In London, The Berkeley Hotel puts a fashion spin on “High Tea.” Designer items turned into cakes, mousses and biscuits can be found in the heart of London’s fashion scene. The Berkeley launched the Prêt-a-Portea collection in celebration of London Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary along with the return of Burberry to the catwalk. You’ll find a collection of tempting treats like the Louis Vuitton pink bunny ears on a bed of chestnut and pomegranate mousse, Burberry’s classic trench in the form of a cinnamon biscuit with caramel icing and Roger Vivier’s chocolate over-the-knee boot biscuit! The fashion crowd is going WOW! Prices for Prêt-a-Portea begin at $40 per person
Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe:
• 2 cups all purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 large eggs
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 4 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
Combine all ingredients into large mixing bowl. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds, and scrape bowl. Mix at high speed for 3 minutes.
Fill liners 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes in pans then remove from pan, and place on wire racks to cool completely.
Frost when chocolate cupcakes are completely cool
Ingredients List to Sushi:
8 ounces raw fresh tuna fillet
2 cups cooked sushi rice
1 to 2 tablespoons wasabi paste, to taste
1. Slice the tuna into one-inch by two-inch rectangles, about a quarter-inch thick.
2. Take a small amount of the sushi rice and cradle it in your right hand at the base of your finger. Using your hands, take the rice and form a rectangular shape to match the tuna slices.
3. Spread ¼ to ½ teaspoon of wasabi paste onto the slice of tuna. Place the rice block on top, and press gently to shape the sushi. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make several sushi pieces.
4. Serve as desired
1.5 oz Knob Creek
1 oz Cranberry
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz fresh OJ
.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all the ingredients except ginger ale in a shaker. Shake well and pour.
Top with a splash of ginger ale...
2 Orange wheels
1 tsp. Sugar (or 1/
2 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup) 6 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine such as Juve Y Camps pinot noir brut rose
Fresh seasonal small fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or grapes
Lemon rind garnish
Place one orange wheel in the bottom of two double rocks glasses. Add 1/4 oz. sweetener to each glass and fill 2/3 with crushed ice. Add 3 oz. wine to each portion and lightly stir. Pack glasses with fruit. Top drinks with lemon rind.
Serves 2... Enjoy bites of wine soaked fruit as you sip this sexy Spanish old-style drink...
Delicious Night Blackberry Martini
1 oz p.i.n.k. Vodka
1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Blackberry Brandy
1/2 oz Cointreau
Splash of Sour Mix
Combine ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Pour 1 1/2 scoops of mulled blackberries through the center. Stir slightly. Garnish with a blackberry on the edge of the glass...
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