Fruit Tray Recipe Inspired by Disney’s The Jungle Book

What classic film combines adventure, fun, and a jungle? My children grew up reading the book and the movie.  Now I have grandchildren and I am excited to watch the upcoming release of the Jungle Book with them.  So, I decided to put together a fun, healthy recipe that is themed to the Jungle Book movie.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Blueberry

Kitchen Utensils

  • Tray or a flat plate
  • Knife

Other recipes that you might want to include in a Jungle Book Party are the Giraffe Bread Recipe, Cucumber Lemon Water and Sunflower Twisted Bread Recipe

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Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad Recipe – A Delicious Summer Salad!

Do you love tomatoes and cucumbers?  Here is another salad that is perfect for your weekend entertaining!

Below is the recipe to make an easy Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad and a video.



Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumbers (English cucumber or a standard cucumber), thinly sliced and cut in quarters
  • 4 roma tomatoes, sliced and cut in squares
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley 
  • 1-2 tablespoon of chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
  • 1/2 a cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 a cup of sugar (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

 
Kitchen Utensils

  • 1 large serving bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • one measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • a vegetable shredder or a knife
  • cutting board 
  • Serving salad spoon and fork

Directions:

  1. In a large serving bowl, toss together the bite size chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions
  2. In a small bowl add vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Stir the ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad. Mix everything together.  
  4. Let the salad stand for at least 20 minutes before serving. 
  5. Add chopped chives and parsley.
  6. You might want to double check to see if there needs to be a little more sugar, salt or pepper for taste.   
  7. Serve the cucumber salad as a side dish in a small bowl.

Tip: For a milder flavor, soak the chopped onions in salt water for 20 minutes before you mix it with the rest of the salad.

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How to make Swedish Cucumber Salad – Svensk gurksallad – Sourcream Cucumber Salad with Dill Recipe

A Swedish side dish recipe for dinners, lunches & leftovers. We hope you enjoy the Swedish sour cream cucumber salad with dill recipe! It is so nice and creamy. We enjoy having this Swedish cucumber salad in the summer time. 

Below is the recipe to make the easy Swedish cucumber salad and a video.

Ingredients 

  • one English cucumber or a standard cucumber works too
  • 1 cup regular or reduced-fat sour cream 
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish (optional) 
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • a sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of salt

Kitchen Utensils

  • 1 bowl
  • one measuring cup
  • a vegetable shredder or a knife
  • cutting board 
  • plate 
  • heavy bowl or container
  • 2 medium-large bowls

Directions:

  1. Slice cucumber into thin slices and put it into a medium-large bowl. (The English cucumber is our preference because the seeds are so small.) 
  2. Then, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of salt over thinly sliced cucumbers.  Place a plate over the cucumbers and sit something heavy over the plate.  (This should help squeeze the cucumber juices.) Wait about 1 an hour.  Then, with your hands squeeze the liquid out of the cucumbers.  Pour the cucumber juice out of the bowl.
  3. In the medium-large bowl, combine sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, onion and dill. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk well to combine.
  4. Add cucumbers, and toss to coat the cucumbers
  5. Garnish with more dill, if desired.
  6. You might want to double check to see if there needs to be a little more sugar, salt or pepper for taste.  
  7. Serve the cucumber salad as a side dish in a small bowl.

Cucumber and Lemon water with a hint of mint. A refresing summertime drink with Scandinavian flavors!

Cucumber water is soooo refreshing!

Are you tired of drinking plain water or having trouble hitting your eight glasses of water everyday?  Try this fun recipe to make refreshing, zero-calorie cucumber lemon water with a hint of mint! What is terrific with this drink is that you can personalize to taste.  The more slices of either cucumber or lemon you have in the pitcher the stronger it will taste.  Also, the longer you leave both in the pitcher the taste will be stronger too.  To start you might just want to have 2-3 slices of both the cucumber and lemon.  Then, keep adding if you like the water to be a little stronger.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber, scrubbed well
  • Lemon/Lime, (optional)
  • Warm water

Kitchen Utensils

  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • pitcher of water(tap or mineral water)


Instructions
Trim and discard ends of both the cucumber and the lemon.  Cut both the cucumber and lemon into into thin slices.  You will probably only need half a cucumber for the pitcher of water.   It really depends on the size of pitcher you like.

Fill a pitcher up of either tap water or your favorite mineral water.  Combine cucumber and water in large pitcher; steep for 1 hour, and serve over ice. Many times I like to go to the grocery store and pick up my favorite Norwegian water.

Now you are ready to serve with ice! For a stronger taste, let the water sit in your refrigerator for an hour prior to serving.  Many times I like to add mint leaves either right into the pitcher of cucumber and lemon water or in the glass. Mint makes the drink even more cooling and refreshing.

Other alternatives is to add fresh berries or orange slices too!  Enjoy! 

  
 

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Easy Danish cucumber salad (Agurksalat)

In Danish homes, the refrigerator normally has a bowl of cucumber salad waiting to be used for either lunch or dinner.  Typically the cucumber salad (agurksalat) accompanies meat dishes.  Danish hot meals such as frikadeller (Danish meat balls) or flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) has the Danish cucumber salad as a side dish.  Danish cold lunches such as an open sandwiches, known as smørrebrød, are decorated with a variety of fine ingredients including the cucumber salad as a topping. Even the Danish hotdog has the cucumber salad as a topping! 


Picked Trivia: Did you know that some of the earliest cucumbers recordings was in 2030 BC? The tradition of pickling was done in the Tigris Valley.

Below is the recipe to make the easy Danish cucumber salad and a video.

Ingredients 
one English cucumber or a standard cucumber works too
1 deciliter or 1/2 a cup of water
1 deciliter or 1/2 a cup of sugar
1 deciliter or 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar.
a sprinkle of salt and pepper

Kitchen Utensils
1 bowl
one measuring cup
a vegetable shredder or a knife

Directions:
Slice cucumber into thin slices and put it into a bowl. (The English cucumber is our preference because the seeds are so small.) Then, sprinkle salt over thinly sliced cucumbers.  Place a plate over the cucumbers and sit something heavy over the plate.  (This should help squeeze the cucumber juices.) Wait about 10 minutes.  Then, with your hands squeeze the liquid out of the cucumbers.  Pour the cucumber juice out of the bowl.

Add into the bowl an equal amount of water, sugar and vinegar and for taste pepper.  You might want to double check to see if there needs to be a little more sugar, salt or pepper for taste.  Serve the cucumber salad as a side dish in a small bowl.






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Suggested Measuring Cup is Bodum HOT POT GOURMET Measuring jug.  We like the transparent measuring jug because you can measure in both English and European.
Suggested knife is the Bodum BISTRO Chef’s knife.  We like the stainless steel knife because the handles are ergonomically shaped.

Did you know that prior to the Industrial Revolution, Danish cooking was rooted in peasant dishes? Danish peasant cooking was based on the need to make use from the family farm such potatoes, dry products and rye for making bread.  Over the years, vegetables that played an important role often had to be preserved for long periods of time in cold rooms and were pickled such as with cucumbers for storage.  Now a days, pickled vegetables including the cucumber salad are served with cold and hot meals in the Danish homes and restaurants as a tradition

 
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*how to make aeblskiver (æbleskiver)
*how to make Danish Christmas Klejner
*how to make easy Danish cucumber salad (arguksalat)
*how to make Danish sugar browned potatoes (brunede kartofler)
*how to make Danish red cabbage (rødkaal)
These recipes are perfect for the holiday season. Please let us know what you think! Glædelig Jul and Merry Christmas♥ !

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