As a housebound housedad, I dont get out much, so when I receive an invitation to get involved with something Im truly passionate about, I leap at it and then make my excuses and politely decline!
With four school runs a day and a wife who goes to work at 8am and arrives home at 7.30pm, its virtually impossible to get away without begging my wife to take some time off work.
Anyway, moan over. Im telling you this because I was invited to Latelier des Chefs new cookery school in St. Pauls, London, last week, where head chef Andre Dupin was demonstrating his top smoothie recipes.
I couldnt get along, but I knew my kids would love his smoothies so much I asked for Andres recipes. And here they are¦
The Bikini Body
0.25c Elderflower cordial
Remove the skin from the watermelon and cut the fruit into chunks. Place in a food processor with the cranberries and a shot of elderflower cordial. Blend until smooth, adding a little water or juice if necessary. Chefs tip Cranberries fairly sour add half of them to begin with and then add more if desired.
Best of British
40g Fresh raspberries
30g Greek yogurt
1 tbsp Honey
Peel the apples and remove the core. Remove the stalk from the strawberries. Place in a food processor along with the raspberries, blackcurrants, yogurt and honey. Blend until smooth and serve immediately. Chefs tip This smoothie can also be made with frozen berries if you cannot get hold of fresh.
1 Passion fruit
3 cl Unsweetened coconut milk
Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into a food processor. Cut the passion fruit in half and scrape out the seeds. Pee the pineapple and remove the stone. Add to the fruit processor, along with the peeled kiwi and peeled pineapple. Add the coconut milk and then blend until smooth.
1 Cooked red beetroot
Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into a food processor. Peel the carrot, chop into chunks and add to the mixer, along with the beetroot. Blend until smooth and serve over ice. Chefs tip try adding a little lemon or lime zest to give a citrus flavour to this recipe.
7.5 cl Orange juice
20g Baby spinach leaves
Peel the banana and cut into chunks. Peel the apple and remove the core. Wash the spinach leaves. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Serve as part of a healthy breakfast. Chefs tip vary the quantities of ingredients according to taste and serve immediately smoothies dont keep very well!
¢ This is not a sponsored post, nor a review. I just wanted to share this with you because they floated my boat.