Homemade Summer Sweet Treats.

24 Jul 2014

Recently, I've been getting busy in the kitchen trying out all sorts of new recipes including some nice summery recipes and so I thought I would share some with you. It's something a little different to usual but I hope you like it all the same!

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what do you do if life gives you oranges as well?

Refreshing Orange and Lemonade.
For this I used:
1-1/2 cups of orange juice ( about 4 juiced oranges)
1-1/2 cups of lemon juice (about 7 juiced lemons)
2-1/2 cups of water
1-3/4 cups of water
Soda Water

To start with I juiced my oranges and lemons as I thought it would be a lot nice with freshly squeezed juice. You could use usually orange and lemon juice and, while I did juice some lemons, I didn't have enough so I used lemon juice from a bottle and it tasted just as nice!
After that I then put the water into a pan and set on a medium heat level. After a minute of warming up, I added the sugar to the pan and I left that to dissolved- giving it a stir here and there.
Once that had dissolved, I left it to cool at room temperature before adding orange and lemon juice. 
At this point you can add some of the orange and lemon peel but I preferred not to. 
I then leave it to chill in the fridge for a few hours in a jug or you could leave it in the pan if you'd prefer.
While usual home made lemonade isn't actually fizzy I thought I would add some Soda water for a bit of fizz when serving doing about 1/3 soda water to 2/3 of the homemade lemonade. 
When serving I like to add some ice and maybe some lemon and orange slices as well as some mint and there you go!
(you do get a lot more than what is shown in the photo, I just couldn't help myself!)

Homemade Sweet Popcorn.
For this I used 
3/4 cup of maze
tbsp of sugar
roughly a tbsp of oil.

I start by adding the oil to a pan and left it heat up on a medium setting. 
Once I feel it to start heating I add the maze. While I've specified the amount of maze, it doesn't mean you have to do that much obviously but keep in mind the size of your pan as the maze will obviously expand when it pops.
After another minute or two, I add the sugar making sure I cover all the maze. I then put the lid on the pan and give it a shake to make sure I have all the maze covered in oil and sugar; if you want to add more sugar, feel free!
After giving it a shake, I turn the heat up just below a high heat and wait for it to start popping.
Once the popping has slowed down and you can see most of the maze had popped, I turned off the heat and left it on the side for a minute to cool. A good idea is at this point you could great some chocolate over your popcorn if you want. It is nice!
Once the popcorn has cooled slightly, share between bowls for friends or one big bowl for myself to enjoy and that's it!

So I hope you enjoyed these two quick recipes and I'd love to know if you'd like to see more. What are some of your favourite sweet treats to eat during summer?
Hope you're doing great,

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