Sunday, 7 November 2010

Vodka Party

It's Sunday morning and I am blogging. It's a beautiful day, sunny and warm, but I am inside my flat, posting a blog. This means: I am hangover! I don't feel to go out, take a nice, long stroll along the riverside and have a pic-nic at the park, things I would otherwise do on a sunny Sunday morning.

Yesterday night Rob and I hosted a vodka party to get rid of some bottles of vodka Rob took back from his recent trip to Moscow. Every single dish had drops of vodka in it and of course we only drank Screwdriver!

We had a great night, the food was amazing and the vodka at some point started going down like water!

As some of our guests asked for the recipes, I thought to share them here in case you are interested as well (all recipes for 2-3 people):

*Scallops with vodka and lemon juice*
1 pound of scallops
1 tbs of olive oil + 1 teaspoon
2/3 cup of vodka
1 tbs lemon juice
1 teaspoon of lemon zest

Rub the scallops with a teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add the scallops and cook on each side until golden brown. Add vodka, lemon juice, lemon zest and stir.

I served these with white rice and boiled peas.

*Drunken Shrimps*
3 tbs of soy sauce
2 garlic cloves sliced
2 red chillies
2 tbs of lemon juice
olive oil
12 jumbo shrimps
1 lemongrass stalk
1/4 cup of vodka

Place soy sauce, garlic, chillies, lemon juice and olive oil in a pan. Add shrimps and lemongrass and stir. Marinate for ten minutes. Heat the pan with the mixture and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add vodka, return to the heat and cook for 1 minute.

I served them with bread but they would be lovely with brown rice.

*Vodka and Salmon Penne*
350g of penne pasta
50g butter
1 big slice of smoked salmon (cut in little pieces)
1 cup of double cream
2 tbs of tomato salsa
1 shot glass of vodka
1 tbs of fresh parsley

Melt the butter in a pan. Add salmon, tomato salsa and parsley. Stir and add the double cream and vodka. Cook the penne aside and once ready mix to the condiment.

*Dark Chocolate, Almond and Vodka Cake*
170g butter (melted)
50g almonds (grounded)
lemon zest
170g plain flour
150g dark chocolate
1 tbs of yeast/baking powder
100g sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Preheat oven, 180C. Melt the chocolate in a small pot (I used 70% dark chocolate). Pour the chocolate in a bowl and add sugar and butter and mix well. Add eggs, flour and almonds, vanilla essence and lemon zest. Mix and Add vodka and yeast. Mix it all and pour it into a baking tin ( I used a small, round one). Wait for 10 mins and then put it into the oven and cook for 50 minutes.

450g Vodka
1050g orange juice

Mix vodka and orange juice together. Add ice.


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