Monday, April 9, 2012
There are a couple of key things to learn from this post.
#1? If you're like me, you can put anything - and I mean ANYTHING - into a smoothie and your child will eagerly slurp it down.
(Take advantage of that.)
#2? If your town/city/village/whatever has botanical gardens, go to them more often than you do at the moment.
Because amongst all the trees and herbs and flowers and lillies you'll find treasures. Treasures like little lizards ducking in and out of the brush, or birds noisily cackling in the trees above you, or light falling just so across the pond. And treasures make hearts happy.
#3? Hmmm ... I know there was one, but I've forgotten it. And does it really matter? Probably not, in a day that involves gardens and smoothies ...
This particular smoothie is more of a mango lassi ++, and by that I mean it's based on tangy plain yogurt and pureed mango, but with a dash of extra tangy antioxidant-ness via pomegranate and hibiscus powders.
You can find pomegranate powder at Indian food markets - or just leave it out, that's fine. Hibiscus powder you make yourself! Just buy some organic hibiscus tea (with nothing else added to it) and grind it up in a clean coffee grinder. Talk about incredible zingy flavour just bursting with vitamin C!
Enjoy your week, with whatever treasures your heart finds :)
Mango Lassi with Pomegranate and Hibiscus
2 mangoes - or 4 mango cheeks - fresh or frozen
2 cups plain yogurt (I like Greek if I'm not making it myself ...)
1 cup water
1 Tbs raw honey
1 Tbs pomegranate powder
1 Tbs hibiscus powder
*Try to use organic when you can!
Blend and serve. Easy peasy.
I always try to buy trays of organic mangoes when they're in season and freeze as many mango cheeks as go uneaten. Some years I'm even lucky enough to collect from down the road ... Yogurt can be really cheap if you make it yourself. In fact, I think these come out at about $1-$1.50 each.
The pomegranate powder wasn't organic, and if you live in Brisbane you can find it at the Indian food shop near Coles along Coonan Street, Indooroopilly. (If you don't live in Brisbane, you're probably thinking how cool it is we have a suburb called Indooroopilly - and I'll let you in on a secret. It's pronounced 'In-der-pilly'. Now you're practically a local.)
The hibiscus powder I made by grinding hibiscus tea - which you can buy in bulk at the lovely Fundamentals organic market in Paddington (again, Brisbane). Or maybe check the tea section of your local supermarket. You'll love hibiscus! I want to try it in frosting, because it's tangy and pink and perfect for it. Hmmmm ...