Greetings friends of The Lovely Pantry! I have certainly been missing in action for the past few months. Mainly because I went to Jamaican for most of the summer. I usually take the time to spend with my family and my friends during the summer months. The connection is very important to me. Sometimes, you need to reconnect and rejuvenate, and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve been trying to get back into blogging but obstacles just keep popping up. Since I’m no quitter – I’m going to press on and continue what I really enjoy doing with the friends that inspire and encourage me every day. I should also try to make nice with my scale. I did not hold back when it came to food while I was in Jamaica! LOL!
Today’s post is a wonderful refreshing drink that is quite lovely with a Sunday dinner, or a special drink for entertaining. I got the recipe from a book given to me by the BESTIE a few months ago. I’ve added it to my growing collection of Jamaican Treasures and I’m so happy to be sharing the recipe with you here. The book is called The Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson. I had it on my wish list for so long! I believe I had the book years go but gave it away because I wasn’t really into cooking at that time. I’m glad I have it once again! I’m keeping this copy! It has sentimental value
- 2 Cups Diced Carrots
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Evaporated Milk (Reduced Fat)
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp Grated Nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup Ice Cubes
- In a blender, add carrots and water
- Pulse until blended, in intervals for about a minute
- Strain the carrot mixture into a jug
- Rinse the blender jug
- Pour the strained juice back into the blender and add the milk, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and ice cubes
- Blend again in intervals for no more than a minute
- Strain a second time into the serving jug and refrigerate
- Serve cold and enjoy
I found that it was best to strain the liquid twice in order to yield a much smoother and more refined drink. I used 2 different sized strainers. The second time I used a much finer sieve.
I’m just too excited. I love books – of course photography books and the like, but I have a soft spot for Cook Books. I just can’t have enough. Here are a few books that I got on my recent trip to Jamaica (except the one by Enid Donaldson). I absolutely adore the book called Jamaican Food, that documents the origin of certain foods that are a big part of the culture and some foods/dishes that are unique to Jamaica. I’ve never had a book like this before. Clearly, I have some reading and cooking to do!
I’m happy to be back! I feel like giving my kitchen a big hug!
Take good care everyone! *Virtual Hugs for you all*read more