Sunday, 29 May 2011

Tropical Tornado Mocktail

A tornado of tropical flavours bursting to cool and refresh your palate and quench your thirst.


1 pineapple
100ml coconut water
Ice cubes
1 small lime
Lime and pinepapple slices for garnish.


1. Peel the pineapple and cut into chunks (Reserve some for garnish)
2. Cut a thin slice from the  lime and reserve it for garnish. Squeeze the juice from the lime.
3. In a juicer add the pineapple chunks and extract the juice.
4. In a jug add the pineapple juice, lime juice and mix.
5. In a tall glasses add ice cubes and pour the pineapple juice to approx 3/4 full
6. Top the pineapple juice with the coconut water.

7. Garnish  with lime slice and pineapple slices.

Serve immediately.

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Citrus Cooler

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Citrus Cooler

Refreshing aroma of limes  give this mocktail a wonderful Citrus flavour, that is cooling and delectable.


2 limes
30 ml Lime cordial
Ice Cubes

For decoration:
Lime Zest


1. Peel the lime using a vegetable peeler and reserve the peel.Cut the limes in half and squeeze the juice. Strain to remove any pips and flesh.
2. In a tall glasses add the lime juice, lime cordial and ice cubes.
3. Top up with the chilled lemonade.
4. Twist the lime peel and use it to garnish the mocktails.
5. Serve immediately.

You may like:

Fruit Burst mocktail

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Apple and Beet Mocktail

Rich ruby red colour , vibrant and deep, this combination of apple and beetroot flavours are simply refreshing .


6  braeburn apples
1 small  beetroot

For decoration:

1 lime and some sugar


1. Core the apples and cut them into quarters.
2. Peel the beetroot and cut into quarters.
3. In a juicer add the apples and beetroot and extract the juice.
4. Strain the juice through a muslin cloth and chill.
5. Cut the lime in half and rub the lime juice around the rim of a wide cocktail glass.
6. Dip the glass in the sugar to coat the rim of the glass with sugar.
7. Pour the chilled juice  in to the prepared cocktail glasses and serve immediately.

You may like:
Fruit Burst mocktail

Submitting to:

Coolers and mocktail event by Pari guest hosted by simplyfood

Monday, 16 May 2011

Fruit Burst Mocktail

A refreshing burst of fruit flavours to tickle and tantalise your tastebuds.


1 peach
1 braeburn apple
8 green seedless grapes
2 oranges
2 red plums
1 tablespoon lime juice
Ice Cubes


1. Remove the stone from the peach and discard , cut the peaach into chunks.
2. Core the apple and cut into chunks.
3. Peel the oranges, remove seeds and pith and cut into chunks.
4. Remove the stone and cut the plum into chunks.
5. In a fruit juicer add all the fruit  and juice it.Add the lime juice.
6.Crush the ice and add it to tall chilled glasses.
7.Pour the tropical burst juice on top of the ice and garnish with lime slice.

Serve immediately.

You may like:
Strawberry and melon smoothie.

Submitting to:
Coolers and Mocktail event by Pari guested hosted by

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Real Food Festival Visit.

My visit to the Real Food Festival was amazing. There were over 400 of Britain’s best food producers exhibiting their produce. The numerous stalls were made up of organic fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, cheeses, homemade chutneys, pickles and mouth water stalls offering home made pies and pasties. There was an opportunity to watch demonstrations from celebrity chefs, try hands on experience at bread making, attend cheese making workshops and even make your own teabag amongst other things. There was even a chance to have a close encounter with the sheep and chickens.

There were glorious creamy and rich home made ice creams and yoghurts and sorbets made from fresh buffalo milk and vegan products too. Flavours like passion fruit and mango, butterscotch and caramel, toffee fudge and clotted cream ice cream were just a few to name. All teased and tickled my palate as I was spoilt for choice as to what to sample.

On display were freshly baked breads of all sizes styles and flavours, a wonderful treat to the eyes. Of course there was an array of fresh made organic cheeses of wonderful combination of flavours to compliment the tasty bread. .

I particularly liked the Organic home made chocolate and I had my first taste of chilli chocolate which was really beyond my expectation of what I had imagined it to taste like.

The choice of wonderful aromatic oils was superb.Each having its own aroma  and  fragrance.

There were cupcakes galore each one beautifully hand decorated to perfection, vibrant, and colourful and each exquisite in its own way both in flavour and decoration.

Buns, cakes not forgetting the macaroons were temptingly delicious and were shouting at me to sampled .

I particularly liked sampling all the multinational cuisines from India, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy and Portugal especially the array of fiery, red and piquant chilli sauces which blew your head off with the heat but were amazing.

 Home brewed Beers and wines were next to be sampled and I must say being a tea totallers I did not sample any although judging by the buzz around these stalls I can definitely say they must have been awesome.

Next was the fantastic chilled fruit juices made using organic fruits I sampled. There is nothing that beats the taste of additive free juices that taste natural sweet and refreshing. I was amazed at the unusual combinations such as apple and beetroot and pear with ginger.  I definitely added them to my shopping basket.

With so much processed foods, genetically modified produce and foods that are saturating our supermarket shelves.It is wonderful to know that there are still  sustainably and ethically home produced organic foods  still available to purchase. Its all thanks to festivals like this and farmers markets that help to bring these natural foods to us.

Four hours later, laden with purchases, happy, and relaxed I finally made my way home tired but exited that I had visited the Real Food Festival. I certainly can't wait to return to it again Next Year.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Strawberry and Melon Smoothie

Luscious Strawberries, sweet honeydew melon combined with crushed ice cubes and a hint of mint makes this refreshing smoothie simply delectable healthy and irresistable.


240 grams strawberries
240 grams sweet honey dew melon
2 mint leaves
6 ice cubes


1. Peel and dice the melon and place in a blender jug.
2. Wash and hull the strawberries chop roughly and add to the blender jug.
3. Tear the  the mint leaves and add to the blender jug together  with the  ice cubes and blend  throughly.
4. Pour into tall pre chilled glasses and garnish with melon balls and strawberry.
Serve immediately.

NB- If strawberries are sharp addone teaspoon of icing sugar at the blending stage.

You may like:
Fruit Punch

Submitting to :
Coolers and Mocktails event by Pari hosted by

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Announcing Event Mocktails and Coolers with three Prizes

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

With the summer heat there is nothing better than a refreshing and cooling drink to rehydrate you and quench your thirst.This wonderful event is all about DRINKS.

Mocktails are virgin drinks ie they have no alcohol in them. Try your hand at them, use any fruits, juices, non alcoholic spritzers, sparkling water to create a mocktail. Give it a zanny name and post it on your blog.
Be creative garnish it with a simple fruit / veg garnish, shaped ice cubes, coloured suger, sugar crystalised flowers in fact any decoration that you wish.

Coolers are any thing that makes you feel cool and quenches your thirst, it can be smoothies, lassis (yoghurt drink), milkshakes, fruit or vegetable juices. Again be creative, garnish it and present it on your blog.

This event has been created by Pari Vasisht of Foodelicious and I am very excited to host this event . I would also like to share the news that Pari is offering  prizes for three entries picked at randon (Two at and  one at Foodelicious.)
Two books  by Tarla Dalal called party drinks  will be for this event and for a third prize a  book called Pure and Simple  by Vidhu Mittal ,you need to leave  your post  link  in the comments section  on Pari's Coolers and Mocktails  give away page.(Due to shipping  only Indian residents will be eligible for the prize draw.) The winner will be  announced after the event closes and notified .

Rules of The Event:

1. Any number of fresh entries can be sent but only 2 entries from the archive will be accepted. Archived entries must be reposted, else will not be accepted.
2. Only non alcoholic drinks will be accepted ( no cocktails)
3. Use of logo is mandatory as it helps spread the word.
4. The entry should be linked back to this event announcement page and Pari's Only COOLERS AND MOCKTAILS giveaway page.
5. The  two winner for the Tarla Dalal  books will be chosen by me by random. org after the round up is completed and the third book by Vidhu Mittal  will be chosen by Pari so don't forget to visit Pari's page and leave your post link to qualify.
6.Non bloggers can also participate , by sending in their recipe and image.

Pls send your entries in this format:

Your Name:
Blog Name;
Post Name:
Post URL:
Image no larger than 300 pixels

Please put in email  subject -Coolers and Mocktails Event
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