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Recipe: Boozie Smoothies

A Boozie Smoothie
A Boozie Smoothie

Ingredients;

1 banana
2 large handfuls of ice cubes
300g fresh strawberries
100ml Malibu or white rum
100ml pineapple juice
Sprig of fresh mint

Serves 4


Boozie Smoothies (as the name suggests) are smoothies that contain alcohol and are great as a relaxing cool fresh drink on a summer’s evening or to go with a barbecue. What’s more they are really easy to make, so long as you have a blender that is strong enough to crush ice, if not they can be a bit physical 😉

First up you’re going to need to core the strawberries, once this has done load your blender, ice on the bottom then the banana, followed by the strawberries and finally the Malibu (coconut rum) or white rum and the pineapple juice.

Whizz it all together in the blender until the ice has been crushed and all the ingredients have been mixed together, then serve topped with a sprig of fresh mint.

If your blender won’t crush ice, then you will need to crush the ice separately and stir it into the rest once blended. The best way I’ve found to crush ice (apart from in the blender) is to place it in a plastic bag and wrap this up in a towel, then beat it with a rolling pin/baseball bat/cricket bat until it gets to the consistency that you require.

You can substitute pretty much any fresh fruit for the strawberries and you can substitute orange juice for the pineapple, I’ve made these with grape and kiwi, mango, passion fruit and because you are using the banana to “thicken” the smoothie you can use any citrus fruits you fancy as well.

Of course you can also leave out the alcohol so the under 18’s can enjoy these smoothies as well.

So experiment and have fun with them, just be careful not to have to much fun, remember always drink alcohol responsibly 😉

Movie Review: Food, Inc.

I recently watched Food Inc. partly out of curiosity, partly out of my fascination with all things food and partly to see if I was on the right track with my move to home cooked meals from fresh ingredients and boy was it an eye opener. So many questions, so few answers…

This film, one would assume, has it’s facts straight, otherwise some of the monster food companies would be suing it out of existence. But it’s not just about the facts, the film is very well made and the way the facts are revealed is not designed to shock but to educate us.

After watching it I know I will be paying a lot more attention to where my fresh food comes from and how it’s produced, be it meat, poultry, fish or fruit and veg. We all need to be more aware of these things so that we can all make better choices for us and our families.

If you eat you need to see this film!

I would love to hear from Irish farmers and slaughterhouses about the conditions in their operations so as ever the comment form is open below.

Pancake Day

So, tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday and I’ve already got a great pancake recipe posted. So, rather than posting another pancake recipe, I’m going to give you a few ideas for variations for that recipe.

Firstly, there are the fruit options, simply add different fruit rather than blueberries, I’ve tried mashed bananas and sliced strawberries. Others that should work well are raspberries, blackberries, pretty much any fruit can be used – so go wild, try it with your favourite fruit and let us know how you get on.

Another a great idea for pancakes is chocolate! Chocolate makes everything better, doesn’t it?

So, there’s the obvious chocolate chips, just sprinkle them on instead of fruit, job done right? Well there’s always the Double Choc option, just make the milk in the recipe chocolate milk and add the chocolate chips while cooking them.

And for the completely decadent out there, why not try some chocolate spread instead of maple syrup?

So with all these calorific ideas and the food excesses of the Valentine weekend, I’m off out for a walk. While I’m out why not share a few of your favourite pancake ideas?