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As a quick recap, for each round of the playoffs ladies of The Hobbyists present you with a few ideas on for your playoff party. Because ladies like to do things with a little more class!

The series against the Blackhawks had us on the edge of our seats and while we did manage to Exorcise our Demons we can’t help but think if we had poured them a bit stronger the whole process might have been a little less stressful! Up next is the Nashville Predators, and a bit of a step into the unknown, literally no-one knows who plays for them other than Shea Webber (a good BC boy), Carrie Underwood’s Husband (as Mike Fisher is known in Nashville), Shane O’Brien (as he is known at the Roxy) and Pekka Rinne (we hear he’s up against Luongo for the Vezna). The teams have never played each other in the post season and split the season series. Nashville proved they were no pushover dispatching a very good Anaheim team in 6 games while keeping their prolific top line to a mere two goals. The boys are going to need some passion from the fans -the way only hockey crazed Canadian fans can bring it – and we have just the thing to fuel your passion!

The Passion of the Ice

Ingredients:

2 oz Jack Daniels (or your favourite Tennessee Whisky – the boys will be in Nashville after all!)
1 oz passion fruit juice (fresh strained from the passion fruit)
0.5 oz tawny port
pinch of brown sugar
1 lemon wedge
tonic water (something with quinine in it preferably)
bitters
ice

Directions:

Put two nice big ice cubes in a highball glass and pour over Jack Daniels. We recommend fresh pressed passion fruit juice as opposed to prepackaged store bought juice to get the right balance of sweet and sour. Strain one passion fruit into a separate glass, pushing the fruit along the strainer to squeeze out all of the juice from the pulp. Add 1 oz of the passion fruit juice to the Jack Daniels. Add the pinch of brown sugar and stir. Add the port and bitters and toss in a thinly sliced lemon wedge. Top with chilled tonic water. Serve and enjoy.

Grand Ole Onion Dip


Ingredients:

250 g Sour Cream
125 g Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 sweet onion finely diced
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. chipotle/chili flakes
Salt + Pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat oil on medium heat. Add onion, paprika and chipotle flakes to pan and fry until onions are a deep golden colour. Remove from heat and cool. Combine onion mixture with sour cream and cream cheese. It tastes great initially but will taste even better the longer you wait for the flavours to meld. Sprinkle with paprika powder to garnish. Serve with plain potato chips ( our guilty pleasure), veggies or taco chips.

Joking aside, year upon year, Barry Trotz has pulled teams of no name players into the playoffs. The victory of Anaheim gives the Predators their first visit to the second round. The Predators have a strong defensive core and a committee scoring style that means all the Canucks lines are going to have to fire like they did in Game 7 against the Blackhawks  -  but we think they can do it!

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Hoping bad things come in twos and not threes, the Canucks have drawn last year’s Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the Stanley Cup.  After going out in the second round for two successive years, its fair to say that there is more than a little to prove here.  Although, we really enjoyed the rivalry last year and it produced some epic games when the teams met this season, it’s the Canucks time to win. That and we have never forgiven Vince Vaughn (a noted and prominent Blackhawks fan) for making Gretzky’s head bleed (skip through to about 1.20). As if we needed another reason to want to see the Canucks triumph this year…

So here are a couple of suggestions for your Round 1 playoff party, raise a glass, Exorcise your Demons and dig into a piping hot dish of the Canucks’ Hot Streak as they knock the wind out from beneath the Hawks’ wings.

Exorcise your Demons

Exorcism Syrup:

1 cup sugar
2 cups water
3 Thai red chilies diced
1 tsp. chipotle flake or 1 dried chipotle pepper
1 tsp. black peppercorns
1 tbsp. cardamom
Zest and juice of 1 lime

Directions:

Combine the above ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let the ingredients cool overnight (or as long as you can wait) and strain. Kept in the fridge, the syrup should keep in a jar for more than a 7 game series.

Combine 1 oz syrup, 2 oz gin (we recommend Victoria Gin), ice and bitters if you have them (we get ours at Edible BC). Shake well. Pour over ice, top with tonic water (splurge for the real stuff with Quinine it makes a world of difference) and 1 tsp. lime juice. Garnish with a chili pepper and lime sliver. Feel free to increase the hot in your drink to suit your inner demons.

Note: A few of these may be the only way we are able to handle the return of Patrick Kane’s hideous mullet.

Canucks Hot Streak

Ingredients:

8oz of canned corn
2 cups of cheddar, grated
1 cup of monterey jack, grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons of chipotle in adobo sauce
two green chillies, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
fresh cilantro

Directions:
Mix together the corn, cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, chipotle and green chillies.  Bake in an ovenproof dish for 25 minutes at 325.  Top with the tomatoes, green onions and cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.  Unlike revenge, this is a dish best served hot.

Actually, we are quietly confident (don’t want too get cocky) about the Canucks chances.  This Blackhawks team has lost a lot of its secondary scoring.  We also feel that of all the other teams, the Canucks are most familiar with the Blackhawks.  We think that gives them a rock solid chance!

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As good (mostly) Canadian’s here at The Hobbyists we are avid hockey fans.  But while the boys like to sit down with a quiet beer and watch the game, we girls like to do things a little bit more style.  For each round of the playoffs, we will have a suggestion for something to eat and something to drink that will jazz up your Playoff Party.

Look for Round 1, our Blackhawks themed post tomorrow.

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