Simple Homemade Smoothie

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well and you all thoroughly enjoyed the Festive Season. Things are now feeling a bit more normal and I’m kind of excited for the New Year. I still have a few more days off work so I’m just keeping up with the extra things that usually slip my mind.

It might seem a little early for a Spring/Summer smoothie recipe but I think it’s well needed after a long December of chocolates and pure indulgent! I think this December I ate way too much sweet things compared to other years and my body is really craving a lot more fruit. This is a super simple recipe that takes little time to make, using only oranges and a mixed selection of berries. This is great because it tastes amazing and counts towards 2 of your 5 a day, I think using frozen berries makes it a little more refreshing but you could always use fresh berries.

Recipe: Homemade smoothie (serves 1)

Ingredients

1 Orange

A handful of frozen mixed berries

Method

  • Set aside some berries in a blender.
  • Juice the the orange and pour over the berries, pulse the mixture until smooth then serve.

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Black Forest Fruit Rum Cocktail

Hey everyone, thanks for checking out my blog. Today’s post is a little different from the usual food and baking. I’m sharing a refreshing, fruity cocktail that is perfect for any summer afternoon. Although it is September we are having some warmer days so why not enjoy whilst it lasts. I’m not a big drinker but this was a nice mixture of rum and the sweetness of fruit. It’s also something a little different that’s fun to make. I’ve used black forest fruits but I imagine it would taste just as good with any berries.

Recipe: Berry Rum Cocktail (10 servings)

Ingredients

100ml white rum

Large handful of frozen black forest fruits (blackberries, cherries, grapes and blackcurrants)

500ml water

1 lemon

5 tbsp caster sugar

Method

  • In a jug, mix the sugar and a little water until fully dissolved.
  • Blend the berries with enough water until smooth and pour through a fine sieve into the jug.
  • Juice 1 lemon, strain, and add to the jug.
  • Pour the rum and water into the jug and stir everything together.
  • Leave in the fridge to cool and serve chilled.

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Orange and Summer Berry Slush

I think it’s really beautiful when you capture food in such a way that almost like you can taste the food or fruit in this case because it looks that good!

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I’ve used;
– 2 oranges juiced
– a handful of summer berries

When the weather is warm I like to cool myself down by making myself an orange and summer berries slush.

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I use frozen berries so that it’s nice and cold along with a juiced orange to help blend it all together. This slush is quick and simple to make, tastes delicious and the colour is so pretty.

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Comment below your favourite slush or smoothie recipes for summer 🙂

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Blueberry Cupcakes

Finally after so many years I made some blueberry cupcakes. I’ve been cooking a lot of main meals lately and I wanted to do some baking as that’s where my true love of food started.

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As a kid I always remember wanting to make blueberry cupcakes after reading a recipe in a magazine. I don’t know why but I thought they would be something so amazing, however my parents never brought the blueberries so I didn’t get the chance to make them, until now!
I came across another recipe and thought ‘I’m definitely baking these’.

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I hadn’t tasted a blueberry before until recently and in my opinion they have a texture similar to grapes with an extra zing of flavour 🙂 they were okay but not on the top list of my favourite fruits.

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I was pleasantly surprised with them, super easy to make with extra sweetness from the berries. I love the strong potent purple colour that oozes around the remains of the berries and spreads around the cupcakes like dye.

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I will definitely make these again but maybe I’ll blend the berries or use dried ones to make it a little different.