Green tea mango smoothie

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Ingredients:

1½ cups brewed and fully chilled green tea (it works best to prepare it the night before, refrigerate it and remove the teabags the following morning).

1½ cups (8,5 oz) frozen and diced mangos.

2 medium bananas, cut in to “coins”.

2 cups packed (2,5 oz) fresh spinach.

1 Tbsp lemon juice.

 

Mix it all together in a blender for 1 minute. Serves 4 small glass or 2 large glass.

Enjoy!

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Potato & Leek soup with bacon

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Ingredients:

6 medium sized potatoes
1 large leek
2 yellow onions
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup cream
5 slices of bacon (Optional)
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of white pepper

Instructions:

Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces. Clean the leek, cut into strips and wash from any gravel that can accumulate in it. Cut the onions as well. Save some of the leek to put on top of the soup in the end if you like.

Put the potatoes and all of the onions and leek in olive oil in a saucepan big enough to hold the soup. Allow to soften in the saucepan without taking color.

Pour in the stock (I start with about 2/3 of the stock to see how the consistency is on the soup, since it is easier to dilute it if it gets too thick). Boil all softly for about 20 minutes and mix with blender or hand mixer (or whisk hard with a plain whisk) to the desired consistency on the soup, it should be a bit creamy. Do you like it smooth or with a little texture? Mix it to your liking.

Then pour in the cream and boil for a few minutes. Taste with white pepper and salt. If the soup feels the too thick then dilute with some of the saved broth.

This last step is optional! Leave out the bacon and it becomes perfect for vegetarians.
Cut the bacon in to strips and fry in a frying pan. Top the soup with the bacon and the saved leek.

Enjoy!

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Puff pastry with bacon, eggs and mozzarella

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Here is a very easy way to make your breakfast or lunch.

You will need following ingredients:

* Puff pastry
* Eggs
* Honeymustard
* Soft cheese of your own liking
* Bacon / turkey / ham
* Mozzarella

Put the pastry in a small form or cupcakeform, then put some mustard or soft cheese in the bottom of the pastry. Line the sides with a slice or 2 of bacon/ham/turkey and then mozzarella on the outside of the bacon. Crack in 1 egg in each form and cook in the middle of the oven at 400ºF / 200ºC for 10-15 minutes until the egg is done.

 

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Ice tea with apple cider

Here is a very easy way to make your own ice tea with apple cider, perfect for those days when you need something refreshing to cool you down. Video here.

You will need following ingredients:

1,5 cups of boiling water
2 bags of black tea
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 bottle of apple cider

How to make it:

Put the teabags and cinnamon sticks in the boiled water and let it soak for 30 minutes, then remove the teabags and let the tea cool completely. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Add the lemon juice and stir a little bit.

Pour the tea in to glasses filled with ice and sliced apples, pour it half full. Then fill the rest of the glass with the apple cider.

Serve and enjoy!

 

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Crispy sweet potato fries

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For 1 potato you will need following: (video here)

2 tablespoons cornstarch or potatostarch.
1 teaspoon paprika powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
A small pinch of cumin
Olive oil

½ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chili sauce

Cut the potato in to wedges or strips depending on what you feel like having. Pat them dry with a towel.

Put all the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag and make sure they are all blended together.
Add the potato and a bit of olive oil in the bag and close it and shake, shake shake! Make sure all the bits are well coated and put them on a tray lined with a baking sheet. Put them in the oven at 400ºF or 200ºC for 15 minutes. After that take them out and flip them over and cook for another 15 minutes.

Mix together the sour cream and chili sauce, dip the fries and enjoy!

 

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Coconut & Pineapple cake

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  • 200 g fresh pineapple
  • 110 g unsalted butter (at room temperature) , plus extra for greasing
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 250 ml sour cream
  • 200 g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 g desiccated coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons icing sugar

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4.
  2. Peel, core and finely chop the pineapple.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs followed by the sour cream.
  4. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate soda and a pinch of sea salt and fold through, then mix in the coconut and pineapple.
  5. Pour into a lightly buttered and floured 18cm baking tin and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool slightly in the baking tin, then remove and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

 

Enjoy!

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Carrot & Tomato juice

A healthy carrot and orange juice with a apple and tomato boost. Packed with vitamin A and C.

 

You will need:

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange

Work in this order, process the tomato, orange, apple and carrots through a juicer according to the manufacturers directions.

Serve immediately in 2 glasses.