Monthly Archives: September 2015

Banana, pear, vanilla and cinnamon jam

I do not know about you but I personally love the combo of sweet banana and spicy cinnamon in anything from pancakes to waffles to milkshakes to ice-cream… The list goes on! So I was in a jaming mood the other day, preparing to go up North with a pot, and I thought up this jam recipe. Then realised Mrs Beeton had almost an identical one in her book : Great minds think alike!

I made it quite light in sugar because of the sweetness of the fruit so it probably will not last too long out of the fridge but then it does not HAVE to… Try it on toasted brioche or in my next batch of goat milk yogurt- See recipe here.

IMG_7217Ingredients list:

  • Bananas, 1 kg
  • Pears, 500g
  • Brown granulated sugar, 500g
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • Spices: Cinnamon 1 Tbsp and 1 Vanilla pod (scraped), 8 cloves

Peel and cut the fruit.

Put in the preserving pan, the pears, lemon juice and the sugar. Bring to boiling point. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the bananas and the spices and simmer at jam temperature for 20 minutes to half hour.

Pour boiling hot into clean jars and screw the tops before turning the jars upside down to sterilise from top to bottom. Wipe and  rinse the jars when cooled down.

Keep in a cool place until needed. Once open, it will not keep long …

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Avocado and kiwi frozen smoothie for radiant health

 

Just 3 ingredients and lots of ice...

Just 3 ingredients and lots of ice…

A cooling smoothie with an unusual savoury tang: The smooth avocado marries the tangy kiwi in a delicious if surprising combination.

Ingredients list:

  • avocado, 1
  • kiwi, 1 peeled
  • spirulina powder, 1 tsp (optional)
  • orange, 1 squeezed
  • ice cubes, handful

Blitz all of the above ingredients in your food processor ( mine is a Thermomix) and serve cold in an ice cream glass. I love it as a starter or anytime of day as a smoothie. It is also a great post work out recovery drink! Need to remember that next sunday as I attempt to run the Richmond running festival Half-marathon…

Be sure that, with or without spirulina, this sweet and savoury smoothie packs a big vitamin punch in a small size –  quantities above are per person.

You can source Spirulina powder in health shops. It is great for energy because it contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals as well as anti-oxydants. I can’t say I enjoy the taste of it of in small quantities in smoothies it does the job and provide even more green to your diet… The taste is fresh and clean so perfect to start the day feeling radiant with health and virtue!

Pure green energy

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