Virgin Sangrita

Bobby Flay’s Sangrita had tequila in it, but I made a virgin version of it. It has just about all the tastes in it — it’s spicy, tangy, salty and sweet. I made just 2 servings, both for me. I was hoping to drink the second glass later, but my 2 year old really liked it and drank more than half from the second glass. The recipe calls for tomato juice, but I didn’t want to buy a whole bottle just for ½cup in this recipe. So I made my own tomato juice using tomato paste. This juice tastes much…

Apple-Orange Mocktail

Blogging Marathon# 41: Week 4/ Day 3 Theme: BM Pair (Sujatha Ram) Dish: Apple-Orange Mocktail For the final day of this month’s marathon, I have a very simple mocktail from Sujatha’s blog. I hardly ever make juices at home, I’m just too lazy to make them. Because it takes quite a bit of effort to make these juices and takes mere seconds to finish them. Sigh!! Its better for everyone to just eat their fruits than drink them. This is totally my personal opinion, no offense meant to anyone.

Banana Nutella Milkshake

Blogging Marathon# 41: Week 1/ Day 3 Theme: Summer Specials Dish: Banana Nutella Milkshake For the 3rd and final day of BM# 41, I have a very simple and delicious kid friendly drink. It is calorie rich, and hence should be taken occasionally. Both my kids loved this creamy drink.As I was thinking about this post’s introduction, I was lost for a little bit since there is not much to write about the milkshake itself, apart from the fact that it is super simple to make and tastes amazing. So instead of me writing about something, I thought why not…

Raspberry Lemonade

Here’s another refreshing Summer drink that can be made ahead of time and can be served any time you have a craving for something cold and sweet. I was looking for a recipe to use up some raspberries I had in the fridge and found this Fresh Raspberry Syrup Soda recipe @ Savvy Eat. I made the syrup as per the recipe, but when I made the soda with just the syrup it tasted too sweet and one dimensional. Then I added some lemon juice and voila it was instant hit with everyone. Adjust the quantity of sugar as per…

Strawberry Pink Lemonade

Summer is officially here in our neck of woods. Even though there has been more rain in the forecast than real sunny days, we are enjoying this time of the year to the maximum extent. This past weekend has been great, got to meet and spend time with some very good friends — lots of yummy food and relaxed time. So if you are planning to entertain this summer, I have a great drink recipe that is sure to be a it at your next backyard/ BBQ party. It’s super refreshing and can be made ahead of time. Recipe from…

Banana Nutella Nut Milkshake

I wrote about my son’s love for chocolate a lot of times. His mom is obsessed with everything related to cooking and eating and he is obsessed with everything chocolate. The other day when he had to pick between vanilla and strawberry ice creams, he told me very seriously that he doesn’t like vanilla. I couldn’t help myself from laughing out loud because I wasn’t sure if he knew why he didn’t like vanilla. My guess is he thinks he shouldn’t like vanilla because he loves chocolate 🙂 Well anyway, chocolate actually makes him eat bananas, because he eats bananas…

Mixed fruit Smoothie

Meeta of Whats for Lunch Honey invites all the foodies to her Monthly Mingle and comes up with a new theme for each month’s mingle. Theme for this month is very aptly chosen – Beat the heat. My entry is a mixed fruit smoothie that can be put together in no time. I used mango juice and strawberry puree that I already had in the refrigerator. You might have to adjust sweetness if you use fresh fruit. Notes: You can use Non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt instead of milk for a thicker & creamier smoothie.

Mango Juice Concentrate

We bought these tiny mangoes from Indian store last week. They looked like rasam mamadipandlu (mangoes with juice instead of flesh), but they ended up being regular mangoes. I am not sure if we can even get rasalu in US. Anyway I had about 25 mangoes and only 3 people to eat them (outside heat was not helping us either). I made mango pudding (which has now become our staple mango dessert) with about 6 of them. With the rest of the mangoes I made Mango juice, recipe courtesy, Mom. Years ago, my mom along with 2 of her best…