27 July 2014

Blackberry & Apple Slushies

blackberry slush puppie 

I've been whizzing up a lot of quick recipes in my Froothie Optimum 9400.  Green Smoothie Soup and Rich Tomato Soup for dinner, Lime Curd to fill a Victoria sponge cake. I whizzed up beans for Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls and I made some delicious Pink Pineapple Smoothies to drink.

Since we've had some beautiful hot days, my mind turns to recipes to help cool us down. I took inspiration from Stuart (Cakeyboi) who made some lush Fresh Orange Slushies, I decided to have a go myself.

I decided to make some blackberry slushies as blackberries are in season at the moment here in Scotland and I added some apple as they go together so well.

These jewel coloured slushies really hit the spot.

There are some tiny seeds in the slushies, but I quite like that. If you don't, whizz the blackberries first and strain through muslin to remove the teeny seeds. I also added some agave nectar as the blackberries were quite tart, but that is also optional.

Let's hope the good weather continues.

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Blackberry & Apple Slushies

July 27, 2014

A fruit slushie made with fresh fruit and lots of ice. Simple, quick, fresh and refreshing. Just add a straw.

  • 225g blackberries
  • 300ml apple juice
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (or honey)
  • lots of ice

1. Wash the blackberries then add to them blender with the apple juice and agave. 

2. Add ice until the blender it ¾ full and whizz until you have a slushie consistency. 

3. Add a straw and enjoy! 

notes: Only blend if you have a powerful enough blender. If your blender isn't powerful, the motor may burn out.


Total time:

Yield: Serves 4-6

If you need a powerful blender in your life like mine. Buy one quickly while it's on sale at the introductory offer of £329.

Here are a few more slushies for you to try:

Disclosure: I am reviewing the Optimum 9400 and I'm loving it so far. I wasn't expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

23 July 2014

Weeknight Pasta in a Flash

quick pasta recipe

This weeknight pasta in a flash is actually a pasta salad.

In the Summer we really enjoy cold pasta salads. Now I'm not talking claggy leftover pasta, I'm talking about firm, glossy pasta with Summer flavours and colours that pop.

Pasta salad shouldn't just be a scoop on the side of your plate at a BBQ or a small tub quickly grabbed out a chiller cabinet for a hurried lunch at your desk. It deserves it's place at the dinner table too.

For this salad I used my favourite salad pasta shape which I call belly button pasta, but it's real name is Messicani. If you have trouble finding it, I buy mine in M&S. They often have it on a 3 for 2 offer.

I made a dressing of basil and rapeseed oil, added sunblush tomatoes, fresh Santini tomatoes  and sweetcorn, with a dollop of Mr Organic Sundried Tomato Pesto (which is vegan) thrown in for extra flavour.

It only takes a few minutes to make once the pasta is cooked, so it's great for weeknight meals.

I made enough for us to enjoy a portion for lunch the next day and Cooper and I had a little fresh mozzarella in ours, but that's optional.

Do you like cold pasta salads or do you prefer your pasta hot?

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Summer Tomato and Corn Pasta Salad
A fresh summery pasta salad with sunblush tomatoes, tomatoes, corn and a herb dressing. So quick to put together.
  • 500g dried Messicani pasta
  • 1 large handful fresh basil
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 jar sunblush tomatoes, plus a glug of the oil
  • 150 - 200g santini tomatoes (or other)
  • 340g sweetcorn
  • 2 tbsp Mr Organic Sundried Tomato Pesto (or similar)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Cook the pasta according to the packet until al dente. Drain and rinse under a cold tap until the pasta is cold and glossy (this is the secret to a great pasta salad). Shake off as much water as possible.2. While that pasta is cooking whizz the basil and rapeseed oil into a dressing. Use scissors to snip the sunblush tomatoes in their jar, drain the corn and cut the fresh tomatoes in half.3. Once the pasta is well drained, mix through the herb dressing and the pesto. 4. Next add the sunblush tomatoes and a glug of oil from the jar, which has a wonderful flavour, then add the fresh tomatoes and corn. Mix together well and season with black pepper.5. Serve and enjoy!notes: leftover pasta salad will keep happily in the fridge for a few days. Toss it before serving to re-coat in the oil.
Total time:
Yield: Serves 6

Here are a few more pasta salads for you to try:

I took the photos of my Summer pasta salad with my new Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 camera, which I am trying out at the moment. Lovely crisp shots so far.

I am submitting my salad to this month's Speedy Suppers which is hosted by Katie over at Feeding Boys and a Firefighter and Sarah over at Maison Cupcake. The theme this month is Speedy Salads and to Pasta Please hosted this month by Dannii over at Hungry Healthy Happy, he theme is healthy/lightened pasta dishes.

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20 July 2014

Rich Tomato Blender Soup (Raw) for the 5:2 Diet - only 33 calories

tomato blender soup

I've been blending soup again!

I love that I can blend some fresh ingredients together and have a nutritious meal on the table in minutes.

This time I went for a rich tomato blender soup that is suitable for the 5:2 Diet. A diet I'm sorely needing to get back on after the indulgences of my holiday to Cyprus (I've not told you about my holiday yet, but I will).

calories in blender tomato soup
I whizzed together tomatoes, tomato puree, celery, herbs and stock to make this rich soup.

I do have to warn you although these blender soups are super healthy and fresh, they are also intense in flavour, more so than a regular soup. So do expect a real hit on the taste buds. Graham isn't sure about these intense soups, but I rather like them. I like how pure and quick they are.

If you want a milder blender soup, try my Green Smoothie Soup, which is utterly delicious and a good way to start. It comes in at just 42 calories per serving.

This rich tomato blender soup comes in at 33 calories and a little extra if you add a little milk or soya milk to make it creamy.

quick tomato soup

I made my raw soup in my Optimum 9400 from Froothie. It is a powerful beast and I love it. If you're looking for a high powered blender that will make life easier in the kitchen and is easy to clean this is the one for you.

I can offer my readers an extra £20 off the introductory price of £329.

If you would like to buy this blender for a super low £309  (you can pay up to £600 for a Vitamix) follow this link and type in the code TinnedTomatoesJuly14

You can also follow this link and use the code TinnedTomatoesJuly14 for £20 off the Optimum 400 Slow Juicer which is normally £189.

Raw Tomato Soup

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Rich Tomato Blender Soup
An intense raw blender soup made in minutes in a blender.
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 1 pint / 2 cups / 568 ml hot vegetable stock
  • a good grinding of salt and black pepper
1. Add the tomatoes, celery, tomato puree, honey (or agave) and coriander to a blender.2. Make up the hot stock, add to the blender and whizz until smooth.3. Season and serve.notes: You an run it longer in the Optimum 9400 to heat it further or do so in a pot.
Total time:
Yield: Serves 4

Gin Cocktail
photo: Fuss Free Flavours
Here are some more blender recipes for you to try:

I have a Pinterest Blender board if you are still looking for more inspiration. Lots of savoury recipes too.

I am entering my soup into this month's No Croutons Required hosted by Lisa over at Lisa's Kitchen and The Vegetable Palette hosted by Shaheen over at Allotment 2 Kitchen and Credit Crunch Munch hosted by Sarah at Maison Cupcaek, but set up by Helen over Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All.

Disclosure: Froothie sent me an Optimum 9400 blender to review but I can honestly say I love it and I'm using it all the time, so all the opinions are my own and I wasn't expected to write a positive review.


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