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.
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.
Not everyone in the house is a convert, and I probably need to work on the flavour. But practice makes perfect as they say.
But enough of the greenness. And in the interest of balance, and testing, I did try other ways of using the bullet too.
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)
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.