Wednesday, July 1

Summer smoothie

With Glastonbury just past and Wimbledon about to unfold in the fortnight to come I offer to you a culinary accompaniment to these two great British institutions.
I reminisce when I watch Glastonbury (on TV I should add), imagining taking our children and their rosy happy faces high on fresh air, sitting round the campfire and flopping tired from a day of taking the cultural delights of the green fields. But I know this is simply an illusion, the rosy faces would be having sun cream slapped on every couple of hours in a balancing act of simultaneously averting both skin cancer and rickets. The campfire would be a hazard of blood pressure raising proportions and the Glastonbury culture, I am just not sure a toddler and a preschooler would dig an Anglo Saxon folk band armed with a lute and a rams horn.

And what of Wimbledon, the head swivelling, Pimms quaffing, grunt fest? Why strawberries of course!

the seasonal strawberry has become synonymous with Wimbledon so only right to include it in this summertime smoothie.

Rhubarb and strawberry smoothie

Makes about 1 1/2 pints

3 chunky sticks of rhubarb
100ml water
200g strawberries
100ml apple or orange juice
Honey to taste 

1. Chop your rhubarb into thickish chunks (2cm or thereabouts). Place in a saucepan with the water and cook down to a gooey mush. Keep the lid on the pan, this will take around 10 minutes. Leave to cool.
2. Once cool, combine the rhubarb, strawberries and juice. Blend and add honey to sweeten to your own taste.

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