October 27, 2011

Minty Ginger Granny Smith — crisp, sassy, vibrant fall flavors

Fall is a treasure.

I’ve been enjoying invigorating strolls along the palm-fringed Doha promenade, delighting in the bracing sea air and the enchanting turquoise waters of the bay.

There is so much charm in lazing along the stretch of the corniche observing a mix of cultural traditions, urban sophistication and multiculturalism—all this amidst quite scenic settings. I can spend hours here taking in the views, watching people, the array of docked boats,  reflection of  sparkling city lights on the calm waters when the darkness falls.

Or, perhaps, simply lost in the beauty of thoughts.
Who doesn’t love such simple pleasures of a beautiful season?

Ever since the first signs of fall set in, I’ve also been enjoying cooking with the plentiful seasonal ingredients. Like the ripe, colorful apples abundant on the market now.

With the holiday season in towHalloween is just around the corner, followed by Eid, then Christmas, and New Year—all kinds of delicious sips that celebrate the season are in order.
Oh boy, I have a treat for you! A simple recipe to fall for. Yes, a great recipe to keep your tickers in top shape and your taste buds tantalized.

You’ll be surprised at how certain ingredients can come together to produce amazing flavors. This minty ginger Granny Smith is a wonderful example.

Tart Granny Smiths, aromatic mint and warm ginger comes together to produce this bracing sip that’ll waken your body and sharpen your senses. The downside? You need a fresh juicer. Bonus? All you need is a fresh juicer! 
Why not make the most of the apple season with a glass of fruity goodness? Granny Smiths combined with mint makes the perfect sipping partner, and the prettiest green color. It's freshly pressed, uplifting and energizing. Moreover, apples are good for the heart and blood, and help lower cholesterol. Granny Smiths are particularly good for the skin. One glass and you'll fill your body with healthy kilojoules that tastes delicious too.

Look for the greenest apples without bruises or brown patches, and always remove the stalk of the fruit—that’s where the pesticides settle. Don’t peel the nutrient rich skin—it’s what imparts the lovely color. Lime will stop the apple juice from browning quickly, nonetheless, drink the juice immediately to avoid loss of nutrients.
As usual, I’ve been playing with food. A lot. I just wish I had a new camera to explore my passion. To make the food prettier, more appealing. Ah.

Let’s hit the recipe before I digress.

Minty ginger granny smith

Serves 2

4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into chunks
a chuck of fresh ginger, peeled
6 sprigs mint leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (optional)
slices of lime, or, mint leaves, for garnish


Push half the apples through a juicer, then the ginger, mint and lime juice, if using. Push thorough the remaining apples. Serve immediately garnished with a slice of lime or mint leaves, if you like.

You’ll notice that the clear juice settles to the bottom while the cloudy part with the froth remains on the top—gently stir with a spoon before serving.

In other news, I've updated Karimeen pollichathu — Pearlspot fish grilled in banana leaf recipe with new photos. I know, I know — more photos? I must admit, I was anxious to post better pictures that’d do justice to the fantastic recipe. It's a family favorite and I always get compliments for this. If you are looking for a splendidly seasoned fish with a delicious smoky flavor, you're going to love this grill!


  1. very beautiful clicks nice post .drink is very refreshing

  2. Your pictures, presentation , recipes....Lovely! I love visiting your blog....
    -Sandra, Beijing

  3. Your pictures, presentation , recipes....Lovely! I love visiting your blog....
    -Sandra, Beijing

  4. Thanks Santosh!

    Sandra, thanks for visiting my blog and for such lovely comments :)

  5. Nash you have a fabulous thing going here.

    You mention a newer camera..well well.. Let me say this.. Your food photography is already excellent and now you want to go higher.... what will professionals like us do then.. get out of a job.. I guess ;-))

  6. Aw, Anoop you are so kind. Thanks for your lovely note--you made me smile :) As if!

  7. Hey My Sweety Hearty Nashi, This is an another fresh & refreshing post! I am always SPEECHLESS while writing about your awesome photography..Lots n Lots of well wishes for you dear, I wishhhhhhhhhhhhhh i can be as smart as you are in sharing these recipes!
    I also enjoy your beautiful plates too, after all its plateful :) MashaAllah
    Lots of Love ~
    keep sharing !!

  8. Thank you Kadeeja for your awesomeness! Love ya, my friend.

  9. beautiful clicks dear....so refreshing and perfect drink....

  10. Very refreshing drink, looks so tempting. Excellent pics as usual :)

  11. Awesome pics and post as always,Nash.Wish I had the ability to compose such beautiful pics like you.You've got real talent,my friend.Doha Corniche reminds me of lovely days I spent there...

  12. Great pics as always. It has been years since I tasted a green apple :) Looks like an absolutely refreshing drink.

  13. You have a unique and beautiful style of photography! Love your styling especially!
    I too have a Granny Smith recipe coming up soon and it's very different from yours!

  14. The pictures are awesome dear,beautiful presentation..refreshing and yummy drink

  15. looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...

  16. Oh, how I love to graze through you pictures... They are so addictive..
    Krithi's Kitchen
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  17. Such amazing photos.. how can u not get lost ! It's amazing how you can incorporated all these greens in drink so beautifully:) Love your clicks ..don't u dare say your photos are not good!

  18. Gal!! i adore your pictures...so much thought going on in a single post...
    you are doing a marvelous job !
    loved the green ;)

  19. Wow feel like grabbing that glass of beautiful looking drink rite now, fabulous clicks..

  20. wow amazing pics dear !! Nice green color and very refreshing !!

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  21. What a delicious drink, I can taste it already! I love homemade juices and smoothies and this one looks delightful! I want to climb into your photographs...fabulous!

  22. i sometimes wish i could revisit my childhood place and see for myself how it has changed....pic are womderful...loved reading ir post!

  23. I love your beautiful presentation! The colors of food and the lighting and background look beautiful! The green truly looks crisp and fresh.

  24. Its amazing how you can make your pictures look so grandiose! Talks volumes about the amount of effort that you put in. Gal you rock!

  25. What a wonderful combination of flavors. I've been juicing a lot lately and really enjoying trying out new juice combination.

  26. Oh Nash..you have done such a lovely post. Amazing! Just loved it. Love the colours. Truly you put in a lot of effort in each post. wish I could do just that.
    Doha is changing day by day. Looks lovely! I miss this place.

  27. Great clicks! Hats off to your photography skills, lovely!

  28. OMG wat beautiful clicks..no words..awesome..

  29. It's about time you pester hubby dearest to get you an early xmas present in form of DSLR..leep dropping hints, or force point blank!So all of us would be on 7th heaven with the best eye candy one can ever get!!

  30. a visual treat sans doute :) Amazing pictures and thanks for giving an insight into Doha - looks beautiful through your lens :) And, I am flying qatar airways to india - too bad I don't have a stopover else, I'd have loved to meet you :D

  31. Gorgeous clicks.A visual treat.

  32. Every single picture on this post is inspirational. I wish I have more vocabulary to describe how amazing your photos are. What a refreshing drink!

  33. Why do you need a new camera Nash , your pics are fabulous as it is , I just love to look at your pics , they are just beautiful :) .

  34. Nash, your recipes and the well-complimenting pictures are nos(nash)talgic. Cann’t wait for more. God bless.

  35. I've said it once, I'll say it twice, I'll say it a bazillion times. I LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY!!

  36. An amazing drink and gorgeous pictures!



  37. thats one fresh drink and gorgeous pictures! Have a fantastic day!
    Richa @Hobby And More

  38. Hey nash it has been awhile i havent been able to post recipes nor cOmment ur beautiful work.. Awesome simply awesome good going!! Great job!!

  39. MMmmm.. amazing photos! And that one gorgeous drink :)

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog honey :)

  40. lovely pics!and refreshing drink!

  41. Striking colors. I am scrolling back and forth to take it all in. Just too beautiful.

  42. Hi
    Lovely site with beautiful clicks I am in awe of your talent. This post has two of my favourite things. Remember When by Judith McNaught and Corniche. You are definitely a woman with superior taste ;)


  43. amazing photos!!!!love your wonderful and fabulous styling..with a very healthy and refreshing drink..GREAT WORK INDEED!!!

  44. I recently bought a juicer to start making my own fresh healthy juice and this sounds perfect! So far my favorite juice has been beet (1), carrot (2), celery (2) and apple (1) juice! I urge you to try it!

    1. Sound yummy! I'm sure gonna try out your fave :)

  45. Hey, I don't have a juicer. So I blend all these (am not using lime juice) and strain it?

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♥ Nashi