Monthly Archives: July 2012

Quick’n’easy summer lemonade.

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Are you boiling too?? That’s what I love to have on those hot days.. Just squeeze 1-2 lemons in a jug, add water, ice cubes and some agave syrup to sweeten to taste. Add fresh mint or slices of lemon if you can get organic ones. Hmmm….

summer lemonade

All you need:

  • 1 nice water jug (makes you drink more all day 😉
  • 1-2 nice lemons (preferably organic)
  • some agave syrup (to taste)
  • fresh mint sprigs
  • slices of lemon (if organic only)
  • ice cubes
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All in one BBQ salad with quinoa & grilled veggies

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Summer time is BBQ time and if you’re lucky like us you have a lovely circle of friends who all love food and whenever we get together it’s a big feast with plenty of stuff as we’re always scared we don’t have enough 😉 It’s always fun, pleasure and joy.. the only thing which often happens and I really don’t like it is that we often have plenty of left overs and I just hate to throw away food. It hurts me, especially knowing how much food is thrown away in times of huge hunger crisis in the world where people are not as well off as we are. That’s why I always try to make something out of left overs. Like yesterday when we had plenty of lovely Austrian sausages, grilled marrows and peppers as well as corn on the cob which hasn’t been eaten.

So what to do with it? After a long weekend of beaching, drinking and BBQs I was dying for a lazy evening at home tonight and I felt like something healthy. On the other side what to do with all that stuff? So I came up with a compromise solution: why not make a yummy salad with quinoa and some fresh greens as well as using my grilled veggies, the corn and small pieces of grilled sausages? Well, that’s the result and I must say it came out really nice 😀 I call it the All in one BBQ salad.

All in one BBQ salad

All you need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa (I took white and red half, half)
  • BBQ left overs: I had grilled marrows, peppers, corn on the cob and some Austrian sausages
  • Green salad & tomatoes
  • Olive oil, lemon, fresh garlic, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, fresh pepper, fresh parsley

What to do:

Cook quinoa according to instructions (mine was 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups of water for 20min). In the meantime prepare the green salad, tomatoes, mix a dressing consisting of olive oil, salt, pepper, a tea spoon of mustard, a hint of agave sirup and a  little water. Chop grilled veggies and heat up a griddle pan. When the quinoa is ready add a squeeze of lemon, salt, the chopped veg and the corn. Add fresh minced parsley and mix carefully. Fry the sausages shortly on high temperature and cut them into bite sized pieces . Prepare the plates with a circle of salad, drizzle with the dressing, put the quinoa veggie mix in the middle and add the

Welcome back with a cool & refreshing melon soup!

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Summer is full on here in Malta and it hits me with guilt that I haven’t been writing for 1,5 month. Sorry for that! I’m sure you know these times when things are going crazy with work and private stuff and without knowing time is just flying like a jumbo jet and suddenly 6 weeks have passed. Well, this is what happened to me.

Also, I have to confess, the recent heat here in Malta makes my culinary desire a bit weaker. It’s just too hot to stay at home and experiment in the kitchen and find the pleasure in reading recipes, coming up with new ideas or sitting in front of the laptop for some blogging. All you want to do is finish work and jump in the water.

HOWEVER, it’s time and finally there’s a new dish I just tried out two days ago which I would like to share with you! It’s a cold melon soup, based on a recipe which I found on yummly.com and changed a bit to my own taste. It’s a super quick, very refreshing and unusual taste.

cold melon soup with ginger & lemon pepper

All you need:

  • 1 honeydew melon (I’m sure also sugar melon is fine)
  • coconut milk (not the thick one from the cans but the one which comes in a milk carton)
  • 1 lemon
  • bit of ginger (depending on taste)
  • salt
  • lemon pepper

What to do:

Peel and chop melon, get rid of all seeds, squeeze juice of a lemon, finely chop the peeled ginger and throw everything in a food processor. (If you have different attachments use the one which you normally take for making smoothies. ) Add salt depending on taste, some lemon pepper , whizz and taste how you like it. When ready put it in nice glasses and serve it as a light and cooling dinner with some oat crackers or as a starter of a light menu.

What’s your favorite cold soup? Let’s share for inspiration!