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 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 2 – Tropical Green Smoothie

I definitely needed something different.  It’s not particularly radical given the ingredients at hand but what could be better than a taste of the tropics first thing in the morning?  I must be getting in to this – I’ve done away with the recipe books & research & I’ve already started improvising… 75g Pineapple, frozen…

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. …

My First Smoothie

This was really quite a hard decision to take.  I wanted something which was representative of my goals, but was really quite scared that it would be so awful I’d be switched off from the very start.  I finally settled on this recipe which has a fairly good proportion of fruit to greens, some oats…

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…

Sticky Ginger Beetroots Muffins

I’m about to do 3 things that I normally avoid – publish a recipe which isn’t mine and with very limited tailoring, publish a recipe which I think is still a bit flawed and indulge myself in a little editorial. I found 6 copies of this recipe online, identical or so very close, so it’s…

BONUS!!! Vertically Challenged Pastry

So this is a recipe that I did’t expect to post – it came about quite by accident as I was experimenting with my various laminated pasty doughs.  I was part way though about recipe 3 – Flaky Pastry, rubbing in the fat and adding in the water when I appreciated that the dough was coming…

Sangre del Diablo

So, my chilli experiment was a success. I’ve been left with bags of chills of all varieties, intensities shapes and sizes.  I’ve got some fresh, many frozen and plenty dehydrated for use in the  months to come.  But I’m left with 1 problem – my Morouga Chillies.  They’re just, well, frightening!  They are unbelievably hot,…

Reservoir Dogs Cupcakes

OK, so maybe cupcakes aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Quentin Tarantino’s multi-award winning cult jewellery heist turned bloodbath movie, but when I was thinking about a cupcake experiment, I felt I needed a theme.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be attempting to capture the essence of the 6…

White Sourdough Bread – Take 2

A week later, more research and another attempt at a basic Sourdough recipe.  This time I’ve used the lower limit of water indicated by my initial recipe – this gives me 60% hydration, compared with the 70% of last week’s recipe.  This gave a much more workable dough.  I also ignored the timings for the…

White Sourdough Bread – Take 1…

OK, I’m tagging this as an experiment for 2 reasons.  I was using my ‘Day 8 old’ Sourdough starter, which I wasn’t completely convinced was active enough, so potentially going to end up with a sourdough brick.  Secondly, I’m still a little uncomfortable with the bread recipes I’m using at the moment which make for…

Sourdough – Make you own Starter

If you want to make your own Sourdough bread, you’re going to need a Sourdough Starter (a.k.a. Levain, Leaven, Culture, …). The quickest way would be to tap up a friend or acquaintance for a sample of their starter and start to feed that up to make a batch of your own.  However, as the…