Mango Ice-Cream Smoothie

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There is a slight nip in the air and the morning have started to become chilly. Which means that after a few days of a colorful fall it would be winter soon. Just a few days back it used to be broad daylight even at 8pm, and now it starts getting dark from 7. Where did summer go? When did it come in the first place? Why couldn’t there be an extended summer instead? Just thinking of the cold forlorn winter makes me feel gloomy. When I talk to my family back in India (specially in my hometown Kolkata where winter only lasts for a week or two) about such wishful thinking they just don’t understand why something as beautiful as a snowfall can be dreadful. They are almost envious of us that we don’t have to bear the scorching heat which bothers them all year long. Well, really I can’t even decide which is better – extreme heat or extreme cold. My only consolation are those winter days when the sun shines bright. And I tell myself that at least I could keep away the chill by layers of warm clothing while peeling away layers of clothing can still not be sufficient to face an extreme hot weather. So there, why am I complaining? In fact why am I even talking about weather? Isn’t it something that I do to fill the gaps in a conversation. This weather has really put me off in a bad mood. So I better shut up and quickly write away what I am here for.

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As I lament the end of summer, this post today is to remind me of the good warm and bright days that I have had and also something to look forward to next season. A delicious mango smoothie with some added creaminess from the vanilla ice cream – this is what summer is all about. There is no fixed recipe or proportions for this, you may add the vanilla ice cream or skip it completely.

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Ingredients: makes 2 glasses of mango smoothie

  • Ripe Mango – 1 large, pitted/de-seeded and cut into small cubes.
  • Vanilla Ice-cream – 1 scoop (adjust the proportion according to your choice)
  • Milk – as required (adjust proportion according to the desired thickness of the smoothie)
  • Sugar/Honey – to taste (I used honey instead of sugar but you can use either or both. Remember the proportion will have to adjust depending on the sweetness of the mangoes and the quantity/sweetness of the ice cream used.)
  • Ice cubes – 2 or 3 (optional)
  • Dry fruits – finely chopped almonds, pistachios or cashews – for garnishing

Method:

  • Put everything in a blender / food processor and blend to a fine smoothie.
  • Garnish with dry fruits and serve chilled.

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Apple Smoothie / Apple Shake


After a long slumber I come back to life. Yes, it has been the longest and the coldest winter of my life and though I am still not recovered from seeing white expanse of snow all around, mostly it makes me feel dull and drab. The place where I live now, seasons have a way of making their distinctive presence known. Winter occupies most of the year with warmth seeping in for only a couple of months. And the weather definitely defines your mood of the day.

Its April now and Spring is here. My heart goes waltzing with the sun shining hot and the wind blowing cold. A wonderful day it is after months of knee deep snow, makes me want to celebrate life! Following the spring fever I present a simple delightful drink for the warm summer days.

With this, I declare that I intend to be more regular than I have been lately though I do not guarantee it. Hope you enjoy making this drink as much as I enjoyed.


Ingredients:

  • Apple – 1 medium sized
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Vanilla – 3/4th tsp (optional, used for flavor)

Method:

  • Cut the apple into small pieces and put in a blender
  • Add milk, vanilla and sugar to it and blend until smooth.

Note:

  • For extra creamy froth you may use 1 tbsp of heavy whipping cream or to taste.
  • Serve immediately or blend once again before serving