STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

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Summer has arrived in Doha and unlike most of the world this is not necessarily a great thing. Whenever you step outside you feel like you have walked in to an oven (i’m seriously not kidding). While most of the world is enjoy picnics, drinks and lounging in the great outdoors here in Doha your counting down the minutes until your back in the cooling arms of an Air Conditioned car, shopping mall, restaurant or house. During these hot moments I have been finding myself craving a refreshing summery drink and in my search for the perfect one I head to my favorite place for inspiration PINTEREST. I have found so many that I am dying to try and eventually share with you. Strawberry Lemonade is the first I have tried and so far it has ticked all the boxes for me, it’s sweet but tangy at the same time, fruity, refreshing, easy to make and delicious. I will definitely be making it again and I suggest you start making this ASAP because you won’t regret it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb/450g-500g of Strawberries, Washed and cut in to small pieces
  • 6 Lemons, Juiced and set aside
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Cup of sugar (you can alter this depending on taste)
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • Ice (to serve)

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METHOD

1. Zest your lemon and set aside, then juice your 6 lemons and set this aside to.

2. Chop up all your strawberries and place them in a small saucepan with your sugar, 1 cup of water and the lemon zest.

3. Stirring constantly, cook on a medium/high heat until it starts to boil, then remove from the stove.

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4. If you want your strawberries to be a smoother consistency with not many chunks of strawberries I would suggest blending the mixture with a hand held blender; this is what I done.

5. Pour the strawberry mixture in to a pitcher, add 5 cups of water and the lemon juice. Stir until combined. Taste and add more sugar, water or lemon juice if needed.

6. Cool in the fridge and serve with ice.

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TIPS

  • I had too much strawberry lemonade to fit comfortable in to my pitcher so I turned the leftover strawberry lemonade in to ice lollies and they tasted just as fab.
  • If you want a naughty version of this drink try adding some vodka 😛

Recipe Taken From: Pinterest  – http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2014/05/rainforest-cafe-copycat-strawberry-lemonade.html

 

BLACKBERRY SMOOTHIE

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As blackberries are in season at the moment I decided to make a delicious smoothie with these shiny black berries.  This is the perfect smoothie if you want to try spinach or kale out but are unsure about the yucky green colour it can give, the blackberries give a lovely deep purple colour to the smoothie so that means you can’t see the green colour from the spinach and kale.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 100g of blackberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Handful of Spinach
  • 100ml of Coconut milk (soya, almond or any other milk will do)
  • Handful of strawberries

METHOD

  1. Throw everything in your blender and mix. Add some ice cubes and blend again for extra coolness.
  2. Serve in a glass and enjoy.

 

 

RASPBERRY AND MINT ICED TEA

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This iced tea is something different from the normal lemon or peach iced tea you get in the stores. I actually found this recipe in one of my favourite food magazines in the UK called Good To Know. This recipe was really easy and deliciously refreshing and fruity during the hot summer days we have been getting. It also uses some wonderful ingredients that are currently in season at the moment; Raspberry and Mint, I also used some Strawberries which are also in season, as I didn’t have enough raspberries to make this.

INGREDIENTS 

 

  • 500g (1lb) raspberries (I used 250g of Raspberries and 250g of Strawberries)
  • 75g (2½oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 sprigs of mint (about 12 mint leaves), chopped
  • Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tea bag (any black tea)
  • Half a lemon, sliced

METHOD

  1. Crush the raspberries, strawberries and granulated sugar in a large bowl, using a potato masher. Add the chopped mint and the bicarbonate of soda then set aside.
  2. Pour ½ litre (16fl oz) boiling water over the tea bag and leave for 4-5 mins. Remove the tea bag and discard it. Pour the hot tea over the crushed raspberries. Stir and leave to cool for 1 hour.
  3. Strain the mixture through muslin and into a sieve to make about 600ml (1 pint) of liquid then add 300ml (½ pint) cold water. Serve over ice and with lemon slices and a sprig of mint.
  4. I also added some large pieces of frozen berries instead of ice cubes.

SOURCE: Good To Know July 2014 Magazine

 

STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIES

It’s been a while since I wrote my review on the Breville Blend Active and in the post I stated that I would post my fave smoothie recipes of the moment and I haven’t really stuck to this. I am still loving the Blend Active and it’s became a big part of my daily routine and its for this reason I haven’t really posted any smoothie recipes, it’s become an automatic thing for me to head to my Blend Active and whip up a smoothie, it’s not until i’m sitting enjoying the fruity goodness that I think damn I should have posted this on my blog.

So I have not one but two smoothie recipes for you today and in each recipe the main ingredient is Strawberries.

 APPLE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 large handfuls of Strawberries
  • 100ml of Apple Juice
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds

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METHOD

  1. Put the Chia seeds in a small glass and cover with water, leave to sit until the seeds and water combine together to form a jelly consistency.
  2. While the seeds are sitting roughly chop up your fruit and add them to your smoothie maker, along with the apple juice.
  3. Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
  4. Finally add the chia seeds and blend one more time.
  5. Pour in to a serving glass or leave in your smoothie cup and enjoy.

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STRAWBERRY GREEN SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Handfuls of Strawberries
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 150ml of Coconut milk (not the thick stuff you get in a can)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds

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METHOD

  1. Follow the same method as above.
  2. Please ignore the yucky green colour the smoothie has, it really does taste delicious and it’s so good for you, if it helps just close your eyes and drink.

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Hope you enjoy these smoothies and I promise I wont leave it so long next time. I am already in the process of thinking up some new smoothies for next weeks post.