Hello my dear wonderful readers,
So I know you are thinking it’s still cold and why on earth would I wanna put up a post with a cold drink. The fact is that it is nice and cold during the nights but the days are getting equally warm. In fact by 2 in the afternoon we have our fans on and my son is usually sweating by then. Also I realized that it is equally important to stay hydrated during cold times as in summer.
This cucumber mint juice is the perfect way to stay hydrated and cucumber by itself has many healthy benefits. There is always a simple cucumber salad with all our meals and some days we have this drink instead of an aerated drink. We discourage our little one from having soft drinks and beverages so we replace them with juices such as watermelon or lime or even a strawberry milkshake. So this juice was not well received by the little one but we enjoy it every now and then. Its simple to make and it all goes into a single bowl so not much of a recipe per say.
You could also add cumin powder or chilli powder at the end just to give it a different kick. I just use honey cause I love sweet drinks and this is my go to drink when I am in need of a clean refreshing juice.
- Lime – 2
- Water – 4 cups
- Cucumber – 3 (sliced and extra for garnish)
- Ginger – 1 inch knob
- Honey – according to taste
- Mint – 1 cup (packed)
- In the bowl of your blender / juicer, add the juice of 2 limes
- Then add all of the above ingredients
- Blend till the ginger has also blended with the juice. Add more honey if required at this stage
- Pour into glasses and serve right away
My Dear Wonderful Readers
So we are finally settling in and most of my stuff are on the walls and inside the wardrobe and guess what? I am still out of space! LOL All the while I am thinking how did I store all this junk at the old place. Have you felt the same way too?
So I was online scrolling through my instagram account and I found that pumpkin is the thing every body wants to cook with. So i decided to join the fun and start off with a simple smoothie. This one is a no brainer and it really is a mixture of everything I would have on a daily basis just that instead of apples or other fruits I just added pumpkin puree. Now making the puree was actually really easy. It helps if you make a large batch and use whenever you need it. Not just in smoothies but in many more recipes. I will share those with you soon. But for now here is a fall inspired pumpkin smoothie.
- Pumpkin puree – 2 cups (scroll down for recipe)
- Oats – 2 cups
- Milk – 1/2 ltr ( or as much as you want)
- Coconut / Palm Sugar – 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
- Nutmeg – 1/2 tsp
- Banana – 2 (ripe)
- Almond flakes and chia seeds – just for the topping
- In the bowl of your blender, add the pumpkin puree, oats, palm sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg powder and bananas
- Turn you blender on and add as much milk as required
- Add in accordance to the consistency that you like
- Finally pour the smoothie into your glass and top with chia seeds and almond flakes
To make the pumpkin puree :-
- First wash and cut a medium sized pumpkin into 4 equal halves
- Then scoop out the seeds and innards of the pumpkin
- Bring a pot of water up to boil and slowly immerse the cut pumpkin into the water
- Boil for 10 – 15 ( depends on the size and ripeness) mins till the pumpkin is soft and tender ( use a spoon to pierce through the pumpkin to see if its done)
- Turn the heat off and drain the water from the pumpkin
- Let the it cool and then scoop out the flesh leaving only the skin
- Drain excess water by keeping all the flesh in a strainer and letting the water drain out completely
- Store in a clean container in the fridge till ready to use. I usually use it in a day or two.
Hello My Dear Wonderful Friends!
How are you all doing today? Yay, its almost the weekend and I can not wait for Saturday. Its been raining all week and my little boy is down with a cold, so I decided to make warm food and to begin my day with lots of nutritious fruits to keep me going. Pineapples help build and secure your immune system. They are anti inflammatory and also help in digestion. Kiwi also helps build immunity and is a good source of Vitamin C and then there is mango. Do you really need a reason to add mangoes in anything?? 😛
This time I used coconut water cause I wanted this smoothie to feel like a cocktail! ha.. so much for a clean mind and a clean diet! lol. The thing is, when you make smoothies every day, you really do not wanna get bored and our world is full of different kinds of fruits and vegetables and the permutations are endless! That being said, there are certain smoothies I just do not make, like pineapple and oats = yuck! Orange + yogurt = run to the bathroom!! etc!
All this fruit talk is making me hungry! OK, so I am going to run along and make some thing to eat while you check out my recipe for this refreshingly fresh and jazzy smoothie!!
- Mango – 2 cups
- Kiwi – 3
- Pineapple – 1 medium size
- Coconut water – from one large coconut ( add more if you do not like it thick)
- Palm Sugar – 1 tsp ( optional)
- Skin the mango and cut the fresh mango into large chunks and chuck right into the blender
- Then cut the kiwis into two and using a spoon scoop out the flesh
- Slowly slice off the skin of the pineapple and cut into small chunks
- Add all the fruits into the blender
- Finally break open a fresh coconut and add the water to the smoothie ( if you can use the flesh of the coconut as well)
- Give a good mix
- Serve into individual glasses with a slice of pineapple on top
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!
How are you all doing today? I found peaches at the nearby market and I decided why not use them in a fresh morning smoothie. As I took a walk down the market aisle, I realized that the number of mangoes are dwindling, therefore I decided to make the most of it while its still available. That brings me to the topic of canned food. Now for one, unless its an order to make a cake without a seasonal fruit or when I need to add a cheer to a cocktail, I stay clear of canned food. Simple cause I worry about the preservatives in the can. Food was never meant to last as long as it does when it is canned. So why add more preservatives and chemicals to your diet right? That’s why I prefer using fresh fruits in my smoothies. Also if I want an element of cold or frozen, I cut up the required fruit and freeze it over night so my smoothies are thick and creamy. That being said some times when I need to make a tuna salad in a hurry (once in 6 months!) I do grab a can of canned tuna. Nothing substitutes fresh, seasonal fruits. So if you are planing on making a smoothie tomorrow, I suggest you pick up the least expensive fruit in the market, that means they are in season and they will only make you healthier!
So this smoothie is a mixture of fresh peaches, mangoes and oranges. Now if you want you could add water or yogurt but I do not like the combination of milk or yogurt with citrus fruits. It just does not work! ( for me). And this smoothie is a really thick smoothie, almost like ice cream. I did not add any liquid cause I wanted more fruit this time.
- Fresh Peaches – 4
- Mangoes – 3 cups ( cubes and frozen)
- Oranges – 2 large
- Ice Cubes – 5 – 6
- Cut and core the peaches.
- Cube the mangoes and freeze over night for a creamy thick consistency ( its ok if you do not have frozen mangoes, fresh mango works too)
- Juice 2 large oranges ( use the pulp too)
- Add all the ingredients into a blender along with the ice cubes. Blend according to the blender instructions and serve with a slice of fresh cut orange.
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
Its been so long that for some time I wasn’t sure I would ever get back to blogging! As the days go by, I find my self wishing for an extra hour every day. Time seems to be on the highway to the Himalayas and I am still packing my bags and trying to get ready for the next journey. But on the bright side, we have been eating healthy, the family health is in check. Choosing and living healthier seems to some thing, ever body is game for now and my little one is half way to eating on his own. Its so funny how my day begins and ends with food! And no I do not mean breakfast and dinner.
Now this recipe is something we have been having for the last few months, since mangoes are back in the market. Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to tell you that I have seen many people buy baby spinach leaves and just dump it into the mixer to make smoothies. Here is the thing, I have also seen how local vendors wash fresh greens in puddles and gutters over flowing with rain water. So you get where I am going with this right? My sincere advice is no matter what you do and how organic you think your produce is, there is no reason why you should not be washing your vegetables and fruits before you use them in your recipes. That being said, this is how I wash fresh greens. I make sure to cut off the stem on any part I am not using, then I immerse the leaves into cold water and leave it there for 15 mins. Then I vigorously wash the greens under running water, one leaf at a time. I make sure to wipe both sides of the leave with my fingers to ensure there is no mud or insects hidden between the tiny veins of the leaf and finally I put it back into another bucket of water to sit for 5 mins. Now I have one of these salad leaf driers, so I put them in there and rotate the handle to get rid of all the excess water. If you do not have that apparatus, you could just spread the leaves on a clean kitchen cloth and that will do the trick too.
Now getting back to the recipe, this smoothie stands as a base over which you could add so many kinds of fruits. Fruits not only alter the colour and taste of the smoothie but also its consistency. So if you want a nice think creamy smoothie, I suggest you add frozen bananas into the mixer before you blend it all. Alternatively you could add berries like cranberries or blue berries for a little sour punch. The choice is yours 🙂
- Mango – 3 cups ( diced) – frozen
- Fresh Spinach – 200 gms ( torn into small pieces)
- Coconut water – 3 cups
- Bananas – 3 ( frozen) – optional
- Honey – 2 tsp ( according to taste)
- Ginger – 2 cms piece
- In the bowl of your blender add all the ingredients apart from the coconut water
- Blend on high speed and slowly add as much water as required to bring to the consistency you like. Ideally I would use all 3 cups
- Finally pour into glasses and enjoy a wonderful morning breakfast!!
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
Happy Monday morning to all you wonderful people!! So I am still on my clean streak and this time I am back with a sweet, sour and super healthy smoothie. “Summer” basically translates to – “time for cold and soothing breakfasts” During the cold months, I stay away from smoothies and therefore you will see how my waist line increases. But summer is when you wanna wear a nice soft linen dress or cotton clothes right? I hate the idea of wearing denim during these hot months. I made the mistake of wearing jeans in Kerala!! OMG!! I had to peel it off my legs to get them off. LOL. A while ago I remember seeing this video of how girls/ women try to wear skinny jeans and how they look so pink and flustered at the end. So funny!! I am sure its there on YouTube. Another reason is, some mornings you just cannot get yourself to sit down and have a traditional breakfast right? After I have sent the husband to office and finished the baby boys morning chores I wish I had a nice tall glass of something cold and thats what makes smoothies just the best thing on earth. Like I have said before, smoothies are so versatile you could make any combination and it would taste remarkable!! and what’s more, they keep you full and happy till lunch time. Oh by the way you could totally do this for lunch too, but I like to sit down with my son on his chair by my side and we eat together. Separate plates, he playing with his food and me trying to teach him to eat on his own.
There are so many things you and me take for granted and so many things that you and me have to be thankful to our moms. Like how she thaught us to feed ourselves!! I mean the action of properly placing food into your mouth, without dropping a grain. Or how to hold a glass of water and place it back without spilling a drop. These are things we do every day, every time and have never stopped to think, how we developed these skills!
- Spinach – 200 gms ( washed and dried)
- Frozen Pineapple – 2 cups
- Kiwi – 2 ripe
- Coconut Water – 1 cup
- Amaranth Seeds – 1/2 cup ( optional)
- Heat a pan on medium flame. Pour the Amaranth seeds into the hot pan and let them pop. They look like mini pop corn
- Set aside to cool
- In the bowl of your blender add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth consistency
- Pour into separate glass and top with the popped amaranth seeds
- Serve right away!!
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
How have you all been??? I have missed cooking, photography and mostly posting and talking to you all! I feel like its been months since I blogged! 🙂
So last week was a full of ups and downs. The flight to Kerala was pleasant apart from the time my son started crying (coz his ears hurt) when the plane was descending. Then there was the ride home from Airport that was uneventful. But once we got there, we had to run a few tests in the hospital and when all was well, I was admitted the same day!
One the bright side, the surgery was a grand success and we were out the next day. But when I got back home, I was told that my son was down with high fever and till today, he is nursing a horrible cold and chest congestion. Anyway, now that I am back home, it gives us more time with each other and hopefully all will get back to normal soon. Now this recipe is something I put together last night and hoped it would turn out well and trust me it did!!!
Mangoes are in season now and I plan to make the most of this delicious fruit. So please bear with me if your see mango posts back to back 🙂
For the Chia layer –
- Chia Seeds – 4 tbsp
- Milk – 1 cup
- Rose Essence – 2 drops
For the Golden Layer –
- Mango – 1 ( ripe and cubed)
- Banana – 1 ( ripe)
- Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
- Oats – 4 tbsp
- Milk – just a splash
- In a glass jar with a high lid, add chia seeds, milk and rose essence
- Close the jar tightly and give it a good shake
- Put it in the fridge to set over night
- For the next layer, you should make it just before you assemble the smoothie
- In the bowl of your blender, add the mango, banana, turmeric and oats
- The turn on the blender and add just enough milk to get the mixture to combine ( You want the smoothie to be nice and thick in order to get these distinct layers
- Finally equally divide the mango smoothie into two glasses
- Then with a spoon, top-up the mango layer with the over night chia layer
- Finally garnish with some dry rose petals and any fruit of your choice ( I used kiwi)
- Serve right away when cold!!
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!
So guess what!! This morning when I opened up WordPress I had this small little message pop up, wishing me ‘A Happy Anniversary’!! Yay!!
I cannot believe that its been one year since I started this baby! It still feels like yesterday when I asked my husband if he thought it was a good idea that I write down the recipes and photograph the food I make at home. From that day, to date, my dear husband has always been my inner voice and has always helped me with every post! Yes we are still in the “honeymoon” phase of the marriage. LOL.
Ok so this smoothie is such an easy drink to make and its actually just the addition of oats that makes it super filling. The figs and dates give it a very sweet yet fruity flavour and I absolutely love it.
- Oats – 1/2 cup
- Milk – 2 + 1/2 cup ( Cold milk)
- Dried Figs – 9
- Dates – 13 ( you can add or decrease according to taste) – deseeded
- Saffron strands – 1 good pinch ( more of garnish)
- Ice Cubes – 5 – 10
- In a small mug, add two table spoons of milk and heat to warm
- Then add the saffron strands to the warm milk and set aside (this is to infuse the saffron in the milk)
- Now in the bowl of your blender, add oats, rest of the milk, figs, and dates
- Blend well to combine
- Finally add the saffron infused milk and strands
- Blend for another 2 mins
- Serve right away
Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!!
I have been trying to work with my new camera. So, this is my first post with the new one! So excited! I know I have a long way to go but there is such a huge difference I can almost touch it. LOL. Its like there is much more depth and clarity now. But what I have understood is that every camera needs some time getting used to. Simply cause they work different. What I can tell you off the top of my head is that my new Nikon responds so much quicker and faster and the change in the parameters work really really well unlike my old camera. But the older one had the Live View option that would also show the changes that where made. Here’s the thing, I haven’t ever been to photography school and what I know of the camera and photos is from one year of taking photos. So I do not know the technical terminologies for most of what I am trying to covey! But if I had to tell you what I know about photography, I would sound like a 6 year old taking about a day at school. Ok not so helpful huh. Sorry 🙂
Ok back to the recipe. This is what I made this morning along with breakfast.
- Water Melon – 500 gms
- Sweet Lime – 3 (juiced)
- Carrots – 2 cups
- Salt – two pinches
- Ice Cubes – 1 cup
- Add all the ingredients into a blender
- Blend for 5 mins
- Serve right away (Keeping it for a while will make it sour).
Hello my dear wonderful readers!
Did I tell you how awful last week was? And I am still hopeful that this week will be better. I haven’t started using my new camera. These photos are from the old one but I will write about the new camera soon. For now I am leaving you with this simple recipe for the perfect summer afternoon/ evening drink.
- Fresh Strawberries – 3 cups
- Thick Yogurt – 2 cups ( cold)
- Water – 1 cup ( cold)
- Rose Essence – 2 drops
- Pistachio – 10 – 11 (half chopped fine)
- Sugar – 2 – 3 tbsp ( according to taste)
- In the bowl of your blender add all ingredients apart from the chopped pistachio
- Blend for 5 – 6 mins or till the mixture is smooth and red
- Pour into individual glasses and garnish with chopped pistachio
- Serve cold