There are so many good posts that I come across, I wanted to share some with you my current finds.
This week we focus on drinks, refreshers, coolers, juices and a Chinese rice soup. Enjoy!
I use so much ginger that I have a friend who calls my place The House of Ginger. Ginger goes into everything, and I drink a lot of ginger tea. It was good then to come across a couple of ginger recipes.
- The first is from Martha Stewart that icon of home things. Her site has a recipe for home made ginger cordial. It sounds delicious. Imagine being able to have a nice gingery drink at any time of the day.
- Compare this with an Indian version of ginger cordial from Tasty Pallettes. It is a natural remedy, too, used for stomach ailments and indigestion.
- And Homemade talks about the use of ginger to combat flatulence, especially after eating dried beans. Perhaps we should send her post to bee and jai for use with their current CLICK! which is on beans. You should read their post on the side effects of such a diet! But I have sidetracked. Homemade has a recipe for Ginger Tea as well.
- Sailu’s Food has an interesting summer cooler made with dried ginger powder. Traditionally it is made in India for the Sri Rama navami festival celebrating the marriage of Rama and Sita. It combines cardamom and black pepper, but don’t be afraid. The use of black pepper in summery drinks is wonderful. We should use it more often.
Juices and Coolers
- While we are on drinks, there are a couple of juices to mention. Fresh apple juice is always wonderful, but add a beetroot and you get a cleansing and delicious morning awakener. The Gluten-Free Hippie has the instructions and a fabulous photo.
- Archana’s Culinary Adventures has a magnificent lychee and lemongrass cooler. Lychees are amazing red fruit with a clear-white fruit inside and are common in SE Asia.
Nut based Drinks
- Masala Doodh is a wonderful Indian milk drink made from nuts. Enjoy Indian Food makes one from almonds and pistachios, flavoured with cardamom. A wonderful night time drink. If you can’t find charoli at your local Indian shop, leave them out.
- Baddum Kheer is another Indian almond based milk drink with saffron. Sailu’s Food shows how to make this a milk based drink where ground almonds are cooked in milk and sugar and flavoured with saffron and cardamom.Its not-so-creamy texture,mild nutty flavor of almonds, aromatic rich flavour of saffron and cardamom make it a delicious sweet drink after a dinner party or a spicy meal. Arun Shanburg also has an almond and pistachio drink called Almond Pista Milk, very similar, and worth reading too.
- Congee is a Chinese rice porridge, soup like in nature. Nothing like our familiar oats porridge of course, but a wonderful thick mixture that is the result of cooking rice for several hours. It is very easy to make and wonderfully warming on a cold day. Appetite for China has a lovely vegetarian congee that looks so delicious.