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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spanish Food FAQ - Is Spanish Food Spicy?

Many times people ask if Spanish food is anything like the cuisines of Latin America? Quite often, people ask if it is spicy like many Mexican dishes are. The answer is – no, not really.

Like Italy and Greece, Spain has ancient roots in the Mediterranean. Spanish food is the product of influences of many cultures over thousands of years. The Phoenicians, the Romans, and the Moors all put their mark on the cuisine. Once the New World was discovered, many new and exotic foods started flowing into Spain from the Americas.

Fundamentally, Spanish cuisine is still Mediterranean cuisine. Although some dishes may contain hot peppers that originated in the New World, most of its cuisine is typically Mediterranean. The two basic ingredients in Spanish food and most foods around the Mediterranean are olive oil and garlic. Lamb and goat are common to most countries in the Mediterranean and are generally prepared the same - barbequed, roasted or stewed. All types of fish and seafood are still an important part of the Mediterranean diet and the Spanish eat plenty of that, too. Spices like garlic, basil, paprika, oregano and thyme are the typical flavorings.

Although the Spanish, like all Europeans were quick to integrate tomatoes, corn, peppers and chocolate into their foods, their taste buds did not adapt to fiery hot peppers like jalapeƱos. So, for the most part, Spanish cuisine is typically Mediterranean, with few dishes that are hot and spicy.

9 Homemade Refreshing Drinks for Summer

Do you wish to add a hint of innovation to your summer drinks ? Do you wish to try some easy to make and savory drinks this summer? You might wanna drink a little bit more in summers as compared to winters, so why not drink something that lowers your temperature and keeps your mind cool and relaxed.

Refreshing Drinks for Summer

I will provide you with nine innovative homemade summer drink ideas that are sure to refresh your body to keep it cool and fresh.

1) Mixed berry shake

If you are fond of berries, then a mixed berry shake can be the perfect solution to beat the heat, this summer. These shakes are easy to make and are immensely delectable to drink. Simply blend strawberries and raspberries and then, mix it with water to create this shake. You can also add some mint sprigs to add a hint of innovation to this drink and make it all the more refreshing.

2) Mango Slushie

Mango Slushie can be another viable option, if you are totally “gaga” over mangoes. Simply mix the mango pulp with milk and shake it well in order to create this delicious drink. You can also add a spoonful of sugar, if you want your drink to be extra sweet. This mango slushie tastes best when it is frozen.

3) Peanut butter Crusher

Peanut butter crusher is a unique drink which is light, refreshing and highly delicious. Add 2 scoops of creamy peanut butter, 2 scoops of vanilla ice-cream and half a tea spoon sugar, to a glass of milk to make this savory and delectable crusher. Freeze this crusher to enjoy the best of this drink.

4) Fruity Soda

If you wish to add a punch of fruitiness to your drink, then you can definitely try this fruity soda. Simply mix cranberry juice, mango juice, orange juice, strawberry juice, blueberry juice and any other relevant fruit juice to create this delicious soda. You can also add maple syrup to enhance the sweetness of this drink.

5) Fruity crusher

This crusher can be a pretty intriguing option to cope up with the summer heat. Simply add mango and orange juice and blend it with some peeled pineapple chunks to create this fruity crusher. Add some ice-cubes to this drink in order to enhance its taste.

6) Sparkling mocktail

This mocktail can be the perfect summer drink, this season. Add apple cider juice, orange juice, mango juice, raspberry juice, blue berry juice and some maple syrup to create this innovative drink. Freeze this mocktail and enjoy its refreshing taste.

7) Chocolaty coffee crusher

This is probably the best drink this summer. Simply add a teaspoon of coffee and 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream in a glass of chilled milk to create this crusher. You can also crush some biscuits and blend it well, to enhance the taste of this drink.

8) Banana Honey Shake

If you want to enjoy the taste of a refreshing, healthy and delicious smoothie, then this banana honey shake can be a perfect alternative. Blend banana, honey, ice-cubes and a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make this unique and tasty smoothie.

9) Sweet Lime Soda

This age old lime soda is the one of the most classic summer drinks. Simply add a few drops of lime juice and some ice cubes to a glass of soda. Blend this drink in a blender to make this innovative and refreshing drink.


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