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A summer addiction: Watermelon and Bulgarian salad


Watermelon and bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

I believe that salads promoting fruits are always a hit especially for summers days. Watermelon and Bulgarian cheese is a perfect refreshing salad, celebrating summer at its best. If you wish to impress your guests, this is one incredible salad that deserves a big applause.

Watermelon & bulgarian cheese|marmite et ponpon

 

Everything about this salad is amazing, from the watermelon to the Bulgarian cheese, rocket leaves, fresh mint leaves and roasted almonds. And I decided to top it off with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing.  It was the perfect finishing touch to this salad.

There is no precise amount for the ingredients, you will need pieces of watermelon cut in square shapes and slices of Bulgarian cheese, same size, to insert between. You decide how many piece you need, depending on the amount of guests you have. Top each watermelon and cheese square with rocket leaves and few fresh mint leaves. A handful roast almonds to give it some crunchiness. Drizzle a little of olive oil and sweet balsamic glaze.

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese| marmite et ponpon

Watermelon and bulgarian cheese | marmite et ponpon

Isn’t that screaming summer?! If you give it a try give me your comments. Happy Lebanese summer days 🙂

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Watermelon slush – Say goodbye cheers to Lebanon summer days


watermelon slushOur vacation has come to an end, it’s time to pack  and go back to Doha!

I became so damn professional in packing, i can fit a whole house in my bag! It became as easy as drinking watermelon 😉

A perfect watermelon slush to beat the heat and say goodbye cheers to beautiful summer that brought  me a lot.

watermelon slushThis refreshing drink comes together in just 5 minutes. All you need is:

  • 3 cups diced seedless watermelon (or almost 500g)
  • 1 cup ice (7-8 ice cubes)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • one lime juice optional

Place watermelon, ice, sugar and lime (optional) in a blender and blend until smooth. This quantity serves 4 cups.

watermelon slush

You can replace the lime with lemon, it also works and gives the tanginess you need in your drink, or keep it simple and sweet as is without any addition.

To booze it up, add vodka and enjoy!

watermelon slushThere is another way of making this slush, if you have time, by putting the seedless diced watermelon in freezer a day ahead or overnight. This way you eliminate using ice cubes, you only blend the watermelon, sugar and lime (optional) until smooth! I like this method, the flavor turns out stronger!

watermelon slushWatermelon is in season now, you find plenty everywhere you go. Now i find a way whenever i have extra in the fridge, how to make use of them and enjoy.

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Exotic fruits of Sinhala – Sri Lanka part 4


tiger coconutThe beauty of travel lies in the new experiences and endless discoveries. It’s always exciting to be introduced to unfamiliar things, for instance the weird exotic fruits of Sri Lanka, that many of you never heard about (like me before visiting the island). Without forgetting the common fruits that we already know but trust me they taste different.

Sri Lanka people believe in the art of ancient healing through spices, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Your health depends on what you eat.

The nature has its own remedies!

pineapplePineapple: it has been used to treat digestion problems and inflammation. Sri Lanka pineapple is so delicious, i was having it on every meal! Pineapple is rich in manganese and vitamin B1 for energy production. It’s also rich in vitamins A, C, and E offering a protection against macular degeneration.

pineapple sri lankapineapple sri lanka

You only need to cut the crown and the stem, slice the skin off the sides and enjoy! You don’t have even to remove the center part, it’s soft and juicy. Did you know that minimal processing of fruit cutting, packaging and chilling does not significantly affect its nutritional content even after 6 and up to 9 days?!

Banana: Eating bananas combats depression, improves your mood, reduces PMS symptoms, protects against muscle cramps, cures hangovers, relieves morning sickness, protects against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness and provides relief from acid reflux and heartburn. Yes all of this!

You can eat a lot per day without counting because they are too small and can be eaten in two bites! Nady was enjoying them.

banana sri lankaDid you know that bananas can cure the itch of a mosquito bite?  Due to Sri Lanka nature there is a lot of mosquitoes. Rub the inside of a banana peel on  the bites and here it goes!

Guava:  helps those who want to loose weight and those who suffers from diabetes. It’s an extremely good source of vitamin A, which is well known as a booster for vision health. Rich in lycopene that makes it a powerful antioxidant, rich in copper which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism. It reduces the symptoms of diarrhea, relieves cough and cold and improves the texture of your skin.

guava sri lankaGuava is rich in vitamin B3 and B6, therfore eating guava can help you increase brain function and sharpen your focus. Did you know also that the juice of guava leaves has been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums & oral ulcers, and the juice speeds up the healing process of wounds when applied externally?!

Wood apple: is very famous for its amazing health and medicinal benefits. Every part of this fruit means tree, root, leaves, seeds is usable for medicinal purposes because of its high level of nutritional values. It acts as an instant energy booster and energizes the body, it enhances the metabolism process. Wood apple is iron rich fruit which has ability to balance the hemoglobin count in women during pregnancy, and eating the pulp reduces morning sickness. It helps in enhancing the production of breast milk among lactating mother.

When we arrived to the hotel in Kandy they greeted us with wood apple juice! Not bad when mixed with sugar.

wood apple sri lankaDid you know that wood apple is a natural aphrodisiac property, that helps in enhancing the sexual desire among men as well as treating the conditions like impotence, sexual dysfunction and premature ejaculation?!

Watermelon: consists of mostly water, about 92% but it is full of nutrients. It is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup. Watermelon reduces the inflammation for people suffering from arthritis, helps prevent heart stroke. Rich in Vitamin A that helps keeping the skin and hair moisturized, and it also encourages healthy growth of new collagen and elastin cells.

They are small watermelons, two people can eat a whole one. We were offered watermelon after each meal!

watwermelon sri lankaDid you know that athletes drinks watermelon juice before an intense workout because it helps reduce next-day muscle soreness and heart rate?!

king coconut:  known as thembili, considered the premier, or “king”, of coconuts, in terms of its water.  King coconut is filled with electrolytes, refreshing, rejuvenating, healthy and delicious. It is sweeter than regular coconuts. Sri Lankans sell and consume thousands of them on a daily basis. It’s exclusively for drinking you can’t eat the inside flesh. King coconut juice showed significant anti aging and anti carcinogenic effect.

You find a lot of king coconut vendors on the road, it’s very cheap and refreshing if you like the sweet taste.

king coconut sri lankaking coconut sri lankaDid you know that a whole unopened tiger coconut can live up to 6 months at room temperature?!

Mangosteen: The purple Mangosteen, acclaimed for its unique appearance and flavor is often revered as queen of the tropical fruits. Mangosteen aids in promoting red blood cells and prevents against anemia. Vitamin C in mangosteen is effective against cataracts.1000mg Vitamin C per day is said to be effective in curbing cataracts and improving vision. It also helps to control the level of triglycerides, contains high amounts of minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium and potassium providing protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases.

mangosteen sri lankaThe fruit has three major parts: the deep purple inedible rind, the white edible flesh which is segmented like oranges and the seeds, found within the flesh. The seed is extremely bitter and can’t be eaten. Did you know that one of the major health benefits of mangosteen is its effectiveness in treating Alzheimer’s disease?!

Papaya: is very helpful for the prevention of  heart disease, it’s an excellent source of the powerful antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. In addition, it is a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, and vitamin K. It plays a major role in the prevention of colon cancer.

papaya sri lanka

papaya  sri lanka papaya  sri lankaDid you know that papayas due to their soft and butter like consistency are called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus?!

Passion fruit: Pleasantly sweet and tart, the delicious passion fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber. It is a very good source of dietary fibers acting as a laxative. Its richness in potassium helps regulating the heart rate and blood pressure.

passion fruit  sri lanka passion fruit sri lankaDid you know that passion fruits with wrinkle surface are actually more flavorful and rich in sugar?!

Star fruit or carambola: is a star shaped fruit with sweet and sour flavor I always felt it resembles lebanese janerik a bit 🙂 The fruit with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fibers that help preventing the absorption of the LDL cholesterol in the gut. It contains good quantities of vitamin C and it’s a good source of B complex vitamins. The fruit and its juice are often recommended in medicine as a diuretic.

star fruit or carambola sri lankaDid you know that carambola fruit is used to suppress cough and as an expectorant?!

Grapefruit: Grapefruits vary in hue from white or yellow to pink and red. They range in taste very acidic and even bitter or sweet and sugary. They are full of nutrients: they support clear and healthy skin due to the vitamin C.  They also help in weight loss as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.

grapefruit sri lankaDid you know that grapefruits were bred between pomelo and orange and they were given the name grapefruit because they grow in clusters similar to grape?!

Mango: originated 4,000 plus years ago, prevents cancer and lowers cholesterol due to the high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the daily needed value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes. There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangoes.

mango sri lankaDid you know that mango clears clogged pores and eliminate pimples?

There is a tremendous amount of fruits in Sri Lanka, available at cheap price and rich in benefits! It gives you a reason to eat more fruits!

fruits sri lankaSri lankan people are really sweet and welcoming, I would like to thank this amazing guy from the Earl’s regent hotel who was a big help to write this post.

refreshing cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger sugar syrup


cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger syrup

It’s time to fly back to our nest in doha. Filling our luggage with lebanese goods and our hearts with ample dose of fun and love. It was a mahragénial* vacation!

Obviously, we can never get used to goodbyes, but we learnt to be optimistic with a “see you soon” shower of kisses.

We will miss you all so much until we meet again.  Antoun, here we come for sure!

As i greeted you from lebanon with the fresh lemonade, I will leave you with a fresher cantaloupe and watermelon salad with ginger sugar sauce.

cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger sugar sauce

To make this delicious salad you need: (yields 4 servings)

  • 2 cups watermelon (cut in balls shape)
  • 2 cups cantaloupe (cut in balls shape)

cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger sugar sauce

If you don’t have this special utensil, you can cut in cubes or wedges.

To make the ginger syrup you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger sliced and left unpeeled

Bring to boil water, sugar and ginger then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and let it cool in the refrigerator.

Once the syrup is cold, soak in the cantaloupe and watermelon for at least an hour, keeping it in the refrigerator

cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger sugar sauce

Serve it cold and jazz it up with couple of mint leaves, not just for a beautiful presentation, but for the taste that it adds.

cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger sugar sauce

cantaloupe and watermelon in ginger sugar sauceStay tuned for more posts from doha. I won’t be late!

*mahragénial: is a composed word meaning splendid festivities, quoting Rawad Matar. I promised to use the word in my last post from lebanon.

  • mahragen مهرجان (arabic word) meaning festival
  • génial (french word) meaning brilliant

homemade fresh watermelon and kiwi popsicles – popsicoholic part 3


Beat the heat with a refreshing treat!

Popsicoholic part 3: watermelon and kiwi popsicles.

This is an incredible summer dessert, low in calories and completely nutritious. Watermelon with kiwi, a little taste of the tropics to beat Doha heat.

In a food processor mix 2 cups of watermelon with 1 tbsp sugar and a pinch of salt. Salt might seem like a strange ingredient to add to a dessert, but it actually helps make the flavor of the watermelon more intense, but it can be optional, some people won’t like it, it’s very subjective. (my husband doesn’t like it with this pinch of salt, he is more into sweet flavors).

Again in the food processor puree 3 kiwis with 1 tsp of sugar.

Pour the mix in molds, making one big layer of watermelon and a small one of kiwi, to make it look like a watermelon wedge!

Freeze until solid. You should get 6 to 7 popsicles depending on your mold size. You can freeze up to one week.

To remove the popsicles from the molds, run under warm water until they are easily released.

watermelon kiwi popsicles

So, what do you guys think? Anyone off to make some popsicles?

There is endless options to make, just pick your favorite fruit and popsicle it!

watermelon kiwi popsicles

This is an incredibly refreshing dessert and is low in calories. – See more at: http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/06/blueberry-vanilla-yogurt-popsicles.html#sthash.Baxpwi5t.dpuf
This is an incredibly refreshing dessert and is low in calories. – See more at: http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/06/blueberry-vanilla-yogurt-popsicles.html#sthash.Baxpwi5t.dpuf
This is an incredibly refreshing dessert and is low in calories. – See more at: http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/06/blueberry-vanilla-yogurt-popsicles.html#sthash.Baxpwi5t.dpuf
This is an incredibly refreshing dessert and is low in calories. – See more at: http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/06/blueberry-vanilla-yogurt-popsicles.html#sthash.Baxpwi5t.dpuf