~ Lavender Lemonade!!

The Hubby loved lemonade, be it regular kinds, raspberry flavored or strawberry flavored!! I usually buy it from the store, but since I am growing Lavender in the backyard garden, I googled for a recipe to make lavender lemonade and after some tweaks, sharing what worked for me!

It’ll take you 20 minutes to make (after 30 minutes of soaking) and this recipe will be good to serve 4-5 adults.

Ingredients:

– A handful of freshly picked and rinsed lavender flowers. If fresh ones are unavailable, a tablespoon of dried ones work just fine.

– 1 cup white sugar

– 2 cups of boiling water

– 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

– 2 cups or more of cold water

– Ice

Method:

– Cut the lavender flowers from the stems and place in a large pyrex measuring bowl. Put the sugar over the flowers and use your fingers to gently rub the flowers into the sugar.

– Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the sugared lavender and stir with a spoon until all of the sugar has been mixed. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes at minimum.

– Strain the lavender-infused sugar syrup and pour into a serving jug.

– Now stir in the lemon juice.  Add another two cups of water. Taste and adjust according to preference (add more lemon juice if too sweet or add more sugar if too tart).

– Lastly add ice and more water to the desired level of concentration. Note that once the ice melts, it will dilute the drink, so adding too much will change the taste.

Now for some awesome presentation, add some lemons and a few lavender sprigs and server chilled!

** Image courtesy Google, as I didn’t click any pix out of excitement of trying it, when I made some… Next time for sure!*

Please note: If you use fresh flowers, bought from the lavender farm, make sure they have not been sprayed with pesticides. And definitely not use florist flowers.

Cheers!! Lemme know how you liked it!

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~ Quick Fix: Peanuts (Moofali) Chakna/Snack/Salad!!

This is another one of my Mom’s quick Fix and is super yummy! Summer evenings call for a easy snack along with your choice of chilled beverage, and this my friends is a super easy and yummy and goes it all sorts of drinks, if you get what I mean! Haha!!

So here goes…

Ingredients:

– 11/2 cups Lightly salted Peanuts (with or without skin would do)

– 1/2 Onion

– 1 Small Tomato

– 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

– Cilantro / Coriander for garnish

– Salt to taste or skip depending on how much the peanuts are salted

– Juice of 1/2 lemon

– Sev for garnish

Method:

– Dice the onion and tomatoes in small pieces, mix with peanut and add pepper and lemon juice.

– Chop the Cilantro/Coriander leaves finely and garnish with sev as well.

Ta-da!!! You are done!

You can also serve this a salad before main course, goes well with wine, beer and ofcourse soft drinks as well as mango lassi, sweet or salty lassi!

Enjoy!!