Green Fruity Salad

I went home to Kolkata for nearly 6 weeks to celebrate the rice ceremony of my cute baby niece and then went on vacation immediately after. After devouring the yum-yum mum cooked food at home and then cheesy pizzas and the uncountable cremalicious gelatos in Italy (or should I say, Eataly), I am back home in Singapore, tanned and with few extra kilos here and there!

And also back to blogging and to healthy eating. For lunch today I whipped up this ridiculously simple but gorgeous looking fruit salad which is crunchy, juicy, zesty and anything but bland. Read on at: http://rheawrites.com/

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Festive Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Last week, at my friend’s place I tasted ‘Tea Sangria’ and since then I have been meaning to recreate it for my family and also for the blog. Finally got some time to do it! So here it is, a Sangria which the kiddos can enjoy too! The ruby red drink is refreshing and packed with so much citrusy flavours!

A quick trip to the supermarket later, I made the three super easy  thirst quenchers, which are not only gorgeous to look at but delicious to the taste buds too!

 

Tea Sangria with strawberries and oranges

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Things I needed:

Few strawberries, crushed and strained

1/3 cup of sugar

1 1/2 cups of water

1 black tea bag

1 cup of cranberry juice

Round slices of lemon and orange

1 cup of fizzy orange drink

Few strawberries cut into small pieces

I had to boil the sugar and water for sometime before adding the tea bag and steeping it for a while. I let the mixture cool slightly, and then added the pureed strawberries.

Transferring to a bigger jug, I added rest of the ingredients into the mixture, like the cranberry juice, lemon and orange slices and fresh cut strawberries and chilled it for few hours in the fridge.

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Before serving into glasses, I added the fizzy orange canned drink, to make it perfect for the evening tête-à-tête with Hubby Dearest, once he was back from work.

 

Zesty Ginger Punch

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I can look at that smooth coral colour for hours! But be warned: soothing colours can be deceptive! This drink is a bomb in the mouth – the gingery and citrusy flavours just explode, but leave behind the sweetness of the pineapple as an after-taste. Hmmm… Yummmm!

Things I needed:

1 1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoon Ginger-peeled and chopped

1 cup Pineapple juice

1/2 cup Cranberry juice

1 cup ginger ale

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I brought the water to a boil with the sugar, added the chopped ginger bits. I let it simmer for 10 minutes.

I strained and  let the mixture cool down before pouring into a jug along with the rest of the ingredients.

I chilled the drink before serving.

Yes! It’s thats easy!

 

Cranberry Mojito

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A twist to the classic! Virgin style, of course! It has the sweetness of the cranberries, tartness of the lime and freshness of the mint leaves….. what are we waiting for!

The things I needed:

250 ml Lime juice

250 ml Cranberry Juice

a bunch of mint leaves

Lemon quartered and round slices for garnishing

I used the handy mortar and pestle to pound the mint leaves and lemon pieces to get the juice out. In a jug, put the freshly crushed lemon-mint with the Cranberry and Lime Juice, the mocktail is ready to be savoured. Served best with some crushed ice, but I had used ice cubes instead.

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Weekend is here and the festive season is just round the corner – these drinks will surely be loved by friends and family in your parties. Do give them a try and let me know the reactions in the comments below.

Till then,

Keep hydrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Salad

I love Salmon – wild, fresh, frozen, raw or in any other form. It is easy to grill or bake in a foil – so it works well if I am in a hurry and want to whip up a simple dish within minutes!

Today I am sharing one of my favourite comfort meal recipes which is not only healthy but delectable too.

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All I needed to make this warm hearty salad are:

2 Salmon fillets

5-6 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce

2 small packets of egg noodles

2 tsp canola/olive oil

2 tsp rice vinegar

Thinly sliced carrots, onions, green peppers, spring onions

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

Salt and pepper

Lime wedges, to serve.

This recipe is good for two people.

I rubbed the heathy cuts of salmon with a good amount of teriyaki sauce, sprinkled some pepper and let it sit for a while. The sauce lends a sweet and savoury taste to the flavourful fillets and makes me go “Mmmm” every time.

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I cooked the noodles (followed the instructions on the back of the packet) for about 4 minutes and transferred it into a bowl.

Ok! Time to stir-fry the veggies in a wok with some oil. After a couple of minutes of tossing the colourful vegetables, I added them to the noodles with 2 teaspoons of vinegar, some salt and pepper.

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Time to grill “the star of the dish”. I put a little (2tbsp) oil in the non-stick grill pan and cooked the fillets for about 5-6 minutes with the sauce (depending on the thickness). It is always tricky to cook fish because of the fear of getting them over or under cooked, so its always best to go “Low and Slow” – low flame for a longer time.

Now comes the fun part! Putting together all the items to make the dish come alive… Plating is something I have started enjoying recently and realised that it can be an effective appetizer – because surely we eat with our eyes first!

As a finishing touch I put some shredded spring onions on top to make the dish pop! A small trick to make them curl is to soak in ice water and refrigerate for some time. Pat the curled shreds dry before serving.

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The salmon in the dish can be easily substituted with any fish fillets available or with chicken too.

Hope this post solves those pesky weekday dinner dilemmas!

Till then,

xo

 

Minty Watermelon Cooler

I hear summer and I think of watermelons! Red, juicy and cold watermelon pieces by the pool! Oh the dream!

Although where I live it is summer all the year round (ugh! how much I miss the seasons!), so I can very well do with a glass of the cool drink almost everyday after running errands in the heat and sweat!

I keep trying out easy fun recipes which can be made in a jiffy and with the things readily available, so here I am sharing a super easy Watermelon Quencher, which is not only very refreshing but also one of the prettiest pink drink I have seen!

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It is an exciting spin on our favourite summer lemonade, which will be a great hit for summer parties, barbecues, or even when relaxing in pyjamas with Netflix on.

Things I needed to make this tangy, sweet and minty punch:

  • 2 cups of watermelon pieces
  • 1 cup pineapple pieces
  • few sprigs of mint leaves
  • 1 lime (add more depending on the tartness)
  • sugar syrup – optional (sugar content will be as per your liking and also how sweet the fruits are)
  • Lots of ice!

Gave all the ingredients a good churn in the blender for a minute. Strained the drink (optional).

The proportion is good to serve one and one’s bestie.

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Before straining- it’s loaded with fibre

 

The coolest thing about this drink is it can be varied in so many ways: add booze of your choice for the weekends and the parties, pineapples can easily be substituted with kiwis, grapefruits, ginger – or whatever is available in the fridge, sparkling water can be added for fizz.

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Do we see a budding photographer?!