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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberries are in abundance this time of the year. Nothing beats a big bowl of strawberries smothered with lashings of cream.There are so many recipes that are my favorite that I look forward to making when strawberries are in season such as strawberry tart, strawberry mousse, strawberry ice cream and strawberry lemonade.Below I am sharing my favorite strawberry lemonade recipe.

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Strawberry Lemonade
Refreshing and delicious summer strawberries with a lovely citrus tang from lemons makes this lemonade simply delicious .
  • 12 Strawberries
  • 2 Lemons
  • 100 ml sparkling water
  • 1 tablespoon stevia sugar
  • 1 cup icecubes
1. Wash the strawberries and hull them.2. Cut the top and bottom of one lemon and cut it into slices. 3. Peel the second lemon and remove the skin and pith.4.Add all the strawberries and whole peeled lemon into the Optimum 600 and extract the juice, once all the fruit has been juiced add some stevia sugar to sweeten it. 5. Strain the juice into a jug and add the sparkling water, ice cubes and some lemon slices.6. Stir and serve in glasses garnished with lemon slices. 
Prep time: Cook time: NoneTotal time: Yield: 2 servings
The Optimum 600 juicer is slow juicer that extracts juice keeping all the nutrients in it.To find out more about it and make a purchase You can check it out here. Currently its on a special discounted price of only £249

Monday, 18 May 2015

White Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies ~Secret recipe challenge 18th May 2015

This is my assignment with the Secret Recipe Club.The aim of the club is that you are allocated a blog from which you have to select a recipe and try it and blog about it. For the month of May my assigned blog was The pajama chef written by Sarah who is a librarian and has a passion for baking. She claims that  she would happily wear pajamas 24/7 I guess that's got something to do why the blog is called The Pajama Chef.

I was browsing through the recipes and immediately fell in love with the Chocolate Chip Orange cookies. The only changes I made were that I used white chocolate chips instead of brown as I accidently picked up the wrong ones whilst shopping. The cookies turned out delicious and I am going to make them again very soon.My work colleagues said three dozen were not enough when I took them to work!!!!

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White Chocolate Chip and Orange Cookies
Fragrant orange scented white chocolate chip cookies that melt in the mouth.
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoons Orange Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Orange zest
  • 3 1/4 cup Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 cups White chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C /350 degrees F and line 6 cookie sheets with parchment paper.2. Cream together the butter and sugar, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla essence, orange juice, orange zest, baking soda and flour and chocolate chips. Mix together to form a dough.Cover and chill for half an hour.3. Scoop small walnut sized balls from the dough and place them on the baking trays making sure they are spread apart as they will spread when baking. Slightly flatten each ball with your fingers.4. Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown, remove them from oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 dozen

National Vegetarian week and giveaway for Optimum 600 Juicer

Monday kick starts National Vegetarian Week, its a week where people are encouraged to try and incorporate  a vegetarian diet in their meal plan be it for a day two days or the week. I have been a vegetarian all my life and I find that vegetarian diet gives me a healthy lifestyle, its good for skin, hair and nails and enables me to have healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy heart too. 

If you too want a try a diet change, this blog has many varieties of vegetarian recipes from Indian to international dishes. Why not try and have a vegetarian day, do check out the wide variety of mouth water dishes in this blog and test the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

To get some inspiration and recipe idea for vegetarian dishes around the world  check out some wonderful recipes by clicking on the links below:

Chinese Cuisine

Caribbean Cuisine
French Cuisine
Greek Cuisine
German Cuisine
Goan Cuisine
Gujarati Cuisine
Indo- Chinese Cuisine
Italian Cuisine
Kenyan Cuisine
Lebanese Cuisine
Malaysian Cuisine
Morroccan Cuisine
Mexican Cuisine
Nepalese Cuisine
Singapore Cuisine
Tunisian Cuisine

Even if you are not totally vegetarian , it is a good lifestyle change to incorporate 5 fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, whether it be cooked form, raw, in salads, smoothies or juices.

Below you can check out some a delicious recipes made in the Optimum 600 juicer. Just see how easy it is to create your own juice.

Carrot, Ginger and Plum Juice

Kale, Kiwi and Orange Juice

Plum Beetroot and Apple Juice

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, Froothie have been very generous and have agreed to provide one Optimum 600 slow juicer as a prize for one lucky  simplyfood reader. So what is great about the Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Slow Juicer?

The Optimum 600 whole fruit slow juicer means no more chopping, no more clogging, just faster, better more nutritious fresh juice. Compared to a centrifugal juicer, the Optimum 600 slow juicer delivers more juice and more nutrients with the added bonus of being much quieter, too. A few features you're going to love: 

  • Large auger which perfectly crushes your fruits and vegetables for maximum output and nutrient retention
  • You can also make ice cream, nut butters, nut milks, smoothies, baby food and more
  • Large chute and internal knife will eliminate chopping and clogging, making cleaning a breeze. 
  • Juice whole apples, pears and more! 
The Optimum 600 retails for £329 but will be on sale for £249 during National Vegetarian Week. 

You can also Visit Froothie's website for product details and order yours here for a special £249.00

You can also enter a chance to win an Optimum 9200 super blender by liking and sharing this post on Facebook. 

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Carrot,Ginger and Plum juice

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Carrot, Ginger and Plum Juice
Perfect cleansing breakfast juice for on the go.
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 Braeburn Apple
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • 8 Red plums
1. Cut open the plums and remove the stones.2. Wash the carrot and apple.(no need to cut or peel) 3. Feed the plums, apple, ginger and carrot into Optimum 600 juicer.4. Pour the juice into on the go bottles or into serving glasses.5. You can add a dash of honey is desired.(I didn't)
Prep time: Cook time: NoneTotal time: Yield: 2 servings
The Optimum 600 juicer is slow juicer that extracts juice keeping all the nutrients in it.To find out more about it and make a purchase You can check it out here.

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