This is the perfect recipe for those who love simply, rustic and tasty cakes.
My mother prepared this for us with a lot of love and we still enjoy it though the picture or we make this again.
This was a fruits year. Our garden produced tons of fruits like never before. While the apple harvest had already started we still have fresh plums and peaches from the three and in addition our freezer is full of fruits. Of course we love apples, plums and peaches, but we also love to cherries and other fruits. We also need space in our freezer. For this reason I prepared created this recipe with pitted frozen sour cherries, but you can use preserved cherries as well. This is a moist cake, the juicy fruits are surrounded by a soft and tender dough.
I learned how to make grilled octopus many years ago, after enjoying it in a restaurant.
Now this one of our summer favorite seafood dishes and I prepare it often at home.
Octopus needs to be boiled before grilling it, but first of all you have to clean it!
Wash your octopus under current water, remove stomach, ink sac and the part of the head with the eyes.
Place the octopus in a pot cover with water add some peppercorns and two cloves of garlic. Let the mixture slowly simmer. Cook until soft enough to eat. This usually takes about 1 hour but this depends on the size and perhaps on the quality of the octopus. You check the octopus piercing it with a sharp knife: if tender, the knife should go in very easily.
Remove from water and allow to cool. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. If necessary remove flabby parts of skin and cut into big chunks or leave small octopi whole.
Brush the octopus with olive oil and grill it over hot charcoals until you get a little bit roasted here and there. Don’t burn it!
Let cool down until desired, cut into bite size chunks and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper and if like with oregano.
Arrange on a plate with cherry tomatoes or what you like (boiled potatoes would be fit as well) and serve.
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.