lassi is an Indian yogurt-based beverage that is absolutely delicious. It is easy to make and you'll feel full when enjoyed at breakfast or at lunchtime. Any mango can be used however, I recommend Julie or Hayden mangoes as they provide a balance of tart taste, color and texture.
- 2 Julie mangoes
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- few cubes of ice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flower (Jamaican red sorrel)
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/3 cup sugar (or more to taste) Source: On the House
Method: Steep hibiscus (Jamaican sorrel), with hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain flower. Add sugar to the deep-red liquid (tea) stirring to dissolve. Let cool. Serve over ice.
Note: At Christmas time in Jamaica, white rum, ginger and spices are added to the above recipe to give holiday celebrations an extra 'pep'.
3. Amaretto Iced Tea
There are many different ways to enjoy hot or iced Amaretto tea. Adding flavored honey sticks, amaretto syrup or sugar cubes will produce a delicious brew. You may even add a touch of milk or cream for extra smoothness and to enrich taste. If you prefer to use Amaretto liqueur, you can mix it with brewed tea and top with whipped cream for a special treat. Amaretto tea offers versatility and enjoyment to suit every individual preference.
The simplest beverage to offer guests this summer is an ice-cold glass of home-made lemonade. But I often wonder how something so simple can be so inconsistent at restaurants, cafes and homes? With some, you immediately gaffe at its exceedingly watery imbalance or impose a 'lemon' attack on one's central nervous system while others 'suffer' from the absence of a sweetener. I believe the following recipes will offer a good balance and invite you to try. p.s Remember to tell us how this works in your kitchen :-)
4. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
- 3 cups quartered strawberries
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, undiluted
- 2 cups sparkling water, chilled
For an adult version of this refreshing drink, substitute champagne for sparkling water.
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- a teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 cups of cold water
Pet Peeves: 1) The most unsightly thing is to serve a glass of lemonade with seeds! Save your guests. Strain them PLEASE. 2) When someone is offered lemonade no one expects to be blind-sided with a rancid taste from spoiled lime. It is therefore very important to do a taste test before serving or worse 3) Have you ever been given lemonade but come to find your host was short on lemon and instead used a Seville orange? Ugh. So not cool people. So uncool.
For the next deliciously sweet ice treat, let's journey to Mexico.
Spicy Cantaloupe-Cucumber Paleta Pecan Paleta (milk-based paleta)
Photo: LA Times by Carlos Chavez
- Sherbet has been derived from the Turkish word 'serbet’. Sorbet has been derived from the Persian word 'sharbat’.
- Sorbet is made of water, iced fruit and in come cases, wine. Sherbet is simply a cold drink which is made from spices, rose hips, cherries and licorice.
- Whereas sherbet contains milk or some other type of fat, sorbet does not contain any type of diary product.
- Sherbet and sorbet can be termed a diary-based dessert and fruit-based dessert, respectively.
- Because of its icy nature, sorbet is synonymous with granular texture. On the other hand, sherbets look creamy, as they have added fat in them.
- 1/2 cup nonfat milk
- 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
- 2 tablespoon of freshly chopped local ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey
Method: Put all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
- 2 bananas, broken into chunks
- 2 cups of fresh strawberries
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of plain yogurt (can also be replaced with vanilla or strawberry yogurt)
- 2 tsp sugar for sweetness (this is optional - the fruits contain sugar)
On your next grocery shopping trip be sure to add to your trolley some of the above ingredients to make one, two or all of these recipes. Have fun and most of all, smile awhile :-)
As a friendly reminder, Thursday July 22 will be the Observer Food Awards at Devon House - East Lawn. It is slated to be a great evening and personally look forward to sampling innovative fare - a fusion of Caribbean cuisine with international sensibilities. We are aiming to have pictures for next Wednesday's post. So definitely stay tuned.
A big shout out to everyone who took the time to share feed back on last week's post. Being a newbie Blogger we thrive on constructive criticism and interaction from our followers. A special 'big up' to Dmitri Dawkins and Loi Laing who have given some excellent technology tips and use this medium to say "Dmitri & Loi - You rock!" The Twitter I.D for Dmitri and Loi are utenjm and loilaing, respectively. I recommend everyone to follow these 2-stars this Friday (#FF).
- Megaliciously yours