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Love A la carte

Menu of Love

A menu for some sweet sweet lovin’, that’s what we’re putting together this time around. One night this week, after finishing up with dinner and getting the dishes squared away, surprise your honey bunny with an after-dinner Menu of Love. Design it to look like a real restaurant menu and list some of their favorite romantic activities for each of the courses. Like some of these for example:


3 minutes of kissing their neck, stomach, or back
5-minute neck rub
Have them close their eyes and see if they can guess the flavors of candy in your mouth with kisses


A sunset walk
Romantic movie of their choice
Board games by the fire
Their favorite music and a glass of wine

Dessert (here we go)

Full body hot oil massage
Share a candlelit bath
Some of the naughty (you know what they like)

They all sound great, right? Remember your mate is limited to just one item from each course. No piggies! Of course the restaurant is often open for business.

Visit RYM for more great ideas


Celebration Mocktails

Lime juice

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Earlier I gave you some yummy chocolate drink recipes. Here are some great mocktails. The great thing about these are you don’t end up with a hangover. Maybe you could make up a jug and share. Some are party sized recipes the others are individual serves. So treat your mate to a sexy drink. Give it a luscious exotic name and enjoy. For more great tips visit us






Berry and mint punch

1 1/2litres raspberry cranberry  juice                                                                                                                                                                           3 cups soda water                                                                                                                                                               1/4 cup lime juice  (equal to 1-2 limes)                                                                                        1   punnet raspberries                                                                                                                                                           1 punnet blueberries                                                                                                                                                            1 cup mint leaves                                                                                                                                                                   1 extra lime, thinly sliced crushed ice to serve 

Combine raspberry cranberry juice, soda water, and lime juice in a large jug or punch bowl. Add berries, mint leaves, and lime slices. To serve, half fill glasses with crushed ice and top with punch. Stir and serve.

Sparkling mint juleps

(a traditional cocktail from the southern states of the USA)

 1 cup caster sugar                                                                                                                                                             1/4 cup roughly chopped mint leaves                                                                                                                         1 cup water 750ml soda water                                                                                                                                      Ice cubes and mint sprigs to serve 

 Combine sugar, mint leaves and water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat without boiling until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Pour into a small jug and place in the fridge until chilled. Once chilled, strain through a sieve into a large serving jug, add soda water, ice cubes and mint leaves and stir.

 Creamy cherry smoothie

2 cups cherries pitted                                                                                                                                                            1 cup vanilla yoghurt                                                                                                                                                            1 litre orange juice                                                                                                                                                             Ice cubes

Place the cherries, yoghurt and juice into a blender with ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses or a serving jug. Special Tip: Try adding some summer fruits to your mocktail mix for a special ‘summer spritz’ – try mango, peach, pineapple, melon, or berries, and don’t forget lots of ice to stay cool.

 These sumptuous mocktails will give you the buzz without the alcohol.

Serving Suggestion: Decorating your glass with fruit is a great touch! Or try dipping the top of the glass into 1cm of juice and then dipping the glass into some powdered sugar for a sweet sipping experience!

Icy Red Berry Mocktail

500g strawberries  hulled,                                                                                                                                                  1 cup cranberry juice                                                                                                                                                           5 cups lemonade   

 Put strawberries and cranberry juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into 4 tall glasses and top with the lemonade. Serves 4.  

Pink Lady 

1� cups Milk                                                                                                                                                                            2 tb Lemon juice                                                                                                                                                                     1 tb Grenadine                                                                                                                                                                         1 tb Sugar, granulated 6 Ice cubes                                                                                                                   Measure milk, lemon juice, grenadine, sugar and ice cubes into blender. Blend until ice is gone. Serve immediately. Serves 3

Fruit Tingle

Equal parts of: Orange juice                                                                                                                            Raspberry                                                                                                                                                                           Red  cordial Lime                                                                                                                                                          Green cordial                                                                                                                                         Lemonade                                                                                                                                                        

Add crushed ice into the glass before the drink. Get a spoon and hold it in the glass, and pour the different ingredients slowly onto the spoon. This will help you keep the layers separate. Serves 4 


100ml cranberry juice                                                                                                                                    50ml pineapple juice                                                                                                                                        15ml lemon juice                                                                                                                                        50ml  soda water  

Pour the juices into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a high ball glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 Lava Flow

100ml pineapple juice                                                                                                                                  100ml cream                                                                                                                                                                       1/2 banana                                                                                                                                                                        Dash of cocnut cream                                                                                                                                                       1/2  cup strawberries

Blend all ingredients (except strawberries) with ice until smooth. Put the strawberries in the bottom of the glass and add blended mixture. Garnish with a strawberry.

 Simple Sangria

1� litres grape juice                                                                                                                                                               1 litre soda (or lemonade)                                                                                                                                             1/2 pineapple (cut bite sized)                                                                                                                                            1 orange, sliced                                                                                                                                                                        1 tray ice cubes 

 Combine juice and soda in a large jug. Add fruit and ice cubes. Stir and serve.

Apple Mojito

75ml apple juice                                                                                                                                                              75ml soda                                                                                                                                                                                  1 whole lime                                                                                                                                                                             1 spring fresh mint leaves                                                                                                                                                   1 tsp Vanillin sugar

Add the quartered lime, Vanillin sugar and mint sprigs to a highball glass and muddle with a muddler. Add several ice cubes and pour in the apple juice. Top with soda (adjust to taste), and stir. Garnish with an apple slice and a lime wedge, and serve.

Tropical Bliss

1 cup (375 mls) mineral or soda water, chilled                                                                                                          1 cup pineapple juice, chilled                                                                                                                                            1 banana                                                                                                                                                                                     9 mint leaves                                                                                                                                                                               12 ice cubes

Pinch of nutmeg Blend banana, 5 mint leaves, pineapple juice and nutmeg and combine with minerai water. Add ice cubes, garnish each glass with mint leaf, stir and serve immediately. Serves 4.


3 cups (750 ml) unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled                                                                                          3 tablespoons of strawberry icecream                                                                                                                         1 banana                                                                                                                                                                                     4 red cocktail cherries

Blend ice cream and chopped banana with pineapple juice for 30 seconds. Garnish with cherries and serve immediately. Serves 4. 

 Ginger Sparkle

2 cups (500ml) dry ginger ale                                                                                                                                          2 cups ginger beer                                                                                                                                                               Ice cubes                                                                                                                                                                                   4 lemon slices

Combine ginger ale and ginger beer. Serve as a long drink with ice and garnished with a slice of lemon.

Tang of the Tropics

2 cups (500ml) orange juice,chilled                                                                                                                              2 cups grapefruit juice, chilled                                                                                                                                         2 cups pineapple juice, chilled                                                                                                                                         2 passionfruit: pulp (or tablespoons passionfruit cordial)                                                                                 4 tablespoons lemon juice                                                                                                                                                 2 tablespoons honey                                                                                                                                                             2 cups lemonade, chilled                                                                                                                                           Slices of citrus fruit 

Combine juice, fruit pulp and honey. Add lemonade, garnish with fruit slices and serve immediately. Serves 2.

 Strawberry Heaven

2 cups strawberries                                                                                                                                                                3 cups (750ml) orange juice                                                                                                                                            4 tablespoons sugar (optional)

Crushed ice Blend ingredients until smooth. Serves 4.

Lemon Sunrise Punch

 Mint leaves                                                                                                                                                                               1 lemon or lime                                                                                                                                                                         1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened lemon and lime barley water, chilled                                                                   1 1/2 litres lemon squash, chilled                                                                                                                                     1 1/2 litres soda water, chilled

Sugar to taste (optional) Set whole mint leaves in ice cubes. Slice lemon or lime thinly. Combine barley water, lemon squash and sugar, drop lemon slices in punch and just before serving, add soda and mint ice cubes. Serves 12.

Melon Magic

8cups watermelon                                                                                                                                                                 1/2 cup (125ml) lime juice                                                                                                                                             1/2 cup unsweetened apricot nectar                                                                                                                             3 tablespoons honey (optional)

Lime slices for garnish Combine all ingredients in a blender. Serves 12.

Black Widow

1litre Cola                                                                                                                                                                                   8 scoops vanilla ice cream                                                                                                                                                 6 tablespoons lime juice

Lime slice for garnish Blend ice creem and juice until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with cola. Serves 4.

Turkish Night of Delight

Turkish Night of Delight

Today I published my first book.

A practical guide on how to put together an unforgettable date. All the details are covered in this book. It is available at Amazon  on Kindle.

Its shows you how create a wonderful Turkish themed date. A lot of the ideas can be translated to other date themes.

My husband put together a Turkish themed date for me some years ago now. It is a cherished memory and it was incredibly romantic.

He cooked beautiful Turkish food. Dressed up our lounge with rich burgundy drapes and threw large cushions around the coffee table.

Now don’t get jealous, I am going show you how to recreate the magic of a Turkish date for yourself.

Zucchini and Parmesan Fritters

Zucchini and Parmesan Fritters

 First recipe for your Turkish Feast

These were simple little patties that I made for a dinner par
ty the other day. They were very tasty indeed. I served them with a mint yoghurt sauce. I just whizzed together in the food processor 4 tablespoons greek yoghurt with 4 tablespoons freshly chopped mint. Simple. Vegetarian. Healthy (ish).


1 small onion (coarsely grated)
300g zucchini (coarsely grated)
30g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
30g parmesan cheese (finely grated)
1 tablespoon fresh mint (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil for frying

Place the zucchini and onion in the middle of a clean tea towel. Twist it tightly and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Put the zucchini and onion into a large bowl and combine with all the other ingredients and mix well.

Heat 3cm olive oil in a large frying pan. When hot but not smoking add heaped tablespoons of the mixture to the pan in batches. Let them sizzle and brown on one side (about 1-2 minutes), turn and brown on the other side. Drain on paper towels briefly then serve.

Serve with a mini wedge of lemon, some of the yoghurt sauce (above) and little salad for a starter. Or to accompany meat or fish as a main

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