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Yep, that’s a healthy green smoothie?

I realize things like these are rather scarce over here, at this little place of mine.

But before you start wondering whether I’ve overcome a head injury recently, let me explain what’s going on…

 

I made this smoothie yesterday. That allowed me to tick off my first New Year’s resolution – to bring a little more health into my life.

Then I did three (3) sit-ups.

I was feeling amazing.

A new person was born.

 

Today I made a batch of cookies and had two glasses of wine.

So everything is back to normal.

The new person has grown up rather quickly, it seems.

 

Still I wonder what made me feel better, the alkalizing smoothie or the lovely wine.

Need to think it all through.

 

Here’s what you need to prepare this healthy beverage.

 

1. Pour the juice into the blender.

 

2. Add the lemon juice.

Minus the seeds.

 

3. Grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves.

They have rather mild flavor so they won’t affect the final taste of your drink substantially.

 

4. And throw them into the blender.

 

5. Peel the fresh ginger and grate it finely.

 

Fresh ginger is beyond healthy but very flavorful.

A little goes a long way.

We need just about 1/4 teaspoon.

 

6. And into the blender it goes as well.

 

7. Blend till liquefied and green.

 

This super detox smoothie is great for alkalizing your system. It is refreshing and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes.

And when you drink it, you’ll feel like a new person.

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This recipe was loosely adapted from pattycake.ca.)

 

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I love it when fall strikes and days get colder.

The reason why I love this time of year so much might have something to do with the fact that I suddenly have all the good reasons to indulge myself with sweet mulled wine or hot chocolate.

The best hot beverages ever!

Oh, how I love them!

They are true soul soothers!

 

The following recipe is just delicious.

The taste vastly depends on the kind of chocolate you use. So get the one you really like.

Also, there are different types of chocolate when it comes to its fat content. So remember – the higher the fat content, the more creamy and rich your hot chocolate will be.

So let’s experiment!
 
 

These are the ingredients you will need.

Just this few.
 
 

1. To prepare your own soothing drink, first break the chocolate into smaller chunks.

 

2. Place the chocolate chunks into a heatproof bowl.
 
 

3. Add the sugar.
 
 

4. Add the milk.
 
 

5. And place the bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water.

 

6. Stir until the chocolate melts. Then keep stirring until the mixture gets hot, almost boiling.
 
 

7. Pour the chocolate into two cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired.
 
 

And in case someone comes and steals your chocolate shamelessly be really thankful that this recipe yields two mugs.

Enjoy, dear friends!

(This lovely recipe was adapted from Joyofbaking.com.)
 

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Mulled wine is my favorite fall and winter drink.

It’s hot and sweet and it possesses a very special power – it makes both your limbs and your soul beautifully warm.

 

I got this recipe from my beloved Mom. It’s traditional in our family, it’s simple, it’s fragrant and it’s beyond delicious.

If you’ve never tried it before, you definitely need to.

It’ll make you happy!
 
 

Here are the ingredients.

Simple, right?
 
 

These are the ingredients posing again just for you.

The water couldn’t make it to the picture ’cause it’s just too slow.

(Oh, yes, I am drinking the wine when writing this… how could you guess that?)
 
 

Cinnamon.

I love cinnamon.

Cinnamon is the spice of my life.
 
 

1. To make your own mulled wine, pour the wine into a medium saucepan.

2. Add the water.
 
 

3. Add the lemon juice, sugar and spices.
 
 

4. Place the saucepan over low heat.

5. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

This mixture shouldn’t be boiling – that would make the alcohol evaporate. And, gee, that is the last thing in the world we want, right?

 
 

6. Remove from heat and strain into a large jug (or just remove the spices).

7. Serve in glasses while still warm.

 
And most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!
 

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Because one of the best things I’ve found in this world is giving presents to the people I love I’ve prepared a cute little something for you.

You definitely deserve it!

It is a Chess Set …but this one is played in a rather funky way – on a glass board with cute shot glasses filled with your drink of choice.

I see so many advantages of this kind of set over the usual one – first, it definitely lets you have a lot of fun. If you go ‘soft drink’, it keeps you hydrated. If you’re an adventure seeker, just fill the glasses with alcohol and set out the rules so that the player who takes most pieces drinks most grog. I think even a pro playing against a beginner can have a pretty enjoyable match – any kind of ability gap will be swiftly bridged. Think red wine versus white wine, for example. Or silver tequila against gold tequila… gee, I got carried away.

So yes, one of you can win this game.
 
 

Contest Closed. Thank you!
 

TO ENTER

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the ‘Comments section’ of this post:

What kind of beverage would you choose to play this game with?

 

THE RULES

  • One entry per person, please.

Extra entries:

  • Twitter (follow ZoomYummy; leave a separate note about it in the comment section of this post),
  • Facebook (become a fan of ZoomYummy; leave a separate note about it in the comment section of this post).

(So together you can have three entries.)

Winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday (August 26).

Good luck, everybody!
 

Contest Closed. Thank you!
 
 

And now I’d like to show you a little magic trick.

Café Frappé – it’s truly magical.

Why?

I’ll show you…
 
 

Café Frappé is a beloved drink of the Greeks.

All you need to prepare it is some instant coffee, sugar, water, milk and a few ice cubes.

It’s as simple as can be.

You also need to steal a frappé shaker from your Mom. If your Mom dares not to own a frappé shaker or if you are a decent person and don’t steal, then just use a glass with a lid.

Easy!
 
 

1. In the shaker/container/glass mix 2 teaspoons of instant coffee…
 
 

2. …with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
 
 

3. Add 4 tablespoons of water…
 
 

4. …close it and…

SHAKE IT… SHAKE, SHAKE IT… SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE!
 
 

Shake it just until you get from this…
 
 

… to this frothy heaven.

Did you know that your instant coffee has this kind of ability?

It can transform into this thick and foamy wonder in no time.

I just love it!
 
 

5. Then fill a glass half way with ice cubes.

If you are a maniac like me, you can try to make these flavored ice cubes sometimes.
 
 

6. Pour the foam into the glass.
 
 

7. And add as much milk as you like.
 
 

Yum!
 
 

I’ve learned that the Greeks like to drink this foam-covered iced coffee with a straw.

Also, they like to stir the coffee and enjoy the relaxing sound of the ice cubes hitting with each other and with the glass.

Wonderful!
 
 

Just give it a try – it’s simple and delicious!

Oh, and don’t forget about the giveaway…

Love,

Petra
 

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It’s so hot these days.

As a result, I need a nice cool drink all the time. Actually, I have a long straw and a huge jar positioned in the center of my place and I walk around sipping on something constantly.

Whatever I do.

Cooking, blogging, ironing… sleeping.

Really.

NOT!

But almost.

So yes, these days I’ve been attached to various iced drinks both physically and emotionally. Which made me contemplate the quality of these drinks. Because I want the first gulp to be of the same quality as the last one. I refuse to accept the situation when my drinks get all watered down from the ice cubes that I had added in.

That’s bad.

Really bad.

Like, I am able to accept many things, but not this one.

I guess it’s even against the basic human rights to have a drink like that.

It’s simply too much.

For this reason, I started to freeze all drinks that I like and transform them into ice cubes. That way, until there’s a freezer in my life, I will never ever have to drink a watered down beverage.

My sweet little victory.
 
 

This is frozen raspberry tea.

With a mint leaf inside.
 
 

The process of making these cubes is easy.

Just easy.

You prepare your favorite drink, add sugar (if you use it), let it cool a little, pour it into your ice cube tray and freeze it.

That’s it.

I use the cubes for my fruit tea …
 
 

… and for my mint tea too.

Yeah, those are mint tea ice cubes.
 
 

Yum!
 
 

And guess what these are.
 
 

Hint: They go to a Frappé Coffee.
 
 

Yes, they are coffee ice cubes.

Double yum!

I love these cubes and these drinks. They make summer so much more enjoyable.

Now I’m curious – what is your favorite summer drink, dear friends?

I would LOVE to know…
 

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Once, a few months ago, I used to be a normal girl.

A normal girl with a mild obsession with all things strawberry.

Then, one day, an evil force let me spot and learn a way how the strawberry smoothie can be prepared at home.

SINCE THEN, my life has never been the same.

SINCE THEN, a single day wouldn’t pass in my house without a rumbling sound of the blender and the strawberries flying left and right (mostly right, I guess).

SINCE THEN, my life has become one huge addiction.

The Strawberry Smoothie – my blessing and my curse.

To top it all, just when I thought the things couldn’t get any more serious, my boyfriend became a victim too.

It was yesterday when he asked me: “What do you think – how much of this is a person allowed to drink?”

I am not sure if I should show you this, but here’s the way to the most gorgeous drink of them all:
 
 

These are the ingriedents.

I usually use canned strawberries since I need to eliminate the seasonality factor.

BUT, you can definitely use fresh strawberries as well – in that case use about 1 pound (500 grams) of those and raise the amount of sugar to taste.
 
 

Welcome to my blender.

Beware of the flying objects, please!

1. Anyway, start by pouring the strawberries into the blender.
 
 

2. Add the yogurt, sugar and lemon juice.
 
 

3. Then try to find as much ice as possible.

The picture above is trying to point out that different shapes and sizes are perfectly all right.
 
 

4. Pulse a couple of times and that’s it.

Really, really easy.

I guess that’s another aspect which makes this whole thing so addictive.
 
 

Then, IMMEDIATELY, fill your glass, …
 
 

… drink it up and swoon for awhile.
 
 

Then wake up and have another glass.

And so on and so on…

Enjoy, dear friends.

(This recipe makes about 5 cups of a luscious beverage.)
 

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