Domestic Goddess my arse!

These are the recipes I'm good at... quick, simple, out of the store-cupboard and onto the plate fare. I never spend more than 30 minutes faffing in the kitchen. So there.

This will be my recipe & homemadey remedy diary.

If you have those 'OMG! It's lunchtime and all I've got is a parsnip and a packet of boil in the bag rice.' moments, then you're a kindred spirit and you know that bad planning is often the mother of great food. So welcome to fast slurpy soups and 'really?' salads made from what's left in the fridge.

Never, ever believe there isn't something wonderful to make from the last 3 ingredients in your kitchen. Unless those ingredients really are fairy liquid, eggshells and dead flies.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Happy Glow Juice

My very expensive, and jolly fancy juicer has been packed off to the supplier after the second one in 3 months failed. Which leaves me with my old faithful Kenwood - 20 years old and still managing to make great juice. It isn't as efficient, struggling along with a 250w motor as it is - but it has a new blade and if you don't mind the froth - job's a good 'un.

I made a great juice this afternoon - thought I'd share it. It's one of those - lob in what you've got in the fridgey cupboard and trust to the Juicy Gods that it will be drinkable.

Turns out - I'm good at this mixology game!

You'll need some gear...

2 oranges
1 nectarine
2 carrots
1/2 thumb of ginger
chunk of fennel
5" cucumber
Mint - small bunch

 Prepare it thusly...

  • Cut all the orange skin off the orange - it tastes bitter, but leave on lots of pith - because it makes the juice creamy, and it's super good for you.
  • Chop the rest of your ingredients to a convenient size to podge through your juicer. (My old thing has a small shute, but the new ones are whopping - appletastic!)
  • Feed your juicer.
  • Swirl the juice with a swizzle stick as you drink it.

You can add some fizzy water to this juice and it will be delicious. 

Expert TIP | Mint

When you are juicing leafy herbs, or spinach, lettuce or kale for that matter. You need to sandwhich your leaves between other ingredients. I find the best thing is to pop in some apple, while the juicer is turned off - then smush in the leaves and follow with cucumber - which washes everything through. Keep repeating this until you've juiced all your leafy ingredients.

Now you are a juicing ninja - like me!

What's Good About This Juice?

Vitamins | A, B, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, Beta carotene, folic acid

Minerals | calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, copper, sodium, manganese, sulphur, chlorine, chromium, cobalt, selenium, silicon

Other Gear | citric acid

Happy Info | destroys free radicals that are linked with signs of skin ageing, scours the intestine which sounds nasty - but in fact is really quite good for you, flushes out toxins, anti cancer, natural energiser, brilliant diuretic, reduces fluid retention, good for hair, nails and skin and helps to reduce blood pressure, reduces intestinal gas, flatulence and bloating, calms the digestion too, natural antibiotic and decongestant.

These are the properties of some of the ingredients. You know and I know that one juice won't deliver all this in one hit - but I thought you'd like to know this stuff.

What I do know - you probably don't get all this lot in a big mac, or processed, pasturised, heat-treated juices.

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