Mango Lassi

Michelle shared a popular yogurt drink in Indian restaurants in the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen.

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Mango Lassi is a delicious combination of mangoes and yogurt that is cool and soothing. It is wonderful on hot summer days or as a compliment to spicy meals.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (optional)
  • 3 cups crushed ice or ice cubes, use as needed

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Hot Mulled Apple Cider

Michelle shared a Hot Mulled Apple Cider in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club. This is just perfect for the wintery weather.

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups apple cider (we used apple juice)
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips

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Limeade

In line with the Mexican theme, Michelle selected a refreshing drink for the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen.

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This simple Limeade is made with just lime juice, sugar and water. A great drink for summer.

Ingredients

  • 3 limes
  • 2/3 cup white sugar, or to taste
  • 2 litres cold water

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Refreshing Apple Cider Vinegar Mint Drink

This is a recipe that I missed from the community kitchen. I made it from home instead.

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This Apple Cider Vinegar Mint infused drink is very refreshing and great for hot summer days.

Vinegar is believed to help weight loss. It prolongs the sensation of satiety after eating.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint

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Lemon Bomb

For drinks, Colleen prepared a Lemon Bomb drink. Colleen picked some fresh lemon balm from her garden for recipe Lemon balm belongs to the mint family but it has a mild citrusy fragrance to it.

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The Lemon Bomb is very refreshing for a warm summer day.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh lemon balm
  • 6 to 8 lemons, juiced
  • sugar or honey to taste
  • water
  • ice cubes, optional
  • 1 lemon, sliced for garnishing

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Beet Pink Lemonade

Michelle shared a drink recipe from her website MintGreenApron.com in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors on Valentine’s Day.

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It’s a Beet Pink Lemonade. The beet is used to color the drink pink.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 beet, scrubbed and peeled
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • approximately 4 cups cold water
  • ice cubes, if desired

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Source: MintGreenApron.com

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Ching Po Leung

During the hot summer day, Ben would yearn for a cooling Chinese drink like Ching Po Leung.  Ching Po Leung can be cooked as a savory soup or as a sweet soup depending on what ingredients you add in. For the savory soup, meat like lean pork or skinless chicken is added in and season to taste with salt.

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For the sweet soup version, rock sugar and more longan meat is added.  This Chinese concoction is supposed to have a cooling effect to the body.

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Ching Po Leung can be bought from Chinese herbal or groceries stores. It came packed with all the ingredients except the meat or rock sugar.

Ingredients

  • from top clockwise, barley, lotus seeds, lily bulb, Solomon’s Seal Rhizome, Euryale seeds,  longan meat, Chinese Yam and rock sugar in the middle

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Click on the following link to check out the nutritional values of the individual components of this concoction.

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