Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fruits and Trees in the Garden

I grew up in a house surrounded not just with tropical flowers and plants but lots of fruit-bearing trees. So, imagine my delight when we arrived here in Turkey in the month of May and saw trees with summer fruits thriving. Our apartment complex has a big space for a garden compared with the rest in the area.

Look, a watermelon as big as a couple of golf balls! Hope it matures before autumn comes and the cold blankets this place.

And another just a few inches away. These fruits are growing real fast, I swear.

We just harvested this one 5 days ago, and boy, it was so big and sweet. We were able to share a slice to each neighbor in the building.

Here is a photo of our peach tree before we harvested them more than a week ago. Too bad I didn't witness the harvest time. My in-laws took all the fruits while I was in my nap.

They are not the sweetest variety of peach but no complain here because this single tree alone gave 8 bags of fresh fruits to us. Hence, we delivered 2 bags to each neighbors and a few more extra to friends.

We have grapes here, too. And cherry and nectarine that are both spring fruits.

Here is the orange tree with fruits still green. They'll be orange by winter.

Here is pomegranate that is very nutritious. The fruits are big and already heavy. Beside this tree is a lemon tree that carries a lot of fruits as well.

Have you seen olive fruits in a tree yet? Here they are. A few steps away from this olive tree is a pear tree as well. No photo though. Will share it in IG next time if I remember. Haha.

We are planning to move out of this apartment and get a house with a garden by next year. Hopefully, in a place with a huge space for flowers and plants and most of all fruit-bearing trees. I want to have an apple tree, peach, cherry, orange, lemon, pear and maybe more if there is enough land to cover it.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Homemade Granola Cereal

Before coming to Turkey, I made sure I had packed my favorite Mornflake granola cereal that I could eat for weeks or months. I have been eating Mornflake cereal for a while now since I started weightlifting in PH. I used to buy them from the imported section in the supermarket. I like them so much because they are great alternative to ulam and rice because of the protein and fiber content. Anyway, it's already August and my 6 packs of Mornflakes are all gone.

I have searched local groceries here for rolled oats and nutty seeds in the hope of making my own granola cereal, and yes, I was able to come up with a granola cereal of my own that has less sugar and fat, thus more healthy than the store bought ones. Now I don't have to force myself eating Turkish breakfast everyday. Cold cuts, cheeses and olives are not really appealing to me. I also don't like raw veggies in the morning all the time. So, to those who are a little health conscious and love some high protein breakfast to maintain some muscles, I say try this recipe. It's time to make your own granola cereal to add to your weekly meal prep!

What you will need:
-1 kilo rolled oats
-handful of almonds
-handful of pumpkin seeds
-handful of chia seeds
-handful of raisins
-handful of sunflower seeds
-4 tbsp coco sugar
-2 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp butter
-1 cup water

Here's how:
Combine the last 4 ingredients in a pan. Make it boil, stirring constantly. When bubbles, pour the rolled oats all the rest of the ingredients. Keep mixing in lowfire until the oats change into a golden brown color. Let cool then transfer to a tight container.

To enjoy as a breakfast treat, transfer a couple of handfuls in a bowl. Add some more fresh fruits or protein-rich seeds like chia.

Add the type of milk of your choice. Soak in overnight or eat right away. Perfect morning fuel before hitting the gym. Enjoy!