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Grilled Fish Fillet on a sweet Coconut Rice, topped with a fresh salsa tropical with a touch of 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 and grilled fish! Sooo simple and sooo unforgettable. Although in Colombia they make a “sofrito” (a reduction until paste) with the coconut milk first to give it extra taste and a brownish color, here I’ve skipped this step to simply cook the rice in coconut milk. The coconut flavor is all there though, plus it’s…

Spicy-Mango Shrimp Skewers are a colorful, tropical and most of all delicious. Spicy and sweet is one of my favorite combination, although it’s a mildly spiced recipe. Those skewers remind me of Caribbean food, especially with the mango and little sprinkle of grated (unsweetened) coconut. You can simply make a bunch of those under 15 minutes, no need to marinate, on the BBQ or the oven, so simple to make. The solely added ingredients, other than the obvious ones, are a spicy paprika or any hot pepper powder you prefer and coconut shreds. If you don’t want to let go of summer, this is the way, it will warm you right up. This dish can be serve as an appetizer or main meal, it’s light, fresh and filled with vitamins, in other words, a healthy dish. You also could make smaller version of skewers for a hors d’oeuvre style dinner or tapas night. I’ve added…

Summer is almost here… it’s time for outdoor fun, it’s time for a refreshing Hibiscus Sangria with mango, mandarin, lime and Cava (sparkling wine), to make it fizzy! I’ve seen a recipe not long ago of “agua de Jamaica”, a simple juice made by infusing hibiscus leaves and sugar, then cool it and voila! The picture looked so yummy, and I thought, those flower are so pretty… they must taste pretty good too. Well, I found some hibiscus leaves in the market, tried as a simple tea… without any sugar… wasn’t tasty like 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, it help control your…

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