This past week, the strawberries have really appeared by the bucket load, and the price had dropped to just 2gel per kilo, though they have increased back up to 3.50gel per kilo today, probably because of all the rain and storms we have had the last few days which has probably ruined a lot of the crops, and the latest batches look to be quite mud covered and squidgy. But they won;t be in season for long, so I have to make the most of them whilst I can, as they are my favourite fruit in the world, and they come almost as close, if not higher up on my favourite list than chocolate, or better still a combo of chocolate and strawberries together!
In honour of the short strawberry season, I wanted to share two recipes with you that I came across this past week, one from the nutritionist at yoga, the second, one that I came up with myself, nothing fancy, but tastes great.
Massive thanks to Nadja Techritz-Groß, Nutritionist and to Sun Yoga Tbilisi for this very tasty recipe that I tried last week after my yoga class.
What you need:
2 tbs wheat groats (fresh milled would be best)
1tsp raisins (non-sulphurate)
1 tsp dried coconut ﬂakes
1 tsp linseed
1 tsp oat bran
1 tsp millet groats
(1 tsp sunﬂower seeds= 50 kcal)
1 tbs fresh lemon juice or sea buckthorn juice
1/4 banana, cut in pieces
50g yoghurt, less fat, like 1.5% or soured milk
1/2 kiwi or 50g fresh fruit of the season, cut in pieces
1/4 grated apple
eventually add nuts, like walnut/hazelnut pieces, but the calories will go up.
What to do:
Place the wheat groats in a bowl and let them soak with drinking water (just covering the wheat groats with water) for around 12 hours (best to prepare in the evening and let soak overnight).
Instead of the wheat groats you can use any other kind of groats grains or oat ﬂakes (Bircher-Bennermethod). The next morning you add the ingredients mentioned above and mix them. Add the lemon juice before adding the grated apple. This is very important to avoid oxidation and it even has an impact on your bowel activity.
Ready! Bon appetit! Do not forget to drink 1 glass of drinking water!
Nadja is originally from germany but lives in Georgia and says she readily buys these ingredients in Tbilisi, and that this recipe is great everyday and can help to prevent bowel problems and cancers. All that aside, it was certainly tasty and filling.
I finally treated myself to a blender from the market, something of an extravagance, but which is getting a jolly good workout already. Since strawberries have been so cheap, I’ve been buying them by the kilo for 2gel, washing them and sorting them into piles depending on how squishy they are. Those which are squishy go into making a shake, those which are tougher get frozen, and those in between are for eating with things like ice cream!!
Frozen strawberries are my absolute favourite thing in the entire world, and I’ve always loved nothing better than munching my way through a tub of frozen strawberries of an evening, just as most folk would much on popcorn at the cinema! There is something about the flavour and texture which makes them so much more vibrant and yummy when frozen. Whilst room temperature strawberries and ice cream always reminds me of summer holidays with my granny and strawberry picking with my granddad, and I keep thinking that I should makes some scones soon and serve them up warm with butter, cream, strawberries, and my homemade strawberry jam soon!!
Doing yoga twice a day has been a bit tricky in terms of eating, as its recommended that you don’t eat 1.5hrs before class and also for 1hr afterwards, and I haven’t really been wanting big meals, but have also been getting hungry as my metabolism has started to speed up. But the best solution has been shakes or smoothies, especially in the warmer weather and now that so many fresh fruit and veg things are in season and cheaper than anything else, smoothies are the ideal post yoga tummy rumbler filler. Here is my favourite strawberry shake recipe:
- 2 handfuls of washed strawberries (without green bits!)
- one large banana
- 2 teaspoons of sour cream or matsoni
- 1/2 cup of milk
- freshly squeezed lemon juice (to your taste)
- if you have a sweet tooth, you can also add honey, but I haven’t done this.
To make it:
Throw it all in the blender, play around with quantities as you wish, and blend! Can be served with crushed ice that can be added to your blender, along with any other fruit you want to add. Serve and enjoy, easy:)
And for Dinner…
Leek and potato soup, courtesy of the new blender, and it tasted absolutely lush!