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Christmas In July - Twice The Joy!

The exact date when the tradition started is not all that clear.  One theory is that Christmas in July originated because of a few Irish tourists back in 1980.  They were on holiday in Sydney’s Blue Mountains in New South Wales during July and spotted some snow. Super excited about the snow, they convinced the local hotel to hold a “Yulefest”, meaning a mid-winter feast. Everyone had a ball and the owner saw it as another opportunity for his growing business. Soon the owner’s initiative was so popular that others also jumped in. Such as gift stores, restaurants, and clubs offering discounts and even creating special menus for dinner reservations. 

Another theory is more simplistic. Namely that Christmas in July originated in Europe from a desire to celebrate Christmas in the European summer.

In time, the concept spread over to the Southern Hemisphere and today it’s very popular to celebrate Christmas also in July!


For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.

Southern Hemisphere

Countries such as South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia have their winter season in July.  They celebrate Christmas in July to get that warm, cozy, and fuzzy feeling their northern counterparts enjoy on December 25th.

That’s why Southerners celebrate Christmas with their loved ones in July. Since July is smack in the middle of winter, this is the time to experience a winter “Christmas” without having to travel! A cozy fireplace, the smell of cinnamon, a Christmas movie (scroll down to watch the full 2020 Christmas In July movie) or two, warm food, hot red wine, and small token gifts… it’s Christmas in the South. 

Food for Comfort!

Warm Caprese Salad homemade quick and easy recipe mozzarella cheese tomatoes basil min

Easiest And The Best Caprese Salad For Winter

TASTY WARM CAPRESE SALADThis is a Caprese salad with a twist. The tasty warm Caprese salad is the winter version of one of Italy’s most popular salads. It’s super delicious as a starter and quick to prepare.It’s the kind of recipe you make while your guests are chatting away. Like, from the microwave directly to the table. The preparations can be done in advance, but not the microwave bit. You want the basil aroma to fill the room!I love quick and easy meals that I can prepare while my guests are having fun, without slaving away in the kitchen. And this is one of them!Budget Friendly | Easy | Quick | WinterPREP TIME: 10 minsCOOK TIME: 1 minCOURSE: Appetizer, Salad, Side DishCUISINE: ItalianEQUIPMENT: Microwave OvenIngredientsMozzarella Cheese Not the softballs.Fresh Large TomatoesBasil Pesto (I use the Woolworths S.A. pesto – it has a smooth oily consistency – not so dry. Alternatively, why not make your own Basil Pesto? It’s super easy.) How to make the tastiest warm Caprese salad, ever!Slice the cheese and tomatoes and put them into the guests’ respective plates you want to serve them on.Microwave at full temperature until JUST before the cheese melts.Garnish with one or two teaspoons of Basil Pesto.Serve warmChef Secret!Woolworth’s basil pesto has a touch of garlic (you can hardly taste it) and pine nuts. I usually buy a few containers at a time and freeze them for later use. It is one of those products that you just don’t want to run out of… very versatile!Serve it as a light lunch!The very first time I had a warm Caprese Salad was at Zurich airport. The warm salad was rolled into a pancake and served as a meal. I fell in love with it.As I mentioned earlier, I love to prepare “something quick”, but at the same time, it must be super tasty.And it must look good too. I passionately believe that 50% of the enjoyment of the meal lies in how attractive it is served. Once done, this light lunch looks extremely attractive when served on a white plate. Especially, if it’s an oblong-shaped plate.A little bit off the subject, but a great tip that I love sharing. The next time you go shopping for dinnerware, look beyond the platter plates in terms of their purpose. Yes, they’re sold as platter plates, indicating a salad or some platter of some sort being served to a group of people. Many a shop assistant tried to keep a straight face when I end up buying 8 or 12, instead of just 1 or 2. I buy so many because I use them as dinner plates. You’ll be amazed at the compliments you’ll get with just a slight bit of creativity such as this. And it changes the entire look and feel of the meal you’re about to plate. Suddenly it looks so much more festive and chicer!OK, back to our recipe. 🙂  Warm caprese salad at Zurich airport – @travelandhomePancakes are easy and quick to make. Combine the warm Caprese salad with a pancake and you have an absolute winner for a light lunch.  This is what you do…Instead of serving the warm Caprese salad as we have it above, you tuck it into a pancake. The finishing touch is to sprinkle a little bit of freshly chopped parsley over the pancake – to garnish, not to improve the taste!Optional: Dress the pancake with a light cheese sauce (because you have lots of cheesiness inside the pancake).Serve with a cold white wine such as a Riesling, and you’re home free.Done it? Share your review and tips.Homemade Basil PestoMore about PancakesThis Is Comfort Food At Its Best – Pancake Cannelloni Recipe    |    Pancake Recipe – The Best South African ‘Pannekoek’More Salad Ideas!

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Pancake Recipe – The Best South African ‘Pannekoek’

Pancake Recipe – The Best South African ‘PannekoekWhen it rains in the Cape, it is time for pancakes.  That is the tradition surrounded by the South African version of pancakes.  Autumn is usually the start of pancake season: Pancakes – known in South Africa as “Pannekoek” (Afrikaans), is a little bit different to the pancakes you’ll find in America for instance.  The South African “Pannekoek” is not ‘cake-like’.  It is thin and can be filled with almost any filling you can think of (savory or sweet). This is a favorite in South Africa at all cake sales, markets and especially any fundraising event.  Therefore this fool-proof recipe is a must-have. WINNING RECIPE FOR MAKING PANCAKESIngredients2 Eggs625 ml Milk500 ml Cake Flour2.5 ml Baking Powder2.5 ml salt15 ml Brandy (optional)30 ml Sunflower oilNOTESThe sugar and cinnamon mix is really up to you.  You can take 6 desert spoons of sugar and mix it with 1 desert spoon of cinnamon to start with.  Now taste and if you love more cinnamon, add some more.  Keep this mix ready in a container, to sprinkle on top of each pancake as you finish them.It is great fun trying to flip the pancakes in the air.  Something the whole family can join in and have a bit of laugh.  See our TikTok video below…Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Light MealRating:  5/5You only need a few pantry basics to make this delicious treat.  Serve it as a starter, main or dessert.  Serve it plain or with a fabulous topping or filling.  There are many ways to zhoosh it up … and it’s fun making them.InstructionsMix all the ingredients wellLet it rest for about 30 minutes (you can use it immediately if needed)Using very little oil, just cover the base of a frying panNow add just enough of the pancake mix to cover the base but just a thin layer (as in photos)Let it bake and turn once. Then it is ready.Let it rest on a plate and cover each pancake as you put them on top of one another, with a thin layer of mixed sugar and cinnamon (to taste).Tips from Chef JCIf you want to add fillings to your pancakes – do not sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mix over it as you bake it. Traditionally pancakes are baked with the first winter or fall rain and thereafter you have reason to eat them the whole winter, but in summer time it is turned into sweet treats with amazing fillings:20 Fabulous Pancake Filling IdeasSweet fillings for pancakesCaramel and banana topped with whipped fresh cream.Golden syrup / Maple syrup and cream – topped with berries.Peanut butter or a hazelnut cocoa spread with ice-cream. (Banana optional)Baked apple or pear filling with cream.Strawberries and cream.Cinnamon & SugarHome-made thick custard and peaches.Pecan nuts, honey and ice-cream.Blueberries, berry syrup and cream.Ice-cream, banana and chocolate syrup.Savory fillings for pancakesChicken mayo (cold) or Chicken à la King (warm)Bolognese thick saucy minceTuna mayo with finely chopped gurkins and banana (cold)Seafood mix with sauce of your choiceBacon, banana and maple syrupCreamy spinach and fetaBacon, avo and fetaBeef mince and caramelized onionsMushroom and Béchamel or Cheese sauce Broccoli, Béchamel or Cheese sauce and Gruyere cheeseChef JC’s menu ideas:Why not host a pancake evening for your family.  It is fun (everyone can help flip the pancakes) and they will all love it.  You can have different fillings available – depending on how much time you have to prepare.Starters – Pancakes with a savory tuna fillingMains – Pancakes filled with a winter chicken curry or beef mince.Dessert – Pancakes filled with one of the above sweet fillings.Healthy topping ideas for pancakesFresh fruit or fruit salad. Yogurt (with or without fruit)Mushroom & spinachDark chocolate and nutsHoney and berriesBanana, nuts and honeyMaple syrup & bananasStrawberries and low fat or Greek yoghurtFor more recipes from around the world (which we love), go to our World@Home page.  This is a relatively new page, but we add to it regularly.  Sharing with you all the recipes we love from our travels around the world. @travelandhome#southafrican #pannekoek #recipe #yummy #recipes #foryou #foolproof #baking recipes for our world #travel Recipes #welove – #easyrecipes #dinnerideas♬ original sound – Travel and Home Planning a trip to South Africa? Best places to stay in Cape Town, South Africa Get the best

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Glühwein / Mulled Wine – The Best Recipe

We’ve seen a lot of reasons to stay home lately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the nice things in life. If you’re longing for those magical German Christmas Market moments, but you’re staying home.  Or you have special memories of sharing Glühwein with someone special somewhere on the ski slopes of Mayrhofen…Let’s bring the world homeHere are two easy recipes for making Glühwein at home.#1 Glühwein RecipeThe first recipe (video below) is for beginners or those of us just wanting to try the recipe, or maybe you need a recipe that is just enough for 2 – 4 people.#2 Glühwein RecipeThe second recipe (below) is for 8 – 12  cups – you decide if it is for 4 people or 6 people…  🙂Ingredients2 Bottles of good-quality red wine (Schiava from South Tirol, might be a good option)2 ½ Cups water140 g sugar2 fresh lemons (the juice)6 whole cloves2 cinnamon sticks (do not try and use the powder as you need to remove the sticks in the end)Orange slices for decorationMethodPour the wine into a saucepanAdd the rest of the ingredientsHeat to just under boiling point (Do not boil)Remove the cinnamon and clovesServe with orange slices as decorationIt is a time for love and cheer, A time for making memories, To last throughout the year.What is Glühwein ?Mulled wine, also known as spiced wine, is a beverage usually made with red wine which is heated with various spices. It is served warm and is particularly served at Christmas Markets all around Europe.Although ‘Glühwein’ is traditional in German-speaking countries and in the region of Alsace in France, you will find many Christmas markets around the world serving Glühwein / Mulled Wine.Glögg /gløgg / glögi is the term used for mulled wine in the Nordic countries (sometimes spelled as glog or glug). It is spelled gløgg in Norwegian, Danish, and Faroese, glögg in Swedish and Icelandic, and glögi in Finnish and Estonian.In Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, gløgg or glögg is often drunk at Christmas events.  The main ingredients of alcoholic glögg are red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and bitter orange, and optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit, rum, or brandy.  – WikipediaIn Hungary, forralt bor (“boiled wine”) is typically made from the country’s popular Egri Bikavér. Sometimes Amaretto is added for extra taste.Learn to cook easy mealsThe Top SellersLearn to cook Mediterranean meals.How to make GnocchiGet the secrets to making the perfect Seafood Paella.Want to make pasta like an Italian Chef?The options are endless.  You can have a new experience every day of the week.  Bring the world home with an online cooking experience with one-of-a-kind local hosts.It’s fun.  It’s easy and it’s for you.  Book now @ eatwith.Online experiences are the perfect way to…Travel the world from homeDiscover delicious new recipesGet together onlineMeet friendly, expert hosts

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Set the mood, starting from your front door...

The Christmas spirit can start from before your front door, i.e. in your garden. A great way to involve children in the tradition of Christmas in July is to equip them with the materials to make their own DIY decorations. Some ideas are shared below.

Northern Hemisphere

Up north, the July climate is just the opposite. July is associated with the famous summer holiday when schools have closed for the year and temperatures are soaring after a cold winter.  The exact opposite of the cold and snowy Christmas vibes on December 25th. In the months running up to July, everyone is looking to book that best summer holiday, ever!

And this is when you can easily blow your travel budget for the rest of the year! However, if you’re unable to travel to the South to actually experience a summer Christmas on December 25th, there is hope! Plenty hope!

To feel what your Southern counterparts experience on 25th December, simply throw a Christmas party on July 25th with ice cream, salads, cold food platters, small token gifts (keep it minimal), and even Santa! Pool parties with Santa are great fun!

Summer Deliciousness!

Cocktail Drink Operation Upper Waiter Pool Lady

Best Cocktails From Around The World

Strawberry DaiquiriJust about every club and bar in the Caribbean has strawberry daiquiri on their list of cocktails. That said, it did not originate from there.It was created by an American mining engineer who found himself in Cuba at the time. He ran out of ingredients and came up with a mixture which he called daiquiri. Also, the name of the local beach. The rest is history.It first appeared in New York clubs around 1902. The Classic Daquiri has changed since then into the very popular Strawberry Daiquiri.The Classic Daiquiri45 ml (1.5 oz.) White Rum30 ml (1 oz.) Simple syrup (I prefer a 1:1)23 ml (0.75 oz.) Lime juice OR 30 ml (1 oz.) of lemon juicePour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake gently. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy. Blue LagoonAn American bartender, Andy MakElhon, made good use of the Blue Curacao liqueur which flooded the European market in the 1960s.There’s also a movie of the same name.Blue Lagoon Island (Comino), MaltaYou will also find the Blue Lagoon Island in Malta. To get to the island, take a ferry from Cirkewwa in the North of Malta, or go on a boat cruise that berths at the Blue Lagoon Island for a few hours. Alternatively, explore on your own from Sliema/Buġibba. Blue Lagoon IslandBahama MamaThere are three theories about the origin of this cocktail.One is that it was named after Dottie Lee Anderson. Dottie, a Caribbean dancer in the 1930s, went by her stage name “Bahama Mama”. Secondly, legend has it that during Prohibition, when the Bahamas were used as a smuggling base, the drink became popular.Lastly, the author of the book One More Cocktail claims recognition for its origin. Oswald “Slade” Greenslade, who worked as a Bahamian bartender, claims the invention was a result of a few homegrown recipes codified into one drink.BahamasThe Bahamas consist of 700 islands across 100,000 square miles of ocean. The archipelago is an ecological oasis.The Bahamas is known to have the clearest water on the planet. Therefore, it is a popular destination as part of a boat cruise package.It will take you about 2,5 hours from Florida, Miami to the Bahamas by boat. Thus, a perfect one-day trip.The official language is English, and the currency is the Bahamian Dollar. Blue HawaiiIn 1957 a sales representative of Dutch distiller Bols asked Harry Yee (a legendary bartender in Waikiki) to design a drink that featured their blue color of Curaçao liqueur. And so, Blue Hawaii was invented.HawaiiIt’s the only USA state with two official languages, namely English and Hawaii.The main capital is Honolulu.They use the USD currency. April, May, September, and October are the best months for a Hawaii holiday.Hawaii is officially in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone, which is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-10).Because of the time zone, you may experience some jet lag, depending on where your journey begins.  Therefore, I’d say about 10 days, including recovering from jet lag and getting acclimatized, should do the trick for a Hawaii vacation.A perfect day-trip from FloridaLong Island Iced TeaRobert “Rosebud” Butt worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York. He claims to have invented the Long Island iced tea as an entry in a 1972 contest to create a cocktail with Triple Sec.Long IslandIt’s is an expanding island in southeastern New York State, east of New York City. They speak English and use the USD currency.Long Island is known for:award-winning vineyards,boutique shopping,charming downtowns.eclectic dining,the famed beaches of the Hamptons,Fire Island,historic Gold Coast Mansions, andJones Beach.Pina ColadaThe piña colada hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico where it was created by bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero at the Caribe Hilton in 1954. He mixed up a fruity blend of rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, and boom. Everyone’s favorite summer treat was created. – ForbesRupert Holmes’, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) was used in many movies, and is an old-time classic!Blue TahoeThe cocktail recipe has changed over the years, but the real thing is to use Tahoe Blue Vodka. The spectacular Tahoe Lake in California was the inspiration behind Blue Tahoe Vodka. Lake Tahoe’s pristine water makes a world-class vodka.Support Lake Tahoe. Use Tahoe Blue Vodka, and give back to the environment. Tahoe Blue Vodka donates a portion of its proceeds to help preserve both the lake itself and the diverse environment surrounding it.Founders Favorite CocktailIngredients:1.50 oz Tahoe Blue VodkaSoda Water1 Orange SliceDirections: Pour Tahoe Blue Vodka over ice. Top with soda water and give a quick stir. Garnish with an orange slice.Lake TahoeWith a maximum depth of over 1600 feet, the lake is one of the world’s top-ten deepest lakes.With snow skiing in winter and pure summer fun around the lake in summer, Lake Tahoe is an all-year holiday destination. It certainly is a must-go for snow skiers, with plenty of ski villages right on your doorstep. That is, besides the scenic and majestic Heavenly mountains in Tahoe.Dirty MartiniWhen I hear the word Martini I find myself smiling with a picture of Jane Fonda sipping on a dry Martini in the Netflix series, Grace and Frankie!Truth to be told, no one really knows the history of the Martini cocktail. That said, the residents of Martinez are convinced it’s named after a bartender who invented the cocktail in their town. We’ll stick to that. It sounds authentic enough! Besides, I don’t think Grace is particularly worried about where her Martini originates from!Last but not least, of course, James Bond. A Telegraph article put it like this: He drinks a martini that is six parts vodka, one part vermouth, and served – on this occasion by Solitaire – from a cocktail shaker. Four years later, in the Dr. No novel, Bond orders “a medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred, please. I would prefer Russian or Polish vodka.”CosmopolitanBartender Neal Murray says he created the cosmopolitan in 1975 at the Cork & Cleaver steak house in Minneapolis. According to Murray, he added a splash of cranberry juice to a Kamikaze and the first taster declared, “How cosmopolitan.” This event supposedly led to the naming of the new beverage. – WikipediaMinneapolis: Did you know?The state of Minneapolis is known for its skyscraper buildings and vibrant nightlife. St. Paul has a historic feel with a focus on classic architecture, neighborhoods, and traditions.Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comics, was born in Minneapolis and grew up in St. Paul.We’ve all either used the phrase or heard it… “holy cow!”. The phrase was coined by a Minneapolis sports announcer Halsey Hall.  came from? He said “holy cowl!” in response to a home run on a radio broadcast. St. Paul, the capital of Minneapolis, Minnesota.ScrewdriverAnd so the “screwdriver cocktail” got its name!Many, many decades ago, American oil workers in the Persian Gulf could find themselves in a bit of a pickle if caught! They used to add vodka to their orange juice! In order to get away with it, they very discreetly used a screwdriver to stir it.

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Guava mousse recipe dessert pudding south african recipe cuisine, world recipes

Guava Mousse | Easy | 3 Ingredients Recipe

GUAVA MOUSSE DESSERTKoejawelspons Resep (Afrikaans)It is only once we live outside our country of birth that we appreciate the cuisine we grew up with. Something as quick and easy as a guava mousse brings back precious childhood memories.Many South Africans simply refer to it as “koejawelspons poeding”, which is the Afrikaans version of ‘Guava Foam dessert’. “Koejawel” meaning guava; “spons” meaning mousse in this instance; and “poeding” referring to dessert or as the English say, pudding.Origin of Guava Mousse DessertWe know that pudding, as the English refer to dessert, is all thanks to the Brits. However, the exact origin of today’s tasty publication is unknown.  That said, growing up in South Africa this was a treat since as early as I can remember.So with that said, add a bit of South African cuisine to your next party menu, or family gathering with this delicious tropical fruit. If you are unable to get hold of canned guavas, we shared some shopping tips towards the end of the page.GUAVA MOUSSE RECIPESweet Memories!Time To Make: 20 minutesTime To Set: 90 minutesCourse: DessertCuisine: Possibly South AfricanRating:  4.5/5Ingredients1 can 410 g Guava Halves1 can 410 g Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk (Ideal Milk)2 packets 80 g Moirs Strawberry Jelly (160 g in total)How to make guava moussePut the evaporated milk in the refrigerator the night before so it is cold. It must be cold to be whipped up into the foamy texture.Drain the guavas and keep the syrup separate.Mash the guavas by hand until you don’t have any lumpy pieces left. Set one side.Bring the guava syrup to an almost boiling point, and stir the jelly into the syrup until the jelly is melted.Add the mashed guavas to the jelly syrup. Put one side to cool off (but not yet setting).Whip the cold evaporated milk for about three minutes or until the milk is fully foamed.Gently fold the syrup mixture into the foam until there is no more white coloring visible.The dessert is ready to be refrigerated for about one hour.Serving suggestionsPour it into small cocktail glasses or any beautiful glass you have before placing it in the refrigerator to set.  That way you’ll have pretty individual helpings – making a beautiful statement. Garnish with two or three thin slices of strawberry on top.Let it set in a round patterned cake mold. After turning it out, garnish with fresh strawberries and unsalted nuts.Guava shopping tips for SAFFASGetting hold of the ingredients is a SAFFAS-challenge (South Africans Far Foreign Adventure) in some parts of Europe.For instance, you will not easily find fresh guavas (or guava trees, for that matter) growing on pavements or in residential gardens, or even in garden nurseries. The climate is simply not conducive to this tropical fruit.So, what are the options?As a rule, I try to pack some guava cans in my luggage on my return to Europe. However, the baggage weight restrictions also have their limits!I’ve found that there are many “suppliers” of South African goodies across Europe, but goodness me, they are expensive. I guess because they import smaller quantities than the likes of perhaps Amazon?Alternatively, I simply order from Amazon.UK.I’m sharing some links to ease your shopping.Ideal Milk shopping tips for SAFFASSimilarly, the preferred solution for getting hold of Ideal Milk was a matter of via my luggage bags!You may want to try “sweet milk” or look out for MARESI, Original. Maresi Original (available in Hungary) does the same job as South Africa’s Ideal/Evaporated Milk.In conclusion, just one more tip. Don’t break the guava seeds, because your Guava Foam dessert will have sharp pieces from the broken seeds. Mix by hand, so the texture is smooth. Like us on FacebookTo continue providing content you like, let us know what you think!You’re just this one click away…

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Fresh rocket recipe salads

Rocket Salad | The Best All-Time Favorite Recipe

AN ALL-TIME FAVORITE ROCKET SALAD RECIPEDo you have a favorite rocket salad recipe?- Arina JvRRocket also known as Arugula  is used as a leaf vegetable for its fresh, tart, bitter, and peppery flavor.  For this reason it is the perfect ingredient for our favorite rocket salad recipe.Obviously the main ingredient is rocket. Rocket originated in the Mediterranean region and is also known as Italian cress. The entire plant is edible, from the flowers to the seeds and the leaves. You can replace most types of lettuce with rocket or use it as a filler when you don’t have enough lettuce.Also, rocket can be used in citrus salads. It does particularly well with citrus fruit and berry salads.Another use is to make rocket pesto oil, losing the basil and adding pine nuts and parmesan for succulent results!Our favorite Rocket Salad RecipeCOURSE: Side Dish, SaladCUISINE: Mediterranean RATING: 5/5Ingredientsl Cucumber250 g Small TomatoesSoft Feta Cheese To taste. My family loves the soft Feta Cheese, so I am not shy to add a bit extra.1 bunch rocket½ Lemon Juice Or use pure bottled lemon juiceMaple Syrup Just a wee bit less than the amount of lemon juiceInstructionsSlice the tomatoes, cucumber, and cheese to size.Toss all the sliced ingredients, except the lemon juice and maple syrup, into a large salad bowl.Drizzle the tossed salad with lemon juice and maple syrup.You’re ready to serve!Chef Secret!For a more styled look, I like to plate the ingredients and garnish with drizzled lemon juice and maple syrup. This is particularly handy if someone has a dislike for any of the ingredients because they can dish only the bits they want!Nutritional Info: Raw Rocket (arugula)92% water4% carbohydrates2.5% proteinnegligible fat100 g (3.5 oz) serving  = 25 caloriesFolate and vitamin K = 20% or more of the Daily Value (DV) Vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and manganese = 10-19% of DV Click here Did you know:  RocketAlternatively, rocket is also called:  Eruca ruchetta, rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, and roquette.Rocket is native to Morocco, Portugal, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey.Did you know:  FetaI think many of you might say you’ve never eaten any sheep cheese.  Well, traditionally feta was produced using only sheep’s milk. Often a blend of sheep and goat’s milk were used.  So next time when you buy feta cheese, have a look at the label.  You might be surprised by the evidence in your hand.  I know in South Africa and some other countries feta is also made from cows’ milk.Feta is also considered to be the healthy cheese option as it is a nutrient-rich option. The Greek word feta (φέτα) comes from the Italian word fetta ‘slice’, which in turn is derived from the Latin word offa (“a morsel”, “piece”). Wikipedia Tweet Did you know:  Maple Syrup “Maple trees are tapped by drilling holes into their trunks and collecting the sap, which is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup. Most trees can produce 20 to 60 liters (5 to 15 US gallons) of sap per season. Maple syrup is often used as a condiment for pancakes, waffles, French toast, oatmeal or porridge” – Confirmed by WikipediaOther options should you not be able to use maple syrup:Optionally you can make a vinaigrette for your salad.In a small bowl, whisk 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard,3 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt together.  Add a little bit of pepper to taste.  While whisking, slowly add ½ cup of olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified.  You can add 1 teaspoon of freshly chopped garlic, but this is optional and according to taste.

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How are you celebrating Christmas in July?

Maybe you’ve never celebrated the trendy July Christmas celebrations and would like to start this year. Or, you’re already well into planning the upcoming festivities. We’d love to hear from you. Share your ideas and/or photos on our Facebook group. …can’t wait to read all about it!