I’m really digging these Vegan Mofo themes! I have so many ideas of what I want to do, but the only thing lacking is time (as always). I did a somewhat impromptu training session yesterday and am presenting the second half today, and then it’s off to a restaurant to meet up with the in-laws and my former colleague and pal Marmiet! 😀 In between all this madness I’m trying to get assignments done but urgh, motivation nil. Hence something plain, easy but wacky for today’s theme: something blue.
The neon blue milkshake is always a feature of any typical South African eatery, and being (to my mind at least) rather unique to the country I used to indulge like crazy every time I came this side for long holidays. Admittedly I used any excuse for milkshakes and sugar!
The first attempt I had at making a blue milkshake I used my usual tricks of spinach and zucchini to give it some veggie vibes, but no matter how many blue drops I used it still came out green. Man-thing even leaned over and said “wow, that’s green”, so I couldn’t fool myself into talking about shades or whatever :p Attempt #2 was better anyway, since the sweet potato makes it uber creamy and thick – nom nom!It doesn’t taste like actual bubblegum milkshake, but I don’t think I could handle that. Still, I was feeling a bit nostalgic thinking about all the crazy food and stuff I used to eat indiscriminately as a kid and the bubblegum milkshake was one of those. When you’re a young munchie monster there’s not much pondering about ingredients and where they come from (mostly sugar), so when you get to grips with the basics it’s a bit more difficult to just jump in face-first into anything that resembles food. So this is therefore blue but whole-foods based, so indulgence-approved!Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1/2 cup frozen banana slices
- 1/2 cup steamed + peeled sweet potato
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 cup icy water
- 2 TBSP protein powder of choice
- a few drops NuNaturals Liquid Stevia (vanilla or plain)
- a few drops vegan blue colouring OR 1/2 cup blueberries
- Optional: flavouring of choice, e.g. cotton candy
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth. For best results refrigerate overnight – it will firm up and become a type of pudding that you can eat with a spoon!
That’s food for you! What I’m really nostalgic for or missing is my family, especially this little ray of light! My sister is always full of weird and wonderful stories, ideas or ways of phrasing, and is such a treat to photograph. I always get sassed for pulling faces and she’s luckily just as great about being herself on camera. This was her birthday a few years ago and she had some wacky cake that turned everyone’s tongues blue, much to the horror of the adults and glee of the children! ❤
It’s almost Friday!