Thursday, February 17, 2011

Say Cheese!

Wedding Photography Spoof Video from Matt E on Vimeo.

Thanks Chris for sharing this hilarious video!

Just the other day I overhead a bride-to-be on the train speaking VERY passionately (loudly) to her colleague about how STRESSED out she is with opinionated friends and family trying to plan HER wedding. If she had wedding photographers like this, it just might send her...?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Quarante-Quatre

As we slowly awake from a long winter's nap (otherwise known as blogging hiatus) and transition into Spring, our bottle of quarante-quatre will be ready for consumption just in time to celebrate the new season.

Jesee was only 16 years-old when he was first introduced to this concoction from M. Garcia, a Spanish winemaker he met during his annual visits to the vendange in the south of France. A lovely beverage often enjoyed after dinner, the smooth orange flavour is complimented by the distinctive taste of coffee resting at the back of your throat just a few moments later. I personally cannot wait to enjoy mine with some rich dark chocolate :)

Quarante-Quatre (44 Day Orange-Coffee Liqueur)

1 large organic orange, well washed
44 coffee beans
44 sugar cubes
4 cups vodka

  1. Poke the orange with a skewer or knitting needle and insert the coffee beans through the slits in the skin into the orange flesh.
  2. Put the orange in a sterilized preserving jar (with an opening large enough to fit an orange through), add the sugar, pour over the vodka, seal, and shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place, giving the jar a shake every day for 44 days.
  4. Filter the liqueur through a coffee filter into a lovely vintage serving bottle.
Update 11Mar25:  Very tasty and subtle flavouring from the orange and coffee beans.  As I originally thought, it marries marvellously with dark chocolate!