I am not a chef
(part#2 of the ‘I am not…’ series)
I like to cook. I am not bad at it (so I’m told). Apparently my tomato and champagne risotto is pretty good (maybe it’s the champagne that does it).
I never cook any really complicated recipes but it doesn’t matter. What I do cook, while it doesn’t always look great, usually tastes alright.
Recently, I made a chocolate and banana cake (yum). It looked ok, and it tasted great – so those who sampled it tell me.
I am not a chef, but sometimes I cook stuff. Some of it tastes really good.
I love roses (to eat, I mean. Yes, you read that right). I love lychees. I quite like martinis. So, knowing these facts, it should come as no surprise to learn that my favourite drink is a rose and lychee martini.
I’ve tried several versions of this drink in several different bars (if it’s not on the menu I’ll ask for it anyway), here are a couple of examples:
At Ping Pong:
At Eagle Bar:
I also quite liked the version I had at Sophie’s Steakhouse, although I wasn’t keen on the morello cherry dropped in the bottom of the glass (I forgot to take a picture that time. I’ll have to go back and have another. Research is so hard)…
The other day I went back to Eagle Bar with a friend, where I sampled ‘Shanghai Fizz,’ a champagne cocktail with rose syrup, lychee liquer, champagne (of course), and coconut foam. I have no idea how they made the coconut foam but it was delicious. Maybe next time I’ll ask them.
Oh yes, and it was decorated with a candied hibiscus flower. For me, presentation is everything and this looked just as good (apologies for the poor photo which doesn’t quite capture it) as it tasted, which was a bit like an exotic holiday on my tongue:
I think I’ve found a new favourite drink.