Courgette, chilli and mint pizzas

Meat free Monday: Courgette, chilli and mint pizzas

The British courgette season runs from June to September so make the most of them whilst they are available. This pizza is a healthy, vegetarian option that makes a really easy midweek meal - ready in just 10 minutes!

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We like tequila, it makes us happy!

We’re not talking tequila slammers though, these days it’s is being taken a lot more seriously.

If you want to find out more about this versatile spirit, head to Skylounge on Tuesday 9 September, when Jose Cuervo, the oldest and best-selling tequila brand in the world, will be holding a master class at their Mexican-style pop-up. Brand ambassador Gabriela Moncada will take you through their range of tequilas, imparting her expert knowledge, before showing you how to recreate the ultimate Cuervo margarita and other cocktails at home.

The master class will be held on 9 September and tickets cost £16 including two cocktails, Mexican-inspired bar bites and a margarita kit to take home. To book your ticket, visit:  

BBQ tamarind salmon

BBQ tamarind salmon with lemongrass, chilli and ginger

This dish looks impressive and feeds a crowd – you wouldn’t know it was ready it under 30 minutes! Sour tamarind counters salmon’s rich, oily flavour and gives this Thai-inspired dish a real wow factor. Bart makes a good tamarind purée. Find it in the spice or Asian section of most major supermarkets.

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What you should be drinking this weekend…

We can’t believe how quickly this summer has passed us by. With September rapidly approaching, we’re determined to hold on to the last of summer this weekend with this strawberry and balsamic Stoli lemonade. Bright and fruity but with a mellow sour note, it’s perfect for this time of year.

  • strawberries 3-4
  • Stolichnaya vodka 50ml
  • lemon juice 25ml
  • balsamic vinegar 1 tsp
  • sugar syrup 2 tsp
  • water (still or sparkling) to top up

Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of a highball glass, then add the rest of the ingredients. Add ice to fill the glass, then top up with water and stir the ingredients to ensure they’re thoroughly mixed. Garnish with a slice of strawberry and lemon.

Follow @StoliUK for more recipes and ideas.

Top 5 ice cream desserts

We were feeling inspired after watching the contestants on Great British Bake Off battle with baked Alaskas, and it showed us that there is so much more to ice cream than just scooping it onto a cone or out of a tub! We gathered up our five favourite ice cream-based desserts, perfect for entertaining as they’re all made ahead of time…  Continue reading