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Jan 262015
Brandy Avondale-2


Brandy Avondale


Ski Adventure, friends, crackling fireplace, cozy blankets, board games and lot of laughter. Add in the food and drinks that our Progressive Eats Blogger friends have brought to the party and you may never want to go back to the plains or wherever it is that non mountain people live.

This month’s theme for the Progressive Eats dinner was “Weekend Ski Party” and since I live in Ski Country I thought it would be nice to have some decadent drink to get the party going.


Brandy Avondale-3I must mention though, that some people find it interesting that I am from Kashmir, the Ski Capital of India and live in Colorado – One of the hot ski destinations in the US and I don’t ski. Well, what can I say! I love thrilling sports from a distance and with a nice drink in my hand. And some nice food. So hop on over and see what the rest of the Progressive Eats Bloggers have made for the party.

The Brandy Avondale is creamy, nutty, sweet and smooth. Just the flavors one likes in winter. It is a smooth but potent drink so go easy sipping.

Brandy Avondale

Brandy Avondale


  • 1 oz Baileys
  • 1 oz Tuaca
  • 1 oz, Kahlua
  • 1 oz Whipping Cream
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • a little nutmeg, cinnamon and coco powder


  1. Mix the Liquid Ingredients and shake well over ice
  2. Pour into a glass and top it with ground nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of cocoa powder



Here is the what the rest of the Menu looks like. Join us for a Party!


Bacon Wrapped Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Bites

Tandoori Meatballs

Slow Cooker Asian Style Wings


Brandy Avondale

Totally Decadent Hot Chocolate with Amaretto


Loaded Potato Leek Chowder

Main Course

Polenta ‘Lasagna’ with Swiss Chard


Three Cheese Fondue

Veggies/Side Dishes

Broccoli Cheese Toasties

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Fennel Pollen and Toasted Quinoa


Hot Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Lava Cakes





Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. This month’s theme is Weekend Ski Party and is hosted by Susan Pridmore who blogs at The Wimpy Vegetarian. Don’t consider yourself snowed in…consider it a party!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

Feb 222014
Boddington Beertail

Boddington Beertail


It took me a while to catch up on the phenomenon called the Beertails. I love my ales in their pure form and the occasional cocktails. And when the Spice guy started developing his own Beertails, I had to give in. After all he usually mixes new drinks to pair with the food I cook. And the least I can do is to taste them. Right? Well that’s a very valid excuse to drink. Don’t you think?

Boddington Beertail-4

If you have ever enjoyed a michelada, a Mexican beer cocktail that has hot sauces and peppers and lime juice that give it an extra kick or the shandy, that has beer & lemonade or apple juice mixed in you have had a beertail.

Beertail is a cocktail and a beer all in one. Take your favorite cocktail and add in a beer that will not only go with the flavors of the cocktail, but also enhance it. Since the drink is essentially layered you get to experience the taste of the beer, the beer & cocktail and then the cocktail. Now that is quite a drink!

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The sweet aromatic flavor of the St. Germain Liquer shines through the  creamy, malty, sweet flavor of the Boddingtons. Pairs well with fried and spicy foods.

Boddingtail or The Boddingtons Beertail

Boddingtail  or The Boddingtons Beertail


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz St Germain liquor
  • 1 oz Cherry brandy
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 can chilled Boddington's Pub Ale
  • a few cubes of Ice


  1. In a cocktail shaker, take about 4 to 5 cubes of ice
  2. Add the tequila, St Germain, Cherry brandy and simple syrup
  3. Shake till its mixed properly and chilled
  4. Strain and pour the mix in a high ball glass
  5. Open a fresh can of Boddingtons and pour it in the glass up to the brim
  6. Let it stand for a minute and then serve

Dec 102012
Flirty Daiquiri


The monthly “Inspiring Thursday” post is a bit overdue this month. But before you judge me, I have a great reason for not posting it on Thursday. The reason is that this month’s Inspiring Thursday features Barb of the Creative-Culinary fame, and it’s posted today because it is Barb’s Birthday!

 In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer.

I really am thankful for Barb, for her friendship and for the inspiration she is. When I first met Barb, it was at our local Blogger’s brunch and we were also celebrating her Birthday. Yes, it was a year ago. She was recovering from her leg injury so she walked in with a walking stick and sat near me. We got talking and she left me mesmerized with her courage, her zeal for life and passion for all things food.  The way she dealt with the recovery, her overall fiercely independent and courageous outlook to life left me in awe.

That blogger meeting was my first ever interaction with the great set of bloggers we have here in Denver. It was Barb’s idea to start the group and get all the local bloggers to know each other and interact. Yet another reason to be thankful for. Her idea of getting us all together resulted in beautiful friendships with people who understand me and whom I understand.

Conversations with Barb always make me think differently about everything. She has a way of making me get another perspective. And for that I am forever thankful.  I had decided to bake a cake for her today and post it as her “Birthday present”.  But then it would be over soon and she wouldn’t get to taste it. So instead the cake will be baked on the weekend, when I will be meeting her and our other friends. For today, I have the Flirty Daiquiri that I made just coz she showed me how to mix drinks!  Now that’s one reason why my husband is thankful that I have friends like Barb who teach me to get out of my comfort zone and just be!


Happy Birthday Dear Barb! Stay Blessed!




Flirty Daiquiri

Flirty Daiquiri


  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 2 oz Blue Curaco
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup (more or less based on how sweet sour you like)
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice (more or less based on how sweet sour you like)
  • 2 cups Ice
  • 4 oz Sprite or other soda


  1. Mix it up
  2. Strain and Serve
  3. Feel the bliss