Smoothie Experiment – The Results!

So my week of smoothie experimenting is over. 10 different smoothie, some more successful than others.  Lots of lessons learned there and I walk away with a formula which works for me.  That’s not to say its right or wrong – all of this is clearly very subjective & a matter of personal taste I…

Smoothie Liquids

Something I’ve not come to a final conclusion on over the course of the last week is which liquids are the best to use.  This is partly due to the lack of time & I’ll continue to experiment. I started off with a few thoughts:- Focus on a few specifics, consider other alternatives on another…

Just to prove a point…

There are a number of smoothie conclusions I’ve come to over the course of the last week.  The first of which is too much frozen fruit just doesn’t work for me. Why not? It fills the goblet with no flex making it difficult to get all of the ingredients in, It’s difficult to blend unless…

Day 7 – Blueberry Smoothie

How traditional could this get?  Lets just keep this simple and follow the pattern that seems to work well.  This needs to work – soon after I’ve finished I’m off for a swim… 200ml Almond Milk 125g Blueberries 1 Banana 2 Tbsp Oats 1 Tbsp Chai Seeds Add everything but the banana to the goblet…

Day 6 – Plum & Spinach Smoothie

It’s all starting to come together now. I think I’ve spotted a pattern that works for me.  Let’s try Day 6 with some plums that really don’t taste of much to see what we can squeeze out in the way of breakfast interest… 1 Plum 1 tsp Vanilla 1 ½ Tbsp Oats 1 Tbsp Flax…

Day 5 – Banana & Turmeric Smoothie

Another pre-soaked version, and not a green leaf in sight! 1 Banana 1/2 tsp Turmeric 2-3 cm Root Ginger, grated 1 Tbsp Oats 200ml Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Almond Butter Add the oats, turmeric, ginger, almond butter and milk to the goblet.  Stir well and chill overnight.  In the morning add the banana and blend…

Day 4 – Something Green Smoothie

I wouldn’t go so far as saying that I missed the greens yesterday, but they have been contributing to a feeling that I’m doing the right thing.  Don’t get me wrong, yesterday’s breakfast hit the spot and is something I’ll be trying again, but I think I need to compensate today.  That said, I’m still…

Day 3 – Apple Crumble Smoothie

When I was getting my health assessment, the nutritionist said that the best thing I could eat for breakfast was a bowl of porridge and an apple.  I hate porridge so didn’t give it too much further thought, but then I considered this – why not make an Apple Crumble and custard smoothie?  I love…

Day One – Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie

Taking learnings from yesterday I put the dry ingredients in the goblet along with the spinach and left in the fridge overnight with the unpeeled banana.  I’d weighed out the frozen berries so all good to go in the morning 3 Tbsp Rolled Oats 1 Tbsp Chai Seeds 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds 2 Dates, pitted…

My Second Smoothie – Spicy Beetroot & Orange

OK, so 2 in one day is a bit over the top but I’ve still got some experimenting to do and wanted to try something very different to the breakfast smoothie this morning I’ve spent the afternoon prepping the fruit & veg from the shopping and took the opportunity to harvest some the remaining beetroot. …

Smoothies – Getting Started

I think it’s appropriate that I approach this from a perspective of complete ignorance.  I’m going to capture what I do here as a bit of a guide for others who wish to follow the same path.  There will be mistakes on the way and learning to come from these Analysis My initial research shows…

Time for a change

It’s been a long time since I used this site for a general ‘blog’ post, but every now and again something happens that I feel should be recorded as a new journey is triggered and a recording of progress is called for Last week I had a personal health assessment through work.  I was in…

GBBO Homage

  Well it’s that time of year again. September is here, it’s pouring with rain and I’m watching Series 7 of The Great British Bake Off. Not put off by the scandalous accusations of sexism and gender-stereotyping through use of coloured icing as part of the series launch, this year in a homage to GBBO I’ll be…

Dreaming of the Caribbean Sun

And so I start my much awaited holiday, a couple of weeks away from work with the family.  It’s day 1 and I’m dreaming of a relaxing break away from home, thinking about the Caribbean sunshine, warm golden beaches and a nice cool margarita.  Dreaming,  Dreaming…. In fact I’m sitting in the kitchen of an…

Soupfest!

OK, so you’ve probably noticed that the last couple of days has been a bit of a soup fest for me.  One of my wisdom teeth had an encounter with the dentist and lost, so I’m on a diet of ‘warm, soft food’ for the time being and was keen to make the most of…

What can I do with all of my pumpkins?

2013 has been the best year yet for growing pumpkins and winter squashes in my garden.  A combination of new varieties and proven old favourites, and what must have been perfect growing conditions has given me a mass of fruit to use over the winter.  If you’re like me, you’ll no doubt be wondering what…

Christmas Menu 2012

I seem even less prepared for Christmas this year than ever!  Knowing we had 9 hungry people again from Christmas dinner, both meat-eaters and vegetarians, I’d given the menu no thought at all, with the exception of deciding that we’d follow last year’s terrific turkey with another locally sourced free range one from our local…

Seasonal Beetroot and how to cook them

Beetroot is a much maligned and generally underrated vegetable.  It is incredibly versatile, given it’s sweet but earthy flavour, intense (and wide range of) colours and terrific texture, can be used from everything from chocolate beetroot cake to beetroot risotto, Super-nutritional sports drinks to ice cream.  A number of high profile celeb chefs have been…

Spices

You’ve heard it before, but it’s true. Generally spices are so much better if you grind them yourself. But it can be a real bind, especially if you don’t do a lot of cooking with spices. After all, do you really want drawers full of spices that you are probably never going to use? Wouldn’t…

Salt

Salt is a very important ingredient in spicy cookery. By cutting down on the recommended quantity, you will change the balance and effect of spices and strong flavours in the recipe. We should all be looking to decrease the amount of salt in our diets, and I like my meals no more salty than the…