Tonight – well tonight I am off gallivanting!!
The kids are at Grans – so I am “aff oot”. Actually going to visit a pal in a nearby town in her “new to her” house!!! Its a come as you are kinda do ……….. but that doesn’t mean that I want to turn up empty handed.
Wine would be good – but I have to drive and the drink drive limits are now set at one standard glass. Hands up anyone who has ever poured a “one standard glass measure? …. seriously it barely wets the glass!!! So probably not the best bet.
Chocolates …………. frankly I think she would rather have new paintbrushes …. so instead I plump for an old standby of whipping up some flavoured coffee syrup. A bottle of syrup, a pourer top and a bag of coffee … instant pressie for my pal (with the benefit that we can both partake without fear of being stopped on the way home)
Told you I would find loads of uses for little crochet stockings – how cute is that??
Homemade Marzipan Flavoured Coffee Syrup
So coffee syrups – despite the extortionate prices in the chi-chi delis are pretty frugal to make.
You start with a simple syrup which is just Masterchef talk for an equal quantity by volume of sugar and water. Exact quantities are of course dependant on the size of the bottle that you are using – I used about 350 ml of each to fill my cordial bottle.
Bung it into a pan and set on a gentle heat. Bring up to barely a simmer and by that time the sugar has all dissolved. Pull off the heat and then add the flavouring……. natural flavourings please, proper extracts not essences make all the difference.
Now vanilla is gorgeous ………..
Ginger is like slurping up a gingerbread man (oops that sounds so rude!)
Peppermint is great ,,, like stirring your coffee with a candy cane.
Orange – totally slug some into your hot chocolate and you come over all “Terry’s”
But I am going Almond extract to make mine a “Marzipan” flavoured treat. Now I know that marzipan is a marmite choice … but we happen to love it. If you hate it then choose another…… you are a big girl
About half a teaspoon usually does the trick – but a quick dip and taste with a clean spoon will tell you if there is enough. Let the syrup cool and then fill up your bottle. I like to give a “pourer” top with mine – for the full Barista experience you understand But as I am going to be transporting it tonight a screw top is more practical.
Laters my lovelies … off to make the most of being childless and fancy free by visiting my pal, drinking coffee and eating biscuits!! I am so Rock n Roll!!! XX
Here are a few more lovely foodie DIYs and the knit and crochet versions of the little stockings: