Morir soñando

Morir soñando is a drink that can be translated as to die dreaming. This popular drink is from the Dominican Republic. It’s made with milk, orange juice and ice. One of the most amazing things on my Taste the World challenge is trying new recipes like this one. Without the challenge is unlikely I would have discovered this drink from more than 4,200 miles away. From what I found online, the recipe originated from the Dominican Republic and is still drunk mainly there.

Morir Sonando, two glasses decorated with pieces of oranges

The most important part of this recipe is to keep the milk as cold as possible. Keep that in mind and the drink will turn out amazing. I loved it and my husband loved it too. It has a lovely silky texture. I made a slight modification, by switching the sugar with golden syrup. I did this so the sweetener will dissolve faster. You can use cane sugar or any kind of sugar you want, make sure the sugar is dissolved in the milk.

Ingredients for 2 glasses:
– 400ml evaporated milk
– 200ml orange juice
– 40ml golden syrup
– 4 ice cubes
– slices of oranges for decor

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Rainbow of smoothies

I wanted to make something special, smoothie-related because I celebrated 1 year of daily smoothies and soups. I will talk about this on ancaslifestyle, my lifestyle blog in a few days, if you fancy a read.
In the end I made 7 smoothies, being a play on eat-the-rainbow. I made a list with what I’ve used in every smoothie. All are vegan because I rarely have a smoothie that is not vegan. When it comes to adding liquid in my smoothies I prefer 150ml natural juice and a bit of water. Two smoothies are made with soy milk. I don’t drink often soy milk, but I had one opened in the fridge and I used it in smoothies to see how it is. I liked it.
I didn’t use any sweetener in my smoothies, neither I or my husband like sweet smoothies these days.

Rainbow of smoothies

I looked for ideas regarding the smoothies, especially for the blue one. Sadly I couldn’t find any suitable blue smoothies. There were two options, not very helpful for me. The first one was blue food colouring. I can’t say I understand why anybody would like to add food colouring in a smoothie. I have nothing against food colouring in a cake and I use coloured fondant. But in a smoothie… those should be healthy and packed with superfoods. That brings me to the second option, Blue Majik spirulina, it’s blue instead of the usual green one. While that is a great option, is a spirulina, so healthy, it’s not available in shops around UK. Of course, there was the option of Blue Curaçao, but, again, not exactly perfect for a healthy smoothie.

The rest of the smoothies were easy to make. I liked all of them. The red beetroot smoothie has an earthy taste that I enjoyed. My husband wasn’t keen on it, but he doesn’t like beetroot. The orange carrot smoothie was delicious, I really like carrot smoothies. I think this is the only way I would eat raw carrots.
The yellow Turmeric smoothie was lovely. Turmeric has an intense flavour and it overpowers everything else. The Green smoothie was made with spirulina powder. It has a lovely colour and the flavour is very nice. We have spirulina smoothies quite often. The blue one was a classic smoothie with fruits, lovely as usual. The indigo smoothie was one of my favourites because of its colour. The last one, purple, was delicious too.

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3 Spring Smoothies

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my smoothie recipes. I drink a smoothie almost every day, but I rarely take pictures of them. Although I do share them on Instagram, I usually post more about dishes and less about drinks. I thought about flavours and I made these 3 Spring Smoothies, fresh and delicious.

3 Spring Smoothie recipe

I thought about smoothie recipes and I came up with these three: Matcha & Apple; Carrot & Orange and Spinach & Banana. All the smoothies have bananas, as we like them a lot. I think almost all of our smoothies have a banana in them. Because it would have been too much to make 6 smoothies for the two of us, I made one of each and we shared. The ingredients for each smoothie are twice than what I’ve used.

Surprisingly, both my husband and I liked the carrot one, even though we don’t like carrots on their own. This means I will add carrots in our smoothies at least once a week. Because I used a lot of frozen carrots, banana and natural juice, it counts as 3 portions of fruit/veggies towards your 5-a-day. I would say that is impressive, in only a big glass of smoothie.
The Matcha and apple smoothie looks a bit strange, the lovely colour of the matcha became more like a military colour, most likely because it has banana in it. It was fab, I will add matcha more often to my smoothies. The Spinach and banana smoothie is the only one with milk in it, the other two are vegan. Of course it can be made vegan by changing the milk with water (it will also have less calories, if that is a concern) or with a vegan milk.

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Homemade sour cherry liqueur

Homemade sour cherry liqueur is different from kirsch. In Romania is called Visinata after sour-cherries or visine. While I was researching the recipe, I discovered that a similar drink is made in Portugal and it’s called Ginjinha. In Portugal, Ginjinha is served with a sour cherry or two in the glass. In Romania, Visinata is served without the cherries. The cherries can be used in cooking or on a side.
The recipe is easy to make, but it takes a lot of waiting time so the cherries infuse properly and the vodka gets their flavour. If you want to make it for Christmas, I would suggest starting now. The more time you wait, the more intense the flavour will be.

Homemade sour cherry liqueur

Traditionally the homemade sour cherry liqueur is made with fresh sour cherries, but I used frozen ones; it was the only option available. I got mine from an International shop. If you use fresh cherries, remove the pits so they can release their flavour faster.
I don’t like sweet drinks, so my version has less sugar than other recipes online. Double the amount of sugar if you are looking for a sweeter taste. Regarding Vodka, any unflavoured one would be ok. I bought a Vodka made in England, it was cheaper than a Russian one and for the liqueur it makes no difference.

– 100g sugar
– 450g sour cherries
– 700ml unflavoured Vodka

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3 Autumn smoothies

I bought 4 pumpkins and now I’m making and baking lots of dishes with them. This can happen when we go to pick our own to get more than planned because they all look so cute and delicious. I blogged about our day at the farm on my other blog, so pop there if you want to have a look.
I’ve wash and cut a big pumpkin in cubes and I’ve roasted it in the oven at medium heat for 60 – 70 minutes. The roasted pumpkin will keep for a few days in the fridge. This allowed me to make my smoothies with roasted pumpkin these last three days.

I used bananas as the second fruit in all the smoothies because I like them. Just the Spiced Apple smoothie is vegan, but you can make vegan smoothies if you switch the milk with water and honey with a vegan sweetener.

To prepare the smoothies, put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz until is smooth. I would suggest tasting the smoothie and adding more sweetener or spices.

3 Autumn smoothies - Spiced Pumpkin smoothie

Ingredients for 2 Pumpkin smoothies:
– 1 banana
– 250g roasted pumpkin
– 1 spoon of honey
– 500ml milk
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp Chia seeds

3 Autumn smoothies - Spiced Apple smoothie

Ingredients for 2 Spiced Apple smoothies:
– 2 bananas
– 120g roasted pumpkin
– 500ml apple juice
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 1 tsp Chia seeds

3 Autumn Smoothies - Chai tea smoothie

Ingredients for 2 Chai tea smoothies:
– 2 bananas
– 120g roasted pumpkin
– 500ml Chai tea
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp cardamon
– 1 tsp Chia seeds

Make the tea a couple of hours before you want to make the smoothie, as it needs time to cool down. If you are in a hurry, just add a couple of ice cubes to cool it fast. Make the Chai tea with a few bags of tea, so the flavour is stronger and comes through the smoothie.

Do you like Autumn smoothies? Are there any flavours you are thinking of trying? I would love to hear more ideas and maybe try a few of them.

Mulled wine for kids

The title says Mulled wine for kids, but it’s a little misleading because the recipe doesn’t have wine, obviously. I don’t have kids and I didn’t think of a non-alcoholic mulled wine before having something similar in the goodie bag from Holland & Barrett event. I enjoyed that mulled punch so much, that I wanted to make a kid friendly mulled wine.

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Ingredients for 2 cups:
– 600ml natural grape juice
– 1 star anise
– 10 buds of cloves
– 10 juniper berries

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Chocolate and orange smoothie

This month I’ve started an easy challenge: a smoothie every single day. Smoothies are suppose to be healthy, so I wondered if I can make a smoothie that is healthy but sounds like a dessert. I came up with the idea of the chocolate and orange smoothie.

To make 2 smoothies I’ve used one banana, 300 ml squeezed orange juice, 2 teaspoons of cocoa, 1 spoon of honey. I blended the ingredients and on top I’ve added some dark chocolate 70% cocoa with orange shavings. Give it a try, it is really delicious.

01 Chocolate and orange smoothie

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