Bloody Mary (and her virgin counterpart)

Bloody Mary…

Bloody Mary…

Bloody Mary…

*crickets chirp*

Okay, so we all know the story, say the name three times in the mirror in the dark and Mary’s ghost will come and kill you… often violently… But I’m actually here today to post about a different “Bloody Mary”, perhaps Mary I of England, but we don’t really know.

For those of you that remember, Monday is Cocktail Day… Prizes for those who can guess which one I’m posting about today!

So, for a classic Bloody Mary, you will need…

  • 4 cups (1 litre) tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vodka
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 celery sticks (garnish)
  • Tabasco sauce (for serving)
Basically, combine everything in a jug and chill until needed. When you serve, fill a nice tall glass with ice and pour over, garnish with celery stick and a few drops of Tabasco sauce (watch out it’s not too hot!). This recipe makes about 1.25 litres, enough for around 4-6 drinks.
Now, there are many variations on the Bloody Mary, but one of the most common is known as the Virgin Mary
  • 1 litre tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 celery stalks (garnish)
  • Tabasco sauce (for serving)

Same deal, combine, chill, serve on ice with celery and Tabasco

So there you have it!


xx Vine


Short crust pastry and jam tarts!

Hello World!

So as you may have noticed… I kinda let down on Cocktail Monday and Recipe Thursday… This is due to the fact that I have been a little bit busy… And away from the internet. After my last post, I made my way to Paris… where I didn’t have any internet… or access to a kitchen… or the energy to cook anything anyway… Paris was amazing and beautiful and everything everyone dreams it to be! Then onward to England, a stint through Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and then a short stay with family in Holland.

So I made my way back home here in Melbourne… and then 2 days later it was Chinese New Year! So that was two days PACKED with family, friends and food… With the likes of, dumplings, lobster, bamboo shoots, sea cucumber, oysters, vegies, duck, pork, chicken, abalone, prawns… I could go on… It’s safe to say we ate more than Christmas and New Year combined… But my GOD it was amazing.

So here we are on this Thursday afternoon… Which also happens to be Australia Day! So Happy Australia Day everyone! I hope you’ve thrown some snags on the barbie and shared a tinnie with your mates (translation: I hope you’ve cooked some sausages on the barbecue and shared a can of beer with friends) I will be partaking in festivities later by making a pavlova (like a big meringue) but for now, I’m going to share with you a very simple, sweet shortcrust pastry recipe – which is easily turned into a jam tart 🙂

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry: 

  • 400g plain flour
  • 160g butter
  • 40g lard (optional, you can just use 200g butter)
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt

You can make this by hand… Which is very simple, or you can blend it, which takes about 2 seconds to do…

By hand, you rub the butter and lard into the flour, salt and sugar, using a machine, you just blend until you have fine sand.

Next, add the eggs, mix and kneed until you have the consistency of pastry. Before using, the pastry should be left in the fridge for at least an hour, but today I was sneaky and used the pastry after 40mins…

And that makes 750g of pastry.

So that’s the pastry, now you can very easily turn this into a jam tart, by simply rolling the pastry, and filling the tart with jam, today I made a strawberry jam one and an apricot jam one… Basically put the tart in around 180 degrees Celcius (I don’t actually know what temperature it was as our oven’s temperatures were burnt off…) and they took about 30ish mins to cook!

What you want is for the jam to boil in the tart, and once the pastry is cooked through and golden brown you can take the tarts out to cool…

So that was about… 3 hours ago… There are no tarts left… I was going to take a photo and show you… But when I went to take the photo, I was told they’d all been eaten. At least they were a success!

Happy Cooking!

xx Vine

Hello again from an alien planet.

So… I’m in New York. Like New York, New York. America. This place is kind of an alien planet. Hence the title. This may not be short.

It’s been a while… Sorry. I was cut of from internet for the week. You see, I was on a boat. A really big boat called the Queen Mary 2. For seven days. Yeah.

I compare it to people who like camping. You give up some of your creature comforts to do something different and fun. The difference being that while campers are carrying huge tents and wearing good strong boots, I’m wearing huge ball-gowns and carrying lots of make-up around. Everything else: the same. You have to get along with the people you’re stuck with and may have to sacrifice some technology. As a ‘kid’, I get to go to the kids area. Meaning I have access to thousands of video games, movies and LEGO!!! So much fun. I also get to meet the others. And by others I mean 4 or 5 English kids who are all from completely different areas of England, so they all act and talk differently. Apart from that, it’s just all fancy dinners and dancing. Dinner is a social event where you dress up and be nice or get kicked out. Delightful.

Unfortunately, the trip was rough. I was quite sick for one day. My mother was sick for two. And due to the roughness, my phone was *cough* misplaced… I freaking lost my phone on the Atlantic Ocean. Wonderful.

So I’m in New York now and it is just weird. The people are kind of intimidating, the whole idea of tipping is confusing, the food is just plain odd and this list could go on and on. Generally, it’s an interesting place. Creepily similar to my hometown. Today was the first day it has actually been cold. 1 degrees celsius. Yay. (that wasn’t sarcasm or anything. I like the cold. Really.) It may snow in a few days. Fingers crossed.

By the way, HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!! Hope everyone back home had a nice Christmas. I’ve still got an hour to go before December 25th. It’s a lie-in day for us. No going out. Just lots of terrible food (MARSHMALLOWS!!!) and the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Hope you, possibly imaginary reader, have a fantastic time in your celebrations and a Happy New Year. My present to you is this ridiculously long blog and a promise that I will not do it again.

Lots of love,


P.S Thank you to everyone who checked out the Christmas Santacon video I posted a while ago. There won’t be anything like it again soon, as my camera and editing software was all on my phone. Which is lost. Forever… Anyway, thanks.

One surprise after another.

So it’s my second day in England and it’s a bright, sunny day… Wait, what?
I feel like I’ve been ripped off. It’s winter and I’m pretty sure it has been colder in Melbourne. There isn’t a freakin’ cloud in the sky. Anyway, we’ve been having lots of fun walking around, enjoying the beauty of London. Everything is very Christmas-y, especially Fortnum & Mason. The window displays are way better than the ones in Melbourne. Speaking of Fortnum & Mason, I’ve purchased my customary turkish delight and, as I promised myself I would, an edible scorpion toffee. Yes, I am going to eat a toffee… With a scorpion in it. *shudder* well, that will be fun.
I’m going to go out shopping now.