In Singapore, the hotter the weather, the spicier the food gets. Have a bowl of HOT Chilli Crabs and top that off with a nice bottle of Tiger Beer. Or when my plate of Chicken Rice looks bland, request for the extra spicy Garlic Chilli Sauce!
My fiance found it really odd that we can handle all those spicy food in our all year round hot summer weather. But I guess the amount of perspiration generated from those spices washed down with a nice cold beer is truly a good way to finish off a meal.
Over here in Croatia, everyone is trying to cool themselves in this hot summer heat by dipping in the sea. It's no wonder there are hoards of locals + thousands of tourists hanging out at the beaches.
However, it's unusual that Iced Coffees are not a common sight during the summer. The closest thing to Iced Coffee in caffee bar is Nescafe Frappe. Most locals opt for the usual Macchiato (Espresso with a splash of cold milk or foam). Hot coffee in hot weather? That's the Croatian way.
In my home, I have a supply of fresh fruits and not forgetting to freeze a tray of Granita in the freezer for my fiance. Granita (or Granité) are really flavoured ice very similar to their counterparts in Singapore. However, it's mostly natural flavourings using simple ingredients like lemon juice or a little more exotic lemongrass in my restaurant. Most recipes do not require gelatine but our little patissière trick is to add sufficient gelatine to set the ice without turning it into Jelly. Yet it helps to slow down the melting process. For those interested in the Granita recipe, drop me a comment and I'll gladly send you one.
Speaking of summer fruits, we found this really sweet summer pears in our supermarket. Less than half the size of an average pear, these little cuties have nice juicy flesh without the usual crunch of bigger pears. Like them? Come over to Croatia to try them out in the summer!