Watermelon and strawberry drink

Cooling and refreshing drink made with watermelon and strawberries.

I was six years old when my father took me on vacation to the Philippines for the first time and I was in watermelon heaven. Watermelon was not a common fruit in Norway in the seventies, even in season they were not in abundance. I can remember enjoying red watermelons and yellow watermelons, sitting outside in the sun with half a watermelon and a spoon or with a big tall glass with a watermelon drink.

There is a technique to find a nice ripe watermelon, my dad knew how, but I miss most of the time. When I unfortunately get a pinkish and not so tasty watermelon I usually make it drinkable or use it in salads. The watermelon as a refreshment has been so sacred that it is mostly eaten or drunk pure. But this watermelon was so pink that I thought it would look a little bland, so I added a little strawberries to make it a little brighter. I was a little skeptical trying this because I have not been very fond of watermelon blended with anything else, the flavour of the watermelon tends to be overpowered. To my surprise this was really good.

I used:

3 parts watermelon
1 part strawberries
1 part water
Sugar or some other sweetener
Mint for garnish.

Whizz everything in a blender, sweeten to taste and cool it in the fridge or serve it right away with some ice cubes.

Refreshing Icetea

Ice tea

I got inspired to make iced tea after my little trip to Flanders last week, most of the restaurants and cafés served iced tea.

Iced tea is a grateful and cheap drink to make, you can make buckets of eat for a low cost. You need some tea bags and maybe a few other ingredients to garnish or to enhance the flavour, but most important of all loads of ice.

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Tzatziki

Tzatziki a classic Greek appetizer or meze made from thick strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh dill. It’s super simple to make and it goes well as a dip with vegetables, chips and different dishes.

½ a large cucumber, unpeeled

1½ cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt

2 large garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

Grate the cucumber, sprinkle it with salt, then place the shreds in a fine mesh strainer and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Let stand for at least 10 minutes to drain any remaining water. Squeeze once more to drain.

Mix cucumbewith the rest of the ingredients and let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving.

Strawberries and cream

Nothing says summer like this simple dessert with plump heart shaped berries with a decadent helping of cream.

I found these sun-ripened  red goodnesses at grocery store and they turned out to be locally grown at a farm not far from where I live.

I do not know what kind of strawberries these were and with all the different hybrids on the market these days I have lost track of what kind is supposedly the best.

Theseberries though brought back memories of carefree childhood and sunshine, picking strawberries out on a field and popping one or more in your mouth even though you were not suposed to. I do not know if you can do that anymore, pick strawberries for your own use.

The berries were red, sweet and succulent. The taste reminded me of the oldfashioned strawberries that you still can get a few places, the kind that does not fare well with water because a few droplet make them spoil.

Easy recipe for this dessert.

Delicious sun-ripened strawberries

cream

sun

good mood

If the strawberries go get is not sweet, you can sprinkle sugar / powdered sugaron them.

Clean the berries and put them in a serving bowl

Add cream.

Enjoy them with friends and family to make new memories.

 

Chicken bbq Filipino style

Barbequed meat on skewers are a very popular street food in the Philippines, and is very similar to the Indonesian Satay. It is usually made with chicken or pork which is then grilled in a slightly sweet sauce on skewers.

800 g Chicken meat
1 dl soy sauce
1 dl banana ketchup, Recipe HERE
I dl Sprite, 7 up or ginger alc
1 lemon, juice
3 tbsp palm sugar or regular sugar

 8 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
Combine soy sauce, banana ketchup, Sprite, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, ginger, and salt pepper, in a bowl.
Cut the chicken into strips and put the strips in the bowl with tthe marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Light a grill. Thread chicken onto skewers, reserving marinade, and brush with oil.

Grill, turning as needed and brush with the reserved marinade until charred and cooked, about 12 minutes.

Serve this with extra banana ketchup, rice and an egg and tomato salad.

Tomato salad recipe HERE

Just arrived Ile de Re

This summer we wanted to go somewhere different than our usual vacation in the south of France. We rented a house on Ile de Ré an island right off the coast of La Rochelle. When you have a big family like I have it is best to just rent a big house, so we got one with a guest house, a swimming pool and the most important part wi-fi:D As soon as we arrived MiniMe jumped into the pool while the older children settled in the guest house.

Some drove down a head and some of us got to fly down, Because of different activities not everybody could stay as long, but I plan to enjoy myself anyway.

But first order of things  and before we could do anything, we had to go and buy  swim wear for MiniMe, that we had promised. So of she went with her dad and came back proudly carrying this white paper bag.  She got to choose the swim wear herself and is now a proud owner of a

“Bullikini”, a bit difficult to pronounce bikini at the moment:D