Summertime, summer drinks! This means lemon and mint!
Our son served us this drink prepared with bottled lemonade. He decided to freeze the lemonade
For this recipe you will not need to buy soda ash (sodium carbonate) as with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) it will work very well and the taste is perfect. The important this is respecting the boiling time!
Looking at the list of Pacific Northwest Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables I was surprised to find watermelons.
For this reason I will propose you for this region this cocktail, but I confess that I tried the mocktail version (no vodka but added a few mint leaves to the mixture) and I found that really as good as well.
Try this refreshing drink and enjoy the summer taste!
Yield: Makes 2 cups
Preparation time: 20 Minutes
This is another easy homes tile recipe from Shanghai, quick and easy and perfect for more fresh veggies dishes on your Chinese dinner.
Water spinach is also known as water morning glory. This has numerous ways of preparation, but a simple and quick stir-fry, either plain or with minced garlic, is probably the most common.
You can prepare this dish using fresh greens you have on hand (I used fresh young chard from the garden) and it will be delicious as well!
We had our first bubble teas a few years ago in the China Town in Bangkok as this became very popular soft drink.
This is beverage was created during the latest 1980s in Taiwan and consists of chewy tapioca balls (also called pearls) commonly added to the drink, mostly cold tea.
There are many variants bubble teas (hot and cold!) and many different ingredients may be added. The most popular bubble drinks are bubble milk black tea with tapioca and bubble milk green tea with tapioca; both of them are often fruits-flavored.
Searching in the internet you will find colored pearls, recipes with non-dairy products (as fruit juice, coconut milk, almond milk,…) and also with sugar alternatives this including honey, stevia or aspartame.
For my bubble tea I used “China lychee black tea” as this is what I had had on hand and uncolored tapioca pearls.
Now it’s your turn to try or adapt this recipe to your taste; have fun!
Fresh figs are delicious fruits mostly eaten fresh or as marmalade. Sometimes you can find tarts or other sweets with them and sometimes served as starter or appetizer with a combination of salted ingredients as cheese or ham.
Shortly I found a Greek recipe of cooked fresh figs with chicken which I had to with fresh Greek figs as now it’s the perfect season for this as I have enough of them around.
For this recipe I used “Romeiko”-wine, a typical strong wine form Chania (Crete, Greece) in taste and smell similar to sherry, but not sweet at all. This is my absolutely favorite wine! This is the wine I used for the figs compote as well.
The result was a tender aromatic and sweet chicken with a rich tasty sauce. As side dish I suggest simply baked potatoes or bread, but bulgur could be a great choice as well.
I like to try new recipes with the ingredients I have on hand, combining them to new creations. For this reason I prepared this dessert on Crete with fresh figs, local wine and a local delicious orange.
Serving suggestion: warm with vanilla ice-cream.
Za’atar is a spices blend use in a lot of countries in the Middle East but probably originated in Egypt . Try this recipe with others Middle Eastern dishes.
Kalyves is a cute village located in the Apokoronas region18 km east of Chania, Greece, which despite the touristic development has preserved its Cretan character and it’s still a relaxing place (no disco!).
Once a year a well-organized festival with music, traditional dancing and food takes place at the picturesque small harbour where really all generations enjoy this event. This year during the evening the fishermen’s menu included: dakos (Cretan rusk) with tomatoes and marinated anchovies, taramosalata, Cretan salad and delicious grilled fish with French fries.