The weather in New York is hardly the semi tropical heat wave of last year, where my family celebrated my sisterâ€™s birthday at an out-door table in Pastis and walked along the Highline in our sandals. Nevertheless, circumstances have conspired to put me in a tropical frame of mind.
Pirates of the Caribbean Sequel Something is coming to a cinema near you, and – and this is what makes it really exciting â€“ to a cinema near me and my husband.
What can I say? We like pirates. We like to use the word â€œswashbuckleâ€ in conversations. And, dangerously into the territory of theme dressing here, I have a parrot broach that I like to wear on a jacket with my Breton stripe top underneath. Stealth pirating in fact.
Itâ€™s a tribute to the extreme appeal of pirates that either of us can look one in the face. Our last summer at University I directed a production of Pirates of Penzance at the Buxton Opera House. Jon, ever willing, stage managed it. My particular innovation was to open with a black light puppet sea battle on an epic scale. This took a lot of stage managing. Add to this a cast that sometimes posed a real life battle â€“ But we usually do it this way etc â€“ and it wasnâ€™t the easiest show Iâ€™d ever been involved with. Â In retrospect the longevity of our relationship looked a good bet given that Gilbert and Sullivan didnâ€™t break us up.
And now, Pirates of the Caribbean is on the horizon, bringing with it excitement and rum cocktails. Paper umbrellas are ready and waiting. Sunshine is a state of mind.
Blue Pina Colada (per glass)
This cocktail switches out some coconut to make room for blue curacao. This means, to state the obvious, you get a blue cocktail. Obviously, this is brilliant!2 oz pinapple juice 1 oz rum 1 oz crÃ¨me de coconut 1 oz blue curacao ice Maraschino cherry to garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a blender with a handful of ice and blend to combine.
(Or shake the ingredients over ice for an ever so slightly more sophisticated cocktail â€“ but, who are we fooling, itâ€™s blue. Itâ€™s not supposed to be elegant)
Mango salsa wonton bites (serves 4)12 â€“ 16 wonton wrappers (Iâ€™m guestimating 3 or 4 per person) 1 mango 1 green chili 1 bunch of cilantro (about 1 tablespoon when chopped) 1 lime 2 scallions Salt and pepper 1 egg Vegetable oil
- Pre heat the oven to 400f
- Dice the mango into small cubes.
- Mix with the chopped cilantro, the finely chopped green chili (to taste) and the chopped scallions
- Squeeze over the juice of half the lime and season well
- Crack the egg in a bowl and whisk to break it up
- Lay a wonton wrapper on a flat surface and dab about 1/2 tsp of the mango mixture in the middle
- Use your finger or a pastry brush to dab egg around the edges
- Fold the disk in half to make a triangle enclosing the mango, then press down the edges pushing out the air and sealing the parcel shut
- Repeat until youâ€™ve made all the parcels
- Brush with a little vegetable oil
- Bake for about 5 mins until crisp
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