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Battle of the Compotes: store-bought or homemade?

A fierce competition is raging in the compote world these days. Which one’s better: a factory-made compote or mommy’s? (That would be me, by the way; armed with a centuries-old family recipe originating in Central-Europe…) Well, let the battle begin! Emulating a store-bought product is not that easy, but I have to say I’m very pleased with the [...]

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Homemade Chocolate Chocolate-chip Banana Popsicles, No Added Sugar

Our homemade delicacy today is as easy as it is awesome, and can be whipped up in under 10 minutes.We use simple, natural staples such as banana, cream and cocoa powder to create a decadent treat from scratch.The sweetening is done by the banana alone, which means you should go for very ripe bananas, as [...]

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Apple and Pear Compote with No Added Sugar

Fruit compotes are very versatile. They can be served as a light fruity dessert or as a beverage; hot or chilled; mashed up or in big chunks; with cream or chocolate, or just by themselves; in other words – very versatile indeed. The compote in the picture is served as a chilled summer drink. There is no sweetening [...]

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Frozen Grapes instead of Ice Cubes

See the grapes in the picture?I know you couldn’t tell, but they’re actually frozen and serve as ice cubes in a glass of water. Isn’t this just awesome?They remain intact and retain their shape and color (unlike some other fruits which fall apart while freezing).Frozen grapes add chill to any beverage – a refreshing bliss [...]

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Exquisite Homemade Compote Juice (No Sugar Added)

A few days back I made an apple and pear compote What was left after cooking the fruit in water was a lot of liquid, which is great because this is what you see in the picture, and it’s simply amazing. Since this is the water the fruit was cooked in (along with lemon peel and [...]

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Unique Fruit Salad with Nuts and Dried Fruit

Our fruit salad today is an exquisite blend of sweet and sour, crunchy and juicy, earthy and delicate. The sweetness is all natural, thanks to the apple and raisins. There’s no sugar added.  I love scooping a spoonful of this salad onto a cracker and having it as a dessert. I recommend soaking the walnuts for a few [...]

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Unsweetened Herbal-Tea Ice Cubes

I owe the inspiration for this recipe to my two daughters who came up with the idea one summer evening while experimenting in the kitchen.They happily volunteered to explain the recipe to me; and since they were sucking on ice cubes while talking, there was a lot of splattering involved in the process.What you see [...]

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Simple Banana Ice Cream (or Pudding) with No Added Sugar

The combination of banana and cream is so simple, yet so rich and exquisite, it’s by far one of my favorite combos. I blend a ripe banana with cream and a small splash of freshly squeezed lemon, and voilà. Now the big question. Is this an ice cream or a pudding? (And some would even go as [...]

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Steamy & Creamy Banana-Plantain Pudding, No Added Sugar

Bananas and plantains belong to the same family, and yet are so distinct.Unlike a banana, the plantain (at the top of the picture) is not creamy, not very sweet, and can’t be eaten raw.Stodgy and starchy, the plantain is very filling and will add richness to our dessert.Now, this is important: Use very ripe bananas [...]

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A Close Call

That day I went to pick up my daughter from school at the end of the school day.As always, there were kids playing in the schoolyard.Some kids were sledding down a snow hill, so entranced in the thrill of sledding, they were totally oblivious to the fact that other children were playing all around them.I [...]

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