for this recipe after serving it at my Christmas party on Saturday to room full of thirsty revellers. I figured that if i was going to go to the effort of writing it all out, I may as well make a post out of it, just in case any of you out there are in desperate need of an easy and festive cocktail recipe.

Not only is this cocktail seasonally delicious, it’s also really easy to make up and serve as a punch for a party. The recipe below makes about 4 -5 drinks so if you are wanting to make a giant vat of it in a goldfish bowl vase you’ll need to times this recipe by at least 5 or even 10. Living in Korea, ginger beer is pretty hard to come which is why I have taken to making my own ginger syrup and then mixing that with soda. However if you are lucky enough to live back home where you can buy 2 litres of ginger beer for 50p then please by all means use that instead. If you are in Korea you can now by the Bundaberg variety from Homeplus and the GS marts, though at 3,000 a bottle it gets pricey if you are making a lot of drinks.

Ingredients

100ml  shots of ginger syrup
150ml  vodka
250ml cranberry juice
250ml soda water (lime flavoured if possible)
1-2 limes
ice to serve
cranberries and rosemary for decoration

Directions

1. The first thing you need to make is the ginger syrup. You do this by making a simple sugar syrup which is equal sugar and water. I tend to make quite a large batch so 4 cups of sugar, and four cups of water. Heat in a saucepan until it comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved then allow to cool. You’ll probably need at least 500g of fresh ginger which you should scrub clean, if you have a good blender like a vitamix or Ninja you can just throw it in, however if you have cheap blender, you may want to peel and chop your ginger. Add the cooled sugar syrup and blend for about a minute. Strain your syrup through a sieve to remove all the ginger chunks and then store in a bottle in the fridge. It will then keep for a couple of months if you can resist drinking it for that long.

2. To make your cocktail take a jug, or or if you are making single drinks about 4 glasses and fill with ice. Add the vodka and syrup, then the juice and the soda. Squeeze in a quarter of a lime for each person and give it a good stir. You can then decorate your cocktail with fresh cranberries, more lime slices and sprigs of rosemary for an extra bit of festive cheer. Merry Christmas everyone.

Eggnog Recipe

I can’t even remember the last time I shared a recipe, but so many people have been asking for it on Instagram after seeing my pictures that I couldn’t resist, plus its the season of sharing. Now I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I’m pretty sure I make the world’s best eggnog, Everyone I have ever made it for has fallen in love with the stuff, even those who were convinced they didn’t like it. If you’ve had it before, you’ll know that homemade eggnog is nothing like the crap you buy in the carton so put that yucky stuff out of your mind right now. A home made eggnog is a rich and creamy bourbon spiced custardy drink of Christmas flavoured goodness.

Over the years I have perfected my recipe and find that using bourbon produces the sweetest and creamiest cocktail, however you can use rum if you prefer or Baileys or Kaluha for chocolate or coffee version.  Also I know some people are fussy about uncooked eggs, us Europeans are generally pretty cool and the gang about that, but if you aren’t you could heat the mixture without the booze until it just starts to come to the boil then allow it to cool before serving. You should be able to find all of the spices quite easily here in any large supermarket, though I usually order mine from iHerb because they are cheaper and they have a better selection, they even have pumpkin spice which you can use instead of all the other spices as its just the same thing. If you are making  this for a party, you will probably need to double or triple the recipe, however I’ve rather taken to just drinking a whole batch myself while snuggled up under a blanket on my sofa. Its my new Christmas tradition.

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
1/2 a cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 of a teaspoon of all spice (or you can just use 1 teaspoons of pumpkin spice mix in place of these).
1 cup of cream (if using the sweetened Korean kind halve the amount of sugar)
2-3 cups of milk
3-4 shots of bourbon
whipped cream for decoration

 

Directions

1. Separate your eggs and put your yolks in to a bowl, along with the sugar and whisk until the mix is a pale yellow.

2. Add the spices, vanilla and bourbon then whisk again.

3. Add the milk and cream and whisk for a further minute.Taste and add just a tiny bit of salt and adjust the sugar, milk, spice or bourbon if you feel you need a little something extra.

4. Serve in a glass pilled with ice and and top with whipped cream and a little extra nutmeg.

5. If you want to go all out you can make the freak shake above by rimming your glass with something sticky (i used jam) and covering in crushed candy canes and topping with some seasonal baked goods, though a cinnamon stick produces a very classy looking cocktail too. Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas Calendar

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Thanksgiving is over and there is less than a month before it’s Christmas so I’m putting together a list of everything you can do that is Christmassy. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, I just adore getting gussied up, filling my belly with seasonal treats and drinking far too many champagne cocktails. Once January comes around Seoul gets insanely cold and personally I try to leave the house as little as possible. This list is in no means complete so stay tuned because I will be adding and deleting events as the days roll by, but this should be enough to get you started.

 

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Four Seasons – December 1st-31st 

Nothing says Christmas like a fully cooked turkey dinner, and if you live life without an oven  the Four Seasons Hotel has you covered. Throughout the month of December they will be providing fully cooked turkey dinners packaged and ready to go. So if you are having friends over or just eat the whole thing yourself (no judgement here) you can pre-order one through their website. If you would rather eat inside the hotel they are holding a seasonal brunch at the Market Kitchen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and NYE , and an all you can drink Champagne one at Boccalino (130,000). See their holiday events calendar for more details.

 

Dominic – December 24th – 31st

Dominic in Itaewon will be enjoying a whole host of festivities this New Years EVE. The NY style bar and restaurant will be having a delicious champagne brunch and steak dinner in the evening. For the main countdown the bar will be open and they are giving away a welcome drink to all guests along with a fried cheese and olive platter. They also have champagne packages available from 180,000-350,000. See their facebook page for more details and to make a reservation.

 

WinK Christmas Dinner – December 30th & 31st

WinK Kitchen will be ringing in 2017 with a special dinner – soup, steak, cheesecake and a glass of wine for 29,000. As with all their dinners there is an all you can drink option too. See the event page on facebook to reserve a seat or to find out more.

Hidden Cellar NYE Party – December 31st

The Hidden Cellar in HBC will be hosting a party to see in the new year. Free entry, free drinks, and plenty of giveaways will be happenging throughout the evening. There will also be live Acoustic Musi, The Talented TRAVIS, THe Magnificent Maggie Crossett, and The One The Only POUNAMU. See the event page on facebook for more details.

 

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New Years Ballroom Party – December 31st

Kick off the 2017 with a party in the ballroom of the Imperial Palace in Gangnam. The event is being run by Global Seoul Mates, and will take place in a luxury 5 star ballroom which will be filled with 800 people dressed to the nines. The tickets start at 45,000 which is incredibly reasonable since the it includes all you can drink wine and cocktail happy hour. There will also be DJ’s, live performances and more importantly a proper countdown. Click here for more details or to book your ticket.

High Street Market – Turkey Delivery – December 1st – 31st

For those of you who like to enjoy your turkey in the comfort of your own home you can get one delivered right  to your doorstep from  High Street Market. The turkey dinner includes a juicy 12-14 pound turkey, 2kg of mashed potato, 8 cups of brown gravy, 1kg of green bean almondine, turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce and stollen. The dinners serve between 10-12 people and cost 229,000. There are also are options available with roast beef, lamb, pork, and ham. Dinners must be ordered in advance. See their website for more details.

BCCK – Christmas Lunch

 

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Christmas is by far and away my favourite time of year and nothing excites me more than a fabulous Christmas party. The food, the booze, the sequins, its just the thing to induce some seasonal merriment into your year. In Korea the Christmas party hasn’t really taken off in the way it has back home, where let’s face it they are practically mandatory at this point. However luckily for us the BCCK is hosting their Christmas Lunch on December 2nd at the Four Seasons Hotel. The lunch which is from 11:30-3:00pm, cost 165,000 per person, or a cool 1.6 million for a table of ten. So feel free to bring a few friends.

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The luncheon will begin with a champagne reception before moving on to tradition Christmas lunch, then carolling and a chance to dance when DJ Fenner hits the Decks. The final menu is a bit of surprise but expect at least four courses and plenty of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce along with other British favourites. As with all BCCK events the booze will be free flow, so feel free to drink thew bar dry, it’s Friday after all, and at the Christmas party it’s customary to get carried away.

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Not only is the luncheon a chance to kick back and enjoy some seasonal merriment, it also an opportunity to give a little something back. Every year companies such as British Airways, Jaguar, Land Rover, Burberry, Jo Malone and many more generously donate a whole host of gifts which are then raffled off. Last years raffle raised over 50 million won and was donated to a very worthy cause. So be sure to bring plenty of cash with you for the raffle and your credit card for the silent auction, it will be a great chance to do some Christmas shopping.

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This year I will be hosting a table at the Christmas lunch, so if you would like to join me get your Christmas party on, be sure to mention that you want to be seated on the FAT GIRL TABLE when you fill out your registration form. To reserve your ticket please visit the BCCK website and download the reservation form and transfer your money to the BCCK bank account Standard Chartered Bank, 100-20-260583.

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The BCCK Christmas lunch is being held on Friday December 2nd 11:30am-3pm at the Grand Ballroom in the Four Seasons Hotel at 97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gwanghwamun Station (line 5) and come out of exit 7. Walk straight and cross over the street, you should see the hotel in front of you. For more information or to reserve your tickets for the ball please visit the BCCK website or email rsvp@bcck.or.kr. Merry Christmas!

Berry Christmas Wreath

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I love a theme and I love Pavlova so this really is the ideal Christmas dessert for me. I was invited to a whole host of Christmas events last week, and was up to my eye balls in party food. When everyone knows you write a food blog the pressure is on to make something spectacular, that and the fact I’m a total perfectionist when it comes to food. This Berry Christmas Wreath was the ideal treat for me to bring, as I was able to make the meringue the night before and just put the topping on at the party. I topped mine with medley of red berries, including strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and pomegranate, then added a sprinkling of icing sugar and a sprig of holly to give it that christmassy effect. (more…)

Christmas Dinner in Seoul

Hurrah my favourite time of the year is almost here. a time to eat too much, wear sequins, get drunk and snog someone inappropriate under the mistletoe toe. Choosing the correct place to spend your special day is of the utmost importance, especially if you are visiting from out of town. Luckily I’ve put together a list of some of the best options of where to eat this holiday season.

BreraDecember 24th58,000 pp

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Enjoy a proper Italian Christmas Dinner from my favourite Italian restaurant in the city. A sumptuous four course dinner with wine pairings is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas holidays. The menu includes your nibbles, a choice of starter, main course, and dessert, along with a whole host of booze. To make a reservation call 0222360770 or 01080701982.

 

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Craftworks NamsanDecember 24th35,000 pp

Craftworks will be hosting their International Christmas eve dinner this year on Thursday, December 24th with two seating at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The dinner includes a choice of  of US Pot Roast, Greek Chicken Thigh, or Vietnamese Glazed Ham, and is served with Italian Potato Casserole, Mexican Enchilada Pasta, US Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Middle East Cous Cous Salad, Hungarian Cabbage Roll, Filipino Cake, and a choice of Apple Pie / Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Dinner is W35,000 per person. and if you reserve before December 20th you get a Free glass of US mulled Wine or Puerto Rican Egg Nogg. Please make reservations to [email protected]com and include your reservation name, no. of guests, the serving choice of Pot Roast / Chicken Thigh / Glazed Ham, dessert choice of apple pie / pumpkin pie, contact number and time.

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MadeDecember 24th & 25th45,000 pp

Made will be hosting a four course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6pm – 9pm. The menu includes arancini, beet salad, duck meatballs, duck confit, pork bely porchetta, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, chestnut and sausage stuffing, mac & cheese, creamed kale, tiramisu, and olive oil cake with egg nog ice cream for dessert. To reserve your spot please call them on 02-512-1050.

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WinKDecember 24th & 25th35,000 pp

WinK’s new chef will be putting his peddle to the metal this holiday season by knocking up a feast of seasonal delights. Their dinner will have one seating at 7pm on Christmas Eve and two at 6pm and one at 8pm on Christmas Day. The dinner Includes a pale ale or glass of wine,  Oven Roasted Turkey, Home Style Gravy, Red Wine Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Cheesy Broccoli Gratin with Mustard Crumble, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts, Bacon and Maple Vinaigrette, Chipotle Honey Glazed Pumpkin, Pumpkin Eggnog Shot, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies. There are also optional all you can drink specials for those who really want to let their hair down. To reserve contact them on 02-6053-3249 or via their facebook page

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Ciuri CiuriDecember 24th & 25th88,000 for 2 people

Another Italian feast is available at Ciuri Ciuri in Sangsu. On both Christmas Eve & Christmas Day you will be able to enjoy a four course dinner and half a bottle of wine. The menu includes anti pasto, lobster linguine, granita, Italian sausage and lentil stew, and panettone with custard. The meal is priced at 88,000 for two people and is also available on request for the whole month of December. To make a reservation you can call them on 02-749-9996 or message them via their facebook page.

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HopscotchDecember 24th – 26th50,000 pp

Hopscotch is hosting a fabulous Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day! Turkey haters should be happy as the meal includes prime roast, creamed spinach, creamed corn, garlic mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding and a draft beer. To reserve a table you can call them on 02-511-0145 or contact them via their facebook page.

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DominicDecember 24th – January 2nd80,000 + pp

Dominic is really getting into the festive cheer with a whole host of events this holiday season! They will kick off with a five course steak dinner on Christmas Eve & Christmas day for 80,000 per person or an all you can drink and eat party from 9:30pm – close. They will also be hosting their regular brunch menu on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Weekend with the first glass of bubbly being on the house. Then they will finish the year with a huge NYE steak dinner from 6pm – 9.30pm and an all you can eat and drink party from 9:30 onwards! If I was in Seoul for NYE then this is definitely where I’d be partying! To make a reservation you can call them on 02-790-7588 or message them via their facebook page.

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Bull and Barrel December 25th40,000 pp

Bull and Barrel is once again having their annual Christmas dinner buffet on Friday, December 25th. There will be a dinner at 5-7pm and another from 8-10pm. They have very limited seating, so book your reservations early. The buffet includes Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Pigs in Blankets (bacon wrapped sausage), Homemade stuffing & turkey gravy, Roast potatoes, Seasonal vegetables, Feta & Walnut salad, Cranberry sauce, Pumpkin Pie for dessert and a complimentary glass of mulled wine.Tickets are 40,000 won per person. Send your reservation request via TEXT MESSAGE: 010-4618-2180 or contact via their facebook page.

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WolfhoundDecember 25th40,000 pp

Another Turkey Buffet you can always count on is the one at The wolfhound. I’ve been to this buffet a couple of times in the past and have never been disappointed. The Irish Bar has plenty of merriment all around as well as a staggering feast. The buffet includes Turkey, Ham, Pigs in blanket, Chicken pie, Mash potato, Roasted potato, Stuffing, Pecan sweet potato casserole, Smoked salmon, Buffalo Chicken fingers with Ranch, Steamed veggies, Steamed Brussels sprouts, Green salad, Tomato soup, bread, Cranberry sauce, Turkey gravy, Apple Crumble n ice cream and Pumpkin pie for dessert. The price also includes an alcoholic beverage. To reserve a seat contact them via their facebook page.

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Park Hyatt Cornerstone25th – 27th of December120,000 pp

The Park Hyatt by COEX has a whole host of seasonal treats planned, this years  Winter Wonderland brunch looks to be an extra special way to treat yourself over the holiday season. The brunch from 11:30 -3pm includes a glass of champagne, Selection of Italian antipasti at the deli counter, Freshly Shucked Tong Young Oysters, Sushi and sashimi made with Daily Fish Selection from Jeju Market, Pan fried French foie gras, strawberry compote, Gragnano penne “scoglio”, seafood tomato sauce, Canadian Lobster Florentine, Turkey roll, Chestnuts, Pomegranate Sauce, Whole Roasted Beef tenderloin, chorizo-pepper sauce, Korean Black pork chop, apple relish and a selection of 20 desserts including:Chocolate Soufflé, Italian panettone, German Stollen and much much more. They also are offering a 5 course dinner for 195,000 pp for those who don’t like to get out of bed before sunrise. For more details or to reserve your spot please call 02-2016-1220 or see their website. 

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Route 66December 25th40,000 pp

Come and enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at Route 66, if it’s anything like their holiday sandwich you’ll be in for a real treat. Dinner includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pecan sweet potato casserole, Mac & Cheese, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, veggies, apple pie, pumpkin pie and an alcoholic beverage. Call 02-790-6590 or contact via their facebook page to find out more info or to reserve a seat.

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Hidden Cellar December 25thNo cover

After you’ve stuffed yourself silly with a turkey dinner, you can carry on the revelry at The Hidden cellar in HBC. From 6pm onward the basement bar has cheap egg nog and Christmas shots, which are sure to give you a Christmas you are sure to forget.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Today I get to share the best news ever, the one and only Terry’s Chocolate Orange has finally made its way to Korea!!! Just in time for Christmas, the Chocolate Orange is now on sale at Homeplus. Last night at my local Hapjeong Homeplus I managed to pick myself up 5 for 4,500 won each, and yes I did leave a few for everyone else. I have also heard it on good authority that they can be found in GS Mart stores too, though after checking every store I pass, I still haven’t managed to find one yet.

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A Chocolate Orange is one of my favourite treats at any time of year, but at Christmas they are an absolute necessity. Without fail my Mum will include one in my stocking every year and it’s just not Christmas without one. After living in Korea for 7 years I’m always prepared and usually have at least one Chocolate Orange in my fridge at any point of the year but now you can actually buy them here I’m ecstatic. That just means more room in my chocolate suitcase for Malteasers, which, fingers crossed, will be coming here next year too!

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For those of you who have not had the pleasure of eating a Chocolate Orange they are by far the best and most delicious chocolate ever. It’s basically an orange shaped giant ball of orange flavoured chocolate, which when you bash it against something heavy it divides itself into little orange segments. It’s both adorable and delicious.

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So the big question is, how does it taste? We have all got our hopes up in the past after seeing Cadbury’s chocolate in stores only to take a bite and find out it’s the vile Australian made crap. No offence Australia, I love you and your country but your Cadbury’s sucks balls. After taking a look at the packaging we found that the Korean Chocolate Oranges are made in Poland, and the second I got home I cracked one open to see how it tasted. And the good news is, they are absolutely perfect! I had three British ones in my fridge, so I opened a second one and did a taste comparison and couldn’t find any difference, hurray!

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So go forth to your nearest Homeplus or GS Mart and fill your stockings with Christmas joy. And remember it’s not Terry’s, its mine!

Sponsored Post – High Street Market – Roast Dinners

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Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time for us to focus upon the more important fall/winter holidays. The times of year when it’s important to spend time with your loved ones and stuff your face until your clothes are bulging at the seams. Back home Thanksgiving and Christmas mean turkey, however in Korea turkey meat just isn’t all that popular and coupled with this years shortage a good turkey will be very hard to find indeed. (more…)

Yule Log

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There’s nothing like a spot of baking to get you in the Christmas spirit. And this past weekend I really got to test out my skills. I was invited to an ‘intime soiree’ in honour of the festive season with the glitterati of the Seoul Expat scene. The Christmas roast was all taken care of so I thought I’d be traditional and contribute a dessert and some mulled wine. The most festive dessert I could think of was a good old yule log. I’ve never made one before, though I did do a Swiss roll back in my school days which turned out well so I figured I could handle it. For the sponge part I had a good search and found that most people were on the fence about whether to use flour or not. I decided I’d go with Nigella’s recipe which is a fatless and flourless sponge. It comes out more like a very cakey meringue and is ever so light which I thinks works well with the richness of the frosting. I decided to make a whipped Nutella ganache which was incredibly yummy. With my decorating skills I was rather chuffed indeed and the whole thing was devoured instantaneously. I will definitely be making this frosting again, as it’s just so rich and chocolatey. It would be great on cakes or cupcakes in place of butter-cream. (more…)