Gardeners’ fuel

I love Saturday mornings. I water and weed, inspect the garden to see what all the plants are up to (and the critters), listen to talkback gardening, always come up with far more jobs than I can complete in a weekend, and by mid-afternoon usually realise that I’ve missed a few basics like lunch, a shower and perhaps getting changed out of pyjamas.

One of my favourite solutions to keep up the energy supply is a smoothie – quick, yummy and uses up various bits of garden produce as well as odds and ends from the fridge. BTW, if a few bananas are getting over-ripe, peel and slice them and throw them in a container in the freezer. Then it’s easy to break off just as much as you need for smoothies or banana cake.

The recipe below serves 2 adults or one gardener.

Strawberry Lassi


  • 1 ripe banana (frozen is fine) or 2 ripe/preserved peaches (for fibre and thickness)
  • a few berries or other soft fruit for a flavour hit – fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, preserved apricots or half a mango
  • 1/2 cup milk (soy or rice milk works fine too)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • a scoop of ice cream if feeling decadent
  • optional extras: splash of flaxseed oil, teaspoon of honey or maple syrup

Blend all ingredients together in a blender, or in a tall jug with a stick blender. If you like it really thick, use more yogurt, ice cream or banana. Best sipped in a deck chair under a peach tree.

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