Ok.. a week and a bit into this Big Green Smoothie thing, and I have to confess... They don't all taste like arse. After a bit of trial and error, I have managed to find a couple of combinations that are actually very nice.
I think I went into this a bit gung-ho (who?? ME??!!). The key is to gradually up the green component. So I went back to basics with cos/romaine and watermelon
And It is really good!! You can't taste the lettuce, so it's pretty much a fruit-flavoured smoothie... that happens to be lurid green!!
Well whizzed, it's got a consistency of V-8..
Next, I bought a cheap blender, and I take my veggies and fruit to work, and I am replacing lunch with a smoothie.
Another winning combo was cos/romaine, grape and apricot. I find the fibre of the lettuce really fills you up, it's cheap and it's quick. I've also been adding a knob of ginger for kick.
And while it's probably nicer on the palate to eat all the different ingredients separately, I (for one) am highly unlikely to sit down to a lunch of a whole head of iceberg, an apple and 2 bananas.
But, my star-sign must clearly have Taste in retrograde right now, because on Sat night I had Mater Beige, Uncle Maximus, Auntie Linnie, Em and Stew over for dinner. I thought I'd do something a bit different, and cook Mater B's fave veggie.. the much maligned Brussels sprout. I've blogged about them, I've searched Chowhound for recipes to make these damn things palatable, and finally I went for the culinary concept of ETGBWB. (Every thing goes better with bacon)
Newp. Roasted in duck fat and bacon, until just caramelized, these things STILL taste like arse. Ask Em. She agrees.