Having a glass of Sangria to cheer up myself on a working Sunday


It’s not a good feeling that you have to work over the weekend, work life balance is somewhat hard to achieve here in Hong  Kong. I try hard not to work over the weekend, but sometimes you just could not avoid it. It took me few hours to convince myself and move my arse, sitting in front of the computer and start working.

It would be nice to have a glass of something to keep me company, since it’s already 5 o’clock, perfect time for a cocktail. Or I would consider its already a bit late, as we should start drinking during brunch on a Sunday.

Sangria is something good to have during Summer time, that fruity sweety feel would just cheer you up in a hot Summer time, bring me back the feeling of watching sunset at the Cafe del Mar in Ibiza… day dreaming….

How to make a Sangria? It’s pretty simple. All you need is fruit, rum, brown sugar, orange juice or juice that you like and red wine. The most important thing is, the Sangria has to been cold enough. So, I would suggest, the trick is to keep all  the ingredients in the fringe for at least one or two hours before making the Sangria. In that way, you can make sure the drink will be chill enough. On the other hand, you better get a 1 Litre container or pitcher that can fit into your fringe, so that you can keep the ready made one always chill before you can finish it.

First of all, chop half orange and half apple into small cubes and place them into the pitcher. You can add or change to the kind of fruits that you like, but somehow the apple and orange kind of balance out the taste. Add 4 teaspoon of brown sugar into the pitcher and kind of smash them and mix them for one minute, then pour 80ml of rum into it, and mix them well. Then, add 200ml of orange juice into it, or the kind of juice that you like, something mixed like orange & passion fruit, mandarin & mango will also works well. Finally, add a full bottle of 750ml red wine into the pitcher, of course no need to use a nice bottle of red wine. Just something cheap and cheerful that will do. I like to serve it with more ice cubes, in order to have the really cool and chill feeling.

Cheers~~~

Thai Shrimp Salad

I want to do a Thai salad tonight, the thing that I am not sure is, should I do a beef salad or a shrimp one? I guess I had enough meat for the last few days, maybe it’s better to go for shrimp.

The ingredients of this salad are, shrimps, cucumber, red pepper, mint, coriander, mixed greens, red chili, shallots, pomelo, pomegranate, vermicelli, cashew nuts and shredded coconut. For the salad dressing, we need fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and minced red chili.

The first thing to get ready is the shrimps, boil a pot of water, and cook the shrimp in the hot water until they turn into red meaning cooked. Put the shrimps aside until they cool down. Repeat the same thing for the vermicelli, cook them quickly in the hot water, not to overcook them, then put them aside until they cool down. On the other hand, we need to get two things done as well. Heat up the pan and then put the shredded coconut in the dry pan, fry them until they turn into brown colour. The next thing to get ready is to grind some cashew nuts with the mortar.

Let’s start to get all the chopping done, cut the cucumber and red pepper into thin strips, chop the shallots, mint and coriander, then mixed them into a large bowl. Put the pomelo, shrimp and vermicelli into the bowl as well when they are both cool down, then mix everything together. You can either add the mixed greens here or lay them on the plate as a base when you serve the salad, it’s up to you. What I did is lay the mixed greens on the plate as a base, then put the mixed salad on top of the mixed greens, and now put the salad dressing on the salad. Sprinkle some shredded coconuts and cashew nuts on top of the salad, and do the final touch with the pomegranate.  I also serve the salad with some garlic breads.