Limeade (v)

This is refreshing, and quick. Add as much sugar as you want to taste. I like mine sharp and sour.

For 2-3 glasses you need:
4 limes
2-3 tbsp sugar
1 litre of water

Place in a blender. Blend. Strain. Drink. That is all…

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Raspberry and Strawberry Soyashake (v)

Tesco’s strawberries were rubbish yesterday and they looked so sad today that I had to use them up in something other than eating them au natural. I macerated half of them as L adores those on pancakes and the others went into this. Add sugar/agave nectar/maple syrup if you want but I kind of like the sharpness of just using fruit and soya milk. Clearly this can be made with milks other than soya but I happen to like soya milk…

For one person you need:
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
200ml unsweetened soya milk

Lob everything into a blender and blitz for 2-3 mins till smooth and frothy. Enjoy 🙂

Mocha Frappachino (v)

It’s hot today. And I am very tired. Time for a cold coffee…

For one person you need:
250ml double strength coffee (brewed with 2 scoops coffee for one small cafitiere)
3 tsp sugar
2 tbsp chocolate swedish glace
100ml soya milk
Handful ice cubes

Make the coffee and chill it well. Place everything into a blender goblet and blitz till smooth. Drink.

Spanish Hot Chocolate (v)

I first experienced this in Morocco when we tried to get Lex his usual hot chocolate before bed. Placing a cup of basically runny, hot, chocolate pudding before an over tired five year old who was expecting more of a chocolat chaud was a baaaaaaaad move! He did not like. At all. But mummy did. He appreciated it more when we went to Granada, Spain a couple of years later. And then we discovered you could buy tins of the lovely stuff in the UK. Sorted.

For one person you need:
125ml soya milk
4 heaped tsp of spanish hot chocolate powder

Heat the milk till scalding (it MUST be absolutely boiling hot). Pour in to a cup and stir in the powder. Keep mixing till it thickens. If it doesn’t the milk is not hot enough and/or you need to add some more powder. Serve with churros for the ultimate breakfast!

Malteser Milkshake

I had one of these amazing beasts at the wonderful Kyoto Lounge bar yesterday. I shudder to think about how many calories were in the glass. But it tasted delicious. This was a pretty reasonable recreation. But the photo is of the original.

For one person you need:

1/4 cup maltesers
2/3 cup cold milk
1/2 cup chocolate ice cream

Place everything in a blender. Blend. Drink.

Mulled Wine (v)

I am addicted to this. It’s the soothing, warming, inner core fug of happiness it distributes and it dissipates I think 😉

For 6 generous servings you need:
1 bottle good quality red wine
2 clementines cut into slices
1 cinnamon stick
4-5 cloves
125g caster sugar
pared rind of a lemon
1/4 whole nutmeg, grated
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Place everything into a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the spices are aromatic. Serve warm in glasses and spread seasonal good cheer 🙂

Child’s Hot Toddy

Lex moaned at me for not making him a hot toddy earlier in the week, so this is for him.

For one person you need:
1/2 lemon cut into thick slices
2 tsp honey
boiling water
a little love

Place everything in a mug and add the boiling water about 2/3 up the side of the mug. Mix well and then top up with cold water and love. Serve with a hug.

Hot Toddy (v)

We had no lemons so this was made with oranges. It was nice. Use agarve nectar if you’re vegan…

For one person you need:
1/2 orange cut into thick slices
1-2 tsp honey or 1tsp agarve nectar
Boiling water
1-2 shots whisky

Place the honey/nectar, oranges and alcohol in a mug. Pour over boiling water and leave to steep for 2-3 mins, crushing the orange as you do so. Sip and feel better.

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie (v)

This idea popped in to my head earlier today. I have a bit of a thing for peanut butter at the moment and this even got Lex drinking it!

For one person you need:
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup soya milk
1 scoop vanilla swedish glace if you want it to be extra thick and luxurious

Blitz till thick and creamy and then down in one. Remember to wipe off the mustache when you’ve finished.