Hey girls! How was the weekend? Mine was too good- I watched movie, read a novel and relaxed ;-). It has been crazy summer this time in the UK and temperature pops up very quickly- all I need is some fresh water. I am sure many of you will agree that water is a core ingredient is Indian cooking-be it rice, lentils, chapatti or any curry. Most of the families in the UK use tap water for cooking (I was one among them too) ; Tap water contains chlorine, lime scale and other impurities which can affect the way our meals and drinks taste. And that is why when BRITA approached me with ‘better with BRITA’ campaign I just could not refused. I have seen BRITA jugs banners and advertisements in most of the tube stations but never thought of buying as I had a notion that if all uses tap water why waste money?
|BRITA Marella Jug In Rose Colour|
Lisa Faulkner, author of bestselling cookery book ‘Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter’ and presenter of TV show ‘What’s Cooking? R has joined forces with BRITA and comments, “We don’t often think about it but water is actually one of the biggest ingredients in cooking. If you love food like I do, using the best ingredients and getting the most out of them is so important: I often spend hours food shopping and looking for quality produce. BRITA filtered water allows the best qualities and flavours of these ingredients to shine through.”
When I used the BRITA jug I could sense the change in the taste; yes the water tasted so fresh and nice. I am so impressed by its simple technology; the filters contain a mix of activated carbon and ion exchange which reduces chlorine, limescale, heavy metals and other organic impurities, giving you cleaner, clearer, great tasting water. This Marella jug is slim, elegant and has beautiful colours (I have one in rose colour:-)) All you people please do not hesitate to buy this jug; it only looks good but is affordable, effective and must have in your kitchen.
I made Mint Cucumber Cooler using BRITA filtered water and it tasted better and pleasant. Mint is one such ingredient that for me is must have in drinks. I enjoy coolers that are light, healthy and rejuvenating and this drink suffices all these qualities. It is so easy and quick and is made using minimal ingredients and trust me you have to try this in summers (YOU HAVE TO). Ah! A complete relief from the scorching heat.
1 cucumber peeled and cut in small cubes to make about 2 cups (I like to use English cucumber)
About 8 mint leaves
3 cups water (BRITA filtered)
1 tablespoon lime juice adjust to taste
3 tablespoons honey adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon chaat masala
1/4 teaspoon chaat masala
Ice cubes to serve
In a blender, puree the cucumber,ice, mint, salt, pepper and honey. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Use the spoon to press the solids to take out all the juice. There will be about 1-1/4 cups of cucumber juice.
Add the lime juice mix it well.
Fill the glasses. Cucumber cooler is ready to be served. Enjoy!
Sugar can be used instead of honey.
Add 2 tablespoons of gin while mixing and you will have a tasty cocktail ready.
Refreshing and minty
Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased. With thanks to BRITA for sending Marella Jug to review