Funky Cheese Plate Friday!

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Here’s the thing. Drinks soirees, cocktail parties, “bevvies round ours” are all greatly improved with the presence of a cheese board.

We’re not talking crusty old slabs of cheddar, triangles of something blue and a bunch of wilted grapes-cheese boards. Though still we wouldn’t turn up our noses.

These days, the hot new trend in cheese boards (yes, according to the blogosphere, that is a thing) is informal and piled-up, look-at-me-and-dive-right-in. Styled to look bright, colourful and cool as well as delicious.

Check out our tips for a funky cheese board, below the pics.

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1. Get yourself a nice big board – wood, glass, colourful, up to you

2. Position your easy-to-slice cheeses on your board to start off with. Camembert and Stilton in our case

3. Chop up your tricky-to-slice cheese into easy-to-pop-in-your-gob cubes and position on board. Good old Red Leicester and cranberry cheddar in our case

4. Fill ramekins with dips. Hummous in our case. Place on board

5. Halve cherry tomatoes, slice up fingers of pepper, cucumber and apple and place on board

6. Add piles of cheesy biscuits, crackers, oat cakes, whatever takes your fancy

7. Fill the spaces on your board with tasty little buggers like mini gherkins and stuffed olives

8. Serve with sliced French bread and booze of your choice

9. Tuck in

We did all of the above for our Aperol-infused blog launch party – and the nibbles went down almost as quickly as the cocktails.

A cheeseboard is not just for Christmas, you see. A cheese board is just as much for weekends, week nights and wet Wednesday afternoons in winter.

What would you add to yours? Let us know!

Strictly Sunday

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Sparkles! Shimmer! Pink, pink, pink! We love a bit of Strictly Come Dancing. So we decided to get creative in anticipation of its first ep. And if you can’t knock up a set of sequin-clad coasters for the start of Strictly, when can you…

These unashamedly pink and scarlet babies*, with sewn-on gold and red sequins – and a bigger coaster for your bottle – really brightened up our Oyster Bay drinking. Which, as a side note, isn’t actually that hard.

We also like to think our fairy lights resemble tiny mirror balls – but we’re probably just trying to justify ourselves. We love fairy lights as we’re sure you’ll come to notice.

Anyway, on to the couples. Here’s our verdict. Please pardon the puns…

Peter and Janette: Wonder how many episodes it’ll take him to rip off his shirt and ripple his abdominals a la the “Ooo-ooooh-weeee-ooooh Mysterious Girl” vid. We give it three. Maybe even two.

Kirsty and Brendan: Power couple. Tall, dark, lean, determined, like champion racehorses.

Jamelia and Tristan: Forgone conclusion: those legs, that rhythm – she’s going to be some kind of superstar…

Kellie and Kevin: Ahh, cute. And with potential. Kev from Grimbsy won’t want to let his ‘Never done a dance off’ crown slip.

Carol and Pasha: We forecast the smiley weather woman’s legion of fans will take her at least half-way through the competition, dance prowess or no dance prowess…

Jeremy and Karen: There was a hip swivel. We’re not sure how we felt about it. Wonder how he’ll get on dancing the swing(o-meter).

Jay and Aliona: Jay looks like a kind of hunky human version of Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Whether he’ll roar into the final (…) is anyone’s guess at this nervy stage…

Daniel and Kristina: The time sexy Kristina’s powerful female pheromones were spoil-sportingly bottled up.

Ainsley and Natalie: He talks the talk but can he walk the swingy-hipped walk? Natalie smiled gamely on. As she does.

Katie and Anton: The Proms host’s dancing partner couldn’t hide his glee. Katie looks a bit like Darcy but whether she has the moves is still up in the air.

Anthony and Otlile: This pairing. Pure. Sex. Appeal. If she can make him dance, there’ll be Strictly fireworks.

Iwan and Ola: Maybe his hips were a bit stiff from a recent run…

Anita and Gleb: If she ever stops objectifying the poor boy we might find out if she can dance.

Helen and Aljaz: Barbie and Ken – in the nicest possible way. And Helen’s limbs look promisingly more fluid than plastic.

Georgia and Giovanni: Aw ‘Georganni’ – destined to be big. Even though they’re small.

Strictly Sunday will be back in three weeks. Until then we’re going to enjoy the last shreds of sunlight and pretend that the Christmas countdown is not on.

* If you like our Strictly coasters you can find them in sets of 4 and 6 in our shop.

Party! It’s 4 Aperol Cocktails for the Weekend

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Cheers!

And welcome to the We May Be Little launch party! Starting as we mean to go on, we’re kicking off our first proper blog post – and the launch of our shop – with a cocktail recipe. Four cocktail recipes, in fact, all featuring our beloved Aperol.

We love Aperol. It’s the Indian-summery drink du jour. Not just a style-bar secret anymore, now its gorgeous orangey goodness casts its glow everywhere. From rooftop restaurants to wedding receptions. Everyone loves it.  Prosecco who? Rose pah-ha-ha…

COCKTAIL RECIPES (Clockwise from top left)

Classic Aperol Fizz

The regular Aperol Spritz is 3 parts fizz to 2 parts Aperol to 1 splash of soda water, served with ice ‘n’ a slice. Our take on this is a little more decadent.

  1. Get yourself a swanky champers glass
  2. Pour in a good glug of Aperol
  3. Add Prosecco – or champers if you’re feeling posh
  4. Drop in half a strawberry

The 70s 

Hello, Cinzano! Our nans loved you and we know why. Let’s bring you back.

  1. Fill half a highball glass with ice
  2. Pour Cinzano up to the 1/3 line
  3. Add Aperol to the 2/3 line
  4. Top with soda water and serve with fresh lime slice

The Aperol Julep

A take on the classic Mint Julep that you can serve with or without the standard bourbon.

  1. For four servings, bring half a cup of sugar, one cup of water and 1/4 cup of torn mint leaves to a moderate boil
  2. Reduce the liquid by a third
  3. Strain your minty sugar syrup through a sieve and leave to cool or stick in fridge
  4. Fill a tumbler with ice
  5. Add several oz of Aperol. And bourbon if you’re feeling cheeky
  6. Top with 1/4 of a glass of syrup
  7. Garnish with mint and a straw

Aperol Hardball 

This is for those after-dinner moments when you want to sit back and sip on something that will get you warm and drunk.

  1. Add a shot or two of vodka to a small tumbler
  2. Top up with a v generous splosh of Aperol
  3. Garnish with an orange slice (and enjoy one of your five a day)

To make cocktail drinking chez vous even more spesh, why not serve with an array of tasty nibbles and string up some fairy lights? We served our drinks on our ‘Aperol’ coasters* too. We hope we’ve inspired you to get a little creative/tiddly with your cocktails this weekend! What are your favourite tipples?

 

* `WMBL’s ‘Aperol’ coasters are now available in our shop if you like the look of them.

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