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Blackberry & Peach-Mango Yogurt Ice Cream Duo

Who said that you need an ice cream maker to make ice cream? With this method, you can make your own yogurt ice cream (or Frozen Yogurt, as it is its proper name) with a food processor, but it takes a little bit longer. You need to make it, freeze it, re-pulse it in the food processor and freeze it again. Hey, waiting a little time makes more sense to me than spending $80 on an ice cream maker. Not that I don’t want it. Of course I do.

Now, lets talk about the benefits of making your own ice creams: You add fresh fruit, honey and yogurt. Nothing else. Nothing you can’t name. Three magic ingredients that open up so many possibilities! Initially, I was only going to make the Blackberry Yogurt Ice Cream, but then I saw the peaches in the freezer and the mangoes in the counter. It was a sign from above. I found two great recipes!

After I made them, I tasted both ice creams for sweetness and they were perfect. After freezing them and about to pulse the ice cream into creaminess again, I tasted once more, just to find that they were not as sweet as they were the day before. I talked with Helga later that day and she mentioned that the sweetness is lost a bit during the freezing process (because of all the ice), so it was better for me to add more honey later on. Both recipes have been adjusted to show the final amounts of honey used.

Both recipes called for sugar, but I replaced it with honey. We still have some of that gorgeous organic honey we were gifted a month ago, so I am squeezing the last bits of sweetness from that bottle. Now, why the double pulsing on the food processor? Well, turns out that since we don’t have an ice cream maker, that mixes the fruit and dairy while keeping it cold, we are doing it separately. So, when freezing for the first time, we can gain some ice on top of the ice cream (that’s why we covered the top with plastic wrap as we do it with custard), and we need to incorporate that ice with the rest of the ice cream.

See? This is extremely easy and fun. I still can’t get pass the color of the blackberry yogurt ice cream. It’s just too gorgeous.

Kitty

Fruit & Yogurt Ice Cream Duo

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Blueberry Smoothie

After the holidays everybody wants to get back in the healthy wagon, so we are giving you some ideas for a quick and on-the-go breakfast for those busy weekdays. Smoothies are perfect to pack up nutrients and vitamins, you can take it on the go and not miss the most important meal of the day. I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes for breakfast smoothies with you, starting with this Blueberry Smoothie.

A few days ago I got my hands on frozen blueberries, so naturally the first recipe is a Blueberry Smoothie. I adapted a recipe from Cat Cora, but added a bit of oatmeal to it. If you’re thinking that you’ll stay hungry , you’re not! This will keep you satisfied until lunch. Just make sure you keep the good work by having a healthy and balanced lunch and dinner.

I am already thinking of mixing some fruit and greens to have a different twist on my smoothies. What fruits or greens would you like me to try? I am open to suggestions!

Kitty

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

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Lime, Yogurt and Olive Oil Cake

A few days ago I bumped into this recipe twice in a day. That had to be a sign from the universe… Right? So, after wrapping up office work, I quickly went into the kitchen and before I knew it I had all the ingredients in place… except the confectioners’ sugar. I had less than a ¼ cup, so I just used regular granulated sugar and the result was still a deliciously sweet-tangy cake. One recommendation if you’re going to follow up the recipe bellow, is to rub the sugar and lime zest together. That will allow the zest to really stick to the sugar and spread its fragrance and flavor.

Kitty

Lime, Yogurt and Olive Oil Cake

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Roasted Red Grapefruit with Honey and Yogurt

Roasted citric fruits is a novel concept for me. I’ve been looking around and there are quite a few recipes in which you can try this.  For example, chicken with roasted limes, it’s said that the flavor of the limes rises to whole new levels and I am eager to try some.

I wanted to choose a simple recipe for roasted citrus fruit so I could really get a taste of it, so when I was at the grocery store and eyed these red grapefruits, I knew it was just the thing to try this method with.  It is perfect to serve for a fancy brunch, or as a light dessert following a heavy meal.  You could serve it with vanilla ice cream, instead of yogurt and try the recipe out with regular oranges or blood oranges.

Oh wait, I didn’t tell you what they taste like!  Of course, the added sugar makes these sweet and because we’re putting them under the broiler, the natural sugar in the fruit also caramelizes. You get a tender texture, with sweet-caramelized-citrus flavor.  The added yogurt and honey are a must have when you try this.  The combination is delicious.

Helga

Roasted Red Grapefruit with Honey and Yogurt

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