Thursday, 23 June 2016

5 Fresh Ways To Enjoy Fruit

It only takes a walk through a fruit and vegetable market to marvel at the colours, shapes, aromas and textures that can be found in the rows of neatly arranged fruit. If you scratch the vibrant surfaces, there is a abundance of nutritional benefits to be had from the juicy produce. But all too often, fruits purchased in a rush of healthful zeal are left neglected or just chopped and eaten as a snack. People quickly tire of its one dimensional flavour and texture.
But there is so much more that you can do with fruits beyond the boring fruit salad. Here are some of our favorite ways to make the most of each season’s fruit:

Cups of Colour

A cup full of perfectly cut up fruit in a variety of hues all tied up together with a surprising dressing is a great snack! It looks amazing, can be made in advance and full of immunity boosting phytonutrients too. The trick to making the most of fruits is to play off its natural flavour and texture with some tang, some heat or some crunch.  So pair dark blueberry orbs with verdant green mint leaves honey and scooped out chilled watermelon balls in a glass. Or combine the best of stone fruits like peaches, plums and cherries with a thyme-ginger infused dressing. Dress diced mangoes, papayas, pineapples with coconut milk, lemon juice & caster sugar all whisked together for bright & fresh treat.

Fruit Rolls

An interesting way to showcase the colours and shapes of fruits is in a summer roll. It’s a play on the Vietnamese classic rice paper rolls where instead of the usual herbs, finely julienned fruits take centre stage. It’s a visually attractive way to get kids to try new fruits and offer guests a refreshing, light and gluten free snack. To make this, dip rice paper rolls in hot water. Lay the softened sheet on a flat surface and arrange matchstick sized fruit like green apples, pears, orange segments or strawberry slices. Tightly roll and serve as is or with a simple orange & honey dip.

Roast ‘Em Right
Fruits like pineapples, mangoes, figs, pears, peaches, grapes are juicy and full of natural sugars that caramelize beautifully when roasted on a low heat. This process cooks down the fruit juices till each mouthful has an intense fruit flavour. You can toss up these concentrated morsels of fruit with a lemon juice or creamy mascarpone cheese for a luxurious salad. Add a dollop of soft chocolate ganache on roasted pears for a comforting dessert.

All Puffed Up
Fruit and sheets of buttery puff pastry go really well together. There is no end to the possibilities with these two ingredients. The pastry crisps up to create a delicious receptacle for the fruit. Here’s an idea, arrange strawberry or fig halves on a rectangle of puff pastry and bake till golden and flaky. Drizzle some spiced honey and serve for an indulgent fruit-y treat! Or wrap half a peach cheek in a square of puff pastry and bake till crisp. Drizzle with a rum caramel sauce for a dessert that captures all the amazing qualities of the stone fruit. 

If, inspite of all the above ideas you still are left with fast ripening fruit, place it all in a large saucepan with some sugar and cook it down into a sauce you can use all through the year over desserts like pound cake, ice cream, panna cotta or tarts.

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Great Summer Cooler Fest

We like to think of summer drinks as something light, sipped on a sunny patio at a party. But the fact of the matter remains that summers in India are brutal and the body needs a near constant supply of water and liquids to function optimally. So whether they are simple infused waters, colourful mocktails, refreshing juices or thick smoothies, it’s crucial that every kitchen and fridge is well-stocked with beverages to keep yourself and your loved ones hydrated and happy. And this is what the Summer Cooler fest is all about, with exciting offers and cool deals on a wide assortment of thirst quenchers. So, come on down to any of our stores or log into our online store from the comfort of your home and pick up your favourite beverage. Or let this fest be an opportunity to try something new this season. 
Water All The Way
The easiest and simplest way to remain healthy and refreshed is to consume plenty of water. Qua bottles natural mineral water at the foothills of the Himalayas that replenishes the body’s balance. For a sparkling thirst quencher, try Perrier water in its distinctive green bottles. 


Fruity Fun
For instance, the fruit beverages by O’cean and Wild Water are excellent ways to beat the boredom of gulping plain, flavourless water all day. These waters are fortified with minerals and vitamins with options of apple, guava, mango+passion fruit, and are free from artificial chemicals or preservatives. Hand the kids a bottle of Fruitshoot juices and let them keep playing all day long. These tasty juices come in a handy bottle with a sipper for hydration on-the-go.


Summer Nostalgia
The summer always brings to mind the carefree vacations of childhood and the traditional drinks grandma would make. Paper Boat keeps those memories alive with their delightful range of beverages like kala khatta, aam panna, jaljeera, aamras, and kokum, in easy to carry pouches. Sip on these delicious beverages and enjoy a walk down memory lane.

Colourful Coolers
Basil seeds are known to be incredibly cooling. An interesting trend in beverages today is by American Style where basil seeds are added into fruit juices; the seeds absorb the liquid and become plump which provides a wonderful texture to the drink. 

Morning Refreshment
Need your morning shot of caffeine to begin the day? Don't let the heat keep you from enjoying your daily coffee. Cold coffee is the way to go with delicious vanilla or hazelnut flavours by DropKaffe. You can also opt for a vegan beverage with Staeta’s creamy almond milk in your morning smoothies or with cereal or to make a cooling Mexican horchata.


Cold Pressed Joy
If hydration combined with health is your goal, cold pressed juices like Raw Pressery or Jus Divine are the way to go. These colourful bottles are full of the natural goodness of fresh produce. Extracted and bottled under intense hydraulic pressure, these juices are free from artificial preservatives and chemicals. Each thick drink or smoothie is tailored to meet specific health goals.

With such a wide array of coolers, everyone will be spoiled for choice. Did this post cover your favourite beverage? 

Tell us in the comments below: what are you looking forward to in the Great Summer Cooler Fest?                                                                                                        

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Get to know the rad little radish a little more!

Shapes & Shades! 
They could be white, red, purple, green or black. 
And round, oval or elongated.    

Pick like a pro! 
Should be firm, when gently squeezed. These will be the crisp ones. 

Not just in a Parantha! 
Pickle, sauté, grill, braise or serve raw in a salad. If it’s a salad, remember to soak them in ice water for a couple of hours.