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Today’s smoothies using smoothie makers or blenders can use a vast array of ingredients on your supermarket shelfs to include both fruit and vegetables, now all year round you can use all the very fresh ingredients that you have in your kitchen gardens and incorporate them into your daily diet!

 

10 Great Reasons to add smoothies to your diet!

  1. Get your daily allowance.Consuming the minimum portion of your daily five recommendations of fruits and vegetables can be a test. Blending a couple of servings of each into a smoothie helps ensure you meet your body’s daily nutritional needs.
  2. Quick and easy.Creating your own nutrient smoothie doesn’t take as long as preparing most meals, giving you more time for others things. Taking a smoothie with you is an additional convenient option, thus providing flexibility.
  3. Helping Digestion. Let your blender “bite and chew” your food and ease the burden on your digestive system while you simultaneously consume plenty of dietary fiber to ensure excellent digestion.
  4. Yes, eating healthy and tasting great can go hand in hand. With so many recipes to choose from, finding one or more pleasing to your palate is a breeze.
  5. Give your digestive system a break while adding detoxifying ingredients like watermelon, cucumber, mint, dandelion greens and kale into your smoothies to aid your body’s detoxification processes.
  6. Healthy eating education. Educate yourself on what comprises a healthy diet. This will allow you to make greater informed decisions when you are not blending,
  7. Help your immune system.Empowering your immune system by having greater fruit and vegetables in your diet.
  8. Brain Food.Give your brain all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to improve your mental clarity, focus, and memory. Say goodbye to brain fog.
  9. Reduce cravings. We all crave sweets and unhealthy foods from time to time. Reduce those cravings, with a healthy sweet fruit or vegetable alternative.
  10. Everyday Fun!Conjuring up different combinations of fruit and vegetables can be fun, get the whole family involved to enjoy the experience

Andrew James Family Fit Smoothie Maker

£24.99 www.andrewjamesworldwide.com

This is a handy prices and sized smoothie maker that can fit ideally in a modern kitchen. For us this was a simple gadget to use just one touch operation, there manual comes with lots of smoothie recipes to give you inspiration.  Easy to clean, use and then reuse. Can be used by all family members without having to learn complicated instructions. The actual blender jar doubles up as a sport bottle, but there is also two complimentary sport bottles that come with the smoothie maker to help you enjoy your smoothie out and about!

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For anyone looking forward to enjoying a Christmas with a difference, chef and author, Anjula Devi, has created a Christmas feast with hints of carefully selected spices, all containing amazing health properties. Anjula’s Christmas banquet features:

  • Caramelised carrots with chilli flakes, jaggery and smoked ginger juice. Finished with a drop of orange liquor.
  •  Sticky parsnips with maple syrup and mandarin peel. Finished with nigella seeds.
  •  Roast potatoes with burnt garlic, cumin and red onion.
  •  Brussels sprouts with crushed coriander seeds, fennel and twice-roasted chestnuts in butter and garlic.
  •  24 hour marinated roast turkey with garlic, cumin, roasted dry crushed chillies, crushed coriander seeds, natural yogurt, pomegranate, lemon zest and juice. Finished with fresh chopped   coriander.
  •  Sausages wrapped in bacon, with caramelised shallots and fenugreek leaves
  •  Cranberry sauce with a hint of star anise and black peppercorns.
  •  Bread sauce with cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and roasted onion. Finished with a little chilli oil.

Celebrated chef and champion of authentic Indian cooking, Anjula Devi is head of her own eponymous ‘Authentic Indian Cookery School’. Anjula has never been one to follow the crowd, and she loves creating healthy and unique recipes.

This talent began as a gift shared by her beloved father during a childhood in which he imparted all of his culinary wisdom. The essential spices, which form the foundation of much traditional Indian cuisine, remain central to Anjula’s culinary approach. The fifty-year-old Tiffin tin, which her father took with him to work every single day, is always close by, even today.

Speaking about Indian cuisine, Anjula says “There is a whole treasure chest of recipes, flavour combinations and beautiful ingredients which are often completely neglected, along with all of their amazing health benefits. All of my recipes are balanced and healthy; I love cooking with fresh vegetables. I want to inspire as many people as possible to cook delicious, healthy food, just like my father did all those years ago.”

Anjula’s Indian inspired Christmas dishes make a great alternative to traditional roast dinners.

Anjula has a ‘How To’ cookery book and range of Anjula Devi cooking utensils currently online and in Lakeland stores throughout the UK. http://www.lakeland.co.uk/anjula

Her new cookery book ‘Spice for Life’ is being released in spring 2017

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Mother’s Day – Celebrating the memories of our Mother’s

Ten year old Fazila who was born in England and being only once to Bangaldesh tells us about her mother’s speciality.

Now there’s another reason to look forward to the weekend because of ‘Mothers Special (saag prawn).’ The whole family loves it; all the flavours and spices make our mouth water. Nothing gets us faster to the dining table then this famous dish. I like the Saag Prawn dish because of the delicious flavour the spinach has, and the succulent taste of the prawns. It’s the same with my sisters, and my father who loves everything about the way that my mother prepares it. He says that she has a special touch.

During our short visit to Bangladesh we watched from the banks how fishermen catch fresh prawns and a cocktail of fish, which my grandmother brought for us and my aunties cooked that day for dinner.

It combines the versatility of prawns and the healthiness of spinach. It’s also quick and easy to make. We hope you try out this dish and enjoy it as much as we do!

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A loved spicy recipe

The requirements for this dish are:

4 large garlic cloves (crushed),

2 small onions,

1 tbsp of cooking oil,

2 bunches of spinach,

6 green chillies,

1 kilogram of frozen peeled prawns,

2 tsp of salt,

1 tsp of turmeric,

1 tsp of powdered zeera,

2 tsp of chilli powder,

2 tsp of curry powder

1 small tomato.

Heat cooking oil in a medium saucepan or wok.

  1. When the oil is hot add crushed garlic, when the has browned.
  2. Add the sliced onions.
  3. Immediately add the salt, tumeric and zeera stir into the onions, until the onions are soft, on a medium heat.
  4. Then add chilli powder and curry powder stir into the onions.
  5. Continue stirring the onions and spices for five minutes on a medium heat.
  6. Now add the prawns to the mixture and stir
  7. Add the chopped tomato.
  8. Stir in the sliced green chillies
  9. Add 1/2 a cup of water, cover saucepan and cook for seven minutes on a medium heat.
  10. Uncover the saucepan then add spinach (remember to wash the spinach and cut down into small slices or you can buy the ready to use fresh spinach from a local supermarket 2packets are recommended) cook for five minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  11. My mother’s special saag prawn has now cooked, turn the heat off and serve with white rice.
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The ‘Godmother’ of Indian Cuisine is returning to the UK this week for the Cheltenham Literary Festival, where she will talk about her vast knowledge of Indian curry recipes.

Regarded by many as a leading authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey’s BBC show made her a household name of the 80s. Interviewed by BBC Radio 4 Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, she looks back on her career and how attitudes to ‘foreign food’ have changed over the years – but also forward, to where Indian food could be heading next.

The event is being held at Cheltenham’s stunning Town Hall on Wednesday 8th October at 6.15pm, where the world’s leading authority on curry will launch Curry Easy Vegetarian, her latest book, full of Indian curry recipes.

Tickets are available here: http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2014/madhur-jaffrey/

We are very excited to be speaking to Madhur, and her interview will appear alongside some of her exciting new Indian curry recipes in the Winter edition of Chaat! – due out in December.

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