TISANA. Fruktbiter drikke.

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The access to fresh fruits in Venezuela is simply a blessing. Our drink “Tisana” is a celebration to them. It is found all along the country and it can be made with any fruit you can think of .

This great drink is full of: vitamins, textures, colors and flavors. It is definitely a favorite for kids. Alternatively, it can be served frozen, in small plastic cups with an ice stick into them to be enjoyed as a super healthy iced lollies.

Even though this might seems to you more like a summer recipe, do not shy away from it only because it is winter!!!! It can be adapted to any seasonal fruit you might happen to find: blueberries, bananas, oranges, strawberries, grapes, kiwis, etc.

What makes a “Tisana” a proper one is its: Pinkish color, grenadine flavor, the amount and size of the fruit pieces: one bite size and variety!

The original recipe calls for grenadine sirup, but here in Norway is not so readily found: only in the “Winmonopolets” because this sirup is mostly used in the cocktail making… not cheap!

In replacement for the grenadine sirup I used FUN LIGHT: Granateple flavor and IT WORKED PERFECTLY!!!!!

Here my recipe:

1  litre Orange juice

800 grms (aprox.) of fresh fruit pieces: apples, watermelon, pineapple.

Fun light: Granateple flavor… add to taste (I used about 1 cup)

Mix well in a bowl: orange juice, fun light (to taste) and the fruit, let it rest for one hour in the fridge so all the flavor can be soaked up by the various fruits. Enjoy with friends and family.

COCADA. Kokos drikke.

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I love the “cocada” drink! Every time I visit Morrocoy National Park I never miss it. All along the Venezuelan coast, which is: 3726 Km of coastline and 1,008 km of Coastal Ocean and 1276 km of insular territory*, is surrounded by beautiful palm trees.

The abundance of these trees in the eastern side of the country makes the “cocada” of Puerto La Cruz city super popular.

In my opinion this drink is the ultimate beach drink since it is refreshing, energizing and of course…luscious!

Another piece of information that some might find interesting is that some venezuelans add a splash of coconut water in their whisky while relaxing in the beach, to me is delicious and CERO hangover. Coconut water (not the milk) is incredibly healthy and one of the best drinks to hydrate the body. So whisky and coconut water… something to think about, huh?

The bag of grated coconut 200gr is under 10 kr 🙂

 

Ingredients

60 gr grated coconut (revet kokos) from the bag (or 1 unit of the fresh one)

90 gr sugar

300 gr milk

50 gr condensed milk

1 tbsp cinnamon

Ice cubes

Procedure

If using grated coconut from the bag: mix the milk and the coconut and let them stand for 30 min. so the coconut will hydrate a bit. Then place all the ingredients into a blender and enjoy. It makes 4 glases!

If using fresh coconut: pre-heat the oven at 180C and bake the coconut for around 10 min…or until you hear/see a crack! The heat will open up the coconut for you…waaay easier than smashing it against the floor and less dangerous than using a hammer. Once open, take the shell off and grate the coconut flesh. Then place all the ingredients into the blender and enjoy. It makes 4 glases!

* the source: http://www.monografias.com/trabajos6/maes/maes.shtml

MANJAR DE PIÑA. Ananas delikatesse.

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One historian says that the name “Ananas” was given to it by the “guranies” indigenous (today Paraguay) and it means: A=fruit and  NANAS= delicious, and who can argue that?.

This is a delicious dessert, that is present in almost any household in Venezuela. Easy to make. Its secret lies in using a good fresh pineapple juice as a base, the canned pineapple is a NO-NO for this recipe!!

Ingredients

600 gr fresh pineapple juice

25 gr sugar

40gr maizena

1 tbsp orange flower water (if you have it, otherwise you can do without)

Procedure

Mix all the ingredients into a bowl, then transfer the mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil. With a wooden spoon keep moving it, watching for the bottom of the pan as it thickens. Cook for about 10 min. Then transfer to a big bowl or smaller ones, whichever you prefer. Cover with cling film (making contact with the surface) place in the fridge. Enjoy once it has cooled down, approx. 1 hour

JUGO DE PIÑA PERFECTO. Den perfekte ananasjuice.

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Continuing with the pineapple recipes….this juice is simply perfect. Try it and your life will never be the same 🙂

Just make sure you use fresh pineapple. I mean: do not use the canned one!

Ingredients

The frozen pineapple chunks you reserved, from the Guarapo de piña recipe

2 cups of water

sugar to taste

Procedure

Place the frozen chunks into the blender, water and sugar….blend and serve!!! the frozen pineapple will give and incredible refreshing texture to the drink. Enjoy!

 

By the way… if you enjoy this recipe, why don´t you to set aside some of this fab juice and make a manjar de piña, you will love it!!