Category: Beverage

Cantaloupe Melon & Mango Smoothie Recipe

Mango & Cantaloupe, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe melon removed or scooped out from hard outer skin.
  • sugar or honey, to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Remove the seed of the melon completely. (if you have time, instead of recycling, I hope, the seeds, clean them and then dry in the bright sunlight or in a not to hot oven.  They are quite lovely as snack.)  Cut the melon into cubes and put in a food processor.
  2. Slice the mango, discard the stone but ensure to take out all the sweet bits still clinging from the stone, cut the mango luscious flesh into cubes and spoon in to the food processor as well.
  3.  Add a little sugar or a dollop of honey work.
  4. Add the ice cubes and pour in the milk.
  5. Turn on the food processor and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour into drinking glasses and enjoy.
  7. Yummmmmm

Pineapple Juice Recipe

Pineapple Juice @ Manila Hotel, photo by JMorton

One of the most delicious juices around is the pineapple juice. It is even more ambrosial if it is made from fresh pineapples.

The taste is only one factor in why one should be drinking pineapple juice. There are a few good reasons why one should. A glass of fresh pinya juice is full of goodness, it is packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  I heard it is also a dieter’s friend.

The best way to consume pineapple juice is to have it fresh and therefore making it at home is ideal and we have got just the quickest recipe here.

Pineapple Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

1 ripe pineapple
1 cup water
1 cup ice cubes

Method of preparation:

Ensure that the pineapple is ripe for it to be really sweet tasting 🙂 otherwise you might have to add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the recipe.

Peel the hard outer skin, as well as removing the little eyes (read the legend of the pineapple here), then cut into chunks.

Put the pineapple chunks into a food processor, together with the ice cubes.  Pour in the water as well.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

Pour in into tall glasses and share the joy.

Salted Caramel Milkshake Recipe

Salted Caramel Milk Shake, Photo by JMorton

Salted Caramel Milkshake Recipe

I had a salted caramel milkshake when we last went to Gourmet Burgers in Brent Cross.  I absolutely loved it.  The slight saltiness greatly compliment the sweetness of the caramel.  It was really refreshing.

I wanted to make it at home and found a very easy recipe to follow which I have posted below.

Enjoy, kindly let me know how yours went! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 300 ml cold milk
  • 1 ½ tsp caramel sauce
  • sprinkling of sea salt

Directions

Tip the ice cream, milk, caramel sauce with a little sprinkling of sea salt into a food processor.  Blend until smooth and frothy.

Pour into tall glasses and share.

Mango Juice Easy Recipe

Mango Juice, iphone photo by JMorton

Mango Juice Easy Recipe

We had copious amount of mango juice whilst in the Philippines.  Philippines is the best place for mango made recipes, including mango juice because of our species of mango called the carabao, which is the sweetest fruit when ripen.

Thank goodness, mangoes are now widely available everywhere and almost all year round.  But as it is summer, they can be bought cheaply in boxes.  The flesh are like ambrosia but if you wanted to make it into a refreshing juice we have the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup ice-cubes

Method of preparation:

The easiest way is to use a blender.

Cut the mango in half and then scoop out the flesh from the skin and around the seed/stone.

Transfer the delicious ripe flesh into a blender, pour in the water and ice cubes.

Blitz until smooth.

Poor into glasses and enjoy!

hmmmmmm

 

Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb

Pansit pansit herb, photo by JMorton

Pancit pancit, photo by JMorton

Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb

This was the herb given to us by the Lady of Necodemos, the manghihilot (healing massager) when we consulted her for stomach aches which seems to have afflicted our whole family in the Philippines after going for an overnight swim at Club Manila East.

She said to make a drink of tea from this herb.

She gave the following instruction:

Chop the herb and then boil in plenty of water.  Leave to simmer for at least 10 to 15 minutes with the pan uncovered.

Turn of the stove and leave this herbal tea to steep for at least 10-15 minutes.

Strain and drink half a cup every four hours.

This herb will settle your stomach and digestive system.

Remaining tea can be stored over a couple of days in a clean jar in the fridge.

Boricha (Korean Barley Tea)

Boricha Tea, photo by JMorton

Boricha (Korean Barley Tea)

Time and again when watching Korean dramas, the characters are often seen drinking water.  Sometimes their drinking vessels are the standard transparent glasses.  I noticed that their ‘water’ is often brownish in colour and I thought that is rather colourful for just plain water. 🙂

Apparently this ‘water’ is a boricha, much loved by Korean as everyday hydration and thirst quencher.

Boricha is brewed from roasted barley.  Pre-roasted barley is widely available in Korean supermarkets and groceries.  Roasted barley tea-bags are also on sale.

Barley tea, apparently, is caffeine free, it is good for digestion, can control blood sugar and most importantly – it can aid weight loss 🙂

How to make it:

2 litres water

3 tbsp roasted barley

Using a large clean pot or pan 🙂 bring the water to a boil.

Add the roasted barley and continue boiling for another 5 minutes.

Using a sieve, strain the roasted barley tea into a heat-resistant jug,  ewer or pitcher.

Let it cool and then refrigerate until needed.

 

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

After having a large glass of cider with my lunch of roast pork, I needed a beverage that would pick me up.  I am afraid the cider went straight to my head and I am now rather soporific, which is not conducive to a day of watching Korean dramas.

I found this coffee recipe, which sounds good and easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 inch cube fresh ginger (or a frozen ready to use chopped ginger)

Coffee enough for a mug/cup or for sharing (filtered is also suitable but takes few minutes of wait:)

Demerara Sugar according to taste.

How to Prepare:

If not using a ready prepared ginger from a supermarket :), peel the ginger and then dice coarsely.

Place the chopped ginger in a milk pan or saucepan with water enough for a cup (or more for sharing).

Bring the water to a boil, then lower down the heat and leave the ginger simmering for 10-15 minutes.

If using instant coffee granules, put a teaspoonful in a cup and top with the ginger broth using a strainer to take out the ginger.

Stir in the sugar and drink this refreshingly aromatic concoction and be happy.

If using a filtered coffee, pour in the ginger broth directly into the cafetiere and let it filter.

Pour into a cup or cups and add  sugar.

Enjoy!

Sober October

Sober October

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Autumn is October and to mark the start of this season, a worthy UK charity  Macmillan (cancer relief) has suggested that we make this month ‘Sober October.’

Instead of buying and imbibing alcoholic drinks, we should take up the challenge of being teetotal and donate the money we would otherwise spend on booze to charity instead.

A worthy cause we hope many will try.

A good friend who likes his lager will give it a go ;).

Drinking Alcoholic beverages  in large amounts can be a cause of cancer.

Alcoholism is a problem

These recent sobering statistics from Alcohol Concern highlight the problem.

Statistics on Alcohol

  • More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
  • An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
  • Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980

Alcohol and Health

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
  • However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
  • The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
  • Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
  • The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%

We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.

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Apple, Avocado and Spinach

Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time.  I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂

bec73fa7-f1a1-45fd-a9ec-e6dea5fbf0b6_apple-avocado-smoothieA great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero

Apple, Avocado and Spinach

The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.

one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)

Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.

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