Smooth like a smoothie

I’ve been trying out some different smoothie variations lately. Some a little less successful than others. The one ingredient I keep trying to incorporate (read: hide) is the Moringa powder. Moringa is one of these super-foods that haven’t become trendy just yet. But it’s only a matter of time as it is so full of nutritious goodness. Read more about Moringa here. The challenge with the powder is that it tastes like spinach (school canteen flashback kinda spinach). And it’s therefore a little tricky to hide, taste wise, and impossible visibly as it makes every smoothie look rather vile. Anyways here are a few smoothies to try. You can change them easily by replacing fruit/ berries with others of your choice. For all of them simply throw everything in a blender and blend till smooth. Best is to use frozen fruit/berries, but an alternative is to add a couple of ice blocks.

MANGOOD

1 large mango, peeled and cut (obviously)

1 cup plain yogurt

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp Moringa powder

1 tsp Chia seed

See what I mean with “vile”…

FRUITFUL

2 cup fruit yogurt OR

1 cup plain yogurt and 1 cup berries/fruits you have at home

1 tbsp Moringa

1 tsp Chia seed

GONE BANANAS

1 cup oatmeal

1 banana

1 cup milk

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp Moringa powder

Peanut butter cookies

I felt like I hadn’t baked in ages so this weekend, despite a sore throat and pounding headache, I managed to throw together one batch of cinnamon buns and a batch of peanut butter cookies. Some time back I cut out this recipe from a jungle-oats box, and it stays in my file where I keep cut outs and hand written recipes from mum, granny and others. These cookies are full of sugar and butter so not really anything for the health conscious! 

Chicken liver paté

I thought since we getting rather close to Christmas (*panic attack*) it’s about time I got a bit housewifey… I once again failed at making anything for advent, just about managed to get my burnt out advent candle holder and a red table cloth on the table. I think every year that I really should have a home made calendar for the kids with a little gift for every day, and every year I have to realize I just don’t have it in me! Thankfully Shoprite had those chocolate calendars so the kids were happy! What I surprised myself with this week was the making of chicken liver paté, a first for me. And as it was so simple you really should try making some too! If you can’t stand it, at least it makes for a nice gift to take for the next dinner party. I googled a bunch of recipes but in the end I combined about three and this is how I made my paté;

Clean, cut and fry 500 gram chicken livers on high heat for 1-2 minutes, reduce the heat and add 1 crushed garlic clove, a chopped shallot (or just a small regular onion which is what I had at home), salt and pepper, a pinch of ground nutmeg, some chopped sweet basil and rosemary. Fry till liver is cooked, then pour over 50 ml brandy (this would leave plenty to enjoy later!), stir and then slowly add 150 ml fresh cream, let it all dimmer for a couple more minutes. Leave to cool and then put it in your food processor. While machine is working add in 3 tablespoons butter, and only real farm butter here since we all know how bad margarine is, I mean it’s literary made from crude oil! Jokes, stork bake margarine works for me! 🙂

Now you should have a paste that may remind you about that time the cat got sick, but the flavour is something else! Press it through a sefa (that’s Zambian for seive) and lastly transfer it into some little pans, dishes or whatever you’ve got and store in the fridge! Enjoy!

Time to play

I made an attempt at getting the children away from the TV last weekend, and it was a success! I first made a batch of my usual Play-dough (recipe here) and then my daughter and I tried making a new type of play dough made from hair conditioner and corn flour. It was as simple as mixing 1 cup conditioner and 2 cups corn flour (although I had to add a little more flour at the end). It turns in to a smooth, gooey, almost slimy dough that is lovely to run through your hands. I think this is something toddlers would really enjoy playing with, but it dried up quite fast so it is for a few hours of fun, maybe something for a toddlers birthday party. You could break it up in smaller batches and add different food colours to each. Have fun!

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