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ice crystals in holland, winter 2008

It has been unusually nice weather here in Holland in the last three days already, clear blue sky despite it’s a bit windy here, it is said that it will stay like this in the next few days. We took an afternoon walk today and it was so pleasant and refreshing! I did not have my camera with me so I had to use my iPhone to capture the beauty of these ice crystals on the grass and leaves. In the past, I would not think they are any special but when you are relaxed, in good mood and observe things around you more carefully, you will begin to appreciate more about the nature and surroundings.

 

Maybe we can ice-skating here soon?

 

bahamanama smoothie

My best friend in Hong Kong told me that recently she is making smoothies regularly, she said they are tasty, nutritious and filling. I thought it’s a good idea and try to make some at home. I would make this for breakfast during weekends using banana, strawberry and milk. Later I bought a book called: Smoothies, Blends & Shakes by Suzannah Olivier & Joanna Farrow. It’s a great book with lots of attractive pictures and I learnt more variations about smoothies.

However, when you spontaneously want a drink and do not have everything described in the recipe, what would you do?

I would look into my kitchen and see what I have at home and make a twist. That evening, I fancied an alcoholic smoothie. Probably due to the recent vacation in the Caribbean-Bahamas where you can find the typical Bahamian style of smoothies which contain rum, I was probably still missing the beautiful beaches, sunshine and dolphins. My version of smoothie brings back our good memories in Bahamas.

Make 3 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 4 halves peaches (fresh or canned)
  • 50ml peach juice from the can
  • 200ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 150g frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 10 ice cubes (I have run out of ice that day & I have substituted with lime sorbet)
  • 2 shots Barcadi rum
  • 2 shots Archers (peach liqueur)
  • mint leaves for garnish

 * You can make a non-alcoholic version by taking out the liqueurs in the recipe.

Method:

  1. Using a blender, whiz up all the ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour to glasses, decorate with straws and mint leaves.

Normally I would use fresh strawberries but as I mentioned, I spontaneously felt like to have a nice drink  one evening. And without fresh strawberries and ice cubes, I replaced with frozen strawberries and lime sorbet, this was how I solved the problem and still had a great drink.

Give a shot, it is a refreshing drink for hot summer days!!! Alcoholic version for adults and non-alcoholic version for kids.