Homemade Up and go

Homemade up and go
Homemade up and go


For the teenagers  that don’t leave time for breakfast this up and go recipe  is a quick alternative. Used two tsp of cocoa instead of milo,  oats and LSA instead of weetbix, milled for a few seconds at speed 9 before adding the rest of the ingredients. Left out honey, kids said it’s sweet enough as is.

Homemade up and go

2 Weetbix /scoop of  oats
1 banana (fresh or frozen)
200g milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cocoa powder
150g ice

Compare the simple  ingredients in the list above with the  ingredients in the manufactured up and go makes for interesting reading.

“Filtered water, skim milk powder, cane sugar, wheat maltodextrin, soy protein, vegetable oils (sunflower, canola), inulin, hi-maize™ starch, corn syrup solids, fructose, cocoa (0.5%), oat flour, mineral (calcium), food acid (332), flavours, vegetable gums (460, 466, 407), stabiliser (452), salt, vitamins (C, niacin, A, B12, B6, B2, B1, folate)”


Green Smoothie

Green smoothie
Green smoothie

Power start the day with green smoothie… Miss 8 says what’s in it? She wrinkles up her nose at the ingredients but then I say it’s  “dragon juice”.  She immediately downs it and says ohhhh  yummy. In the green smoothie today orange, lemon, mandarin, a few ice cubes and a cup of water, mint, cucumber, parsley, linseeds,  lettuce and ginger blitzed for about 30 sec on speed 9. Most recipes say a minute but  to cut the noise down in the morning so 30sec still works fine. Mix and match from guided recipe to the many combinations on the web and recipe community. Notes: rinse lid after juicing, the green juice can discolour the lid if you leave an hour before cleaning, probably the acid from the lemon juice.

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Lemon and parsley juice

Lemon and parsley juice
Lemon and parsley juice

Ward off the winter bugs with the guided lemon and parsley juice. Only added two teaspoons of sugar instead of 50g and increase the parsley when I make for the adults. A whole peeled lemon blitzed with ice and Italian parsley, so refreshing, great start for kids breakfast.

Feijoa zest cordial

Adapted a feijoa zest cordial recipe by Alessandra Zecchini NZ Gardener Magazine May 2008 for the Thermomix.  Fantastic way to use the feijoa skins.


Feijoa zest recipe

500 ml boiling water
juice of one lemon
12-14 feijoas ( peel only)
1 teaspoon tartaric acid
100 g – 250 g sugar ( I use 100 g for a lower sugar cordial but there is another recipe labelled Allesandra Zecchini that uses  250g sugar for 500 ml of  boiling water, or 500g to 1tr of boiling water )  I’ve done both and would maybe increase sugar to individual taste.

1)Add all ingredients to TM bowl. Cook 25 minutes / 100 degrees / Reverse / Speed 2 until all sugar is dissolved.

2) Pour cordial through a fine sieve into sterilised bottle/containers.

Store in the fridge. Use 1 part cordial to 3 to 4 parts water. The cordials are also good mixed with tonic/soda water.



Pineapple sorbet

Pineapple sorbet
Pineapple sorbet

Three slices of pineapple, 2cups of ice and a tsp of sugar. The pineapple was a bit sour so blitzed a bit of sugar first then mixed in pineapple  and ice blitzed about 30 sec to 1 minute at sp 10. Making our own sorbets is very easy and great for cooling down the kids after school.