Category: Non-Alcoholic

Orange, Apricot & Honey Smoothie

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Autumn is not far off and as such topping up one’s immunity and resilience to coughs and colds is a must.

Below is a recipe for an invigorating, fresh and delicious drink that is sure to kick-start your fight power against infectious diseases these coming autumn and winter.  Better yet, it is extremely easy to make.

Orange, Apricot & Honey Smoothie


3 apricots, stoned and chopped or 150g dried apricots

1 orange, juiced

60ml semi-skimmed milk

1 tablespoon honey


Method of preparation:

Put the chopped fresh apricots in a food processor (if using dried apricots, chopped these as well before blending).

Add the orange juice, milk and honey and throw in a few ice cubes and then blend until smooth.

Pour in a couple of glasses and enjoy immediately with a friend. 😉


Milk Drink – Quick Recipe

Sometimes, we just want a quick drink that can be made in an instant without too much effort.

There are times when I have eaten a lot of spicy food, I feel my chest and stomach burning and a glass of milk will usually make it all better.

This drink is so easy to make and most food pantry will have the ingredients in store (if not, then it is about time to get shopping!)

Milk Drink – Quick Recipe


3/4 cups milk (whole milk or semi-skimmed; fully skimmed will be too thin)
3/4 cups water
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vanilla essence


Using a pitcher, mix all the ingredients. Stir well, until all the sugar granules have dissolved.

This can be served at room temperature or a with a few cubes of ice added.

It could also be heated up gently.

Bottoms up!

Did you know?

There is a superstition about boiling milk.  It is apparently bad luck for milk to boil over. (It is bad luck to the one cleaning the stove and pan afterwards!¬ 🙂 )


Coffee R Us

They have in Turkey a drink called coffee… as Black as Soot, and of a Strong Scent… which they take, beaten into Powder, in Water, as Hot as they can Drink it; and they take it, and sit at it is their Coffee Houses, which are like our Taverns.
– Francis Bacon

Cuppa coffee Photo by PH Morton

Cuppa coffee
Photo by PH Morton

Scientist in the Netherlands found that a cup of coffee contains enough caffeine needed to combat the risk of nodding off on long haul journeys.

This means that drivers do not have to guzzle gallons of coffee on the motorway to keep awake and the even better news that the risk of toilet time-outs is minimised!!!

Brilliant news.

Did you know?

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant.  Contrary to past eras’ belief that caffeine in coffee renders a man impotent by depriving the body of semen, it has now been found out that sperms exposed to caffeine makes them friskier and thus swim faster.  (Does this mean that a potential daddy who is biologically on the boil needs to consume copious cups of coffees before performing to get those sperms to go crazy?!!!) 😉

Did you know? 40 per cent of coffee is produced in Columbia and Brazil.
Did you know that the first coffee was made from boiling leaves (not sure whether it was the leaves from coffee bean tree, though)?  It was an Islamic hermit named ad-Shadhili, who lived in 1200AD in North Africa that first had coffee made from the beans.

Did you know, the name cappuccino comes from its resemblance to the clothing worn by the Capuchin monks.

Did you know, coffee is the first food to be freeze dried.

Did you know?
In Italian, the word espresso literally means “when something is forced out.”


Did you know, there is a superstition in Brazil that putting the sugar first into your cup before the coffee will make you rich!


Did you know?  A cup of strong black, unsweetened coffee has the added benefit of cleaning your teeth.  A study has found that coffee breaks down the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.  Ensure not to cancel out the benefit of a strong black coffee to your molars by adding milk and sugar to your cuppa.


Did you know that coffee contains more caffeine than any other drink.


Did you know, that in Constantinople in Turkey, denying a wife her coffee gives her grounds for divorce.

Did you know?

The most expensive coffee in the world which retail at $600 per pound is called Kopi Luwak, which are coffee beans that are swallowed and goes through the intestine and then excreted by the Sumatran wild cat.


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Tomato & Carrot Juice Recipe

I reckon, this month of the year is the best time to think healthy and act healthily.  It is the time to cast away bad habits and replace them with new productive ones.

We at GlobalGranary will be with you all the way and as such we will be posting lovely, delicious but most importantly nutritious food and drinks that would aid healthy living through good diet and exercise.

We will call this month,  which is my favourite month, Jubilant January as it is a time for juvilation, be joyful and happy and have fun.

To start with we have a juice that would certainly get all those hormones going and wake those slumberous attitude.

Emma Watson in Dior

Tomato & Carrot Juice Recipe

This is a Wake Up Juice which is basically a carrot and tomato juice.


(amount of ingredients will only serve one)

4 tomatoes, quartered

85g / 3oz grated carrot

1 tbsp lime/lemon juice

Method of Preparation:

Put the tomatoes, carrot and lime or lemon juice into a food processor or blender and process until they turn smooth,

Pour the mixture in  a bowl over a fine sieve. Push in the mixture using a spoon against the sieve to get every ounce of goodness.  Discard the seeds and pulp remaining in the sieve.

Pour the juice in a glass and drink immediately.


Party Punch

Not long now till Christmas.  By the end of November, Christmas parties will be abound and what better drink to serve than this easy to make party punch.

You will need

  • 3 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 2 teabags
  • 6 cups ginger ale
  • ice cubes
  • slices of fruits to decorate

In a punch bowl, pour in the boiling water over the  teabags.  Leave for 5-10 minutes to steep and cool down. Take out the tea bags and dispose off.

Add the orange juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice.

Stir in the sugar.

Just before serving, add the ginger ale and ice-cubes

drop in the pieces of fruits, preferably orange, lemon or pineapple to decorate.

Cin cin!

Hot Salabat (Ginger Tea)

Hot salabat is the drink to wash down all those rich and delicious suman and kakanen.

Here is a quick recipe for salabat.

1 pound fresh ginger cut into chunks.

2 oranges peeled and sliced

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced.

Place the ginger, oranges and apples into a large pan.

Add about 10 cups of water.

Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Strain using a sieve onto a large teapot.

Serve this with honey or sugar.