Banana Strawberry Milkshake

Perfect for a hot summer’s day but the Banana Strawberry milkshake – ice cream optional – is a crowd pleaser and goes down so well. While I feel that strawberry shakes on it’s in a bit bland, adding ripe bananas into the mix gives it an added freshness and the taste is awesome.

Ingredients:

2 Bananas (the riper the better)
2 cups Frozen Strawberries
6 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups Milk

Optional Toppings: strawberry syrup, whipped cream, fresh strawberries and banana slices

Directions:

  • Place all of your ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Top with strawberry syrup, whipped cream and fresh strawberry and banana slices if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Has The Perfect Cheeseburger Changed?

How do you make the perfect cheeseburger?

So I answered this blog prompt almost exactly 2 years ago. But how do you get the perfect cheeseburger? I mean so many options, so much variations you could do. Each place has its own little touches and make that burger delicious and unique. So let’s see in the 2 years since, has my taste changed.

Big buns. I like big, soft buns and I cannot lie. Seasame seeds are optional. Slightly spicy mayo on the top and bottoms. No lettuce! Yeah, that has changed. I mean I was never the biggest fan of lettuce but that is just crunchy water. So no lettuce. Instead some grilled onions either on the bottom bun or just above the burger patty. Big, thick and juicy patty which is 80% beef, 20% pork patty! Yeah, I am mixing it up.

One thick slice of cheese on top of it. Then another 80% beef, 20% pork patty. Boom! One more slice of cheese! A single slice of tomato. A fried egg on top of that – BOOM! 3 slices of hot, crispy bacon. More sauce dribbling on the top.

Damn! That’s a mighty fine burger right there.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

Big Breakfast

What would be the perfect breakfast? Well do you see the beautiful pile of food on the left? Yeah, feast your eyes and if you can eat that once in a while, it’s a feast for your taste buds and tummy as well.

I think I can safely say that perhaps due to the past years of not having breakfast for atleast 3 quarters of the year (due to waking up late as I work in late evening shifts and therefore skip breakfast) I cannot eat a heavy breakfast. I usually just have peanut butter sandwiches (which is a more recent thing) and coffee or bread and mayo (garlic and jalapenos in eggless mayo is my favourite) and coffee. Sometimes it just to be just plain toast (no butter or anything). At times I might have what breakfast is made here which is dosa, upma or puttu.

The last few breakfast meals usually leave me feeling heavy and since I need to have atleast 2 cups of coffee to make me want to interact with people. So the breakfast usually isn’t very important on a work day. I like smaller portions for breakfast. So if I have two sandwiches of peanut butter or mayo, I am good. Or two eggs and smaller slices of bread, then I am good. I have reached that stage where I get fuller more easily. So usually on a day that I go out and will have time to eat a proper lunch, I will usually skip my breakfast or just have a little bite and coffee. So that way by lunch time I will be really hungry and can eat a nice lunch.

Having said that, a Full English breakfast looks amazing and I would love to have that. I have had versions of it, certainly nothing as big or as grand as that plate you see in this post. And in most places it is chicken sausages! Yeah, I know. But there are a couple of places that serve pork sausages and pork bacon or ham. And we don;t get blood suasages at all. But if I were to have this meal then it would be for an early lunch or brunch – skipping breakfast and lunch – and that would do me well until dinner time.

Food Review #306

McDonald’s Sausage & Egg McMuffin w/ Cappucino – I must say that I have waited so long to try the breakfast menu items at McDonald’s. How long? Ever since 2012 when McDonald’s first came to Kerala. I love the McMuffin and the coffee is really good as well.

Family Meals From My Childhood

Kentucky fried chicken is another reminder of the days gone by. We used to order the buckets for family dinners during the weekends in Kuwait and we still do as a family now. That with Coke or Pepsi and French fries. Dad, mom, sister and me with my mom’s brother, his wife and daughter (my cousin). We’d get buns and coleslaw among with them as well. Although it’s either KFC or an Indian owned alternative like Chick King or Chicken Chicago in India. Why we just had some Chick King on Saturday night, 2 piece each with a bun, some fries and while my mom drank some 7up, dad had a brandy while I had some Old Monk rum with Coke. Hmm rum & Coke.

If it wasn’t KFC then it was shawarmas. Hmmm delicious shawarma from the middle east that hasn’t been recreated in India yet. Or if they are, it’s only in a couple of places. But in Kuwait (and other places) they serve the best kind. Excellent and exquisite cuts of meat (either beef or chicken) with Tahini sauce, chopped vegetables wrapped inside of a soft pita bread. My aunt, who has always been a vegetarian would pitas and falafel. Pepsi or Coke to drink. I do not remember any chain restaurant that we would buy them from but we always seemed to get some really good stuff. It was the best of times when we had these family meals together.

Whenever I dream about my science fiction universe (the one I created and wrote a few chapters about but have still to flesh it out completely) our family meals are usually these kinds of food with maybe some fried rice or something along with it.

Creamy & Peanutty

Something that I have wanted to try for a very long time but just didn’t get round to it until very recently is peanut butter. I mean, I think I have had a little bit when I was very young but I can honestly say that I haven’t had any in over 30 years or so. I dunno why.

Peanut butter milkshakes have been one of my favourites at some cafes or fast food restaurants. I just love the taste. Which is why I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to go buy some peanut butter for my sandwiches. But in June one of my colleagues told me that he had ordered some peanut butter for his morning breakfast sandwiches. I having never had them on sandwiches, thought that I should get some and so I ordered one from an online delivery app. However it turned out to be the crunchy which is very thick and dry and it is difficult to spread on bread.

I did like the taste though and later bought a small jar of the creamy kind since that is easier to spread and I love it. Once it ran out I ordered a big jar of the creamy kind and it’s my go to breakfast now. Though I must say that it is a bit heavy and I tend to also like a lot on my bread hence I end up feeling quite full if I have two sandwiches. But it sure is tasty. The brand I buy is Sundrop and if you are in India please do try the creamy kind. You’ll love it.