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Jul 052013



“Write drunk; edit sober.” ― said Ernest Hemingway, the man associated with the creation of Mojito. According to Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide, the mojito was invented at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba. At the La Floridita, one of the watering holes he used to frequent in Cuba , hangs Hemingway’s signed quote: My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita”

So I took his advice and made this watermelon Mojito by Ina Garten. Drank it and then wrote the blog post. I have no idea where that blog post is. I know I saved it! Honest! Well at least I thought I had saved it and that counts.

Ok jokes apart, mojitos are my favorite cocktails and this recipe from Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? Is  just that – Easy. Fun, colorful and so much full of flavor, this watermelon  Mojito is a perfect drink for long summer afternoons.

Joining me this summer Friday with some desserts or drinks are these fine bloggers and Ina Garten fans. Stop by their blogs to see what they whipped up this Friday.

Watermelon Mojito – Ina Garten Friday

Serves: 6


  • 20 large fresh mint leaves
  • 3 to 4 thick slices fresh watermelon
  • 12 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • Sprigs of mint for serving
  • Long slices of Cucumber for serving
  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • Combine and gently simmer until sugar dissolves.


  1. Muddle the mint.
  2. Remove and discard the rind and seeds of the watermelon.
  3. Put the watermelon into a food processor fitted with the steel blade and puree.
  4. Put the mashed mint into a large pitcher with 2 cups of pureed watermelon, the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a pitcher for serving.
  5. When ready to serve pour the mojito mixture into the glasses on ice, and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and slices of cucumber. Serve chilled.

Feb 222013

Strawberry Flaxseed smoothie

This is going to be a short and sweet post about Flax seeds. I use them regularly and the most common way for me to use them is either in my oatmeal or in a smoothie. I don’t find them very appetizing in any other form, so I just stay with my two choices of their use. This strawberry flax seed smoothie can be made with frozen strawberries as well.

This is one of the most ancient plants known to humans and there is some evidence that flax cultivation may have started somewhere during the Neolithic Era. In addition to flax seeds supporting digestive health, cardiovascular health, antioxidant benefits etc, it also has many other interesting uses dating back to about 3000 BC. More information on Flax at WHF

And some of the following bloggers will also have delicious recipes for you to try out with flax seeds  as this our Power Food of the week with the 38 power foods blogging group.  Do visit  Jeanette at jeanetteshealthyliving ; Martha at Simply Nourished Living ; Mireya at Myhealthyeatinghabits ; Alyce at More time at the table ;  Minnie at , Casey at  Sweetsav .


Strawberry Flaxseed Smoothie

Strawberry Flaxseed Smoothie


  • 1/2 C strawberries
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 C almond milk


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Add in honey if you need to, but usually the banana makes it sweet enough.
  3. Drink up a healthy breakfast.

Feb 142013
Strawberry Mocha Smoothie


Chocolate + Coffee + strawberries = LOVE

LOVE + honey + yogurt = berrychococoffee smoothie!

I might not have done so well in a Math class with that equation;  but I can say this for sure. I did well with this smoothie! It was just the thing I needed to get through the cloudy sad day. Rich, creamy and yet low on calories.

This year I am on a mission to stay fit. While I don’t count calories, I make it a point to avoid eating too many empty calories. If an ingredient won’t benefit me much, it doesn’t go into my system. As simple as that. Cutting down on processed sugar has not been a challenge. Even as a kid, I never really liked carbonated, artificially flavored drinks, hated candy and ate chocolates only if they were a certain brand. If you must know, Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut used to be my poison.


So keeping with the theme of only good things go into the system, I made this smoothie as a test recipe to surprise the significant other with a delicious breakfast drink. I used valrhona cocoa powder , which has no sugar added. All the sweetness in this smoothie comes from the strawberries. I was so pleased with the resulting smoothie, that I couldn’t keep it a secret till the Valentine’s day breakfast.  I immediately posted it on my blog’s facebook page and the guy who never ever sees a blog post from me,  pings me and asks if this smoothie was waiting for him at home!  Finally something worked to make him believe in Valnetine’s day! Thank you St. Valentine!


Strawberry Mocha Smoothie

Strawberry Mocha Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup low fat yogurt
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbs good quality coco powder
  • 1 tsp honey (optional - I didn't use any in mine, but the honey asked for some honey)
  • crushed ice


  1. Blend the strawberries with some crushed ice and half the yogurt.
  2. Pour into the glass
  3. Blend the coffee, chocolate, honey, with the rest of the yogurt and crushed ice
  4. Pour on top of the strawberry mix

Feb 132013
Banana walnut figs smoothie

We have been in an almond milk making spree. Home made almond milk really tastes good. Since we do not like to use it in the chai we make, we tend to eat it with cereals, in a chocolate milk shake or in smoothies.

On any given day, smoothies are my preferred breakfast because they hardly take any time to make, are delicious and nutritious and so easy to just take along for a mid morning boost of energy at work.

This Banana walnut fig smoothie is my absolute favorite smoothie. I have been making this for about 16 years now and the discovery of the recipe was accidental, And back then it was called a Banana milk shake.


I found it in one of the Sunday newspapers in the recipe section and it intrigued me. The recipe said I needed lemon juice with the milk and bananas and walnuts. Milk and lemon juice together was unthinkable. I kept thinking if my grandfather learns about the escapade , he will get me tested for all sorts of bodily dysfunctions. But I prevailed and held on to the wild side of me, which always gets me in trouble. Thankfully not this time.

The addition of the lemon juice was the best thing I discovered. So I decided that grandpa doesn’t have to know what went into it.  The dried figs came in much later with the significant other being really fond of them. The addition of figs paid off too and this smoothie just is our go to smoothie!


Banana Walnut Figs Smoothie

Prep Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 2 minutes

Banana Walnut Figs Smoothie


  • 1 dried fig, chopped
  • 2 tbs chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/2 C almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Peel the banana ( of course you would do that without me telling you )
  2. Put everything in the blender
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Pour, sip and feel the bliss.



 Posted by on February 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM  Tagged with:
Dec 102012
Flirty Daiquiri


The monthly “Inspiring Thursday” post is a bit overdue this month. But before you judge me, I have a great reason for not posting it on Thursday. The reason is that this month’s Inspiring Thursday features Barb of the Creative-Culinary fame, and it’s posted today because it is Barb’s Birthday!

 In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer.

I really am thankful for Barb, for her friendship and for the inspiration she is. When I first met Barb, it was at our local Blogger’s brunch and we were also celebrating her Birthday. Yes, it was a year ago. She was recovering from her leg injury so she walked in with a walking stick and sat near me. We got talking and she left me mesmerized with her courage, her zeal for life and passion for all things food.  The way she dealt with the recovery, her overall fiercely independent and courageous outlook to life left me in awe.

That blogger meeting was my first ever interaction with the great set of bloggers we have here in Denver. It was Barb’s idea to start the group and get all the local bloggers to know each other and interact. Yet another reason to be thankful for. Her idea of getting us all together resulted in beautiful friendships with people who understand me and whom I understand.

Conversations with Barb always make me think differently about everything. She has a way of making me get another perspective. And for that I am forever thankful.  I had decided to bake a cake for her today and post it as her “Birthday present”.  But then it would be over soon and she wouldn’t get to taste it. So instead the cake will be baked on the weekend, when I will be meeting her and our other friends. For today, I have the Flirty Daiquiri that I made just coz she showed me how to mix drinks!  Now that’s one reason why my husband is thankful that I have friends like Barb who teach me to get out of my comfort zone and just be!


Happy Birthday Dear Barb! Stay Blessed!




Flirty Daiquiri

Flirty Daiquiri


  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 2 oz Blue Curaco
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup (more or less based on how sweet sour you like)
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice (more or less based on how sweet sour you like)
  • 2 cups Ice
  • 4 oz Sprite or other soda


  1. Mix it up
  2. Strain and Serve
  3. Feel the bliss

Sep 142012
Nimbu pani margarita

“This drink has a magical power. It strengthens the weak, and revives those who have fainted. Those tired after work and physical activity can return their life forces by this drink much sooner than by nourishment. …”

– Carolus Linnaeus (18th-century physician documenting the effects of the drink)


 It was a cold winter night, and I was reading some of my favorite blogs. A general cold winter evening thing to do when you are waiting for the Hubz to come back from a long day at work. So I was waiting and reading and landed on Barb’s post on her beautiful blog Creative Culinary,  And on her page awaited me the gorgeous Blood Orange Margarita.

I kept waiting and hoping that the in house resident mixologist ( read husband) will come home soon I will get him to make it for me. But he was inching his way home in the heavy traffic and I was getting restless by the minute.  The drink was calling me, loud and clear and the fact that I had a couple of blood oranges resting on the counter was just adding fuel to the fire.

So I thought to myself, “ I should try this” and an inner voice said “No” You must wait. He will be home soon! But if I ever listened to the sane inner voice, I would not be in the trouble that I am in now.

Trouble? You ask?

Well if I had waited for him, I would still be the damsel in distress who needed the guy to fix her drink and serve it to her. I could pull my feet up, remote in hand, watch some “new girl” episodes and drink my drink. But NO! I did not listen to the voice. I went ahead and made the dang drink!


I tried my best to make it as pretty looking as Barbs’s but as you can see I couldn’t. I assure you it was a great tasting one

The rest is history! We loved the blood orange Margarita so much that we made it often while the blood orange season lasted. And then the ploy that I don’t know how to mix a drink never worked again. The tables have turned, it is him on the couch now and the remote is in HIS hand and I get asked to make a drink!


Nimbu Pani Margarita

 He did however make this very special Nimbu Pani Margarita for Barb to help me celebrate with her – We are all celebrating the 1st birthday of # Friday Cocktails at her blog. Read all about it here  and also check out some celebration gifts.

Next time I would listen to you inner voice.


Nimbu Pani Margarita


  • 2 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 C crushed ice
  • coarse salt to rim the glasses


  1. Salt the rim of the glasses.
  2. Mix the lemon juice, sugar, salt and black pepper. Keep mixing until the sugar is dissolved and this turns into a syrup.
  3. Take the ice in a blender and pour the lemon syrup on top, add in the tequila and vodka and blend it all.
  4. Fill 1/4th of the glass with crushed ice and pour the blended liquids on top.
  5. Garnish or not! but do sip