Fruit Pop!

Is it just me or does every summer just get hotter? I am constantly finding ways to beat the heat. A year ago I posted some fun and creative ways to enjoy frozen mangoes. Now, my daughter has introduced me to more artistic and cool ideas, thanks to her love for Pinterest!

Originally, this activity required the use of popsicle molds. Though those looked adorable, I wanted to put my own stamp on the final product. As a child, I loved the ice-kendi my yaya (nanny) would make for us. She would take the juice and meat from fresh buko (coconut) and melons and freeze them in narrow, clear plastic bags. They were the perfect after school snack!

Fast forward to today and we are modernizing the treat, thanks to nostalgic emotions and the world wide web. My girls and I happily present to you our homemade Frozen Fruit Pops!

YOU WILL NEED:

1. Ice candy bags

2. A beaker with a spout and your favorite juice. Today we are using a pressed apple juice with no added sugar. White grape juice works as well. If you prefer something a little more healthy, coconut water, a freshly squeezed calamansi juice or fresh lemonade are good options. Veer away from darker juices like red grape and cranberry because the fresh fruit won’t be visible.

3. Fresh fruit of your choice. Today we are using kiwi and blueberries. My other favorite combinations are cucumber-melon and banana-strawberry.

1. Good old ice candy bags – less than 10Php in any grocery

2. A measuring cup with an easy pour spout and your favorite juice

3. today’s fruit choice – kiwi and blueberries

PROCEDURE:

1. Wash your fruit

2. Slice your fruit so it fits into bags

3. Fill bags a third of the way with fruit. Push down if necessary, just go gently so that the delicate fruit remains its shape

4. Add Juice to the bag slowly to allow it to reach the bottom and surround fruit completely. This will bind the whole ice pop when frozen. Allow it to come about half an inch above the last fruit piece

5. Knot securely and freeze overnight

1. WASH

2. SLICE with caution, especially if your children are joining in on the fun

3. My little helper filling plastic with fruit

My other little helper packing down the fruit

4. Fruit to juice ratio once bags have been filled

5. FREEZE

This is truly a fun and healthy treat for both kids and adults alike. It is perfect for the stifling hot days that we have been experiencing over the last month. It also controls sugar intake. Though fruits are packed with sugar, it is still better than ice cream, candy or pre packaged frozen treats. Each pop has one good serving size of fruit (this particular one has less than half a kiwi and a handful of blueberries) plus approximately 2-3 tablespoons of fruit juice. So you load your freezer up with these easy to make goodies and ENJOY!!!

Frozen Kiwi Blueberry Fruit Pops

 

 

 

Kettle’s Perfect Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I am definitely a lover of fried chicken… KFC, Chicken Joy, Chicken Mcdo, Max’s, Popey’s, Chicken and Waffles… You name it, I’ve had it over and over again. So you can imagine how excited I was to try Kettle, a newly opened comfort food restaurant in the East Wing of the Shangrila Mall that boasted of the best buttermilk fried chicken in the metro.

The menu selection lived up to the promise of comfort food – From hearty soups like French Onion and Clam Chowder to classic sandwich selections such as an Angus Roast Beef, a Reuben and a Shrimp Po’Boy and traditional desserts like Banana Cream Pie and Pineapple Upside Down Cake, there is something to bring out that sense of nostalgia in everyone.

We began our meal with something a little less traditional, the Baked Brie which came with a simple side salad. The pastry was flaky and the balsamic syrup was good, while the cheese was nice and melty when sliced into. So everything you would expect from this kind of a dish.

Baked Brie – Puff Pastry, Forrest Berry Jam, Balsamic Syrup, Side Salad 389Php

For our mains, we started with the Chorizo Vodka Pasta. This was alright but slightly underwhelming. I can see people who really like that smoked chorizo taste enjoying this dish though because though it is rich and creamy, the flavor doesn’t fade into the background. We followed that with the U.S. Angus Short Ribs which I really enjoyed. Tender beef in a rich sweet and spicy sauce that was bursting with flavor. I soaked the mashed potatoes in the sauce because I couldn’t get enough. The coleslaw was also a nice, fresh and cool accompaniment. All in all, a great dish. Lastly, I of course had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken which was divine. Perfectly crisp and tasty skin that enveloped the most succulent meat. This together with the honey glazed cornbread was completely delectable, only made better by their country gravy and beautifully sweet cajun honey. Though I was too full to sample their desserts, there is always a next time. Needless to say, I will definitely be returning to Kettle, sooner rather than later.

Chorizo Vodka Pasta – Pene, Tomato Cream, Vodka, Chorizo, Parmesan 269Php

U.S. Angus Short Ribs – Braised in Cerveza Negra and Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw 469Php

Buttermilk Fried Chicken – Honey glazed Cornbread, Country Gravy, Cajun Honey 519Php

My 2 dates who enjoyed the chicken immensely. Look at those happy faces!

Happy girls!

Kettle is located in 5/F Shangrila Plaza, East Wing, Shaw Boulevard (654)7077

Scarsdale

When the croughnut made its way to Manila sometime last year, I was really excited to try the love child of two favorite pastries, the croissant and the doughnut. Though it was quite impossible to disappoint, I couldn’t find one that was really worth the calories. Many of the ones I’ve tried were quite oily and extremely heavy, without that strong flavor punch I was looking for. But last week I was given an assignment which took me to Scarsdale Artisanal Delights and I must say, I finally found my favorite croughnut. To begin with, I was always a fan of Gonuts Donuts and when owner Tina Lagdameo opened Scarsdale, I knew I had to check it out. This concept is definitely different, specializing in really awesome flavors that go beyond chocolate, strawberry and peanut butter. They have both sweet and savory treats as well as cool coffee concoctions and fun cocktails. I didn’t get to try everything, but I did have some favorites!

Scarsdale’s

Choices…

Choices…

Choices…

Doughnuts, Croughnuts, Cookies and Cupcakes for the taking!

Apple Pie Croughnut front and center

Other Croughnut flavors – Lemon Meringue, S’mores, Carlo’s Favorite & Butter Popcorn Filled

Croughnut Popper Sampler

Savory Croughnut Poppers – JalapeƱo is a bestseller!

Croughnut Sandwiches are served with fries

Croughnut Chili Dog

Doughnut Cheeseburger

MY CHOICES FOR THE DAY:

I had to – the lemon meringue is the best croughnut I have ever had! Perfect pastry with tart lemon curd filling and a beautiful meringue topping – YUM

The Cereal and Milk Doughnut – Another winner, filled with sweet milk cream and topped with crunchy frosted flakes

I of course took home a box of poppers for my family, but they have other cool choices as well such as locally made bottled spreads of cookie butter and chocolate

My happy little camper with her S’mores Doughnut

 

SCARSDALE ARTISANAL DELIGHTS is located in 514 S&R Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City (02)6317647

Follow them on instagram @scarsdale_ph