Monthly Archives: June 2011

Recipe Wednesday: Raspberry, Blueberry & Mint Ice Lolly

Summer! Summer’s finally here! So it’s definitely time to crack out the homemade ice lollys (or popsicles, iceys, whatever you wanna call them).

Homemade ice lollys are so simple, they require very few ingredients, little or no sugar, and cost a fraction of store bought ones. All you need to invest in is an ice lolly mould that you put in your freezer. You can even go as simple as freezing some diluted squash, lemonade or fresh squeezed juice!

Here’s a recipe I tried the other day, it’s pretty much a ‘Superfruit’ ice lolly, or a virgin Raspberry/Blueberry mojito ice lolly ;)

Ingredients

Giving you exact quantities here would be pretty defunct, it depends how big your lolly mould is! So just make an estimation of how much you’ll need.
Raspberries
Blueberries
Fresh mint
Lime
Sugar

Method

Squish your raspberries in a bowl, add the blueberries and squish them a bit (I quite like an occasional whole blueberry, especially if they’re deliciously sweet). Add a good squeeze of lime and a few chopped up pieces of fresh mint. If it’s quite thick just add a splash of water and mix well. Have a taste, if it’s a little too sour for your liking then add a little sugar.

Fill your ice lolly mould with the mixture and freeze! Voila! Delicousness!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Or MGM if you’re old school)

I don’t care, there’s no way I’m gunna stop calling this MGM… no matter what the signs say! They renamed it to Hollywood Studios since MGM went under, but it’s still the same old park!

Home to Tower of Terror, rockin’ roller coaster & the Muppet theatre, MGM is such a fun park. Here’re some photos.

A must-have out of window photo on the drive up to Disney World :D

The pixar part of the park had a cool toy story ride, we had to queue for ages though…

This was my breakfast, and it was as good as it looks. Oh, boy.

This was Adam’s breakfast, I think mine won.

I love this tunic dress, I got it for just $9 in the JC Penney sale!

Best. Ride. Everrrrr. We got there early to avoid the queues, it was a lot less harrowing than I remember it!

Random Star Wars stuff in one of the buildings…

These photos were taken on the back lot tour, we whipped past this section pretty fast so my photos are a combination of low-light-high-speed blur. But you get the idea. I WANT TO WORK HEREEE! Look at the Mad Hatter portrait on the wall!!!

I think that’s almost all of my Orlando photos, I’ll be moving onto the drive down the Keys & Key West next :)

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Pineapple Dress

Last night we headed to the night-do of our friends’ wedding (they got married in Key West, which is why we were in Florida). We decided to splash out and stay in a travel lodge, so much more convenient than messing around with buses/taxis! I wore my new pineapple dress, it’s so pretty, the straps are annoying though. I didn’t take my camera to the venue, my bag was tiny…

Pineapple print dress from ASOS

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Recipe Wednesday: Turkish Inspired Soup

I’m calling this a Turkish inspired soup because it’s a mixture of a couple of recipes that I’ve found, both of which involve mainly the same ingredients, one of them being a middle-eastern soup (Astoria Soup from Jamie’s America)  and the other a Turkish soup called ezogelin.

The soup itself is pretty hearty, but still lovely in warmer weather thanks to the freshness from the lemon & mint. Whilst I was making it I realised it’s pretty much a middle-eastern version of minestrone, replacing the pasta with lentils, rice & bulgar wheat.

Sumac was a spice that I’d never used before, I don’t think I’d ever even heard of it! I found some at a local shop, but you can find it online & in Waitrose. I definitely recognise the flavour from meals I’ve had in restaurants though, and adding it to this soup takes it to another level.

I served ours with some flatbreads that I got from the same local shop, if you can get hold of some then use them, otherwise tortillas and pitta breads make a great substitute. These were prepared simply by brushing with a little oil, sprinkling with sumac and grilling then for a few minutes.

Ingredients

1 Onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 Carrot, finely chopped
1  red pepper and 1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
2-3 Tomatoes, diced
400g tinned tomatoes
50g brown rice
50g red lentils
50g bulgar wheat
1.5l of vegetable or chicken stock
2 tablespoons of sumac
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Juice of half a lemon
Sea salt & ground pepper to taste
Fresh mint to serve

Fry your onion and garlic in a little olive oil until softened, then add your carrot, pepper & celery. Fry for 4-5 minutes until slightly softened. Add your spices (sumac, cumin & paprika) and fry for another minute or so.

Add your tinned and chopped tomatoes, followed by your stock. Stir thoroughly, heat for a minute or so until simmering, then add your rice, lentils & bulgar wheat. Simmer the soup for 25-30 minutes, or until your rice is cooked. Season to taste with seasalt & ground black pepper, add a squeeze of lemon. Also, if you think it needs it, add a little more sumac.

Serve sprinkled with extra sumac and fresh mint & your deliciously warm flatbread.

Yumyum!

 

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Epcot

Epcot was, and always will be, one of my favourite disney theme parks. It’s not as rip roaringly rollercoaster full as other theme parks in Orlando, but it’s definitely got some of the best decorations, restaurants, hidden Mickeys & attractions.

We went midway through our week in Orlando, and spent a good full day there. We planned to stay for the fireworks but were wiped out by 7pm and decided that we’ve seen them before so wouldn’t really miss much. We finished our day with a meal in China :)


Nothing like a frozen margarita and some heavenly nachos in Mexico when the sun’s beating down! Mexico is one of my favourite parts of Epcot!

Noway was my second favourite place, we had an amazing Werthers Original bakery pecan slice, sooooo good! There’s a really cool ride there, too, with trolls.

England is cute, so ridiculously stereotyped (like all the other ‘countries’) but has all the Alice in Wonderland stuff. I very almost bought that cup, I was just worried about getting it home.

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