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Pieday Friday – Using herbs in juicing + mojito juice recipe

I think you can probably guess from my recipe posts this year that I’m getting into juicing. I’d love to say that it’s because I’ve decided to live a more healthy lifestyle and want to reinvigorate my body, but that’s not really the reason. It’s as simple as ‘I don’t like fruit’. Sure, berries and dried fruits are fine with me; I’ll pop a handful on my soaked oats in the morning and get a little dose of goodness that way. But ‘proper’ fruits, y’know, the ones you have to chew (apples, pears, pineapple, peaches, oranges, plums etc) I just don’t like. I think it’s the texture that puts me off. I don’t mind the flavour of these fruits but I don’t like to eat them. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. If you cook them, I’m quite happy. Apple pie? Yum! Stewed plums and custard? Yes please! ANY fruits in a crumble? Mmmm! But that’s not a healthy way to eat fruit, is it? With added sugar and a dollop of ice cream on the side, you can see why I enjoy cooked fruits so much. So my solution to get some much-needed vitamins into my body is juicing.

I’m happy to guzzle down juice all day long, but who knows what goes into the cartons you buy in the supermarket? I’d rather see the whole fruit go into the juicer and lovely fresh juice come out so that I know what I’m drinking, and I know that it’s good for me. I’ve been inspired by the #ExperienceFresh campaign and want to eat more raw and organic foods as a result.

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Nice Ice Baby – Fruity ice for your summer drinks

I had a bit of a result last week when I snapped up a load of reduced fruit, and although I’d bought a bit more than I could use, I had the idea in the back of my mind that I could have a go a freezing them. I love having ice in my cold drinks, in fact, I go right off a drink if it doesn’t have ice in it! So for someone like me (who has a dedicated ice drawer in the freezer) the idea of freezing slices of fruit into ice-cubes was very appealing!

So I sliced up lemons, limes and oranges and squeezed a little corresponding juice into the cubes before adding water for a little extra fruity taste. The orange slices are great in fresh orange juice, the lime is fantastic in a coke or Florida orange drink, and the lemon works with everything, but is especially good in a cloudy lemonade for a home-made look. I even tried some pomegranate seeds in ice cubes which is fantastic in a grape & pomegranate cordial I have and the seeds even float! My ‘ice-drawer’ has never looked so colourful, and guests are impressed that they have a choice of ice for their drinks!

I think this could go even further and I’m  considering freezing some sprigs of mint for Mojitos and slices of strawberries (only a pound per punnet in Tesco & Asda at the moment) for floating my Pimms. I even spotted some jazzy ice-cubes in Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain book; with flowers in!

Have you ever tried making your own fruity ice cubes? Or flavoured ice? Let me know!

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