Mango & red grapes nectar

Nectar & Bunoelos

Nectar & Bunoelos

 

 Ingredients for 1L drink:

  • 2 mangoes – about 600g

    The nectar ingredients

    The nectar ingredients

  • 300g seedless red grapes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • Vanilla – from a pod, about a pinch (optional)

 Method:

Wash the grapes and liquidised with 200ml water. Pass through sieve to separate the juice from the unwanted excess. This juice will help to break up the heaviness of the mango nectar later.

Now peel the mango and remove the flesh from the stone. Put the mango pieces in the blender with sugar and a tiny amount of vanilla.

Making the skewer

Making the skewer

Mango is a very dense fruit that won’t liquidise well unless helped with a lighter liquid. This is where the red grapes juice helps.

So, add the grapes juice to the mango and liquidise until very smooth. Taste and adjust sugar. When it is ready, place in the fridge for an hour at least before serving as suggested above with Bunoelos and lime syrup.

Nectars are very dense juices, but if they are too dense to your liking, add water to break it up.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of this Mexican menu!

Tropical fruits sorbet

Made from tin fruit

Made from tin fruits

I chose to do a tropical sorbet because it is very practical and innovative way to use tinned fruit. I find that tinned fruits often have an after taste. In a sorbet form the after taste disappears.

Ingredients for 500ml:

Sorbet ingredients

Sorbet ingredients

  • 1 small tropical fruits tin – Foodbank or 41p from Marks & Spencer’s
  • 1 small carton guava juice – 59p from the news agent
  • 1 table spoon sugar – Any sugar
  • Zest of ½ lime – 5p from the market

Total spend: £1.05 or 17p per person

Method:

This sorbet was made the old fashion way; a fork, patience, and elbow grease. This version is for people without ice maker.

Drained tinned fruits

Drained tinned fruits

Open the fruit tin, drain the fruits and discard the syrup.

Using a hand blender, liquidise the fruits and add the guava juice. Add the sugar and zest. Mix well until the sugar granules have melted.

Pour the mix in a plastic container with lid and place it in the middle section of the freezer for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Sorbet ready for the freezer

Sorbet ready for the freezer

After that, bring out the container and break the ice/sorbet crystals that are starting to form with a fork or a hand blender. I used a fork throughout as I wanted the lime zest specs to still be visible at the end. So, mix well and return the container in the freezer.

Repeat the process 2 more times before the sorbet is ready to serve.

Best consistency for sorbet

Best consistency for sorbet

If you are not serving it right away, after breaking the ice/sorbet crystals 3 times, return the bowl in the freezer. If you serve the sorbet 5, 10 hours later or the next day, take the bowl out of the freezer 15 minutes before hand. That way, the sorbet won’t be too hard to scoop out.

Do check out the rest of the Mexican menu here

Enjoy!

Serving suggestion

Serving suggestion

Lime syrup

Ready lime syrup

Ready lime syrup

For 100ml of ready syrup

Ingredients:

  • 100ml lime juice or 5 limes – 40p from the market
  • 3 limes zest
  • 100 ml water
  • 200g unrefined brown sugar granules – From the cupboard

    Syrup ingredients

    Syrup ingredients

Total spend: £0.40p

Method:

Grate the zest off 3 of the 5 limes before juicing all 5 of them. The juice form 5 limes should produce about 100ml of lime juice.

To squeeze out the maximum juice from a like or any citrus, roll it on a hard surface while pressing it down with the palm of your hand… Be careful not to press too hard or it will burst.

Lime zest

Lime zest

Mix the sugar with water in a small sauce pan and place on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Brown sugar tends to foam a lot, so keep an eye on it and stir it constantly until the white foaming starts to diminish.

Now, add the lime and a pinch of salt. Leave to simmer for another 2-3 minutes, then remove for the stove and mix in the zest. Mix well and leave to cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Adding the zest at the last minute will guarantee a very strong lime flavour as the zest will be warmed but not cooked by the hot syrup.

This lime syrup was made to serve Bunoelos in the Mexican menu.

Avocado salsa with paprika corn cracker cups

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Salsa for 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium fresh tomatoesDSC01523 small
  • ½ medium green pepper
  • ½ medium yellow pepper
  • ½ medium orange pepper
  • 2 medium ready to eat avocados
  • 2 limes to serve with
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Olive oil
  • 1 whole lime zest

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    waiting to be served

  • Salt
  • Big hand full of fresh coriander
  • 6 paprika corn cracker cups

Method:

Wash and cut the tomatoes, sweet peppers in the same size. Thinly slice the onion in a way to obtain half circles.

Halve the avocado, remove the stone, score and bathe in lime juice. Chop the coriander.

In a big bowl, combine, the tomatoes, peppers, red onion, crush the garlic on top, add the lime zest, coriander & salt toss.

Serve the avocado in the cracker cups with the salsa on the side. Drizzle with oil and leave the guest to squeeze the lime on their own plate…

Enjoy!

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Serving suggestion

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About the Mexican menu

Mexican-No Tacos!

Mexican-No Tacos!

Hi! Hopefully you would have read the previous post by the time you got here. Mexican food was suggested by one of our listeners on Croydon Radio… Read about it here.

I tried to make it as authentic as possible. In most parts of the world like Asia, Africa, India or Latin America, the use of pre-prepared

Collecting the corn kernels

Collecting the corn kernels

ingredients can be seen as un-authentic. So, where necessary, spices will be grinded at home, the corn kernels will be remove from the cob at home if necessary, the beans will be bought dry, soaked and cooked in house if the dinner requires it.

That way, the ingredients have better value for money and deliver the most authentic taste, consistency and texture.

Here in Europe, it can be cheaper to buy the tin of corn or beans as they are better value for money, but with no control over the texture.

Funnily enough in the places above mentioned, buying tinned or frozen could be considered a luxury while here in Europe it is the basics.

So, in my Mexican menu, I have used the dry black beans that I have

Dry black beans

Dry black beans

soaked for 24hrs and boiled for 1hr to obtain a just-right texture. I have used black beans, but they aren’t as easy to find in tins so, feel free to use the kidney beans available in all supermarkets… Those can easily turn in to mush I don’t use them that much.

For the corn, I used fresh corn on the cob and shaved the kernels off myself. The best alternative would be the frozen corn rather than tinned sweet corn.

The rest of the components and ingredients for this menu can be found everywhere.

The Mexican menu I came up with and is as follows:

The starter is completely suitable for vegans and the cracker cup can be made from a foodbank parcel content.

For vegans, replace the chicken with large mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms which are chewier.

If using foodbanks parcels, replace the plantain with tinned potatoes, use tinned kidney beans, carrots & tomatoes.

Those flakes ARE HOT! really!

Those flakes ARE HOT! really!

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See you next month!

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If you are Vegan, check out my vegan creations on http://all-vegan.blogspot.co.uk/

Hortense