Nov 29, 2008

Tangerine Dream

Still on a major smoothie binge! Having fun trying to come up with new flavors. Kiddo and I really like ‘Jayden’s Smoothie‘, but lately I have another favorite as well.

While growing up we had ice creams called ‘Sinasplit‘. Not sure if they still sell them, but basically it was a creamy vanilla ice stick covered in orange flavored water ice. Water ice is just a layer of water-based, non-dairy and flavored ice. The combination was so incredible—not just the flavors were perfect together, but also the vanilla cream against the cool water ice. Yum.

One sip of this smoothie took me back 25 years in time. The flavor is very much alike that of a sinasplit. Ever since I first tasted it, I find myself making this one over and over again. Probably just a sad and desperate attempt on my part to stay young through the flavors of my childhood :)

Ingredients:

1 cup milk
1/3 cup yogurt
3 tangerines
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 frozen banana

Optional: orange juice

Directions:

It’s so simple and fast. That’s what I love about smoothies. Just a few basic ingredients. I’ve used low fat yogurt and milk. C’mon, with the holidays coming up, I better watch what I eat and drink now :)

I got the tip over in my other smoothie posting to freeze bananas in stead of using ice cubes. Tried it, froze slices so I could use the banana in portions. It worked but I’m not all too crazy about how it turned out, so next time I’ll go back to my own ice cubes and fresh bananas.

My tangerines were terribly sweet, so I’ve only used 3 of them. Feel free to add more. You can also use an orange or two, which is also incredibly tasty. Peel the tangerines and be fast before you find yourself either chasing them around the house or picking them out of grubby little hands.

Use your blender or food processor and add the tangerines, banana, 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup yogurt and 1/2 tsp vanilla essence. If you don’t have frozen bananas just add 3 ice cubes. If you like it sweet, you can add some sugar or honey, I never do. You can also add about 1/4 cup of orange juice, that works wonders, too! I just ran out of it.

Now all that’s left to do is pulse and watch it turn into a soft orange concoction. You’re done.

I love smoothies. They’re so simple, fast, fresh and beautiful.

Nov 26, 2008

Cazuela De Pollo

It’s snowing and it’s so cold here. Now snow can be romantic, I know, and it probably would be if I’d spend the weekend in some luxurious cottage in St. Moritz, completely snowed-in with George Clooney. But no, not me, in stead I caught my little man’s cold and am sniffling, wheezing and coughing my way through the days. Really romantic, huh? Hearty chicken soup, there’s just no better cure for a cold. Now if you’re a food snob,…

Nov 24, 2008

Sweet Potato Rösti

I like sweet potatoes, I really do, just not as a stand alone vegetable. As long as they’re inside a sweet potato pie (passing up a piece of that would be too much for my crazy lack of willpower), or when they’re part of something such as my rustic roasted vegetables, I like them a lot. Otherwise they’re simply too sweet for me. I’m really a savory kinda girl. But…

Nov 21, 2008

You’re tagged!

Filed under: Expressions — Kay @ 8:43 pm

Yes, you can stop checking the address bar, you’re at the right blog! Just a small personal posting for a change. Little break from food blogging for something I don’t do too often. Well, never is more like it. I’ve been tagged by Donal, my all time favorite food blogger. How could I say no? It’s impossible! So now I have to come up with 7 things you don’t know about me….

Eggplant Piccolino’s

I had so much fun when I made this recipe for the first time. Probably the sneakiness behind it all. It’s sad though, having to stoop to sneaking vegetables into your kid’s diet! I think I mentioned my munchkin going through a crazy pizza phase lately? He used to be a great eater. The kid would eat anything you’d dangle in front of him, but lately he’ll only jump up…

Nov 19, 2008

Ghanaian Peanut Soup

Here’s a simple, completely unprepared, spontaneous and slightly odd recipe. Spur of the moment thing, so bear with me. I had quite a bit of leftover mashed potatoes from yesterday’s winter stew and a little extra time on my hands today. The last time I turned them into potato crepes -which is a pretty good way to use them- but I wanted to do something really different this time. Especially for all you Americans…

Nov 16, 2008

Dutch Winter Stew

It’s Sunday, just got back from a long walk in the park before the bad weather is supposed to set in. I have plenty of free time on my hands, lots of beef in the freezer, stocked up on vegetables, radio tuned in to the best Motown, northern soul music and my munchkin is napping. What more could a girl ask for? It’s stew time! I love beef, I love…