Published Friday, January 8, 2021

Refresh your summer with
orange vodka sauce

By Melissa Pette

After the holidays we all return to our daily routine. Some of us go back to being humans with some regrets for having eaten way too many goodies and gaining a few pounds over the last few weeks. It happens.

So, a New Year's resolution for many of us, I mean me, is to lose some weight or at least recover into good health. But without killing ourselves in the gym, which is closed because of covid-19 by the way, and without having to eat rabbit food all day.

Today, our new friend, Katherine Graham, who writes from Haddington county in the UK, is giving us a great recipe to substitute fat food for healthy food with a pinch of booze. Sounds great!

Katie said, "Now that the winter is hitting my bones, I would love to exchange my house located a few miles from Garleton Castle for a tent at any beach in Costa Rica."

She added: "The beach, the Ticos, and picking oranges among many fresh fruits at the "potreros" is what I'm missing more."

We wish you can come back soon, girl!

She shares her orange vodka sauce and fruit salad with us. Fruits are a great option to substitute fatty foods. Fruits will help us to reduce body toxins and supply antioxidants which increases our resistance against all kinds of diseases.

So, let's go to the kitchen!

Orange vodka sauce

By Katherine Graham
From Haddington, United Kingdom

The ingredients you need for 4 people are:

2 sweet melons
1/4 kilo of watermelon
2 bananas
6 strawberries
2 peaches
2 oranges
125 ml vodka (half glass)
• Some mint leaves

Put the mint leaves in a bowl with ice.

Cut the melons in half, remove the seeds and remove the fruit without cutting the peel. We'll use it later as a bowl.

Cut the watermelon in half, remove the seeds.

With a small spoon or an ice cream scoop, form balls out of the two fruits. Put the fruit balls in a large bowl.

Cut the strawberries in halves and the peaches in little squares.

Peel the bananas and cut them into slices.

Add all the fruits in the same large bowl.

The sauce. Heat the vodka in a pot. When it starts boiling turn the stove off. Make orange juice and add it to the vodka. Chop a few mint leaves add it and mix again. Stir gently until the liquor cools. The idea is to make a not over the thick dressing.

Pour the vodka sauce into the large fruit bowl and mix gently to let the sauce and fruit flavor fuse.

Add the fruit salad into the melon shells. Put some whole cold mint leaves on top. And voila! You’ve got a healthy vodka-infused fruit salad.

I can't finish this column without thanking readers for taking their time to write. I do really appreciate it!

Pura Vida and Salud!

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