Friday, March 30, 2012

Welcome!

Dear friend, 
Walk with me along the shore and treat yourself to a cool horchata and a warm meal. 


Photo courtesy of A.Mischenko


Along the pathway:


Hibiscus in bloom


Reflection...


Busy bee 


Lilac smells... delicious!


Are you hungry? Welcome to the table...


Meatballs with potatoes, sauteed mirepoix in vegetable broth



Chives and Herbs de Provence Mustard add a spicy touch to this dish.


Did you save some room for dessert?


Horchata and strawberries


I found this recipe on one of the blogs I follow Averie Cooks. Because I didn't know what I was doing as I never tried Horchata myself, I followed her instruction exactly (doesn't happen in my kitchen that often). There was nothing left to strain: all ingredients were blended into a creamy refreshing drink. I fell in love with horchata from the first sip. I found it to be a great after-workout pick-me-up. 
For recipe and detailed instructions visit Averie


From now on horchata anchored itself in my kitchen with many variations and ingredients to play with: alcohol, barley (European version), different nuts...


Don't forget to sail back into marina to try some!


Have you tried horchata? 
Have you made any new drinks lately?


See you,
Marina

35 comments:

  1. I LOVE LOVE the new blog name. Very fitting, feels very fresh and just perfect for you. GREAT choice!

    And the horchata...you did a great job on it and glad it was a hit and that you loved it and followed the recipe to a T :) I never do that...haha! Glad the non-straining method worked for you, too!

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  2. Thanks Averie. You made my day! :)

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  3. Hi Marina, thanks for commenting on my blog...I am following your blog and invite you to follow back, as well!

    Absolutely adore all the gorgeous photos of the beautiful scenery, and especially the comforting beef broth with the yummy meatballs. The chorchata looks amazing, and will be checking out the source, as well!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Elisabeth. A am already a follower of your blog. I am glad you enjoy it here. Have a great weekend as well!

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  4. I like your catchy blog title :D Opens the door to all kinds of things you can blog about ... books, photographs, movies, foods ... you can have a good time with this :D
    Lovely pictures. Spring is here.

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    1. Thank you Sheila. I feel much better about this name, it is me in all perspectives: I've always lived near some shore!

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  5. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk, thanks for taking me along. That meatballs and potato dish is making me really, really hungry.

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    1. Thank you Norma. You are a very kind person.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! I didn't know about horchata until I saw it on Averie's blog. But I love it now.

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  7. Love horchata! Recently made an interesting smoothie of homemade yogurt, tamarind jam, lime juice, and marionberries with a little marionberry syrup. The tamarind and lime made a nice tangy contrast to the sweet berries. But I think I will have to try that horchata recipe.

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    1. I am sure the smoothie was delicious with all the flavors. I love horchata too now..:) Have a great weekend Donna!

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  8. lovely pics marina.. :) well, i came here to tell you.. we can always make an exception!! So any thing which is a part of your tradition & vegetarian pls bring it on... we would love to know more trust me :).. Look forward to ur entries!!

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    1. Thank you Rasi. I am glad you like it. Oh yes, I have many vegetarian meals to share, so please come back!

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  9. I don't think I've ever tried horchata before but I think that I would adore it! :D

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    1. I think too, I am addicted to it now...:)

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  10. Whoa, nice relaunch, cool blog name! Congratulations!

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  11. Very nice and your blog looks crisp and clean! I like seeing more than one post on the front page though! I sometimes need to 'catch up'!
    Enjoy your weekend! I should try to make some smoothies today! I have lots of recipes but forget to try them!

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    1. Diane, if you click on the month on the right, you will see all the posts from this month on one page. I hope this would help. Thanks for the comment!

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  12. Its strange but I sometimes do not see your updates on my dashboard. Even today your blog name was missing in my reading list.
    Your blog looks cool, with blue background and a new name. On to check Horchata recipe.

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    1. That is very strange?! Did you try to copy URL on the top and paste it in your reader again? That's what I do when I don't see bloggers I follow in my reader.

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  13. Yes, I'm loving your new look, too! I've never tried horchata, but it's something I've love to taste. Your meatballs look so yummy, too. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Lizzy. How was your trip? :)

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  14. What a nice post! Very interesting!

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  15. Marina dear, I have tagged you for an award, visit @ http://simpleglutenfreekitchen.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you Balvinder, I'll be checking it!

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  16. beautiful pictures and post looks fabulous we are not having a good Spring weather yet hope it comes soon :)

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    1. The spring coming is inevitable! Thanks for the comment!

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  17. Hello Marina. How are you? I never tried horchata, but I'd love to try it. And I am definitely saving room for dessert :)
    Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

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  18. Thank you Michael. Horchata is addictive and great drink! Hope you try to make it. Let me know if you do, how do you like it.

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  19. Very good! I love the soup and dessert-))

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  20. Beautiful photos Marina and I love the new name! The food as always is delicious and I found something new regarding horchata which I have nevr heard! But it sure looks delicious!

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Your warm comments put a smile on my heart.