Leafy Apple Lift-off Juice

Leafy Apple Lift-off Juice Recipe  - This delicious blend of fruit and fresh green leaves is refreshing and healthy. The leaves are robustly flavoured and have a peppery, pungent taste. To prepare the leaves, discard any damaged and disclosure ones and rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove any grit. To prevent the juice from being watery, dry the leaves in a salad spinner or on kitchen paper before juicing.

Serves 2

leafy apple juice

Leafy Apple Lift-off Juice Ingredients:

  • 2 eating apples
  • 300g white grapes
  • 50g watercress, arugula or spinach
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice

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Fig, Coconut and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Fig, Coconut and Banana Smoothie Recipe  - A delicious, creamy and healthy fig, coconut and banana smoothie to enjoy this summer. For maximum fibre content, use either dried fruits that need soaking and then poaching gently for about 10-15 minutes, or use ready-to-eat dried fruits, which do not need soaking first.

Serves 2

fig, coconut and banana smoothie

Fig, Coconut and Banana Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 75g  ready-to-eat dried figs, chopped
  • 3  ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 300ml  coconut milk
  • 5-6  ice cubes

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Virgin Raspberry Daiquiri Recipe

Virgin Raspberry Daiquiri Recipe  - Alcohol free cocktails are the perfect answer for underage teenagers. Serve a selection to them, beautifully decorated with straws, umbrellas and pieces of fruit and wow them all. A refreshing non-alcohol drink to serve and enjoy for teens at dinner party.

Serves 1

virgin raspberry baiquiri

Virgin Raspberry Daiquiri Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 3 measures raspberry syrup or fresh fruit puree
  • 2 measures pineapple juice
  • ½ measure lemon juice
  • 4 ice cubes, crushed lemonade, to top up

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Mulled Wine, Microwave-Style

Use traditional ingredients and modern technology to make this delicious concoction.

For wine enthusiasts, nothing beats having a glass of mulled wine on a winter or autumn evening. This variant of wine is usually made out of red wine that is served warm and is mixed with different spices. The good news is that it is easy to prepare, and you can serve this at your next dinner party.

It is interesting to note that mulled wine can come in different forms depending on which country you are in. For example, “Gluhwein” is a variant which people in German-speaking nations enjoy. It is a blend of sugar, a citrus fruit (normally an orange), cloves, vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, and red wine. When it is served, the cinnamon stick is used as a garnish to make it more appealing and enables you to stir your drink as well.

The conventional recipe for mulled wine may differ from person to person as you may choose to add or take away a certain ingredient to suit your taste. If you are still unsure of how to make traditional mulled wine, there is a video tutorial by Chef Blair Smethurst from UK-based wine stockists M&S that will give you an idea of how a professional prepares it.


Mulled Wine Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of honey (any type of honey will be fine)
  • 2 tablespoons whole mace (if you do not have mace, you can use one-eighth of a teaspoon of shredded nutmeg instead)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (cassia type)
  • 12 cloves
  • A piece of fresh ginger (around 2 inches thick, as thick as your thumb)
  • An orange
  • A bottle of red wine (at least 750 ml)

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