Monday, 17 November 2014

Berry & Spice Smoothie

Summer always seems to be smoothie season, I suppose it is the season associated with soft fruits and cold drinks, but here I am in jumpers and thick socks hankering after more fruity goodness. The truth is there are many fruits still available in the colder seasons that work well in a smoothie and some more unusual ingredients, no spoilers but there are more winter smoothie recipes to come.

I tend to overly romanticise things, where is the harm in that? In my mind rummaging in bushes for blackberries I see myself as Kate Humble on a fashion shoot for Boden, strolling down a country lane muslin lined basket in hand casually plucking berries. In reality I am not Kate Humble, I am avoiding nettles, getting my hair caught in bushes, and jumping out of my skin when I see a large spider. I do however rock a good pair of wellies so it all evens out in the end. At the end of a berry hunt the satisfaction of your haul gets you over any nettle incidents you may have encountered.

For this recipe I wanted to supplement my foraged fruit with blueberries to add to my fruit injection
you will need;

1 cup blueberries
2 cups blackberries
3/4 pint milk
1tsp mixed spice

method;
  1. Wash your fruit, especially if you have foraged your blackberries like I did.
  2.  Add your fruit to a saucepan with the mixed spice and slowly cook down to a pulp. Don't skip this stage, if you just add the mixed spice to raw fruit and milk the smoothie will taste powdery, trust me. Also blueberries have a tough skin and unless you ave a super dooper expensive blender, which I don't you get a smoothie that is in fact full of bits thus negating the name.
  3. Now comes patience. Allow your fruit and spice mixture to cool completely, preferably overnight in the fridge.
  4. Place the fruit mixture and milk into a blender and whiz until smooth, serve.

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