Fruit


When I first saw the picture of green smoothie (from My Recession Kitchen), I thought it was a green tea smoothie. Immediately I clicked the link, because I love green tea smoothie :). To my surprise, it was not green tea, it was spinach!!

It made me excited even more because I do love healthy juice or smoothie. Every day I still have the healthy juice that my mom taught me (also my first post in my blog :)). I am so keen to try this green smoothie as it contains fresh vegetable. Remember, we need 5 serves of vegetables every day. So to include vegetable for your breakfast makes a good start 🙂

I used banana and pineapple in the smoothie, but other fruits can also be used. I actually tried adding the spinach in my usual healthy juice (celery, tomato and apple) and it is good too :). I bought ripe bananas and pineapples from the market and chop them and keep them in airtight containers in the freezer. It is handy to divide the fruits into a few small containers (1 container for 1 or 2 serves of the smoothies).

How does it taste? Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! It’s very refreshing and fulfilling. The banana and pineapple marry really well in the smoothie (pineapple is my new favourite ingredient in smoothies :P). And you do not taste the spinach at all in the smoothie, but it’s there. The only proof that the spinach is there is from the lovely green colour.

Absolutely a gem! This smoothie will be a regular at my home 🙂

Green smoothie

(adapted from Green smoothie, My Recession Kitchen)

(makes 1 glass)

  • ¼ cup frozen chopped pineapple
  • ¼ cup frozen chopped banana (about ½ banana)
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup water

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or so until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.

green is good … 🙂

xxx,
Inge

I still can’t believe it’s Christmas already…! Time really flies indeed!!

We will have Christmas dinner with my brother and Ig’s brother this Sunday, so it’s been a very relaxed Christmas day for us. We have planned to bake Christmas cake today. It was my husband Iggy’s idea to make Christmas cake every year, and he did most of the work. I only helped him here and there and took the pictures. So, here it is… Christmas cake by my husband.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

Christmas cake

(from Donna Hay magazine Dec/Jan 2009, issue 42)

  • 2¼ cups (360 gr) mixed fruits
  • ¾ cups (120 gr) raisins
  • 1 cup (160 gr) sultanas
  • 1 cup (140 gr) chopped dates
  • 1 cup (140 gr) slivered almonds
  • ¾ cups (180 ml) rum
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 gr butter, softened and chopped
  • 1¼ cups (220 gr) brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2¼ cups (335 gr) plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • ¼ cup (40 gr) blanched almonds

Step 1. Place mixed fruits, raisins, sultanas, dates, slivered almonds, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a bowl, mix well, cover and soak for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Fruit mixture to be soaked with rum

Soaked fruit mixture

Step 2. Preheat oven to 150ºC. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat it for 8-10 minutes using an electric mixer or until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition.

Step 3. Sift flour and bicarb of soda over the fruit mixture and mix well, ensuring all the fruit is coated in flour.

Fruit mixture combined with sifted flour and bicarb of soda

Step 4. Add the butter mixture into the fruit mixture and stir to combine well.

Butter mixture and fruit mixture combined

Step 5. Spoon mixture into prepared cake tin (see below). Press the blanced almonds around the edge of the cake to decorate. Bake until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool in the tin.

Makes:

– 1 x 22cm -round cake, bake for 3 hours 10 minutes OR
– 6 x 9cm-round cakes, bake for 1 hour 30 minutes OR
– 3 x 12cm-round cakes, bake for 1 hour 50 minutes

What we used:

– 4 x 8cm-ramekins, bake for 1 hour AND
– 6-large muffin tin, bake for 1 hour AND
– 1 x 470ml-round pyrex bowl, bakes for 1 hour 10 minutes

To prepare the cake tins:

Lightly grease the cake tins. Cut out rounds of non-stick baking paper to fit the base of cake tins and strips to make a tall collar. Cut incisions along the base of the strips so the collar will fit snugly in the tin.

Christmas cake

Cute Xmas pressies 🙂

I reckon they look so cute and also taste very nice 🙂 Thanks to Donna Hay for easy to follow recipe 🙂

xxx,

Iggy and Inge

Mango is in season and quite cheap this time of the year in Australia. I bought some mangoes from Aussie Farmers Direct for 98 cents each last week! They are really sweet… Combined with passionfruit, they make a nice and refreshing summer smoothie 🙂

Mango and passionfruit smoothie

(serves 2)

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 2 passionfruits
  • 2 scoops of Bulla frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk. I used soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Slice or dice the mango. Put the mango and all other ingredients except the passionfruit to a blender and blend for 30 seconds or so until smooth. Pour the smoothie into 2 glasses and top with the passionfruit pulp.

Smoothie ingredients

Ready to blend

Mango and passionfruit smoothie

xxx,

Inge

This one is another healthy drink that not only is very easy to prepare but also tastes so yummy. It can be enjoyed for breakfast or for refreshment in the afternoon. It’s a very refreshing drink for a hot summer day. If the deliciously deep purple colour doesn’t tempt you, you will be glad to know that it contains about 1 serve of dairy and half a serve of fruit of your daily intake recommendation. If it still doesn’t do it for you, trust me, it tastes berry berry nice!

Berry berry nice banana smoothie

(inspired by the recipe on the Bulla frozen yogurt tube)

(serves 2)

  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 big handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 2 scoops of Bulla vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds or so until smooth. Transfer to a glass and oo la la…

Ingredients for the smoothie

Ready to blend

Berry berry nice banana smoothie

xxx,

Inge

One of  my favourite breads is bagel. Bagel has a shape like a doughnut and it is more dense , chewy and a bit sweeter than normal bread.

Bagel is nice to be enjoyed on its own. Just simply halve, toast them, and spread with margarine.

This morning I added an omelette and avocado slices on the toasted bagel. I thought this combination works really well.

Avocado is considered as one of the best superfoods. Nutrients information of avocado can be found here: http://www.avocado.org.au/nutrition/nutritional_information.aspx

Egg and Avo on Toasted Bagel

(serves 2)

  • 1 bagel, halved
  • 1 avocado, halved then sliced
  • 3 eggs

Step 1. Crack the eggs on a bowl and lightly beat them with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2. Put a little bit of olive oil in a small frying pan and heat over a medium fire.  Cook the eggs to your liking. I like the eggs folded, not scrambled. Pour the egg mixture, after 10 seconds, fold the eggs continuously until it’s cooked (but not browned) – this will take about 30-40 seconds.

Step 3. Toast the bagel in the toaster.

Step 4. Arrange the avocado slices on each of the bagel halves and top with the omelette.

Egg and avo on toasted bagel

Served with the healthy juice, this is a perfect breakfast to start your Sunday.

xxx,

Inge

I dedicated my first post to a healthy drink that my husband and I have enjoyed almost every day. Thanks to my mom who showed me and made this every day when I spent my last visit in Indonesia (May 2009)  – We love you, MOM :).  Now we have this first thing in the morning during weekends, and in weekdays we normally have it after work or badminton.

We can be creative with the ingredients. We can use celery, tomato, cucumber, apple, orange, kiwi, pear, blueberries, rapsberries, etc. For the berries, I use the frozen ones. Not only that I can always keep them in the freezer, but they will also make the juice cold, there is no need for ice cubes. I normally use more vege than the fruit as I try to increase the vegetable intake in daily basis. Remember, it’s 5 serves of vege and 2 serve of fruits every day.

Here are the ingredients for the healthy juice I made this morning.

Healthy juice

(serves 2)

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 handfull of frozen mixed berries
  • 3/4 cup of apple juice (store-bought)

Chop the celery and tomato, put them in the blender together with frozen berries and apple juice. Blend them for about 30 seconds and enjoy!!

Healthy juice ingredients Ready to blend Healthy juice ready - Enjoy!!

xxx,

Inge