Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Christmassy Oat and Berry Smoothie


How does your Christmas morning start? We have a ritual that we follow every year. We all wear our Christmas jumpers to start off with. We then all gather in the lounge where the presents are sorted in piles for each person. Each person opens one present at a time in turn. Whilst we open our presents, I serve this tasty spicy vegan oat and berry smoothie to keep everyone replenished. Its the perfect start before we sit down to our breakfast.

What is your family's Christmas ritual? Do share in the comments below.


This smoothie is so easy to make, its vegan and dairy free too. The ideal way to start the day and get into the Christmas mood.


Yield: serves 2

Christmas Oats and Berry smoothie

Christmas spice, delicious oat smoothie to kick start your morning.
prep time: 3 minscook time: total time: 3 mins

Ingredients:

30 g Oats
50g Soya yoghurt
100 ml oat milk chilled
Mixed berries, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries
1 banana
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon agave nectar (optional)

Method:
1. Place all the ingredients into a high speed blender . I used my Optimum 9400 and blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour into tall glasses and serve chilled. Garnish with more berries if you prefer.
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I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400 to blend my soup. The blender is so versatile and powerful that it grinds, pulses, makes ice cream, soups and amazing smoothies and nut butters too. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

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Friday, 7 December 2018

Thai Tomato Soup



Thai food is one of our favorite cuisines, we love Vegan Thai curry, pad thai salad, Thai noodles and  soups.  Soups are a staple in my household we all love them especially when the weather is wet and grim. This Thai tomato soup is so simple to make and strangely the recipe works best with overripe tomatoes that are usually too soft for salads. Adding the Thai flavours just converts the humble tomato soup and makes it A class!!

Thai cuisine uses lots of aromatic flavours. I particularly like the flavors of galangal, spring onions, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. Mayuri has created this lovely yellow thai curry using all these wonderful flavours.


Yield: Serves 2

Thai Tomato Soup

Simple tomato soup packed with Thai flavours of lemongrass and Chinese five spice.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

240 g ripe tomatoes roughly diced.
50 g bean sprouts
1/2 white onion finely chopped
1 inch piece lemon grass finely chopped.
1 clove garlic finely chopped
1 Celery stick finely chopped
1 small carrot finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/3 teaspoon Chinese five spice
1 tablespoon olive oil/
200 ml water


Instructions

1. In a large pan add the oil, when its hot add the chopped onions, garlic and leeks and saute them for 3-4 minutes until translucent.
2. Add the carrots and chopped tomatoes and lemon grass to the pan and the water and bring the soup to a simmer.
3. Cook the soup for 10 minutes.
4. Transfer the soup to the Optimum 9400 blender and blend until smooth.
5. Strain the soup into the pan and discard any residue left in the strainer.
6. Add the salt,  pepper, chilli flakes and Chinese five spice  and bring the soup to a slow boil. Turn off the heat and add the bean sprouts.
7. Ladle soup into serving bowls and enjoy with crusty bread.
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Sometimes I make a light Thai themed lunch and make this lovely Thai cucumber relish, and spicy Thai papaya salad to go with the soup. Of course I always want dessert after my lunch as I prefer to eat dessert at lunch time rather than with my evening meal which is usually heavier. These Peranakan Pancakes are just super delicious to finish the meal.

I used my tried and trusted Optimum 9400 to blend my soup. The blender is so versatile and powerful that it grinds, pulses, makes ice cream, soups and amazing smoothies and nut butters too. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

The Optimum 9400 2nd generation is currently on offer for £289. Froothie currently have a blender sale on all their blenders . These include the Optimum G2.1 their newest & most advanced optimum blender which is reduced from £559.00 to £339 and Optimum air vacuum blender is reduced from £499 to £339 . This is the perfect time to buy in time for Christmas.

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