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Hendricks & Cucumber Tonic

How better to finish off the week which started with ‘Blue Monday’ than with a tonic?

I was flicking through Leon: Naturally Fast Food Book 2 and saw their Cucumber Cooler recipe which looks lovely, refreshing and healthy. However my brain saw the word ‘cucumber’ and told me to replace the water with tonic and add Hendricks gin. So on New Years Eve that is exactly what I did.

Hendricks & Cucumber Tonic

  • 1 litre tonic water (I used Schweppes tonic with lime)
  • 450ml Hendricks gin
  • 1 cucumber
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ice

Add the ice and Hendricks to a large jug. Peel the skin off the cucumber and discard, then continue peeling the cucumber from top to bottom into the jug until you reach the seeds in the centre. Squeeze the lime into the jug and top up with the tonic water.

If you’re on a January detox just omit the gin, and if you like, replace the tonic with water.

This drink might be more suited to summer but in my mind there’s never a bad time for a G&T. Enjoy!

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Pseudo Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I bought ‘Leon: Naturally Fast Food Book 2’ a few weeks ago and have not stopped using it since, it’s even taken Nigella’s special place on the recipe book stand. Their ‘Sun-Dried’ Tomato recipe was one of the reasons I bought it. Homemade sun-dried tomatoes? In winter? Sold!

Cut about 9 tomatoes in half and place on a baking tray, sprinkle with salt, pepper, fresh thyme, a tablespoon of olive oil and leave to dry in the oven overnight at 50-60 degrees C. As the name suggests, the idea is not to cook the tomatoes, just to dry the moisture out of them.

Oven Dried Tomatoes - Before

My oven is quite cool and took ages to dry the tomatoes out, (24 hours!) but next time I know to have it on a slightly higher heat so it might actually be cheaper to make rather than buy sun-dried tomatoes.

Oven Dried Tomatoes - After

When they have sufficiently dried out take them out of the oven and store in a sterilised jar with enough olive oil to submerge the tomatoes, a sliced clove of garlic and some more thyme. Et voilà!

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