Thursday, February 25, 2010

Color Me Happy and Papaya Delights

I absolutely LOVE the colours of the tulips in my supermarket right now. Aren't the colours of spring so lovely?! I have been buying a few bunches here and there and it makes me so happy to see them in my house when it's white (with snow) or brown (no green grass yet) outside.

More colours to love? Fruit! The tropical kind! I never liked papaya before but my parents and my aunt found this great store that always has papaya for a good price. Their trick? Slice it up (cut it in half lengthwise to start and take out the seeds) and then sprinkle some fresh lime juice over it!!! OH so delicious. I also found this recipe that sounds like a winner too. So go treat yourself to some color and a lovely papaya salad!

Lime Basil Grilled Fruit

~ 1 medium fresh pineapple, peeled and sliced thinly into length wise wedges
~ 1 medium ripe papaya, (weighing about 1 lb), peeled and sliced into length-wise wedges
~ 4 tablespoons lime juice (60 ml)
~ 3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped (45 ml)
~ 1/2 cup icing sugar (125 ml)
~ 2/3 cup water (75 ml)

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine lime juice, sugar and water and simmer until sugar has dissolved and syrup is slightly thick. Take mixture off heat and stir in basil til combined. Refrigerate for 8 hours to allow flavour to infuse.

Preheat grill to 400F.
Generously oil elements on top of grill and place pieces of pineapple and papaya and grill them for one minute on each side. In a glass bowl combine the fruit and the syrup and stir gently until fruit is coated. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beauty and Sangria

Can I get me one of these views?

So beautiful.

Can you tell I'm itching for summer? The weather here is fairly mild right now but snow is in store. **sigh**

Well, when the weather warms up, enjoy your own outdoor space with this lovely sangria. I am going to try it but maybe I'll cozy up by the fire instead of waiting for summer. : )

Sangria Bonita

Combine 1 (750-ml) bottle dry white wine, 4 ounces (½ cup) orange liqueur, and 3 tablespoons sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves.

Add (750-ml) bottle sparkling water.

Add 1 sliced orange, 1 sliced lime, 1 sliced star fruit, and 6 sliced strawberries; chill up to 1 hour. Garnish each serving with fresh mint. Makes 6 servings.

~ Photos and recipe from Coastal Living magazine