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Summer is almost here… it’s time for outdoor fun, for a refreshing Hibiscus Sangria with mango, mandarin, lime and Cava (sparkling wine) to make it fizzy! I saw a recipe not long ago of “Agua de Jamaica,” a simple juice made by infusing hibiscus leaves and sugar, then cooling it and voila! The picture looked so yummy, and I thought, those flowers are so pretty… they must taste good too. Well, I found some hibiscus leaves in the market and tried them as a simple tea… without any sugar… wasn’t tasting as they looked…  I was shocked by how unpleasant that infusion was… then I had little Stevia (0 calorie sugar) and cooled it overnight. Wow! The difference it makes with a bit of sugar sometimes… It went from 0 to 1000! Same goes for this Hibiscus Sangria! Health Benefits of Hibiscus Hibiscus leaves have many health benefits; they help control your blood…

Coconut Rice & Tropical Salsa for Fish, made of mango, cilantro, red pepper, tomato and scallion with a touch of habanero heat to bring you right under the tropics sun! A decade ago… I was travelling with my now husband and my little black Cocker throughout South America, and we ended up in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia. I believe one of my top places in the world! We loved it there, and after living for a year in Peru, everything seemed so different on the other side of the continent. Starting with the first meal we’ve got… Coconut Rice & Tropical Salsa for Fish! So simple and joyful way of doing fish! Although in Colombia, they make a “sofrito” (a reduction until paste) with the coconut milk first to give it extra taste and a brownish colour, I’ve skipped this step to cook the rice in coconut milk. The coconut flavour…

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