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Smoothies. A legacy. My Nutribullet

My mum in law swore by smoothies.  Green ones.  Not so sweet- filled with dandelion leaves or nettle types.  Not really my thing.

But I felt I had to try it, if only for the kids! So I purchased a nutribullet.  Rachel had done a quick demo on hers, and my friend Mary SWEARS by hers.  So I, bit the bullet, so to speak.

To  be honest, I hadn’t even opened the book when I started using the bullet, which is unusual for me, but I watched my in-laws make “green smoothies” for years, and although I have held off on the addition of nettles or dandelion leaves, I think the essence of green; spinach/ brocolli, and something sweet; banana/ apple/ other soft fruit, is the optimum combination for sweetness and goodness.

Smoothie with chard, raspberries and banana

Smoothie with chard, raspberries and banana

 

 

 

passionfruit

passionfruit prep for the smoothie

And on a day where the vegetable content on the dinner might not be as high as normal due to time constraints, the smoothie ensures the vitamin and mineral daily allowance box is ticked.

I’ve even used it to make wild garlic pesto, quite successfully.

Pinenuts, freshly grated parmesan, and wild garlic

Pinenuts, freshly grated parmesan, and wild garlic

The finished pesto

The finished pesto

Not everyone in the house is a convert, and I probably need to work on the flavour. But practice makes perfect as they say.

Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies

But enough of the greenness.  And in the interest of balance, and testing, I did try other ways of using the bullet too.

Nutribullet for cocktail making

Nutribullet for cocktail making

Mojitos on a weekend night are made so simply, if not very authentically!  lots of mint and lime are the key flavours.

When mint jelly was requested I used it to blend the mint and hot water, simply then adding some sugar, white wine vinegar, whizzing again, then adding some gelatine leaves.  Leave it to set, and simple as (ode to Rory)

Nutribullet for mint jelly

Preparing the mint

Tonight’s smoothie will have to feature a few superfruit additions I think as we are all feeling a little tired! And although I believe it is essentially better to get the full nutritional value from fruit and veg i.e. the fibre that comes from the skins etc, I think coming into winter the need for extra vitamins and minerals outweighs this negative.  It’s all about balance after all.

 

 

 

 

Further Adventures in Avocados

I love avocados.  The Hass ones are really the best, and like pears, the optimum ripeness time frame is often 30 seconds.  It is the most cultivated type of avocado in California, and New Zealand.

Avocados have many health benefits

Avocados have many health benefits

Avocados are great sources of Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins C and E.  When you open an avocado you’ll notice the lovely flesh slightly yellow in the centre, turning darker green towards the skin.  This dark green flesh is high in carotenoids.

Avocado goodness

Avocado goodness

Carotenoids are antioxidants that scientists have used to successfully fight cancer in a laboratory. We don’t know yet whether actually eating an avocado would reap any similar benefits. Also your body’s ability to absorb carotenoids depends in part on the presence of dietary fat, like the loads of healthy mono-unsaturated fats in avocados. So I’m willing to take the chance on this.

Avocado and spinach smoothie

Avocado and spinach smoothie

One of the issues facing cultivation of avocados at the moment is a fungus called laurel wilt, spread by a little bug called the ambrosia bug.  (Have a search under the #savetheguac).  Avocado tress are related to laurel, and once infected the tree can die in as little as six weeks.  The fight against this fungus has been taken to a new level with drones and sniffer dogs being used to identify trees that appear outwardly asymptomatic.  So enjoy them while you can.

One of our favourite starters using avocado is simply to melt some butter and add some crushed garlic to this, then split an avocado, remove the stone, pour some of the melted garlicky butter, add grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Voilà.

A little rough and ready

A little rough and ready

What’s your favourite avocado recipe? Sushi? Guacamole? Or just eaten with some black pepper and a spoon?