Saturday 30 December 2006

recipe carousel #27 - milkshakes

Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe it’s 2007! This is a big year for me. In eight weeks I’ll be getting married! Ahhhh!!!

Last night I had Tim W and Jane over for dinner and when I opened the front door there was one extra person: my little sister Amy!

She was supposed to be in South Africa on the last leg of her 2½ year journey abroad. After visiting 23 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, she came home early and surprised me – just in time to celebrate the new year together!

To start the first Recipe Carousel of 2007 I’ve chosen something that starts the day for many people around the world: milkshakes.

Smoothies, frappes and milkshakes are a wonderful drink at breakfast, lunch or dinner and there’s such a huge potential of ingredients and ideas.

Here’s seven that tickled my fancy in one way or another.

Avocado Milkshake. Melissa in Scotland (The Traveler's Lunchbox) has discovered one of South East Asia’s delightful and rich drinks. Avocado flesh is blended with milk, sweetened condensed milk and flavoured with your choice of orange extract, vanilla, rum or coffee. Don’t be frightened by this combination, many who have sipped this drink have raved about the avocado’s ability to transform into a creamy dessert companion.

Cherry Yoghurt Milkshake is a gorgeously pink drink from Zorra in Spain (Kochtopf). Yoghurt is blended with canned cherries, lemon juice, honey and cinnamon. Throw in a dash of the cherry syrup and you’ve got yourself one quick and easy shake to get your motor running.

Chocolate Drinks were enjoyed by Keiko in the UK (Nordljus). She made chocolate ice cubes served vanilla milk, the chocolate and milk amalgamating as the chocolate melted. She suggests the drink could be modified to add spices or even a little coffee to the mix.

Iced Coffee with Sticky Rice Balls is a classic Thai drink from Appon (Appon's Thai Food). Espresso is blended with sugar and milk then chilled. Meanwhile sticky rice flour is coloured and flavoured with rosewater then boiled in ball shapes. These are simply added to the iced coffee and sucked up through large straws. Photo courtesy of Appon.

Pineapple Frullato is a spring time recipe from Orchidea in Sweden (Viaggi & Sappori). Her quick and easy recipe combines fresh juicy pineapple with natural yoghurt and Italian acacia honey. A non fuss way to toast to primavera.

Fig & Honey Smoothie is a recipe road test by Michèle in France (Oswego Tea). I recognised this recipe from a Michele Cranston book I have at home and sure enough, this is where Michèle sourced it from. Black figs are blended with natural yoghurt and, in Michèle’s case, rosemary honey. The final product is topped with toasted slivered almonds.

Berry Smoothies are a simple dairy treat from Priya in the USA (Sugar and Spice). In her recipe you can used either fresh or frozen berries and blend them with milk, yoghurt, orange juice and honey. Priya also suggests that wheatgerm or flaxseed can be added to increase nutritional benefits and cow milk can be substituted for soy milk.

I have some of my own milkshake recipes, including horchata and lemony nimbu lassi, as well as the alcoholic Coco Baby Bitters, Pink Pudding and Boozy Hot Chocolate.

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Check out other Recipe Carousel themes: rice, festive food, legumes/pulses, eggs, pancakes, breakfast, raw food, berries, dips, cocktails, pasta, yoghurt, crispy snacks, vegetable desserts, fruit in savoury food, made from scratch, strawberries, jam, bread, seafood mains, ice cream, soup, chocolate and drinks.



  1. Gott Nytt År to you and Jonas1

  2. tack så mycket ilva. gott nytt år till dig också!!

    e felice anno nuovo alla tua famiglia!

  3. What a wonderful way to start the year! Happy New Year to you and all the best in 2007 (especially the wedding)!

  4. Anna,

    Happy New Year! And all the best with your wedding! :)

  5. Happy New Year Anna. I'm sure your wedding will be wonderful, and hey, you can always continue partying on at Oxford St :)

  6. What a wonderful roundup of drinks. I'm so happy you got to see your sister. Happy New Year to you and Jonas.

  7. Hauoli Makahiki Hou to you Anna! My, those milkshakes look like something that I should have indulged in instead of the copious amounts of alcoholic drinks. Ah well, 'twas the season to be jolly!! ;-P

  8. Yum! I'm all inspired to pull out my blender : )
    Happy New Year, and good luck with all your big plans!

  9. Happy New Year to you Anna. A Lovely carousel!

  10. Happy new year Anna - all the best for a wonderful 2007 and have a wonderful wedding.


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