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 8. Liquid Lunch

Sometimes I just get that urge to stick a banana in a blender and make a fruit smoothie!

Here are some drinks that are yummy, healthy and filling enough to be lunch.

You can add alcohol to any of these to make them less healthy and more yummy! Vodka or gin in the juice based drinks and rum or brandy in the milky ones turns them into instant cocktails :-)

 

Basic Banana Milkshake (For Two)

3 medium bananas, peeled

1 pint milk

8 ice cubes

Method

Crush the ice in a blender, add the bananas and milk and blend until smooth. Pour into a big tall glass and serve with a straw.

 

Good Things To Add To A Milkshake

Ice cream - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc

Syrup - chocolate, caramel or fruit flavours

Fruit - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, mango

Alcohol - Rum, Cointreau or fruit liquers for the fruit flavours; Kahlua, Tia Maria or brandy for chocolate or caramel. Quantity up to you!

Note

If you add berries, you're going to get seeds. If you don't like this, blend them first separately and strain the juice into your shake.

If you add peaches or mangoes, remove the skins first (and stones of course).

If you are adding lots of other fruit, just use two bananas.

 

 

Basic Banana Smoothie (For Two)

3 medium bananas, peeled

1 pint fresh orange or pineapple juice

A whole tray of ice cubes

 

Method

Crush the ice in a blender, add the bananas and fruit juice and blend until smooth. Pour into a big tall glass and serve with a straw. Decorate with fruit if you like.

 

Good Things To Add To A Smoothie

Yogurt - plain is best, unless flavoured only with pure fruit

Fruit - Anything goes! My favourites are mango; strawberry & peach; raspberry, blackberry and blueberry.

Juice - Just a litle squeeze of lemon or lime

Alcohol - vodka, gin, rum or fruit liquers

Note

Same as for milkshakes!

 

 

Melon & Champagne (For Two)

Half a ripe honeydew melon, peeled and de-seeded and chilled

Split of champagne, chilled

 

 

 

 

Method

Put the melon into a blender and blend until smoothish. Divide into two champagne flutes and pour champagne over the top. Stir and serve immediately.

Note

You can just drink the melon juice on its own, but hey ...