Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it??
…I have no internet. Or, rather, I used up all my download for the month and am internet-less for the next week. The good news is, less facebook and more reading! Bad news is, I haven’t posted since last Sunday’s menu plan. I’m currently using my parents’ internet download while the TM whips up the second batch of condensed milk. I brought the TM and a quarter of my pantry-goods over to prepare for Thanksgiving. I am hosting (late) Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ place tomorrow night, so it makes sense to put the food I cook and prep today into their fridge. Plus, my poor little fridge (already packed full enough) just can’t handle any more food!
Today I have made grissini and digestive biscuits, one batch of condensed milk and soon a second batch, and steamed some pumpkin. I still need to steam more pumpkin and some sweet potato, plus make some pecan toffee and a cheesecake, whip up some ice cream, and cook some tomatoes and some beans. And make a loaf of bread… or three. Gulp. I may be cooking well into the evening, which is just what I need when I’m feeling under the weather.
Anyway, who else is enjoying the craze of mixing beetroot and chocolate? I sure am. I love beetroot, and I love chocolate even more. I’ve seen cakes, brownies, even ice creams that mix the two together! I wanted to jump on the bandwagon. Instead of juicing this morning, Mr T and I made a Choc-Beet Smoothie. Mmmmmmm, it was goooooood!
And here follows the recipe for you all! Thermomix, of course. No reason why you couldn’t at least try this in a regular blender, but it probably won’t be as smooth.
1 large beetroot, peeled and cut into eighths
small handful of nuts (or seeds, if you’re nut-free)
1 chopped, frozen banana
1 mango (or a large apple, handful of berries… whatever you have on hand)
60-80g raw cacao powder
60g raw honey
300-600g milk (cows, goats, rice, almond… whatever suits your needs)
1) Place beetroot, nuts, banana and mango into TM. Crush on speed 9 for 1 minute.
2) Add cacao powder and honey. Mix by increasing speed slowly to speed 9, and keep on speed 9 for a further 30 seconds.
3) Add milk and mix for a further minute on speed 9.
We looooooved this. My body is trying (and not really winning) to fight the cold that Mr T has had this week, so starting the day with this smoothie was definitely a good call.
Now to get back to all the Thanksgiving preparations that I still need to tackle… Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂