Cheater’s Mango Lassi

Rauma does not have an Indian restaurant. Nor does it really  have any place where you can conveniently get the ingredients necessary to make most Indian dishes at home. So, like I do for most Asian ingredients, I stock in bulk whenever we make it over to an ethnic grocer in Turku or any other larger city. I’ll also tend to this if we visit a restaurant — a practice that once ended in a plastic takeaway bag filled with a mixture of three different types of curry when the containers upended halfway through my drive home. Still, I stubbornly …

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Mango Fruitbomb Smoothie

This smoothie was the result of wanting to make something without additional sweeteners that the hubby would also like, since he’s been kind of eyeing the pitcher when I make these now. And this one tastes like fruit punch! For the mango, I wash it thoroughly but leave the skin on. There’s lots of nutrients and fiber in the skin, which I’d prefer not to just throw away. Plus it looks like pretty multi-colored confetti in the finished smoothie 🙂 Just make sure you scrub the fruit down thoroughly with a safe fruit wash before using it, then slice around …

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Pear, Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

I have been very pleased with this one lately. We used pear juice as filler or thinner for our smoothies at the shop all the time, because it has a mellow sweet taste that blends well with just about any other flavor. So I guess it’s no surprise that pear and banana (the two most common fruit bases) would get along harmoniously with each other to make a mild, creamy foundation that lets other ingredients stand out easily. Like, say, peanut butter, which I’ve been using more of lately as a protein source. Ripe pears, a banana, peanut butter, vanilla …

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Raspberry Banana Smoothie

But first, a brief moment whilst I pat myself on the back for completing the migration of seven-ish years of posts from VKFood to this blog. Save for a few misdirected links (which all point back here in the end, I believe), they all arrived intact. What a trip to see some of those really old posts and think back on what life was like back then! Right, the smoothies. Sorry for the less-than-composed photograph – it was snapped moments before I buried my face in the glass. “Must eat” has taken on a whole new meaning in third trimester …

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Hmm. There’s lots of work and school and project and writing and even leisure stuff I should probably mention, but it’s all giving me a headache right now, so I’ll instead concentrate on what I’ve been thinking about since I woke up this morning. I really want a smoothie. A big one. A strawberry one. No bananas. I’m not a fan of mixing strawberries and bananas, though I love each fruit on their own. (You know, this could be said of many of my pairing choices for fic as well.) Maybe I like being able to experience them as individuals. …

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More Smoothie Shop Antics

Okay, so Balboa JuiceTown, where Sheila and I spend our Sundays catering to health-crazed Orange County yuppies, is just down the street from the ever-ubiquitous Starbucks. Many would automatically assume that we’re direct competitors, simply because we both sell blended beverages. However, closer inspection would show that clientele, for the most part, are well divided. Well, I suppose there’s a fair share of tourists that might go either way, but for the most part, they get the caffeine addicts and we get the health nuts. It’s an even split. However, a bit of good natured rivalry always makes things more …

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