Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl

Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl

I don’t hate many foods, and will try just about everything. One food I don’t like however, is beetroot. I’ve never been a fan; I was the kid picking beetroot out of things because tastes like dirt (it wasn’t me being picky either; it turns out it’s a thing).

There have been a few times I’ve happily had beetroot in something though, one was a ginger-beet juice I made a while ago, and the other is the red velvet smoothie bowl I’m sharing today.

Because of the beetroot, my expectations for this smoothie bowl weren’t very high. I thought I was going to get something instagrammable that tasted like shit. I really wanted to try it on the off-chance that it didn’t taste horrible as hell.

Obviously it was good; I wouldn’t be posting about it otherwise, I would have just pretended it never happened.  I’ve even gave some to Phillip to try; he isn’t a smoothie fan, but said it was better than expected, which is a win in my book

If you decide to give to this a try, let me know what you thought.

Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix. Serve with your favourite toppings
Recipe Notes
  • Toppings: I used frozen blueberries, strawberries, kiwifruit and flaxseed, but you can use what ever you want.
  • Dairy free/Vegan: I used almond milk in mine, which worked out wonderfully
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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for strawberry lemonade with you. When I first head about this stuff, it sounded magical and whimsical. I knew right away, it was something I had to try. I’m glad I made it too, because it’s fucking amazing and I’ll definitely be making it again.  Continue reading →

Homemade Strawberry Jam

homemade strawberry jam

Something has happened to me since moving to Auckland. I don’t know what it is; but, I have been recycling more, turning vegetable scraps into stock and making my own preserves.

I meal plan, and we spent our weekends driving around doing the grocery shopping. I’ve also started growing vegetables and herbs on our balcony.

For today’s post, I wanted to share the recipe  for some strawberry jam I made the other day. I always thought jam was hard to make, but it turns out it’s super easy (it’s also fucking delicious).

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes. It would also love to know if you make jam/marmalade and what your favourite fruits to use are (I’m thinking of trying apricots next).

homemade strawberry jam
Homemade Strawberry Jam
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Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
homemade strawberry jam
Homemade Strawberry Jam
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 15 oz jar*
Instructions
  1. Add strawberries and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved (at this point you can mash the fruit with a potato masher or a spoon).
  2. Once the sugar has fully dissolved, increase the heat to a medium high temperature and bring to the boil. Boil for about 5 - 10 minutes, until the jam has reached 105˚C on a preserving thermometer***
  3. Once ready, pour the hot jam into sterilised jars using a metal funnel, and seal with sterilised lids (we sterilise ours by placing them into the oven and heating them up in the oven beforehand****)
Recipe Notes

* About 445 ml
** If using frozen strawberries, make sure to defrost them before use. Learn from my mistakes!
*** If you don't have a thermometer, to see if the jam is ready, while it is still on the boil, use a teaspoon to place a bit onto a small plate. Leave it for about 30 seconds, then push the jam with your finger. If it doesn’t flood to fill the gap it's ready. If not, keep it on the boil and repeat this step after every minute or so, until it has set.
**** Pouring hot jams into cold jars will cause the jars to crack/smash, if you want to pour the jam into cool jars, bring the jars and the jam down to room temperature.

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Homemade Cashew Milk

homemade cashew milk

A few years ago, I posted a recipe for homemade almond milk; and as much as I wanted to try making other nut milks, I stopped. Lately though, I’ve been getting into the swing of things again, and wanted to share the recipe for the latest milk I’ve been making – homemade cashew milk.

I’ve made about three batches of this stuff, and it is so good. I found it way too watery at first and ended up buying a bag of lecithin and used 1/4 of teaspoon in the last of milk I made –  it worked wonderfully (it also made the pulp really  malleable, kind of like playdough, and like a child, I couldn’t stop playing with it.

I’m definitely going to try to make more nut milks; I said this last time I posted a recipe, but I have a few ideas I want to try this time (strawberry flavoured nut milk sounds good right?), and if they work out I’ll have awesome recipes to share, and if they don’t I’ll have awesome stories I guess.

homemade cashew milk
Homemade Cashew Milk
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A recipe for unsweetened cashew milk. If you would like to sweeten it, you could add maple syrup, honey,, black strap molasses (whatever you want to really). Also feel free to add vanilla if you would like,
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
homemade cashew milk
Homemade Cashew Milk
Print Recipe
A recipe for unsweetened cashew milk. If you would like to sweeten it, you could add maple syrup, honey,, black strap molasses (whatever you want to really). Also feel free to add vanilla if you would like,
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: litre
Instructions
  1. Put the cashews in a large bowl and cover with water, place in the fridge and leave to soak for at least an hour (longer is best, and I usually leave them in overnight)
    Homemade Cashew Milk
  2. Rinse cashews, and then place in the blender, add two cups of water and blitz until cashews are obliterated.
  3. Add remaining water and blitz again, then strain through a mesh sieve lined with muslin (I have recently found out nut milk bags are thing, so if you have one of those, that will be fine).
  4. Put milk into airtight bottle and store in fridge - this will probably keep for 3 - 4 days.
Recipe Notes

The creaminess of this milk depends on the amount of water you use. If you like your cashew milk creamier, uses less milk. While this recipe calls for four cups of water, I usually use about three.

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