When we moved into the cottage, I absently planted some herbs in the empty planters.
This recipe is inspired by our sudden abundance of mint and a feature in The Simple Things magazine that caught my eye, Grow your own smoothies.
Inspired by Kate at Veggie Desserts (who makes the most amazing puddings and cakes using vegetables) I have also added some kale, hoping it would be a sure-fire way of getting some of Boy’s 5-a-day down him. (It was!)
The mint gives it a lovely fresh summery taste. It’s great to sip on the patio in the sunshine. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m betting it would also make a great cocktail if you added some fizz to it! And, surprisingly, you don’t notice the kale!
- Large handful of kale.
- Large sweet orange.
- 6 tablespoonfuls of plain yoghurt.
- Approximately 1-2 teaspoonful of honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
- Handful of mint leaves.
- 1-2 cups of cranberry juice.
- Raspberries, coloured sugar and anything else that tickles your fancy to garnish.
- A blender.
- First cut the stalks off the kale and boil the leaves for about 6 minutes, then drain.
- Peel and de-seed the orange. Cut the flesh into segments.
- Clean and chop the mint leaves, reserving a few sprigs to garnish.
- Add all these ingredients to a jug or the blender bowl, add the yoghurt and cranberry juice and blend. Add the honey or syrup to taste.
- Serve in tall glasses (you can dip the rim in water and roll in sugar if you like). Add a sprig of mint, ice cubes and some raspberries or whatever else takes your fancy!
Just sit back. And Enjoy.