Avocado, Banana Smoothie

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So you know when you first have a baby and the first foods to wean them on are avocado and banana smashed together.  I never tried it until now! But I can see why  babies like it.  I incorporated these two wonderful superpower food ingredients into the smoothie for today with blueberries full of antioxidants but to add a slight kick with a strawberry cordial running through it!

Such a creamy consistency. Blend yourself one…sit back and enjoy your weekend! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

Half an avocado
1 small banana
Handful of frozen blueberries
200ml diluted strawberry cordial drink

METHOD

Blitz well in a blender or smoothie maker. Add water if you like it more juice like

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A Minty Fruit Smoothie

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We are going to have pizza tonight, so an hour before I decided to line my stomach with a fresh minty and fruity smoothie.  This way I’ll feel a little less guilty knowing that I have fruit in my tummy before I consume huge amounts of pizza yumminess!

INGREDIENTS

1 small banana peeled
7 strawberries
1 pear sliced into chunks
A few sprigs of fresh mint
1 cup pineapple juice

METHOD

Blitz all the ingredients in a Nutri Bullet or blender until smooth

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Serve with some ice or add a little water if the smoothie is too thick

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Carrot, Strawberry & Ginger Smoothie

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Every morning we have a new flavour of smoothie. Having Mr Shivaay Delights working from home gives me the opportunity to spoil him with healthy breakfast shakes.

If I forget then I will be subtly reminded to make him one. So I guess he is enjoying the smoothies that come flying out of our kitchen.

Keep your eye on more fruity and nutritional smoothie recipes coming up!

Hope you’re all are having a beautiful day. Much love, D x

INGREDIENTS

1 medium carrot peeled and chopped
Handful of strawberries
2 apples cored and chopped
Dash of orange juice
Fresh ginger to taste

METHOD

Put all the ingredients into your blender/nutri bullet.  Blitz to a fine blend

Add more water if too thick to achieve desired consistency

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Alphonso Mango & Walnut Smoothie

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This time last year we were all craving Alphonso Indian mangoes!
Luckily this year we have been able to have them over from India and we are definitely making the most of them.

Extremely sweet in taste and velvety in texture! Allows this particular variety of mango to be a natural partner to acidic strawberries in a smoothie.

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The walnuts add nutrition but also gives body to the whole drink. One that goes on my super healthy smoothie list!

INGREDIENTS

1 alphonso mango
Large handful of strawberries
1 clementine
2 shelled walnuts
Water

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METHOD

Blitz all ingredients together. For a creamier taste add a tablespoon of natural yoghurt

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Strawberry heart cookies

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I found this excellent recipe last February and made them for my toddler for his first Valentine’s day.  The cookies retain the heart shape so well and the jam sits very cosily in its given place.  A crumbly cookie with sticky soft strawberry jam.  I should have waited to post this for Valentines but couldn’t wait to share the love!

By the time my husband came home that Valentine’s evening all the cookies had been consumed by me and my little one!  That I ended up baking a chocolate fudge cake for him the next day for his belated sweet valentine treat! The recipe of that particular chocolate cake will be shared very soon!

Recipe for these moreish heart cookies can be found at http://www.stephsbitebybite.com/2012/01/31/pb-and-j-heartprint-cookies/

Fresh cream raspberry & strawberry cake

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It was my baby son’s 1st birthday this week and I couldn’t wait to bake him his first birthday cake.  I didn’t want anything too sweet with icing or chocolate as I am reluctant in him having a lot of sugar at such a young age. So I decided on the next best thing…a fruit cake with fresh cream.  What has made this cake even more special is that only a few days ago as a family of four we went strawberry picking at a local farm and it is this picked fruit that I have used in this cake.  More to our surprise we have been very lucky with the raspberries as they are the sweetest we have ever tasted and have made this cake even more delicious! Here’s to my baby’s first birthday and lots and lots of cake yummmm!!!

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INGREDIENTS

For sponge
200g self raising flour
200g softened butter
200g granulated sugar
4 eggs beaten
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk

Filling
3 tbsp seedless strawberry jam
3 tbsp whipped sweetened cream
7-10 strawberries sliced

Topping
1 large punnet of raspberries
1 batch of sweetened whipped cream(below)

Sweetened whipped cream recipe
1 cup of double cream
3 tbsp icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 190c gas/170c fan/gas mark 5. Line with non stick baking paper and grease 20cm sandwich cake tins. Cream together sugar and butter until mellowy yellow and fluffy. Mix in the flour, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Combine well.

2. Separate mixture equally between the two tins. Smooth the surface with a spatula and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check that the cake sponge is golden brown and springs back when touched. Cool both sponges on a cooling rack

3. Meanwhile whip cream, when it gets thicker add the icing sugar and vanilla extract, whisk well.Make sure the cream has a soft peak consistency. Put in fridge

4. Remove non stick baking paper on both sponges. Place one sponge on a plate and spread jam and the cream evenly. Then arrange the strawberry slices

5. Put the second sponge on top of the filling. Use a palette knife to evenly distribute the sweetened cream (from the fridge) onto the top sponge and gently arrange the raspberries on the whole surface, being sure not to leave any gaps
Chill in the fridge until ready to eat

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