Category Archives: Beverages
Food in the future……………………My fellow bloggers, I would love to share you what we did in our 2012 Christmas Party in our Church. There is a competition were every group needs to design and create a futuristic dinner booth. And I am very happy to tell you guys that we won the first prize. Yes, the overall champion booth. Who knows this might be the start of a new generation that food in the future might come into a capsule. A flavored capsule which you can choose a wide variety of viand such as roast meats, vegetables, dessert, soups and etc. What you think?………..The lovely tomato flower curving was made by my wife!!!!!
Ingredients and preparation:
Lots of love and team efforts!
Refreshing Melon Drink
Melon…..When the season of this fruit begun, expect a melon drink everyday in our place. You can see on the picture above, there is no chance of clear photo shot of the melon as it is already been drinked by my ever lovely daughter. In a span of two seconds, the melon drink is almost half of it. Another truly refreshing drink brought to you by my wife. Everytime my wife drink this stuff, she will always says ” I feel refresh”. Must try!!! It’s the best drink to beat the heat this summer and also a great alternative to softdrinks and other sodas…………………………..Did you know that most melons are loaded with B vitamins. B vitamins are responsible for a lot of your body’s energy production (they are necessary for the body to process sugars and carbs). Hence, eating melons can give you substantial energy. Due to their high water content and combination with potassium (a mineral that helps control blood pressure), melons are helpful in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
Ingredients: Serves a 2 litre pitcher
- 1 medium-sized melon
- sugar syrup (1 cup white sugar dissolved in 1 cup hot water.)
- 2 liters of cold water
- cube of Ice
- Just grate the melon meat and remove seeds
- Transfer into a serving pitcher and stir with sugar syrup
Coffee – Flat White
Here in New Zealand, A meal will not be finished without having a great cup of coffee or tea. So to finish our 7 course dinner, I offered our guest a wide range of beverages. From coffee, tea, red wine and sparkling wines, juices and cold waters. The picture I shown above is not made here in our house. I havent bought an espresso machine. I made it in my work place. Yes, Before I became a chef, I am a former barista. I am really proud of my coffee skills, It might not be the best in the world but I consider it as one of the greatest coffee since I will be serving this to my family and friends. The love and passion is what matters most. ………………Thank you for tuning in to our 7 course meal. Hope you had fun!!!!
- Bunch of smile!!!
- Do it with your utmost love and passion!!!
Red Gulaman Drink
Red gulaman…………Another refreshing drink to beat the heat this summer here in Auckland. Instead of drinking softdrinks or other soda beverages, I highly recommend this red gulaman drink. This will be our base drink as you can add fruit juices you may like such as orange squeeze, lemon juice, apple slices or even grapes and strawberries. Depending on your imagination, you can serve it in a fruit punch bowl if you place every fruit I have mention above. It is up to you, I like my gulaman plain and my wife loves with fruit………………….Did you know that a jelly or gelatin contains lysine, an amino acid that is important for muscle growth. It would seem, then, that eating gelatin would help growing muscles, especially for athletes and those who want a more muscular build. Gelatin also contains another amino acid, arginine, which is supposed to help the body’s metabolism. A stronger metabolism means more calories are getting burned, so it’s not impossible eating some gelatin could help you lose weight. Believe it or not? It’s up to you again………..
Ingredients: makes 1 fruit punch bowl or 4 litres drink
- 4 bars of red gulaman dissolves in 3 cups water or 4 pouches gelatin powder dissolves as per instruction of label
- 1/2 cup brown sugar boiled in 1 cup water.
- lots of ice
- fruits – grapes, apples, oranges and etc – optional
- 1 litre water
- In a sauce pan, boil water and place gulaman bars or powder as per instructions. then transfer into a wide container or pyrex, let it cool then slice into small cube. Then transfer into a punch bowl.
- In a small sauce pan, boil 1 cup water and brown sugar until totally sugar is dissolve. set aside and let it cool. then transfer into the fruit punch bowl
- slice some fruits and pour into punch bowl add water and ice
- serve cold.
Avocado Shake – A refreshing drink to beat the heat this summer………….This is one of our favourite smoothie drink especially this summer season. Sometimes we also do this as an avocado icecream. Here in NZ, Kiwi’s usually have it as a sandwich spread to their toast or even a side dish to their meal. So it’s really amazing, Avocado is one fruit that can be used in almost every kind of recipe, from sandwiches, to your meal and even to your drink and dessert………………….Did you know that avocado is considered as the world’s healthiest fruit, because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and reasonable calories in it. Avocado is also a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart diseases or stroke………
Ingredients: makes 4 glasses
- 2 ripe avocado
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 500 ml of crushed ice
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 1 cup milk
- In a blender, pour all ingredients together and blend until smooth.
- Serve in a chilled glass.
- Smile and enjoy!!!
Smoothies -Apple, Orange and Pineapple
This was made by my daughter. It’s a very healthy drink made of apple, pineapple and orange, all freshly blend with ice and a little sugar syrup..That’s her on the back ground, I couldnt’ take a solo photo of the drink, she’s always there!!!! It is a very refreshing drink especially during summer!!!……….Did you know that apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They are a good source of potassium. Apples are a rich source of the flavanoid quercetin. Flavanoids found in apples and other fruit and vegetables are known for their antioxidant activity, antioxidants neutralize free radicals which cause cell damage.
Ingredients: good for 2 -3 glasses of smoothies
- 1 red apple (sliced and seed removed)
- 1 fresh orange (peeled and seed removed)
- 1/2 of fresh pineapple (slice)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 2 tbsp white sugar dissolve in 1/2 cup water
- In a blender, Pour everthing and blend it.