Category: Cocktails

Apple, Avocado and Spinach

Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time.  I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂

bec73fa7-f1a1-45fd-a9ec-e6dea5fbf0b6_apple-avocado-smoothieA great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero

Apple, Avocado and Spinach

The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.

one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)

Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.

Apple & Avocado Smoothie

app& avSpring is definitely on its way and before you know it, it has rolled into summer.  We need to gather all the yummy and healthy smoothies we are going to be enjoying this summer in the sun (we live to hope 😉 LOL).

One of our firm favourites is the apple and avocado smoothie.  You cannot go wrong with its taste and the goodness that you can get from it.

The amount of ingredients indicated below will generously serve 2

Apple & Avocado Smoothie


1 apple

1/2 ripe avocado

1 cup apple juice

3 ice cubes

3 sprigs mint leaves

juice from half a lime

To make:

Core the apple then cut into quarters.

Using a blender, combine all the ingredients and process for 25 seconds.

Serve in attractive tall glasses.



Banana Smoothie

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Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie is a great favourite of mine.  The recipe below is just to die for, so delicious.

The amount of the ingredients indicated below is enough for 3 servings.


55ml or 1/4 cup orange juice

4 ripe bananas

3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream

2 tbsp golden syrup

3 tbsp of plain yoghurt

lemon juice (optional)

sugar (optional)


Cut the bananas into small pieces and put these in the blender.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Blend for 20 seconds.

To make the smoothie really interesting, dub lemon juice around the rim of the glasses, then roll the rim of the glasses into some sugar.  The sugar would then stick to the glass.

Pour into the glasses the banana smoothies and enjoy!


Kalamansi Juice

Kalamansi Juice, photo JMorton

Kalamansi Juice, photo JMorton

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This is my favourite juice of all time.  It is not only healthy but it is kind of nostalgic.  As a young girl, I used to eat kalamansi all the time.  I love them.  Some ripe kalamansi can be really sweet but the green ones are so sour, it will blow your mind.  I used to eat this green ones with a good dose of salt to complement the sourness.

Kalamansi or Calamansi are little balls of vitamin C.  Certainly good to treat scurvy,

Kalamansi Juice is a very refreshing drink.  It can be adjusted the way how sour the juice you wanted it to be by adjusting the amount of sugar added.

Recipe for a glass of kalamansi juice:


4-6  large kalamansi

1 tablespoon sugar or honey


ice cubes


Squeeze and juice the calamansi over a tall glass.

Add some water to a third of the glass.

Mix in the sugar





Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is such a glorious, hedonistic drink that many have been driven to wax lyrical about it. Below are just a few of the many:

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.
– Brigitte Bardot

Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.
– Madame de Pompadour

ChampersChampagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
– Graham Greene

In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.
– Willie Gluckstern

I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
– Lily Bollinger

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.
– Dying words, John Maynard Keenes

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
– Dorothy Parker

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
– Bette Davis

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
– Mark Twain

Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?
– Noel Coward

Beer, Ale, Lager & Malt

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin

Beer, Ale, Lager & Malt

What is the difference?

Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think,
A.E. Housman

Singja Thai lager Beer

Singja Thai lager Beer

Do not cease to drink beer, to eat,to intoxicate thyself, to make love and celebrate the good days.
– Egyptian Proverb

God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.
– Anne Sexton

He was a wise man who invented beer.
– Plato

Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer.
– Frederick the Great

Teetotallers seem to die the same as others, so what’s the use of knocking off the beer.
– A. P. Herbert (British author & politician)

The best beer in the world is the open bottle in your hand.
– Danny Jansen

Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Hobgoblin extra strong ale

Hobgoblin extra strong ale

Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s way to man.
– A.E. Housman (1859-1936)

Lemon & Lime Ginger Ale Recipe

ginger lime juice The weather outside is changing.

Summer is fading fast, and consigned to just being a memory, ever hopeful of a brighter sunnier clime for  the next year, that is.

Temperature is dropping fast and the immune system had to be looked after for it to be geared to work in tip-top condition.

We therefore have to do what we can;  one of the easiest and tastiest way is to drink gallons of juices rich in vitamin C.

We have a lovely recipe for just this purpose.

Lemon & Lime Ginger Ale Recipe


Big handful of green grapes

1 apple, cored and sliced

1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1 lime, juiced

1 lemon, juiced

sparkling or still mineral water

lime or lemon slices for garnish

Method of preparation:

Put the apple and ginger slices in a blender and juice.  Pour the juice into a carafe or pitcher.

Add the juices from the lemon and lime and top up with either sparkling or still mineral water.

Why not pour over a tumble of ice or crushed cubes?!!!

Be invigorated, enjoy!

Orange, Apricot & Honey Smoothie

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Autumn is not far off and as such topping up one’s immunity and resilience to coughs and colds is a must.

Below is a recipe for an invigorating, fresh and delicious drink that is sure to kick-start your fight power against infectious diseases these coming autumn and winter.  Better yet, it is extremely easy to make.

Orange, Apricot & Honey Smoothie


3 apricots, stoned and chopped or 150g dried apricots

1 orange, juiced

60ml semi-skimmed milk

1 tablespoon honey


Method of preparation:

Put the chopped fresh apricots in a food processor (if using dried apricots, chopped these as well before blending).

Add the orange juice, milk and honey and throw in a few ice cubes and then blend until smooth.

Pour in a couple of glasses and enjoy immediately with a friend. 😉


Classic Tomato Juice Recipe

Classic Tomato Juice Recipe

It is summer time and the feeling is right for a creamy tomato juice.

We used to grow tomatoes in our garden. We did get a lot of the fruits. Our friend, Mick, who has an allotment said that his tomatoes have not ripen yet. It probably has to do with the weather. We have not had a really prolonged warm weather and it is August already.

But if you are lucky enough to have a surplus of ripe tomatoes from your garden then there is no better recipe to make than our classic tomato juice; full of goodness and delicious to boot.


2 kg ripe tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped including the leafy end
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp water
1 heaped tablespoon Demerara sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
tabasco sauce

Method of preparation:

In a large thick bottomed sauce pan, preferably stainless steel, combine the tomatoes, celery, onion and sugar with the water. Bring to a boil and then gently simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper and tabasco.

Press through a sieve using the back of a spoon or run it through a food processor.

Set aside to cool and chill.

Top Tip: Add vodka to the chilled tomato juice and you have a perfect Bloody Mary, do not forget a stick of celery to go with it.