Christmassy Tasting Coffee ☆

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I am feeling all Christmassy already!  And I just adore this time of year. The lights, the Christmas trees, decorations and most importantly the Food & DrinkTo celebrate with amongst family and friends!

I thought let me get into the mood by making myself a cup of coffee with mixed ground spice.  A scent that starts to capture the Christmas season, through its aroma and taste

Simply make your usual cup of coffee and stir in some mixed spice powder!

I found a beautiful recipe if you want to make fresh ground mixed spice.  I’ll definitely be attempting this as soon as I need to restock!

Recipe for old fashioned mixed spice

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Tasty khichdi? Is that possible???

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Khichdi, an indian rice and dal staple dish. In my opinion, especially when I was younger a little bit bland and boring! But guess what? I’ve managed to change that as I’ve got older. I decided to “pimp it up!” with ultimate flavour.

As it stands alone khichdi is a very healthy and nutritious dish but the addition of spinach makes it super healthy! A great comfort food on these colder evenings and absolutely fantastic for weaning babies and toddlers…just reduce the salt intake for them.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup split mung dal
1 cup basmati rice
4-5 cups of water
1½ tsp salt or to taste
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
4-5 cubes of frozen spinach
1 tbsp sunflower oil
¼ mustard seeds
¼ cumin seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
Pinch of sugar
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp coriander & cumin powder
⅓ tsp chilli powder

METHOD

To make the khichdi base ~
• Combine and rinse the mung dal and rice a few times in a large bowl. In a large saucepan add this mung rice mix with the water, salt and turmeric. Bring to a boil and then gently simmer for 10 minutes

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• Stir occasionally and check if all the water is absorbed you may need to add a little. Cook for a further 10 minutes until rice and dal are soft. Turn off the heat and set aside

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• For the spinach sauce ~ Heat up the oil along with mustard, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Once they start to sizzle and pop throw in the onion and garlic, sauté until onion becomes translucent

• Stir in the chopped tomatoes, garam masala, salt, cumin & corainder powder, chilli and sugar along with the frozen spinach

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• Mix well and simmer gently on a low heat for 10 minutes

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• Once sauce is done, simply pour it into the khichdi saucepan, stir and season with salt if needed

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Then you are ready to serve! With a little fresh yoghurt, enjoy!

Sweet luxury faluda milk

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A cooling refreshing ice cream float in milk laced with sweet rose syrup. Plus the addition of basil seeds which is closely related to the new wonder chia seeds! Also with vermicelli that sinks to the bottom and makes it a treat at the end to scoop out from the bottom of your tall glass!

One of my husband’s favourites when we go to an Indian restaurant. So as he’s feeling under the weather, I knew this large pink glass full of sweet milk and ice cream would cheer him up no end! And I was right lol!

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INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp basil seeds
3 tbsp rose syrup
4 tbsp vermicelli mini
Cold milk
Scoop of vanilla ice cream

METHOD

• Boil the vermicelli for 5 minutes and strain. Keep aside to cool

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• Put the basil seeds in a bowl and soak the seeds with enough cold water for 5 minutes
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• Pour in the rose syrup into a tall glass add the soaked basil seeds and 2
tablespoons of the boiled vermicelli. Add cold milk to and stir. Place the scoop of ice cream onto the milk to top it off

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You’ll definitely need a tall spoon to devour the goodness!

Enjoy! Much love D x