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Tropical Smoothie Bowl is fest of tropical fruits; passion fruit, mango and pineapple blended with coconut milk and ice cubes for an exotic start of the day. I don’t know for you but tropical fruits are my favorites! This smoothie is an ode to the tropics with its exotic flavors. The smoothie base is a pineapple and mango blended with coconut milk with a topping of pineapple, shredded coconut and last but not the least; Passion fruit (or Maracuyá). Every bite as a new fun texture to it with an overall tropical flair! Without saying it’s filled with vitamins, let’s say… enough to last a year without getting scurvy. A great combination of exotic flavors, complementing one another beautifully. The many names of Passion fruit To make it clearer… There are three popular types of Passion Fruits, a yellow, a purple and reddish one. Which is without contest the…

Habanero hot peppers are not for everyone, most of the time you need to be brave to eat it, after all, they are pretty high on the scoville scale. The good news here is you can use the pepper in moderation accompany with some sweet factor (in this case pineapple) which help to neutralize the heat from the pepper. I use a homemade dehydrated habanero powder, which over time gets less and less spicy, making it tricky to dose up for a recipe. For this recipe you can use any style of hot pepper, the format your prefer wether it’s powder, sauce or even fresh. The dosage is all up to you, make sure to do it little by little to prevent a killing spicy dish. I particularly love habanero because of it’s got this extra fruity flavor most peppers don’t have. The challenging part with habanero is: it’s a quite powerful one, the kind of pepper that you cut…

Tandoori chicken-pineapple skewers is an easy, packed with indian flavors dish, especially  great on the BBQ. I do not own one, so I make my skewers in the boring oven and they still taste fantastic. Tandoori, in the western world, is a simple marinade filled with different indian spices, the soft kind, not spicy at all. On the other hand, in India, they cook the chicken Tandoori in those special Tandoor oven, which of course, in the western world we don’t have. Also, in India, the tandoori marinade tends to be spicier. I’m living far away from India so I use the oven and it does the trick, but on the BBQ, I suppose it to get this smoky charcoal taste added to the spicy, sweet skewers…a dreamy mix…A great theme (indian) for your next BBQ party. So to all BBQ owners out there, try this out and send me some news! or even better invite me over.…

Hibiscus-pineapple Sangria is a ruby red, bubbly and exotic tasting Sangria, perfect for those hot summer days. The flavor of hibiscus tea, for the ones that don’t know it yet, resembles cranberries juice, there is a certain bitterness to it. So usually you add some kind of sweetener to it and it turns it into a delicious juice. Hibiscus is the new “recommended infusion to lose weight, it also reduce high blood pressure, digestion problems, cholesterol, inflammatory problems and help out with the liver function. Sangria is not a “one way only” dark red punch, it’s more of a method. There are as many sangria types as wine types or fruits… Sure we are used to see a dark red sangria with lemon wedges in it but there is no such thing as a one and only sangria. The sangria blanco, for example, is made with white wine and whatever fruit…

This Piña colada is so refreshing, plus it’s way healthier than the normal kind with no flavour loss. This recipe doesn’t use the fatty coconut milk, nor the cream, it’s all natural coco water, no added sugar. The benefits of coconut water are; it lowers blood pressure, also it’s apparently the best rehydrating liquid mother nature ever gave us (way more than those energy drinks), it’s filled with electrolytes, potassium (4 times more than a banana), low in sodium and calories, well it’s the perfect liquid and it taste good! Back to the Piña colada granita, I am still in a big dilemma as if… it’s a starter to open the stomach or to close it… I mean, it’s also a good pool party or afternoon snack. I guess, you’ll have to decide. The only important thing to remember about this granita is; consume right away! I’ve add the granita…

This is a summer recipe. It is actually based on the original gazpacho recipe, the “ajo blanco” which is an almond, garlic, bread and vinegar cold soup. The tradition one doesn’t contain pineapple but sometimes grapes are used. Gazpacho existed way before tomatoes were imported in Europe from the New World. Spaniards used to do “cold soup” gazpacho with simply almond and vinegar. Since the south of Spain is an almond paradise, when those trees bloom, it’s absolutely beautiful. The Arabs imported them and later cultivated them in Spain. They are obviously quite a few nice recipes with them in Spain. Often they use almond to make a “picada” at the end of cooking, it thickens the sauce and gives it an extra nutty flavour. For example, the “Rabbit with wine & chocolate sauce” contains some in the last stage of the recipe. This soup is great because you make it…

This recipe is a bite into the tropics, brings you right to those caribbean islands, also is a great recipe for those people on eternal diet, like myself. You can spice it up to your liking and with whichever is your favorite hot pepper… mine are the habanero peppers. My husband happen to grow them and I obviously have too many, so I dehydrate them and make powder out of them. I’m not usually a big hot pepper lover but this one is special… the habanero has that fruity taste to it. I encountered with this hot pepper in Martinique, a caribbean island. Since then… I add it to many of my spicier recipes, like the spicy “ratatouille” spaghetti sauce with a bit of habanero pepper, it’s fantastic or I do “spicy cod fritters” which is a “typical” meal from the Antilles. They eat those balls like candies over there,…

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