A Month to Celebrate

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April is for me a month to celebrate; Kaia turns 11 and Axel turns 6 and my youngest baby Maya’s Ingredients turns 5!

Yes, Five years ago, my baby blog was born!!

Like any child, he needs attention, warmth and care. He kept me awake at night reading him stories. He made me wake up early answering his inquiries. He tested my photography skills and made me follow him with a camera. He became so popular that he made me famous:)

My baby blog has followers and friends from all around the world. He is established on the blogosphere and has a fine reputation.

To celebrate I prepared a giant bowl of fruit salad soaking in orange juice, just by adding a drizzle of honey and a handful of pine nuts, I made it taste like the best fruit salad ever.

No recipe directions to follow! Combine at least 4 to 5 varieties of your favorite fruits chopped. Add fresh orange juice. Drizzle some honey and decorate with raw pine nuts.

Enjoy it fresh and Happy anniversary to Maya’s Ingredients!

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Passion Fruit Lemonade

LemonadePassionFruit-BlogWhen I was living in Dubai, I never ran out of passion fruit. It used to be available all year round and at a very reasonable price. During the decade I lived in the UAE, I tried passion fruits in baking, in desserts, in juices, in smoothies and it has quickly became one of my favorite exotic fruits.

Until I moved to Lebanon, I never found nice, purple, juicy passion fruits, and if I do find in the imported fruits section, it will not be for less than 25$/per kilo!! Yesterday I got lucky with some local, organic passion fruits, smelling like heaven. Finally we started to grow them locally and the price dropped to 2$/per kilo.

I hurried home to make my most refreshing passion fruit lemonade recipe. Summer is here and it’s very hot! Freshly squeezed lemon juice and passion fruit pulp, came to my rescue in this hot climate, tasting like an exotic vacation in a martini glass.

For a lazy version, buy fresh lemonade and scoop out pulp of passion fruits inside your glass. I’m sure this soon will become a hit at your parties. Smile and cheers!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup fresh lemon juice (2 to 4 lemons)
  •  3 cups cold water
  •  ½ cup sugar
  • 6 passion fruits, cut in two

Preparation

In a jug, combine water and lemon juice and stir in sugar until dissolved. Scoop out pulp of the passion fruits with a teaspoon and stir it in. Add ice cubes if desired and serve.

Banoffee MilkShake

My baby girl is also a foodie and loves playing “restaurant” insisting on serving me real food that she can prepare alone. A Banoffee Shake is a gem on Kaia’s list, because she knows I love bananas and (almost) doesn’t require any of my assistance to make it.

It’s simple, sweet and refreshing! Cheers:)

Kids and Family Version

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 250ml / 1 cup milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla fudge or caramel ice cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • Grated chocolate and banana slices, to decorate

Preparation

1-    Place in the blender bananas, milk, ice cream and lemon juice.

2-    Process for 30 seconds or until smooth.

3-    Sweeten with honey if desired.

4-    Pour into glasses and decorate with grated chocolate and banana slices.

Alcoholic Version

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 250ml / 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp banana liquor
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Grated chocolate and banana slices, to decorate

Preparation

1-    Place in the blender bananas, yogurt, ice cubes, sugar, liquor and lemon juice.

2-    Process until smooth and creamy.

3-    Pour into glasses and decorate with grated chocolate and banana slices.

P.S. The riper the fruit is, the sweeter the taste.