Published Friday, August 28, 2020

Enjoy tropical fruits all year long !

By Melissa Pette

The first paragraph of my article is to thank so many readers for their touching words. As you know, I am a rookie cooking Costa Rican recipes, and I hope the recipes posted on this column, mine and from new expat friends, who have also fallen in love with this beautiful paradise we call Costa Rica bring you joy too.

Our new friend Amelia Jacob, changed the heat of Maricopa County in Arizona, for the tropical climate of Costa Rica. She tells us that what impressed her most about our adopted country was seeing that fruits are in the market every day of the year. "I was used to suffering most of the time because of the high prices of fruits out of season. In blessed Costa Rica, the fruits are so cheap in the Ferias fruits market. The market is all year long! My dream come true," Amelia said.

Amelia is right, now that we live in a country where tropical fruits can be found everywhere, we must eat fruits every day. Tropical fruits give us phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, B and C, iron, calcium, magnesium, folic acid, thiamine, among many other vitamins and minerals.

Talking about fruits, our new friend Martin Lam is sharing with us his delicious Sangria Tropical recipe. His story is very funny. Born in Montgomery, Pa., life led him to work most of the year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But he travels every year to enjoy his vacations in Buenos Aires Puntarenas. Is Martin teasing us?

Thank you Amelia and Martin for sharing your tasty tropical fruits recipes with us. Let's go to the kitchen!

Fruit little cakes

By Amelia Jacob
From Maricopa County in Arizona,
To Escazu, San José

These fruit cupcakes, in addition too, are very elegant and exquisite. The ingredients are very easy to get. Pick up the fruits that you like the most, but it is better to combine sweet and acid flavors.

The ingredients are:

• 1 pack of 6 cake baskets

• 1 package of pastry cream

• 1 cup of chopped kiwi

• 1 cup of chopped raspberries

• 1 cup of chopped strawberries

• 1 cup of small blue grapes

• 1 cup of chopped sweet yellow mango

• 1/2 cup of honey

In each basket add the pastry cream. Place the chopped fruits on top. Chop the strawberries vertically, the kiwi in small circles, and the mango forming small wedges.

Using a kitchen brush, spread honey over the fruits. These fruit little cakes could not be easier!

Mango Ice Cream

By Amelia Jacob

The ice cream can be prepared in two versions. The sweet version is almost for everybody. But If you have to control your diabetes, use the acid version. Both are refreshing.

For the sweet version you will need:

• 2 cups of frozen yellow mango cut in squares

• 1/4 cup coconut milk or your favorite milk

• 1 tablespoon honey

• 1 tablespoon of grated coconut

• 1 tablespoon of chopped walnut

First, add the frozen mango in the blender, add the milk and honey. Blend until the mango has an ice cream texture. Mix from time to time so that the mango blends well.

Before serving add the grated coconut and walnut. You can serve immediately, or freeze two hours before serving.

For the acid version, substitute the milk for water, the sugar for Stevia and add a tablespoon of acidic lemon.

Tropical sangria

By Martin Lam
From Montgomery, Pa.
To Buenos Aires, Puntarenas

I hope you like this quick and easy homemade sangria drink.

The ingredients are:

• 1 bottle of red wine 750 ml

• 1 diced peach.

• 1 apple cut into cubes

• 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice

• 1 tablespoon of acidic lemon

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 orange cut into circles

• 1 orange cut into cubes

• 2 tablespoons sugar

• Mineral water

First mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with two tablespoons of boiling water. Mix well until the sugar dissolves completely, making a syrup.

In a large glass pitcher, add the wine, orange juice, lemon juice, diced fruits, circled oranges, and syrup. Mix well and let it sit for 2 hours out of the fridge, this helps the flavors blend.

To serve,  add 1/3 of a glass with mineral water. Or substitute water with ice cubes. If you like it sweeter then make more sugar syrup.

..... keep smiling and enjoy life! Salud!

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