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 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. …

Chocolate & Chilli Liqueur

As an aside, you may think that your Chocolate & Chilli Extract is just going to sit on in the kitchen cupboard gathering dust. Why not create a Chocolate & Chilli Liqueur instead? Follow the recipe as for the extract but also add 70g of white sugar (or more, to taste) I’m planning to use…

Cranberry Punch

Of course if you’re the one driving, or perhaps just a little underage for the alcoholic cocktails, an Earswick Donkey probably isn’t for you. This Cranberry Punch goes down well as an alternative Serves Plenty Ingredients 200ml Cranberry Juice 500ml Orange Juice 600ml Sparkling Apple Juice, such as Appletise 1 Lime, thinly sliced 1 Satsuma,…

Earswick Donkey

So if you’ve followed my recipes for plum & slow gins & liqueurs, you’ll have been drinking this seasons for a few weeks now. You’ve probably given the odd bottle away as a present, maybe served up liqueurs after dinner, but what to do with the rest? Cocktails! My Earswick Donkey is a festive take…

Poinsettia

A wonderful festive fizz with sharp citrussy fruit, best served with a dry sparkling wine (or Champagne, if you’re really trying to impress…) Ingredients 500ml Cranberry Juice 125ml Cointreau 1 bottle dry champagne style sparkling wine, well chilled  Fresh raspberries to decorate Method Mix the cointreau and cranberry juice in a jug and keep in…

Raspberry Truffle

Make the most of that freshly brewed Chocolate Vodka and serve up a Raspberry Truffle – this really emphasises the heady aromas of true dark chocolate.  Using a sweeter wine takes the bitter edge off. Ingredients 30ml Chocolate Vodka per glass 1 bottle Cava, or sweeter style sparkling wine, well chilled Method Pour the chocolate…

Chocolate Vodka

A wonderful chocolate liqueur which you can make yourself in just a few days!  Perfect for a romantic cocktail or a festive celebration.  Try it in a Raspberry Truffle! Cocoa Nibs are the crushed, shelled cocoa beans used in the making of chocolate.  They are becoming easier to get hold of – I got my…

Sloe Gin & Sloe Vodka

At last!  After searching for a couple of years, I have a source of great quality sloes.  Last year I was disappointed because my quest had failed, and I had to resort to producing batches of Plum Gin & Plum Vodka instead.  I shouldn’t have been concerned – this turned out to be a great…

Limoncello, with a twist! Arancello and Limettacello

I hope you tried my Limoncello recipe over the summer – it’s sooo simple, takes only a few weeks to turn around (unlike the months that many of my liqueur recipes take) and is absolutely wonderful!  What’s more, it’s a digestif, so must be good for you (I know, that’s really hard to believe when…

Blackberry Gin

The experiment to produce a range of fresh fruit liqueurs continues with this hedgerow extravaganza! Following the same principles as the Raspberry Gin recipe, this uses blackberries picked straight from the hedgerow (or failing that, straight from the supermarket) in September, giving a great tipple ready for drinking just in time for Christmas! The full…

Plum Liqueur & Plum Gin

I’ve been looking out for sloes all season with the anticipation of turning out a batch of Sloe Gin, but just haven’t discovered any.  What I do have in bucket loads are plums (- when we moved into the house we must have taken down 2 dozen self-set plum trees and left the 2 most…

Red Currant Vodka – Revisited

The original Redcurrant liqueur was disappointing – it was sickly sweet and the flavour of the currants just didn’t come through.  However, it was a great colour and as I have a surplus of red currants every year, I wanted to give it another go. This time I wanted to concentrate up the flavour, and…

Elderberry Gin – Revisited

Not long ago I detailed my experimental plan to create a batch of Elderberry Gin.  After 5 weeks, the spirit has taken on the colour of an amazing Australian Shiraz, with the distinct elderberry aroma. The berries were strained through layers of muslin and disposed of (the berries that is, not the muslin, however it’s…