Fruit Yogurt Parfaits

fruit yogurt parfaits recipe with step by step pictures

It’s the first day of summer today!

Yay!

To celebrate this very special day, I decided to prepare a fresh, healthy, and refreshing recipe for you.

It’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits – a healthier and simpler version of these delicious and unforgettable Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits.

Here are the details, step-by-step…

 

fruit yogurt parfaits recipe with step by step pictures, ingredients

These are the ingredients.

 

fruit yogurt parfaits recipe with step by step pictures, 2 cups - 200 grams of granola, you can use baked muesli instead

1. First, we need 2 cups (200 grams) of granola.

You can use baked muesli instead.

Detox Smoothie

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial

Yep, that’s a healthy green smoothie?

I realize things like these are rather scarce over here, at this little place of mine.

But before you start wondering whether I’ve overcome a head injury recently, let me explain what’s going on…

 

I made this smoothie yesterday. That allowed me to tick off my first New Year’s resolution – to bring a little more health into my life.

Then I did three (3) sit-ups.

I was feeling amazing.

A new person was born.

 

Today I made a batch of cookies and had two glasses of wine.

So everything is back to normal.

The new person has grown up rather quickly, it seems.

 

Still I wonder what made me feel better, the alkalizing smoothie or the lovely wine.

Need to think it all through.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, ingredients

Here’s what you need to prepare this healthy beverage.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, pour the juice into the blender

1. Pour the juice into the blender.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial,add the lemon juice

2. Add the lemon juice.

Minus the seeds.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves, they have rather mild flavor so they won't affect the final taste of your drink substantially

3. Grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves.

They have rather mild flavor so they won’t affect the final taste of your drink substantially.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, throw them into the blender

4. And throw them into the blender.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, peel the fresh ginger and grate it finely

5. Peel the fresh ginger and grate it finely.

 

Fresh ginger is beyond healthy but very flavorful.

A little goes a long way.

We need just about 1/4 teaspoon.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, blend

6. And into the blender it goes as well.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, blend till liquefied and green

7. Blend till liquefied and green.

 

detox smoothie recipe with step by step picture tutorial, this super detox smoothie is great for alkalizing your system, it is refreshing and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes

This super detox smoothie is great for alkalizing your system. It is refreshing and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes.

And when you drink it, you’ll feel like a new person.

Enjoy, dear friends.

 

(This recipe was loosely adapted from pattycake.ca.)

 

Strawberry Cheesecake

Someone might think that after all the cheesecakes and cheesecake pots I’ve made I’ll have enough.

But no.

Not me.

As soon as I came across this recipe I found myself being pulled towards the kitchen by some strong and strange power.

Really!

You better believe me.

The things that followed were…hm…spooky, my friends.

All I could see were my very own hands reaching for strawberries, sugar, blender…then there was a lot of noise…then flour mist covered everything…and the next thing I remember was me sitting on a chair and munching on this heavenly treat.

Things like these happen to me quite often.

Sometimes I’m scared.

What is that?

Well, that kitchen of mine – I guess there will be a movie made about its magical powers one day.

Luckily, I had my camera there with me…so now I have the evidence to show you:

These are the ingredients that gathered to create the delicious piece of art.

1. First I ground up the graham crackers until they were crumbs.

Or shall I use the instructions-giving style?

Okay.

So…

2. Pour the graham crackers into a larger bowl.
3. Add the sugar.

4. Melt the butter and add it to the bowl.

You can melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat or in a microwave, like I did.

Both ways are all-right.

5. Using a spatula or a spoon or anything you desire, combine the ingredients.

6. Now, try your best to find your 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan somewhere.
7. Press the crumbly mixture onto the bottom of the pan.

You don’t even have to spray or butter the pan before.

But you can.

You don’t need to, but you can…

But you don’t need to.

Am I being clear?

No?

So again…

You don’t even have to…

Sorry!
8. Place the pan into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

9. In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries and cornstarch. Cover and process until smooth.

You can use fresh strawberries instead of frozen ones. In that case, add about 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar into the blender.

10. Pour the strawberry purée into a saucepan and bring to boil.

Cook and stir for about 2 minutes.

Let cool.

Set aside 1/3 cup of the finished sauce for serving. Keep it covered in your refrigerator.

11. In a bowl of your electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with milk just until combined.

When it comes to cheesecakes, it’s important not to over beat the batter. That way you’ll prevent cracking of the cheesecake when it’s baking.

Oh, and you might have noticed that the condensed milk I was using looks a little too thin. You are right. Since I am a dreamer and a utopian I decided to bond two hardly mergeable concepts – cake and diet. For these reasons I used low-fat condensed milk. It was all right, but next time I’ll use the regular milk – that makes the cake’s structure a tad firmer.

12. Add the lemon juice.

13. Then add the eggs and beat on low just until combined.

14. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust.
15. Drop the strawberry mixture by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto cream cheese layer.

16. With a knife, swirl the strawberry sauce.
17. Bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 55-60 minutes or until the center is almost set.

Don’t worry if the cake still wobbles in the middle a little when you shake it. For even though the center may not look fully baked, once it cools it will firm up and be the correct consistency.

18. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
19. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer.

20. Refrigerate overnight and serve with the strawberry sauce you’ve set aside (if it’s gotten too thick you can dilute it with a little water).
21. Store the cake in the refrigerator and most importantly – enjoy, dear friends!

See you soon!

Most cordially,
Petra

Ice Shot Glasses

See?

I really am experimenting with ice these days.

And I love it!

My freezer is a source of fun, joy and so needed cool refreshment these days.

First I made the Colorful Ice Cubes (you can check out the lovely cuties here).

And because I usually have a hard time letting go of things, I just knew I have to give the freezer a new job of some kind.

The other day I stumbled upon this strange looking thing in a shop.

After I surveyed it for awhile, I thought to myself with rising excitement:

Hm. What could this be…?

Hey!

Hey!!!

“LIKE REALLY?”

To my horror I found out I had said the last two words out loud and rather loudly.

The embarrassment!

Subsequently, I tried my best to look invisible to a couple of shoppers who were eying me up and down, threw the thing into the shopping basket and headed to the counter at sonic speed.

In spite of the embarrassment, I felt like I was the happiest person on the planet … because what I found were ICE SHOT GLASSES MOLDS!

I hadn’t even known they existed!

A very special note: If you’d like to have molds like these then check out this colorful GIVEAWAY!

Anyway, as soon as I came home a craze began.

I gathered two sprigs of my beloved, new planted mint

…some sugar heart decorations…

…and some sugar rice decorations too.

I threw all the stuff into the molds.

Filled the molds with water.

And stuck this magical, interior-creating thing in.

Then I popped the molds into the freezer.

After a couple of hours I got this.

The coolest shot glasses ever.

Literally!

I got so amazed by these cuties that my fantasy started running wild:

What if I filled the molds with fruit juice?

Or jello?

Or melted chocolate?

The possibilities are endless.

I can’t wait to give all these ideas a try…