Friday, 30 June 2017

A Gardenscape with a Summer drink:)

It's holiday time and spending some pleasurable time in kitchen to prepare a delightful summer drink  is fun as well. Preparing a shrub is perfect for holidays and holiday outing. A shrub is a traditional Arab cordial and were popular few centuries ago and are making a come back again.As we know a shrub is based on a fruit syrup using fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and red currants.

To prepare a strawberry shrub all that is needed.....strawberries: 3lb (1.4kg) Granulated sugar, Citric acid. This makes about 850 ml of syrup.

Sterilize the bottle tops by boiling them in water for 15 minutes. Make sure the strawberries are clean, shell them and put them into a pan. Heat gently, stirring continuously, and bringing slowly to the boil. Boil for 1 minute, crushing large pieces of fruit with wooden spoon. Strain the fruit through clean muslin cloth till the last drop of  juice. 

Measure the juice into large, clean jug. Add 12oz (350g) sugar to each pint (570ml) of juice.  Stir to dissolve the sugar. If necessary, heat the juice and sugar gently until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 level teaspoon of citric acid for each pint(570ml) of juice that was measured. 

Pour the syrup into the screw-top glass bottles. Leave 3/4 (20mm) of headspace on each bottle to allow room for expansion. Screw the sterilized tops on loosely. This allows the air to escape. Put a folded newspaper into bottom of  a preserving pan or a large deep saucepan, and place the filled bottles on top of the paper. Pour cold water into the pan until it comes just above the level of the syrup in the bottles.  Simmer for about 20 minutes. The temperature of the water should be about 88 degree C (190 degree F).

Remove the bottles gently using hand gloves (heatproof) and place them on a wooden board. Screw the tops tightly & immediately. Leave it to cool. Store them in a dark cool place. Homemade fruit syrups will keep up for years. However once opened  it should be kept in refrigerator and consumed within ten days. 

How the shrub is served? Put a good full tablespoon of syrup into a tall glass and dilute with hot or cold water or with soda to taste. Strawberry shrub froths up when mixed with soda and the suds subsides leaving a sparkling summer drink.  Enjoy your summer with a home made summer drink with family and friends:))

 For placing the drink stirrer i used a pretty crystal vase and that looked pretty and went well with the setting.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Summer Table With Summer Flowers :)

We have come to the mid of 2017. Nature is doing it's job and in blog land too, everywhere, creative instincts keep flowing with personal hints and tips. During these long six years of blogging, there was never a dull moment and blogging has become  routine & unavoidable to me however busy. I love everything about blogging and am happy to be part of blogging community. It's always overwhelming to receive cherish-able comments from unknown destinations, unknown people and blog friends. Thank you all.

In a sun filled room a summer dining with  just simple flowers makes a difference. The dragon fly and butterfly print table runner adds charm to the table as well. The combination of yellow,white and with  touches of blue & green declares they are true colors of  June skies. 


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Summer On Plate:))

Season changes, decors too change according to seasons, but the love to style your home with season's color and season's elements never change. It often happen in the homes of people who are passionate about decors and with the things they possess. 

In many countries it is Summer time and thankfully our severe summer days are coming to an end with a change in the evening air. Unlike other cold countries Summer, our Summer is harsh with literally the heat wave sweeping. 

Living near the coast is always enjoyable (as we are) and creating a coastal feel through decors is fun as well.  What is your vision of an ideal Summer decor? Nothing conjures up the sunny Summer out doors like a out door dining or even if it's held inside your home. I transformed the dining table on a sweltering hot day to a coastal getaway with beach accessories and the much loved summer color combo Blue & White. 

Collection of shells over the years comes handy to me for summer decor display. To create a miniature beach scene for the center piece, filled a platter with sand & arranged small shells, cut succulents on it. It looked perfect for a beach table along with two shell made flowers and spoons. I never gave a second thought while shopping to pick up the glass fish plates and that gave a finishing touch to the table. 

A beach themed table sure to inject a hefty dose of cheer into any space whether it is inside your home or out in the garden at any time of the day during the season. Enjoy your Summer:) 

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