Mango Morning “Sangria”

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Have I told you that mango is my MOST favourite fruit? I guess I have 😀  Too bad we’re not having mango season in Indonesia right now. But as I’m easy to please, my mango craving actually could be cured by having a good shop-bought carton mango juice. In fact, I have to have this kind of juice sitting in my fridge on a daily basis.

Few days ago, I tried to make something “special” with this mango juice. I’m in the need of a good mood booster to face Monday morning, and this treat always helps. This easy-to-make recipe will cause no mess in your hectic morning. You actually just have to chop some fruits and plunge them in the mango juice, or whatever juice you like. Breakfast is served and everyone’s happy! Well who doesn’t love to have a glass of colourful fruits floating on sweet refreshing juice as their breakfast? My husband called this as mango “sangria”, cause the floating fruits remind us of the famous beverage from Spain 😀

I decided to bring this “sangria” to my office. Hope that it will avoid me from munching unhealthy snacks before lunch time 😀  To store my “sangria”, I use my trustworthy Bisfree bottle from Lock & Lock. This eco-friendly product uses BPA free material made of “Tritan”, a copolyester material that is safe for humans and the environmental and spotlighted as a new generation of safe plastics. Ever since my son was born, I tried my best to use only BPA free containers to store foods and/or drinks. There’s no doubt that we live in a plastic world. From the toothbrush, to the computer keyboard at the office. Everything is made from plastic. Until recently, the abundance of plastic wasn’t a pressing health concern, despite being on our environmental radar. Now a growing body of research links the chemicalBPA, commonly found in a variety of consumer products, to a range of human health problems, including a higher risk of certain cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects and diabetes ( source: Neimark, Zandonella ).

Lucky me, I finally found the Bisfree products from Lock & Lock. My 480 ml Lock & Lock Bisfree water bottle is a perfect companion for my outdoor activities. It is the ultimate way to keep my water fresh and clean wherever I go and whenever I want.

 

Ingredients of Mango “Sangria”

–       Chopped fruits. Berries would be perfect, but you can also use apple, grape, kiwi, star fruit, lemon, or orange. But please, don’t use bananas. 😀

–       Mango juice, or whatever juice you like.

 

How to Make

Still don’t know how to make it? Just chopped your selected fruits, plunge them into your preferable juice, and…. that’s all you have to do! Take a sip and enjoy your morning! 😀

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No-Mixer Apple Cake

I love baking, and I love it more if I’m using my tangerine KitchenAid stand mixer. It saves my time and my energy. But there is a day when I’m not in the mood for washing dirty kitchen utensils after spending my time in the kitchen. This recipe is really great to accommodate my need of freshly baked homemade cake while I’m too lazy to do the washing thingy, as I don’t need any mixer to make this! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 6 eating apples
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 Tbsp + 2 cups sugar
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 ½ tsp real vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature

How to Make

  1. Preheat your oven to 180° Celsius/350° Fahrenheit, line a 30 cm/12 inch circular cake pan with baking paper, or grease the cake pan with butter, then lightly coat the pan with flour. This recipe will give you a big batch of batter, so use a quite big cake pan.
  2. Peel, core, and chop the apples into chunks. Then toss them with the mixture of ground cinnamon + 5 Tbsp sugar.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. In another bowl, mix the oil, orange juice, 2 cups of sugar, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture, and mix them until everything’s combined.
  6. Add the eggs to the batter, one at a time.
  7. Pour half of batter into the cake pan, and spread half of apples over it.
  8. Pour remaining batter over the apples, then spread remaining apples onto it.
  9. Bake for about 1½ hours (yes, it takes long time in the oven). Insert a wooden toothpick near the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is done.