Drink: Salmiakki black Martini

After discovering the amazingness that is the FRUGO ‘Ultra Black’ , Polish juice drink, in the world foods isle at my local Tesco I was inspired to make this tasty lil’ drink . With the tasty flavours of grape, dragonfruit and chokeberry, it perfectly compliments the flavours of Nordic salty liquorice. Which had me thinking, I could concoct a cocktail using the Finnish Salmiakki Koskenkorva that I brought back from holiday.

You’ll need:

  • 2 Shots of Salmiakki Koskenkorva (if you cant find it, black Sambucca can be used)
  • 1 Shot of  Dry Vermouth
  • 10ml FRUGO ‘Ultra Black’
  • Dash of blueberry syrup (I got mine from IKEA)
  • Ice

Combine all into a cocktail shaker and shake until all have thoroughly mixed. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a handful of frozen blueberries.


Perfect for those classy eternal Goths out there (like myself 😉 ) or those who love liquorice!



FRUGO ‘Ultra Black’





Food: Tonight’s dinner

Since lunch was a Northern European affair, I wanted to continue with the European theme, only a bit more eastern.

A couple of weeks ago it had been Polish week in Lidl, and being that every time I had tried pierogi in places like London, I adored them, so I bought a bagful.

Not knowing what to do with them, I Googled what to traditionally serve them with (which is usually a beet soup), and being as Tom hates beetroot, (yet I love it 😉 ) I came up with an alternative.

This is what I came up with:

Pierogis topped with fried onion, bacon, sour cream and chives, served along side some Bratwurst and caraway sour cabbage.

It was delicious and SO hearty! It matched perfectly with a German Pilsner.

I made the sour cabbage, by frying off some bacon, rendering down the fat, then added a cheeky knob of unsalted butter and a cupful of water until they amalgamated into a big fatty goodness. I then added the cabbage along with a cup of white wine vinegar, sugar and caraway seeds. Cook until tender, strain, season, and serve. Sour, yet not enough to take the enamel off your teeth ;)!

This food wasn’t going to win any beauty contests, but I hope I’ve presented them at their best. One thing I know, now I know how delicious they are, next time I’m totally going to make them from scratch.