Cold and Flu Busting Citrus Smoothie

Cold and Flu Busting Citrus Smoothie // roughmeasures.com - fight off a cold or flu with nature's remedy.

I generally see my self as a pretty healthy person. I drink water all day long, I exercise daily, I eat my greens and devour fruit. I don’t eat meat and I barely eat dairy. Smoothies are a daily routine. I don’t feel under the weather often. But every few months, when the seasons turn, my weak spot takes a hit. The hit comes out as a cold or cough, or both, and sometimes it can take me a while to shift it. This cold and flu busting citrus smoothie is a daily ritual when this lurgy comes knocking. I keep a batch in the fridge and guzzle some down every morning.  Read more

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Smoothie Bowl // roughmeasures.com

I miss smoothies and smoothie bowls in the colder months. Opting for something more comforting like baked oats or pancakes/waffles if time allows. But the other day I was craving one, and a friend of mine gave me an awesome idea, a hot smoothie bowl. Think hot chocolate, but with more goodness and flavour, think a peppermint hot chocolate smoothie bowl. Read more

Rough Measures Foodie Christmas Gift Guide and Hotel Chocolat Giveaway

I am never one to be organised around the Festive season. Instead I seem to find myself running around on Christmas Eve eve frantically trying to get everything I need. This year I am trying to be a little more prepared. I also know that I am pretty difficult to buy for. So I decided to put together Rough Measures Foodie Christmas gift guide. Here you’ll find small gifts to larger ones, and hopefully something to please even the fussiest loved ones.

Rough Measures Christmas Gift Guide // roughmeasures.com

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Cucumber Peach Smoothie

Since moving into the new house, I feel I have been scrabbling at life and trying to fit everything in, whilst still trying to unpack, re-decorate and find our feet with this new life (albeit in the same town, but very different surroundings). I am more tired than I have been in a long while, and a little overwhelmed with it all. Trying to find a new routine whilst trying to do something different every day to keep my brain happy. I get a little frazzled when I’m busy. Some people thrive off it, but not me, I need to keep a few days or evenings free just to calm and re-sync myself.

Trying to make small routines every day keep me sorted. Little things like my 11 o’clock banana at my desk, 2pm mug of green tea or my regular 10pm bedtime. The newest routine which has started every day in our new home is smoothie making in the morning, together. We get up, grab breakfast and then decide on a smoothie to make and take with us into our offices. Do something different every day for sure, to keep life interesting, but daily smoothies? Keep them in your routine of repetition.

Especially this cucumber peach smoothie, it’s totally rocking my world right now.

Cucumber Peach Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Cucumber Peach Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

This cucumber peach smoothie is a favourite of mine at the moment. It’s oh so easy and full of good vibes. I throw everything in my Froothie Optimum G2.1 , 30 seconds blending and there ya go. Great for busy mornings when you need something quick. Since moving and now having access to a constant electricity source, we have used the Optimum G2.1 every day. We’ve made dips, soups, smoothies and even sorbets!

This smoothie is:

  • hydrating
  • loaded with vitamins
  • flushes out toxins
  • contains calcium and zinc
  • a source of fibre
  • vegan and gluten free

 

Cucumber Peach Smoothie
 
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A hydrating smoothie for a speedy snack or breakfast. If you wanted to add oats this will thicken the smoothie and keep you fuelled for longer. Be sure to use organic fruit here. This will keep in a jar in the fridge for 2-3 days. Vegan and gluten free.
Rough Measures:
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 600ml
Ingredients
  • ½ cucumber (peeled)
  • 2 donut peaches (de-stoned)
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ cup / 125ml dairy free yoghurt
  • 1 cup / 250ml almond milk
  • ½ cup / 125ml coconut water (or filtered water)
Method
  1. Add everything into your Optimum G2.1 (or regular blender)
  2. Blitz for 30 seconds - 1 minute
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy.
 

Cucumber Peach Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

 

 

Disclaimer: Expect to see lots more Froothie Optimum G2.1 posts as I am now an Ambassador for Froothie.  Any links to their site in this post or future posts are affiliate links. If you purchase through these links I will earn a small commission, it won’t cost you any extra though. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support Rough Measures! 

Mango Mint Smoothie And The Froothie Optimum G2.1

Wow, what a weekend. I am sat here at 8pm with all the windows and doors wide open and I’m still too hot. A weekend of sunshine and warm weather hit the UK this weekend. We will probably look back in September and call these 3 days ‘Summer’.

But hot it was and we spent a lovely few days down in Dorset. We have promised each other that we’d try to escape on some camping trips more often this year, as we will both have weekends free all summer (for the first time in 8 years!) Just 2 days and nights in a different setting, can feel like so much longer. We explored the coast line, snoozed on the beach, ate far too much halloumi on our bbq and just chilled out. It was fab and I hope we have many more weekends like this one.

A few weeks back I received something I have been lusting after for a while – A Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender. A hunk of a machine that can blitz in seconds, pulverise stones to mere dust, make hot soup, and tackle any nut butter. With a mega 2,611 watt motor (with a 10 year warranty) the Froothie Optimum is something every kitchen needs. I have been waiting to use it for weeks, and now the time had come. It took mere seconds to blitz all my mix into the smoothest of smoothies. It has 6 pre-programmed settings; Fruit, Sorbet, Grind, Nut Milk, Soup, Sauces and you can also programme it manually.  The Froothie Optimum G2.1 is currently on offer at £429 (RRP £599), it is a big investment, but one that I wholeheartedly believe is worth it, and it is something I have been using at least once a day.

It comes with a nut milk bag, a tamper tool to push your ingredients down if needed, and a 104 page recipe book. What I love is that the jug is BPA free, and to clean it, you just add some water and a drop of washing up liquid into your jug, turn it on, and voila, clean jug! The jug just sits on top, no faffy time wasted trying to get it to click into place. I love the LED touch screen display too. There is even an in built sensor which automatically turns the appliance off if it overheats. It is even more powerful than a Vitamix, just see the specs below!

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We got back after a stuffy hour in the car and I know I needed something refreshing and summery! This blend has a sneaky hidden ingredient – chickpeas! Now don’t baulk and think ‘chickpeas in a smoothie, say what?!’ Adding chickpeas into your smoothie will mean it satisfies your belly for longer. It well help aid any mid morning or afternoon hunger pangs! You can’t taste them once they’re blended, trust me on this one guys!

Mango Mint Smoothie
 
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A refreshing, thirst quenching smoothie.
Rough Measures:
Serves: 2 glasses
Ingredients
  • ½ mango (peeled)
  • ½ cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed well)
  • 300ml coconut water (normal water is fine if you don’t have coconut water handy)
  • handful mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime.
Method
  1. Add everything to the blender and blitz until smooth
Notes
I added a big bunch of mint to the mix, ginger would also work really well!
 

Mango Mint Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

Mango Mint Smoothie // roughmeasures.com

For more info on the Froothie Optimum G2.1 you can visit the Froothie website and have a browse.

Find more smoothie ideas here.

Read more fab reviews from some fellow bloggers:

Thinly Spread

Planet Veggie

From Plate to Pen

Disclaimer: Expect to see lots more Froothie Optimum G2.1 posts as I am now an Ambassador for Froothie.  Any links to their site in this post or future posts are affiliate links. If you purchase through these links I will earn a small commission, it won’t cost you any extra though. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support Rough Measures! 

 

Spinach and Wheatgrass Crêpes + Win Indigo Herbs Superfood Goodies

Ever feel like your inner cogs are all out of sync? Whether its you health, plans or just general mood not lining up? I felt like that a lot last year, especially towards then end of the year when I was out of work for a while. I lost all sense of routine and lost a bit of myself along the way. I doubted myself, my body and my brain. It wasn’t obvious something was wrong, until now. This year, something has clicked already. Like all my cogs are in sync and I can just chill. My body feels good, my head feels good, and my heart is bursting. A happiness wave has washed over me, and I hope it’s gonna stay high tide for a while.

Needing a little pick me up? Wanna shake up your pancake repertoire? Look no further, these green machines are the perfect lunchtime boost. They’re packed with spinach, wholesome buckwheat flour, and a hint of wheatgrass.

We’re talking:
Vitamin K
Vitamin A
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B2
Protein
Iron
Chlorophyll (helps neutralise toxins in the body, and helps purify the liver)

Wham bam, thank you mam!

Crepes

I love wheatgrass, adding it into smoothies, mixing it into oats, or using in crêpes! It’s a powerful taste, so go steady if you haven’t used it before, you can start by added 1/4 teaspoon, and build it up slowly up to 1 teaspoon. It’s an acquired taste at first, but now I can’t get enough of it.

I love this one.

Fancy bagging yourself a tasty selection of wheatgrass powder, protein powders and more? I’ve got something exciting for one lucky reader! I’ve teamed up with Indigo Herbs and we’re giving away some goodies (see the photo below!) I have been a long time fan of the lovely Indigo Herb gang, and they’ve recently re-vamped all their packaging, which I think looks all kinds of awesome!

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The bundle contains: Organic Wheatgrass Powder 100gOrganic Spirulina Powder 200gOrganic SuperProtein Powder 100gOrganic Moringa Powder 100g – not a bad little package ey?!

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Spinach and Wheatgrass Crêpes (gf) (v)

INGREDIENTS:

Large handful spinach
1¼ cups (175g) buckwheat flour
¼ to ½ teaspoon wheatgrass powder
1 tablespoon ground flax
2 cups (500ml) nut milk
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

 

METHOD

Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Leave the mixture to rest for 30 mins, this will help it hold together when you come to cook them.

Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan, when hot, ladel a spoonful of the mix into the pan. Cook for 1 minutes, and flip and then cook the other side for 45 seconds. Repeat this with all the mix.

You can keep them warm on a plate in a warm oven until you have cooked all the mixture.

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A big thanks to Indigo Herbs for sponsoring this post and making superfoods even more wonderful! All opinions and thoughts are entirely my own.

A Little Get To Know

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A while ago, Loriley Sessions saw a gap in the market for us foodies. Where were we all hiding, could there be a way to group us all together and form a little community? A place or platform where we could share views and ideas, and generally talk about our love of food? From this @fdbloggers and the #fdbloggers hashtag was born. This soon created a wonderful place to share our one true passion. I found out about #fdbloggers by chance on Twitter, and have been loving the weekly chats ever since.

I was in a bit of a rut when I first started blogging, too scared to really show people what I was up to, scared of their reactions. Finding such a lovely bunch of people who share the same passions as I do, really helped me grow my confidence, and also improve my blog.

Recently Loriley started the series #fdbloggers: Get to Know. A fun post to share a little bit more about yourself. The hashtag is #fdbloggersGTK, follow this on Twitter to get a little more insight into the world of Food Bloggers.

Name: 

Sus (short for Susanna)

Blog: 

www.roughmeasures.com

What was your reason for starting a blog?

I was stuck in a little bit of a rut, and low point, last September. I had been documenting my cooking through Instagram for a while. I saw an advert for an Online WordPress course, so signed up, and Rough Measures was born.

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

My favourite recipe on the blog has to be my Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars – they were a way to use up left over quinoa, and turned out fab. I make them so often!

Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bar

What one kitchen utensil could you not live without?

My Nutribullet – it makes the best smoothies, milks, nut butters etc. I use it at least once a day.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you?

Ras el hanout, raw cold pressed coconut oil, tahini.

Who do you take inspiration from?

I am a huge fan of cookery books. Classic ones by Deliah Smith, Diana Henry and Yotam Ottolenghi. My collection of recipe books is getting out of hand, my current favourite is New Feast by Greg and Lucy Malouf. I also love food blogs, and am constantly scouring the internet, trying to catch up on all the latest recipes.

Your favourite social platform?

Personally, my favourite is Instagram. I am a long time photography lover, and feel pictures speak louder than words. However both Facebook and Twitter have been a huge help in getting my blog off the ground, and connecting with other like-minded bloggers.

Biggest disaster in the kitchen?

Ha! There have been a few. One day stands out in my mind. I had put my wet trainers in the warm (but turned off) oven, to dry out – may sound strange but it’s a trick we often used growing up. Later in the day I decided to bake a cake. I preheated the oven and carried on prepping my cake. As soon as i went to put my cake in the oven, flames shot out and I realised I’d never taken my shoes out of the oven! I managed to run them over to sink and avert a serious fire. THAT SAME DAY, I made some buttercream icing for the cake, but something wasn’t right. Turns out I’d used flour instead of icing sugar. So yeah, that was my biggest disaster in the kitchen! Safe to say I’m a lot less clumsy and forgetful now.

Favourite spot for coffee?

Recently, its Indulgence in Bath. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll grab one of Society’s tasty Americanos.

Favourite food photo you’ve taken?

This picture of my Peanut and Chocolate Chunk Cookies is a personal favourite of mine. I just like the rustic colours and simplicity of the shot.

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What would you say was your most successful blog post and why?

My Good Morning Granola has been the most popular post on my blog, and also is one I’m really proud of.

Now nominate three food bloggers you’d like to get to know more.

I’d like to know more about you all – so go!

Remember to follow the #fdbloggers and #fdbloggersGTK to discover new food blogs.

Coconut, Chilli and Basil Ice Cream

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”

This week was spent avoiding the festival as much as possible. Most of the gigs we do are so fun and full of like-minded, friendly, happy people. There are a couple however, which aren’t as fun for us. They’re more like big funfairs with the odd bit of music. Not our bag I’m afraid. It doesn’t help when it’s pretty wet and windy and the site turns into a mud bath. Some people are happy to embrace the madness, to really get involved, but I decided to sit this one out. I’m still catching up on sleep from Glastonbury and it was a good excuse to chill. Down time was spent mostly in the caravan watching back-to-back episodes of this, and exploring, lots of exploring.

On Friday, I decided to head over to the West coast of Scotland to visit some family friends who have recently re-located from the South up here. It was such a beautiful drive through the hills over to their new home. A night away in a real bed with a hot bath was just the ticket. They have the most amazing view over the atlantic; out to the Isle of Bute and Arran. We caught up over a dinner and a glass of red. It was good to eat from a table and not my lap. The next morning we took a little tour of the village, snooping in the antiques shop (in a shipping container by the shore!) and guzzled tea in the local cafe. After lunch back at theirs, it was time for me to head back to the craziness.

Sunday was another adventure day. As soon as we woke we were plotting an escape for the day. Scouring the map for possible endless hikes. We settled on the hills around Loch Earn. Picnics were packed, smoothies were bottled, extra layers loaded into bags and we were off. We found ourselves a nice little footpath that took us up towards this point. However, Scotland being Scotland, it started to get pretty wild the further up we got. We settled on a peak about halfway up, took in the view, then found a nice sheltered spot to re-fuel before heading back down. C is the perfect adventure companion. Egging us on to go higher and pushing me up the steep bits when I start to wobble. Plus, he brings chocolate.

We’ve made a pact to make sure we go on more adventures this autumn. To keep our hearts happy and our minds excited.  No matter the weather, just pick a place and head there. With a good chocolate stash.

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Scotland wasn’t exactly bathing in sunshine this week, but you don’t need sunshine for an excuse to eat ice cream. This ice cream isn’t your perfect soft scoop ideal. Think of it more as rustic blobs, overflowing with flavour. That kicks any picture-perfect soft scoop outa the park. I made this slightly too spicy the first time around, so it’s important to pick a mild chilli here.

Coconut, Chilli and Basil Ice Cream (V) (GF)

INGREDIENTS:

1 tin full fat coconut milk
Half a green chilli – medium spice
Handful of basil leaves

 

METHOD

Roughly chop the chilli and basil leaves.

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 2 mins.

Pour mixture into a freezer-proof container and place in freezer for minimum 4 hours.

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Date Tahini Smoothie

It’s been a bit of a hectic week on our boat. I don’t know how it’s time for my weekly post already. Time is flying by so fast these days. We’ve had family visiting, property viewings and other general day to day life goings on.

Charlie has been working so hard (and so much) since the autumn, setting up his new business venture, Dreamcatcher Cabins, (if you want to attend a festival in the UK in style, check these out because they are awesome and will make your weekend super luxurious and definitely one to remember!) Sometimes I feel like we are strangers passing in the night, a quick half an hour over dinner and then bed, before the dawn comes around and we rush off again to our separate work lives.

We took this morning off to have a stroll through the little village where we are moored at the moment, grab a coffee and some cake, then took a long afternoon walk along the canal. Life can get so busy sometimes and it’s important to take time out, catch up with each other, and relax for a few hours.

Date and Tahini Smoothie

I know, I know, I did a tahini post last week! I’m sorry! I’m definitely not sorry actually. I love the stuff. Not only is it a great source of calcium and vitamins, it’s a good source of magnesium and it adds protein to dishes. I love that you can use it in pretty much anything and it perks it up; a nice lemon salad dressing, creamy spreads, brownies, but especially smoothies. THIS SMOOTHIE.

Use any milk you wish, I used almond as it’s my favourite. Add more bananas / tahini if you want. Add oats to bulk it out even more. Go crazy.

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INGREDIENTS:

7 pitted dates (I used Medjool) soaked 20 mins in boiling water
1 large ripe banana
1 tablespoon tahini
500ml almond milk

METHOD

Add all ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth. Serve over ice or blend with ice if you have some handy.

Easy!

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Date Tahini Smoothie

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Rough Measures out and about:

The Five Best Places For A Vegan Brunch – Live Kindly – Guest Post

7 Ways to Enjoy Vegetables at Breakfast – Shake up Your Wake Up – Courgette Quinoa Waffles

Weekly Favourites – Health Bloggers Community – Chilli Scones with Turmeric and Cardamom

Recipe of the Month, Sep 2015 – Bustle and Sew Magazine – Blackberry and Oat Muffins

The Guardian Cook Supplement, March 2015 – Roasted Aubergine Cabbage Rolls

40 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes – Recipes from a Pantry – Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon and Cardamom

The Ultimate Summer Salad Round Up – Wayfair – Spiced Carrot and Cashew Salad

The 3 Most Amazing Healthy Desserts of All Time – We Heart Living – Sugar Free Blood Orange Cake

30 Ways to Eat Avocado – Hungry Healthy Happy – Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

10 Healthy Granola Recipes – My Natural Family – Good Morning Granola

Fuss Free Flavours – guest review

The Feed Feed – Pumpkin, Squash and Sweet Potato Desserts 

 

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