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Kefir – What It Is, How To Make It and What To Do With It

Kefir Collage

Breakfast, Drinks | 23rd February 2016 | By

Kefir has been such an integral part of our lives for so many years now, that I’m always a little taken aback when people either don’t know what it is or have never tried it. So I thought I’d knock up a post for the benefit of those not in the know on what kefir is, how to make it and what to do with it.

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Tofu Scramble and a Vegan Cookery Workshop

Tofu Scramble

I’ve heard a lot about tofu scramble over the last few months and I have to say, my inner sceptic wasn’t convinced. However, when I found out this vegan breakfast alternative to scrambled eggs was one of the recipes in the Vegan Toolkit Workshop, I thought I really ought to try it. I volunteered to make this particular dish and was of course completely won over.

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Overnight Oats with Raisins, Apple and Pumpkin Seeds

Overnight Oats

Breakfast | 15th November 2015 | By

Porridge was a breakfast mainstay when I was growing up and it’s given me a love of oats that’s never left me. I use them in porridge, in my smoothies and in baking. But I rarely think about soaking them overnight and having a bowl of raw goodness for breakfast. Bircher muesli or overnight oats, call them what you will, is another tasty addition to have in one’s breakfast repertoire.

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Mango Carrot Smoothie

Mango Carrot Smoothie

After all that Black Forest Gateau, something healthy was definitely in order. It was time to use one of the mangos that CT had picked up at a knock down price.

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Spiced Courgette Fritters

Courgette Fritters

When a friend kindly left me a multitude of courgettes on my doorstep the other day, I was delighted. Not only were they freshly picked, but were small, multi-coloured and pretty. My friend was equally delighted, she can’t give them away fast enough. Any number of recipes have been developed to make the most of this seasonal abundance. When I consulted Twitter, the oracle spoke: courgette fritters it was.

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Berry and Rose Kefir Smoothie

Rose Berry Smoothies

Following on from the success of my Red Berry Smoothie in a Bowl, I thought I’d try a smoothie in a sundae glass and eat it with a spoon. If you are going to eat something with a spoon, it encourages you to sit down – and a sit down breakfast is a rare treat for me.

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Red Berry and Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

As some of you will know, smoothies are a regular breakfast item in the Tin and Thyme household. They are a tasty way of packing in a lot of healthy nutrients and generally keep us going for hours. It was not until I had a conversation with some fellow food bloggers yesterday, however, that I heard about the smoothie bowl. As soon as the concept was explained, I realised that smoothies in a bowl were quite a different thing to smoothies in a glass.

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Sunshine Grapefruit Smoothie

Grapefruit Smoothie

Grapefruit is grown in many places and although there’s plenty of sunshine here at the moment, Cornwall isn’t one of them. Florida, however, is a different story. Citrus fruit thrive in Florida’s sub tropical climate and grapefruit have been grown there since 1823. Many of us in the UK blame rain and cold weather for making us feel dull and unproductive in the winter, but perhaps we just need some of that captured sunshine to give us a much needed boost? Cue sunshine grapefruit smoothie.

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Test Your Mettle with this Nettle Tonic

Nettle Smoothie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am having such fun with my Froothie super speed blender. Mostly, I’ve only used it so far for making smoothies, but smoothies I’d never have been able to make in my old blender. I’ve already posted about my kefir raw cacao and goji berry smoothie. Today I thought I’d try nettles.

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Kefir Raw Cocoa and Goji Berry Smoothie

Kefir Cocoa Goji Berry Smoothie
 As predicted, since acquiring my super speed Optimum 9200 blender a couple of weeks ago, I have fallen in love with it and have used it nearly every day. Read my Froothie review to find out more. Kefir smoothies are one of the things we like to have for breakfast, but we were somewhat limited to the ingredients we could use in our old blender. Now there is no limit to what we can find and grind.

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