Recipe: The “it’s 2am and I’ve hardly eaten for 11 days” smoothie

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A long time ago I used to date lawyers, I remember one in particular who used to do a lot of sport in his teenage and student years, who proudly showed me his only piece of cooking equipment, a liquidiser. The liquidiser’s role was to help him produce his favourite after exercise drink the recipe for which he shared with me as comprising 2 large tablespoons of Nutella, 2 scopes ice cream, topped up with full cream milk.

Technically I guess the ice cream made it a shake rather than a smoothie. But smoothie or shake the exercise drink when taken regularly without the addition of exercise (and this lawyer had no time for exercise in between working and commuting) lead to a severe piling on of the poundage !

Smoothies can play a part of a healthy diet. The fruit admittedly has a high sugar content but the smoothie can be kept low fat depending on what dairy products you choose to add. Skimmed milk and ice cubes would be a better low fat option than full cream milk and ice cream.

At 2am in the morning however, with a limited range of ingredients and, due to the flu, not having eaten much food at all over the past 11 days, I was just looking for something that filled the hole in my tummy although part of me was thinking vaguely of the need to keep my strength up.

PEANUT AND BANANA POWER DRINK

Place 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1-2 bananas in a liquidiser add a glass of milk. Blitz in liquidiser for 2 minutes or until smooth…add more milk if drink too thick.

Later in the day I made another one as an afternoon snack. This one was more weight conscious in that it consisted mainly of apples and bananas and no peanut butter…on reflection though I’d probably been better off replacing the milk with orange juice as the apples made the smoothie very fluffy !

No photos…it was 2am and I was very very hungry !

 

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Time for tea swap: What was I thinking ?

Contents of the make and do drawer

Contents of the make and do drawer

I got carried away the other day and signed up for a tea and craft swap. What was I thinking ? I don’t do craft type things, I bake…outside of the kitchen I can’t make anything to save my life.

I know what it is, I was lead astray by the thought of tea…I am a complete tea addict – it wasn’t always this way, I used to be addicted to coffee, so much so that when we went round europe on a train aged 18 I took a jar of nescafe with me just in case…in Yugoslavia I fell off a train and was concussed, my friends were worried as at least 5 times in the 4 hours afterwards I got up and checked my rucksac saying “thank god the coffee survived” – girl with priorities me.

But now I am definitely a tea addict. I have been known when visiting friends to walk into their kitchens and put the kettle on if I think they are being a little slow on the refreshments front…OK its just KT Cupcake and Flapjack Queen where I do this, and they are almost “family” anyway…

So here I am, with 9 days to go. I have the tea bought to swap. I have my  “item to be used by swapee in crafting” ready to send, but I have no “tea related object  made by swappor ” to send…and I can’t send cake as it probably won’t travel well, besides I may have to swap early if we do go away at any stage next week.

I must have been mad. I must have been lead astray by my tea addiction – that’s it, the balance of my mind was disturbed…but Vonnie’s website is so nice. Vonnie’s nice…I could do this, couldn’t I ? Thank god I am on leave for most of the next week…now what can I make that isn’t a tea cosy ?

Cupboard clearing…

Haven’t been baking much the last 10 days as there is plenty to eat and I keep being given left overs from people I know.

Started sorting the cupboards out last night, doing a stock keep of what I have and what needs using up, other than the obvious stuff in the fridge…

Still feeling run down so trying out a “tonic” rather than copious cups of tea as I still have some ginger left from my cold cures and I discovered some forgotten lemon grass in the freezer, which if I was in the mood I could turn into a Thai curry (as there are 2 tins of coconut milk lurking with the rice pud) but I am not in the mood…although there are still loads of goose bits in the fridge…and I wonder if the co op sells corriander…

Anyway rather than the curry I haven’t made here is the tonic (makes 4 cups, I’ve only made 1 as I may use the rest of the lemon grass on something else)

Lemon grass and Ginger Tea (Cook at Home with: Peter Gordon)

2 stems lemon grass bashed flat with a hammer or rolling pin

100g ginger skin scrubbed and roughly chopped

1 litre cold water

sugar, elderflower cordial or honey to taste

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat, out the lid on and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain before drinking.

lemongrass tea - a break for the liver

lemongrass tea - a break for the liver

ps ooooh, whilst rooting around in the veg drawer for the ginger I found the beetroot I bought just before christmas to do Hugh Fernley Whittingstall’s Beetroot Brownies, so I may do one last baking session before new year…

verdict on the tonic: Well I feel invigorated, the ginger was a bit strong for my taste, but perhaps its less intense if you drink it hotter, mine was a bit on the cool side as just as I made it, Spider dragged me off to show me a 3 he had just found – we’ve been playing a number recognition reward game, if he correctly names a number then he gets a small toy as a reward…it probably would be cheaper with sweets…!