Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine’s Special Recipe

Add a Little Love to Your Cravings

Help rehydrate and combat fatigue with this nutritious and life-enhancing feel-good drink recipe from our Healing Foods Cookbook! This Valentine’s Special contains antioxidant-rich fruits and coconut water, plus pistachios, cardamom, and concentrated rose, which are said to keep love on your mind!

Put all the ingredients in a powerful food processor or blender and blitz to a smooth consistency. To make a smoothie, add yogurt instead of the coconut water. If serving immediately, pour into long glasses and serve. Otherwise, the drink will last for up to 2 days if stored in a tightly sealed bottle and refrigerated.

Serves 2:
½ small container raspberries
½ small container blueberries
A dash of rose syrup
¼ tsp cardamom seeds, crushed (no more than 10 pods)
2 tbsp pistachio nuts, shelled
9 oz coconut water, to top up

Rose Syrup
Mildly sedative and immune-enhancing rose syrup can be used to sweeten herbal infusions, poured over pancakes and ice cream, drizzled over fruit saleds, used in a sorbet, or drunk as a cordial diluted with water. Highly perfumed damask rose or French rose are best for this recipe.
  1. Dissolve the sugar in 10 fl.oz of water in a small saucepan over a low heat without letting it boil (which will make the mixture cloudy).
  2. Add the citrus juices, then turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes. Over the next 15 minutes, gradually add the rose petals and stir thoroughly before adding more. Remove from the heat, allow to cool, and strain.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a heatproof glass bottle and lid: wash in hot soapy water, drain upside down, then place in a cool oven (275°F) for 15 minutes. Pour the hot syrup into the sterilized glass bottle, seal, and label. Keep refrigerated and use within 6 weeks.

Makes 16 fl. oz:
8 oz unrefined granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
3½ oz dried red rose petals, or the petals of 10 fresh red rose heads


  1. This looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party. Hope to see you again this week!

  2. This looks like something I need to try. I haven't cooked much with rose - need to try it ASAP! Thanks for sharing at the Lets Get Real Bloghop!