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CHERRY LEMONADE

CHERRY LEMONADE


cherry lemonade in a glass jar, cristal bottle full, flowered table cloth, white background



A couple of years ago I posted this sparkling grapefruit lemonade, when it starts to get hot I make it very often, it's almost addictive! I love lemons so I enjoy a lot any kind of lemonade from the classic one to any version with fruit or aromatic herbs...

cherry lemonaDE IN Glass jar, cristal bottle full, flowered table cloth over green grass, pieces of lemon and cherries

When I lived in Portugal I used to go to a place where they had strawberry lemonade and loved it. I've tested with various fruits and red berries specially combine very well. They reduce the lemon acidic flavour and make it a refreshing, healthy non alcoholic drink that I enjoy drinking any time of the day. Also ideal for bbq, pic-nics or just to get hydrated throughout the day...I don't have any trouble with drinking enough water, I can actually drink a couple of litres or more per day with no effort, however I like having natural flavoured drinks in hand that are quick to make. Like these fruit infused waters I posted long ago, nothing better to have a bottle or two of these ready to drink in the fridge...  So among all the flavoured lemonades this one with cherries is one of my favourites and now they are in season it's the best moment to make it. 
 At the bottom of the post you can find a couple of tips about cherries... ;)

ingredients of cherry lemonade, wood handle knife and wood squeezer,lemons and cherries, cutting white marble board over old wood table

For this recipe I use regular cold water, however, same as for the grapefruit lemonade you can use half sparkling - half still and it will also be great. Use the amount of maple syrup you prefer, just try it out and adjust to your taste!
And as always... even though it is delicious when it's freshly made, the truth is it's even better after a few hours kept  in the fridge!


cherry lemonade in a glass jar, cristal bottle full, flowered table cloth, white background




CHERRY LEMONADE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS (Para 1 L aprox.)

  • 25 cherries, pitted
  • 2 lemons, squeezed 
  • 4-5 Tbsp maple syrup 
  • 700-800 ml cold water
  • Ice
ingredients of cherry lemonade, wood handle knife and wood squeezer,lemons and cherries, cutting white marble board over old wood table

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. We'll be using a blender or Thermomix in my case, however you can also use a hand blender.
  2. Pour the cherries and the lemon juice and blend until you make like a thin purée.
  3. Add the maple syrup and the water and blend at maximum speed for 1 minute until well mixed.
  4. Add some ice cubes and it's ready to enjoy!

*LITTLE TIPS AND HACKS*

You can ideally buy a big amount of cherries and freeze them so when the season is out you will have cherries available if you want to make this lemonade, also ice creams, smoothies...
Also there's a good tip I was told recently that I would like to share... If you have Thermomix you can remove the pits super quickly by placing the cherries inside, setting the inverse spin button, speed 4, for 5 to 10 seconds and done! The pits will be detached from the cherries, you just need to remove them. (Do not know what the result might be using any other blender).


cherry lemonaDE IN Glass jar, cristal bottle full, flowered table cloth over green grass, pieces of lemon and cherries

cherry lemonaDE IN Glass jar, cristal bottle full, flowered table cloth over green grass, pieces of lemon and cherries

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PICKLED RADISHES - QUICK RECIPE

PICKLED RADISHES - QUICK RECIPE



PICKLED RADISHES IN A GLASS JAR WITH LID, WHITE MARBLE CUTTING BOARD AND WHITE BACKGROUND



I had this recipe on sby with the pictures and all and finally have found the moment to post it...
We are used to see radishes at the grocery store pretty much all year long, however the season is now and it's the best moment to grab a good bunch of them at a local market.
It's also now when we make the most salad varieties, and these add a very nice kick to them. On my last recipe of lentil and peas salad I actually added some pickled radishes.

This is like an express recipe of marinade, something like a quick pickle. Once prepared you can eat it at the moment or keep it in the fridge for a few hours so it soaks up all the flavours from the vinegar and the spices. It is also suitable for any other root veggies such as carrots or beets but also with cucumber, onion... You can also adequate the quantities to your taste adding more vinegar, salt...and combine with other spices or herbs of your choice. I used cumin and caraway seeds and also red pepper this time. Caraway fascinate me, it has such an interesting minty and anise-like flavour that works so well on dressings, vinaigrettes, mayo....

PICKLED RADISHES IN A GLASS JAR, CLOSE VIEW, CARAWAY AND CUMIN SEEDS

VIEW FROM TOP PICKLED RADISHES IN A GLASS JAR WITH LID, WHITE MARBLE CUTTING BOARD AND WHITE BACKGROUND

I'm always testing up new recipes and have some other good combinations that I'll be sharing... I also like recovering old family recipes, pickles were always present on the table during the summer season in Canada. Veggies from the garden were used and my grandma used to make plenty of pickles and marinades. 
It's an easy-peasy method, very healthy and if you have a vegetable garden or have too many veggies and don't know what to do with them this is a great option.

BUNCH OF FRESH RADISHES


INGREDIENTS FOR PICKLES, CUMIN AND CARAWAY SEEDS, RED PEPPER AND PINK SALT ON SMALL CERAIC BOWLS

PICKLED RADISHES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch of fresh radishes
  • 1 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  • 100 or 200 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp brown o coconut sugar
  • Water
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. red pepper corns

PICKLED RADISHES IN A GLASS JAR, WHITE MARBLE CUTTING BOARD AND WHITE BACKGROUND

METHOD

  1. Slice the radishes thinly.
  2. Mix the vinegar + sugar + salt and stir until dissolved. Then add the rest of ingredients.
  3. Put the sliced radishes in to a glass jar (this one is 500ml) and pour the mixture. Then fill with water until full.
  4. Place the lid and mix well. Keep in the fridge for an hour to one day.

SLICES OF PICKLED RADISHES IN A GOLDEN FORK

PICKLED RADISHES IN A GLASS JAR, VIEW FROM TOP, , WHITE MARBLE CUTTING BOARD AND WHITE BACKGROUND


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LENTIL AND PEA SALAD WITH MISO-HONEY DRESSING

LENTIL AND PEA SALAD WITH MISO-HONEY DRESSING


SALAD IN BAMBOU BOWL, WHITE BACKGROUND WITH CERAMIC OLIVE OIL BOTTLE


Feels like spring has never arrived for real yet... however it's about to come to an end very soon, and with it the short season of a few veggies like fresh green peas will be over. Luckily for us, this is one of the most interesting periods in respect of fruit and vegetable diversity. Walking around markets feels like a colourful festival, there is so much variety...

As I've been speaking around social media, peas are in fact legumes same as chickpeas, lentils or soy beans. It is one of the best vegetable protein that exist and has a high amount of fiber as well as B vitamins such as folic acid.
Since they are legumes, even if they are fresh it is recommended to cook them to avoid flatulence and hard digestion. You can cook them in many ways, I cooked them for 20 min in a pot with some water and a pinch of salt, but you can also steam them or use the microwave...


AERIAN VIEW WITH SALAD IN BAMBOU BOWL, OVER WOOD BOARD, GREEN PEAS AND INGREDIENTS, WHITE ERODED WOOD TABLE


This salad is perfect as a to-go meal whether it is to bring to work, a picnic or anywhere you like. You can pour the dressing in advance, carry in a jar and just add the pistachios and the sprouts right before you eat it so they don't get soggy.
I love using goji berries or raisins in some salads, either of them combine great with this one as they give that sweet touch that makes a good contrast with the salty miso.



As you probably already know, miso is a fermented paste made out of soy beans and sea salt. Thanks to that fermentation process it is an excellent probiotic that stimulate the intestinal flora. If you use one that hasn't been pasteurized even better as you will benefit more from its properties.
Miso means something like "flavour source" in Japanese and has an intense and salty flavour, therefore you won't need to add any salt.

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LENTIL PEA SALAD WITH MISO-HONEY DRESSING

INGREDIENTS (Makes 2 large bowls)

  • 1 jar organic cooked lentils, drained 
  • 1 good handful of fresh green peas 
  • Goji berries
  • 1 handful pistachios, chopped
  • 1/2 spring onion
  • 1/2 yellow pepper 
  • Optional:  watercress sprouts

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. organic miso paste (I use non-pasteurized hatcho miso)
  • 4 Tbsp. sesame oil 
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed 
  • 1 or 2 Tbsp. honey 
  • 1 Tbsp. water 
  • Ground green pepper
AERIAN VIEW WITH SALAD IN BAMBOU BOWL, OVER WOOD BOARD, GREEN PEAS AND INGREDIENTS, WHITE ERODED WOOD TABLE

ELABORATION

  1. First we cook the peas so they have time enough to cool after.
  2. Fill a small sauce pan with water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes. Depending on their size they'll need more or less time. Remove when they are tender, you can rinse them with cold water as well.
  3. Now we make the dressing. In a bowl put the miso paste and the water and stir until dissolved, add the lime juice, pepper, sesame oil, honey and mix it all well until combined.
  4. Finely slice the onion, chop the pepper into small cubes. If your onion taste too strong you can leave them for a few minutes in a small bowl with water and some salt and coconut sugar.
  5. Mix all ingredients: lentils, cooked peas, sliced onion, pistachios, pepper, some goji berries, the dressing and give it a good toss. 
  6. It's now ready to eat or keep in a jar. A day after it will be even more tasty.
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CORN MULTI SEED CRACKERS  (GF, DF, VEG)

CORN MULTI SEED CRACKERS (GF, DF, VEG)


CORN CRACKERS IN WHITE CERAMIC RAMEQUIN WITH AN OLD WOOD BACKGROUND



I really had to think twice about the name of this recipe, I wasn't quite sure whether crackers or nachos were the best option to describe it since it's something in between. The corn taste reminds of the typical nachos but the fact that they have many seeds make them more similar to a cracker. Anyhow, the idea is a savory crispy snack for dipping, spreading or to eat as you like.


I maybe should reveal something in the first place, my little addiction to nachos and corn crisps. I just can't help it. Plain or with any dip or sauce, doesn't matter...I can eat the whole bag in just a few minutes of time...
So because of that I have been looking for a healthy alternative but given the limited choices we have I've realized the best option as with many other things, is homemade.  
After a few recipe testing I ended up finding what I was looking for, a crunchy and tasty snack that in addition is packed with fiber and other nutrients thanks to the seeds. So apart from enjoying a yummy and versatile snack you can be happy because you are eating something made with real nutritious food, which is what we should be having.

PILED CORN CRACKERS, WITH AN OLD WOOD BACKGROUND



They're so good you'll want to eat them just like that however if you want some ideas to dip these crackers in, here's a reminder of a few you can find on the blog: beetroot and spinach hummus, vegan cheese with fine herbs, a Syrian muhammara , or the delicious azuki bean spread that I recently posted...

I like imperfection so I don't cut them in any particular way, but if you do want them with a triangle or squared shape you can pre-cut them using a pizza cutter before you place them in the oven.

The thinner you knead the dough, the crispier they will be.

CRACKERS BEFORE CUTTING THEM



CORN MULTI SEED CRACKERS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup whole grain rice flour 
  • 1/2 cup  corn flour 
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds 
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds 
  • 2 Tbps sesame seeds 
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch white pepper 

CORN CRACKERS WITH SOME DIPPING SAUCES, OLD WOOD BACKGROUND


METHOD
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
  2. Grind the seeds a bit (I like to keep the sesame seeds apart)
  3. Mix the flours+flax seed+ground seeds.
  4. Add the olive oil and mix with your hands. Add gradually the water while you mix, (maybe you won't need to use it all). Knead and make a ball with the dough. It has to be a firm not to humid dough.
  5. Place some oven paper over a surface and use another sheet to put over the dough and knead using a rolling pin.
  6. Extend as much as you can, the thinner the better and crunchier they will be. Place over an oven tray.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until you see they get golden, making sure they don't burn or over roast.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in a rack. Then you can crack them into pieces and they will be ready to eat. 
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PAPAYA, CARROT AND YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL (GF, DF, VEG)

PAPAYA, CARROT AND YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL (GF, DF, VEG)


Blue white porcelain bowl with orange papaa smoothie, flowers in backgroud, light blue linen table cloth



There's no secret I love smoothies, smoothie bowls and everything that has fruit and veggies on it. In the blog you can find a couple of other nice bowls made with strawberries and coconut and another one with açaí, banana and blueberries, as well as many smoothies to drink.
It's funny because every time I experiment with new bowl recipes I think oh this one is even better than the previous one... :D This papaya, carrot and yogurt wasn't any different, I was even impressed myself, it is so good and creamy... So that's why I think we never have to be afraid of experimenting with different combinations because there are so many and so good the possibilities are endless...


CENITAL VIEW, WHITE BLUE PORCELAIN BOWL WITH ORANGE CREAMY PAPAYA SMOOTHIE, LIGHT BLUE LINEN TABLE CLOTH,


I love papaya and eat it a lot, sometimes just plain some others I love it with a splash of lime juice... It has a high amount of fiber wich is excellent in cases of constipation, and also has papain, a digestive enzyme that improves digestion. It is anti-inflamatory, contains vitamin C and beta carotene which is a good ally for our skin and immune system. 

I normally use rice or almond milk for my smoothies however this time I had a couple of plain soy yogurt just about to expire so I decided to try adding them and the result was just amazing. A thick and super creamy smoothie to have with a spoon that is absolutely yummy.

If you use frozen banana you'll have a fresher and even creamier smoothie however you can use a regular banana and it will work just fine. If you want it for breakfast you can leave it done the night before and keep it in the fridge.
Just ad the toppings before you eat it and... done!

Blue white porcelain bowl with orange papaa smoothie, flowers in backgroud, light blue linen table cloth




PAPAYA, CARROT AND YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL

INGREDIENTS (Makes 2 large bowls)

  • 1/4 papaya peeled and seedless
  • 1 carrot, peeled 
  • 2 yogurts (soy, coconut, cashew nut or other)
  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 2 cm of fresh turmeric, grated
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds 
  • 1 Tbsp maca powder 
  • 1 Tbsp tahini or almond butter 
  • 1 handful almonds 
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, grated 
  • 3 dates, pitted 
  • Some rice, almond or other milk 
  • Toppings: papaya, blueberries, coconut chips, açaí powder, purple corn powder, turmeric powder...
CENITAL VIEW, WHITE BLUE PORCELAIN BOWL WITH ORANGE CREAMY PAPAYA SMOOTHIE, LIGHT BLUE LINEN TABLE CLOTH, COCONUT CHIPS

ELABORATION

  1. Put in your blender or food processor: the carrot, banana, the almonds, dates and a splash of milk and blend at high speed until you get a thin purée.
  2. Then ad the rest of ingredients and blend until you get a creamy and unctuous texture.
  3. If you prefer a less dense texture, just add some more milk and blend again.
  4. Keep in the fridge or have right away.
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