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.

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

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.

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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.
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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.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
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.
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Yield: Serves 6



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

I priced this recipe up using supermarket ingredients. It costs £3.02 to make this popular family dish. That's just 50p per portion.

500g pasta shells = 50p
Half bag fresh basil = 35p
4 tbsp rapeseed oil = 20p
150g sundried tomatoes = 87p
15og cherry tomatoes = 41p
325g sweetcorn = 35p
2 tbsp tomato pesto = 34p
Total = £3.02 

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.

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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.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
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.
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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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Creamy Vegan Potato Salad

Herby Potato Salad

I usually make potato salad with lots of herbs and mayonnaise, but this time I decided to make a creamy vegan potato salad which is altogether lighter in taste and calories.

I like lots of fresh herbs in my potato salad especially dill, which goes so well with potatoes, but this time I added fresh basil too. I also added some Gran Luchito chilli paste for a bit of a kick but that is purely optional.

For the creamy texture I used Alpro Single Soya Cream, which is also great for making creamy pasta sauces and pouring over dessert. Of course Graham was pleased not to miss out on potato salad like he generally does. Cooper well, he wasn't particularly impressed. He likes his potatoes naked and couldn't see what all the fuss was about.

How do you like your potato salad? 


Potato Salad



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Creamy Vegan Potato Salad
A lighter version of potato salad that''s dairy free. It's fresh and tasty. A great side, picnic or buffet dish.
Ingredients
  • 12 baby potatoes, halved
  • ¼ cucumber
  • ¼ white onion
  • 3 spring onions
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • a handful of fresh dill
  • 4 tbsp Alpro Single Soya Cream (or similar)
  • ½ tsp Gran Luchito Chilli Paste (optional)
  • a good grinding salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Lightly boil or steam the potatoes, then rinse under old water to stop the cooking process and to cool them down. They should be cooked but still firm.2. Cut the cucumber lengthways and slice, then finely slice the spring onion and white onion. You may use more onion of you like, but I think this is enough.3. Chop the herbs, then add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4


Here are some more potato recipes for you to enjoy:


If you do prefer mayonnaise on pasta salad, but are looking for a dairy free vegan mayonnaise over at Great British Chefs

I flavoured it with lemon and mustard and it's so good, even if you aren't vegan you should try it. 

Potatoes over and out!

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Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls

3 Bean Sausage Rolls 

Don't you just love puff pastry?

I do.

Puff pastry is golden, crisp, buttery and every so satisfying as well as comforting.


Should I make my own puff pastry?


Hell no, not unless you have lots of free time on your hands. I learned how to make puff pastry from scratch at school and it's pretty satisfying, but life's too short and ready-made puff pastry is pretty good quality. So if you have the time, make your own puff pastry, otherwise make these Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls with shop bought pastry.

Is puff pastry vegan?


Did I mention they are vegan too? Jus Rol puff pastry is suitable for vegans, so everyone is happy and we love them, but hey it's puff pastry. What's not to love?

Making the filling


I gave the beans and spices a few pulses (pulses haha!) in my Optimum 9400 blender, but you could just mash them in a bowl. Do leave some whole beans, it's gives a better texture.

Now the spices, I didn't make them overly spicy as Cooper was eating them, but feel free to increase the amount of spice you use, if you would like them a bit hotter.

I do hope you give these a try.

Vegan Puff Pastry Fillings


Once you've tried these 3 bean sausage rolls you may want to try some more pastry fillings. For some sensational puff pastry ideas visit my guide 25 Awesome Puff Pastry Recipes for Vegans.

Veggie Bean Puff Rolls


As you can see I served them nursery style with chips and peas.

Are air fried chips any good?

Yes, they are actually and the chips were healthier than usual as I cooked them in another new toy, my Philips Air Fryer from Tesco Direct.

I still can't get over the fact it only takes ½ tbsp of oil to cook enough chips for 4 people. Isn't technology great?

And of course we all had a dollop of ketchup on the side. Shhhhhhh! don't tell anyone!




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Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls
Spicy vegan sausage rolls made with a selection of beans and spices all bound up in golden and flaky puff pastry.
Ingredients
  • 1 block Jus-Rol Puff Pastry (suitable for vegans)
  • 400g black beans
  • 400g canellini beans
  • 400g kidney beans
  • 4 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp onion granules/powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 5 tbsp porridge oats
  • a good grinding of salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 220c/200c fan/425f/gas mark 7.1. Give the beans and spices a few pulses in a blender until partly blended or mash in a bowl.3. Add the oats and mix through.4. Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle and cut in half. Make sausage shapes with the bean mix, leaving a space around each You should manage 4 sausages on the pastry. Any leftover bean mixture can be frozen and used again.5. Brush a little water around the sausage shapes, then lay the second sheet of pastry on top and seal down the sides. Slice between the sausage rolls and cut each in half.6. Slice into the top of each pastry to let steam out, place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden.7 Enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 8 Sausage Rolls



 

Disclosure: I mentioned both the Optimum 9400 and the Philips Air Fryer in my post. This is not a review post, but I was given these products for the purpose of review. As ever my opinions are my own.

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New in my Kitchen #14




This is where I like to share my new kitchen discoveries.  
 

I have a thing about white wine. I either go for the cheapest German, which I know will be an easy drinker or I like my white wine expensive. I've had too many bad white wines in between. One of my all time favourite wines is Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc.unfortunately it's went up quite steeply in price and you are lucky to get a bottle for less than £12. I tend to avoid Chardonnay like the plague, until I tried this Tussock Jumper.  It's soft , but big on flavour. I really don't like a sharp white, so this was the perfect wine for me. I'll be looking out for it and can highly recommend it.

Price: £35.97 for a case of three
Score: 9/10
Manic Organic are a range of pressed fruit and vegetable juices. They don't contain concentrates, flavourings, sweeteners or preservatives. They come in 4 flavours - Apple & Cherry, Orange & Carrot, Pear & Ginger and Pineapple & Lime. I always prefer fresh juice, but if I was out and about I might buy one of these. Although not the orange and carrot, which I assumed would be my favourite, but I actually didn't like. The pear & ginger wold be the flavour I'd go for.
Price: £1.49
Score: 7/10 (carrot and orange 4/10) 



I have the most gorgeous new shopping bag. It's a patterned shopper from The Camouflage Company and comes with another wee shoulder bag that can be used inside the shopper to keep your purse, phone and bits and pieces in or it can be used on it's own. I love the floral pattern, the fact it's wipe clean and nice and spacious. Much prettier than the hemp supermarket bags I usually use. The site also does nifty kitchen storage in a range of colours and patterns.
Price £16.39 (was £20.50)
Score 10/10 

I mostly use rapeseed oil to cook with now. It's healthier than olive oil, which I now keep for salad dressings. This single pressed cold rapeseed oil spray from Fussels and endorsed by Lesley Waters is a handy thing to have if you are trying to cut down on the calories. It only has 2 calories per spray. I keep it at arms reach.

Price: £5 for one bottle, £8 for two bottles and £20 for six bottles
Score 10/10
If you know me at all, you will know that I love jelly sweets. That I would choose them over chocolate any day. It was the one thing I missed when I turned veggie and I have been on the search for the perfect gummies since then. I like M&S Peppa Pig, but they are really soft, they don't have that chew, I quite like Goody Good Stuff, especially the sours, but Tesco have got it spot in with these gummies, they have the chew and the flavour and they come in nice little bags so I don't over indulge.
Price: 3 bags for £1
Score 10/10

Fentimans sent me a selection of their botanically brewed soft drinks to try. Unfortunately the  Curiosity Cola came to a sticky end before it got to me.  
 
The Pink Lemonade was very pleasant, but it was the Ginger Beer that got my attention. Absolutely delicious with a little kick. Oh yes, that is the one for me!

7. Veg Amore Tofu Pasta Sauce

We've been enjoying a few organic sauces from Mr Organic. They do a great pesto that is suitable for vegans and they also bulk up their pasta sauces with extra goodness by adding seitan or tofu. We particularly like the Veg Amore Tofu Pasta Sauce. Good flavour.

Price:£2.49 (Ocado)
Score 9/10 

Price: £1.50
Score 8/10 

My new blender is the bees knees! I love it. It's a handsome chap with muscles. He blends soups, chops vegetables, makes sauces, ice cream and curd. He froths up smoothies, makes dairy free nut milks and nut butters (a much healthier option than bought peanut butter) and whips up desserts, he'll even pulverise some rocks if you ask him to. 

If you've been longing for a Vitamix, forget that completely. This beauty is more powerful, cheaper and you don't need a separate jug to grind coffee beans, nuts and seeds.

It's big in Australia, but new to the UK. It comes with an optional 10 year warranty and is available now at an introductory offer of £329. Readers of my blog can get an extra £20 off by using this link and the code TinnedTomatoesJuly14

Price £329 (£309 for Tinned Tomatoes readers with the code)
Score 20/10
  
Disclosure: I was sent some of these items for review and some I bought myself. I was not expected to write positive reviews and any opinions expressed are my own.
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Pink Pineapple Smoothie


I'm in love!

I have a brand new toy.

It's an Optimum 9400 blender from Froothie. A new blender means a new smoothie. So I created this Pink Pineapple Smoothie.

No, I haven't discovered a new fruit, the main ingredient is pineapple, but the smoothie comes out a glorious pink.

So what do you want to know what else my beautiful new toy can do?

So far I've made smoothies, pesto, hummus, pizza dough, pizza sauce, soup and lime curd all made in minutes, sometimes just seconds.


What else can it do:
  • chop vegetables in seconds
  • crush ice
  • make shakes
  • make sauces
  • make dips
  • whizz up dressings
  • grind nuts into flour
  • grate cheese
  • grind coffee beans
  • whip cream in 10 seconds
  • turn nuts into dairy free milk
  • make slushies
  • make cocktails
  • make chocolate mousse
  • make sorbet
  • make ice cream
  • knead bread dough
  • make frothy vegetable omelettes
  • make custard
  • lots more .........

It's much cheaper than a Vitamix too and comes in at £329. That may seem a lot, but after using cheaper blenders I can honestly say they are a false economy. They just don't have the powerful motors, can't do half of what you want them to do and will burn out quickly.

A blender like this also heats and lightly cooks food, so you have an all in one machine with a 10 year extended warranty. It's well worth the price, more powerful than the Vitamix and much cheaper.

Have I got to one of the best bits yet? Did I tell you it's self cleaning? Just add some boiling water and a drop of dish washing liquid, then whizz at full for a few seconds, then rinse under the tap. Voila!

Oh and it blends rocks. I know mad right? If you have a look at the website you will see them blending rocks in it.

I love it! It's a handsome beast too, so I leave it out on my counter top.




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Pink Pineapple Smoothie
A glorious pink smoothie with the flavours of pineapple and strawberries.
Ingredients
  • 1 small pineapple
  • 12 juicy strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cucumber
  • 400ml apple juice
  • 2 tsp baobab powder
  • a handful of ice cubes
Instructions
1. Prepare the fruit. Remove skin and cut into large chunks.2. Place the fruit, juice, powder and ice into a blender and whizz until smooth.3. Serve and enjoy!
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Yield: 6-8 glasses


Check out my Pinterest board 'Whizz it up!' for more blender recipes and follow it for all for all the latest ideas.

What do you make in your blender?
















Disclosure: Froothie sent me a blender to review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.
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Veggie Sausage, Red Pepper & Hummus Wraps

Veggie Sausage Wraps 

This Veggie Sausage, Red Pepper and Hummus Wrap makes a filling lunch or a light dinner. Equally it can be as simple or complicated as you like.

I filled our flour tortillas with homemade rocket hummus, traditional vegan sausages from Dee's Wholefoods, jarred roasted peppers and fried onions, but you could make your own sausages, roast some peppers and even make your own tortillas.

 Here are my recommendations for a homemade or shortcut wrap:  

Arugula HummusTortillas
Homemade: Flour Tortillas
Shortcut: Mission Deli Wheat and White Wraps  

Hummus
Homemade: Rocket Hummus
Shortcut: M&S Hummus  

Sausages
Homemade:  Carrot and Black Bean Sausages
Shortcut: Traditional Vegan Sausages  

Roast Peppers
Homemade: Roast at high for 20 minutes until charred, pop in a bag to steam the skin off, peel off skin and slice.
Shortcut: Cooks & Co Roasted Red Peppers

What do you enjoy in a wrap?

Veggie Sausage and Pepper Wrap 

 


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Veggie Sausage, Red Pepper and Hummus Wrap
A very satisfying lunch or dinner wrap. Make as many or as few as you like and feel free to take shortcuts.
Ingredients
  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 2 veggie sausages
  • ½ roasted red pepper, sliced
  • a good grinding of freshly ground salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Gently fry the onion in the oil until soft in the same pan as the sausages.2. Spread the tortilla with the hummus and top with the well cooked sausages.3. Top with onion and slices of red pepper and season with salt and pepper.4. Fold in the sides and roll the wrap, then cut in half before serving.5. Serve with salad. 6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 1 filled wrap

 
 

Falafel and Beetroot Wraps
Here are a few more interesting lunch wrap ideas for you to try:





The winner of the Froothie Optimum 400 Slow Juicer 
is Tanya Camilleri.

 
Disclosure: Dee's Wholefoods sent me some vegan sausages to try. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. The other recommendations are my own choices and were not sent for review.
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