‘Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love’ – Amit Ray.
I really hope I am not boring you yet with all my weird and wonderful smoothie designs. I keep getting flashes of inspiration of how I am going to make my next one look funky, so I am just rolling with that at the moment. A couple of weeks ago it was stripy smoothies, this week it is drawing designs on the inside of the glass. Since I started trying to make my food look more aesthetically pleasing in photographs, I’ve been carrying around a little notepad for all the ideas I keep getting, so I have a ton of little sketches which I will most likely never get around to making! I originally started this Instagram because I just enjoyed taking photos of my food, I found it helped me be a bit more creative with the food I was eating, and made me try new things as I am the kind of person who when I find a meal I like I will eat it for a week straight, but now I am having so much fun trying to create (hopefully) unique meals out of yummy plants.
I like the challenge of drawing designs inside the glass, and I think it looks pretty damn cool when it’s done, but it is definitely not something I do for all the smoothies I drink! I have gotten my hand stuck inside my mason jar many a time trying to neaten up edges, the things we do for the ‘gram right?!
To draw the ‘Om’ symbol inside the glass I melted 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and placed it in a little bowl. I then added 1 tablespoon of freeze dried raspberry powder to give the deep red colour, and to thicken the coconut oil to a slightly runny paste to make it easier to paint with.
From there it is just a case of painting your design onto the inside. I use a tiny paintbrush as it is much easier to make smaller, finer lines. Well if I am being honest, I use three separate brushes; a tiny of to lay down the majority of the outline, a clean one to wipe away and bits that go wrong and to neaten up any wobbly lines, and a wonderful little Frankenstein right-angled brush to get the lines really crisp (I shall add a little photo of this to my next smoothie post!).
But enough about the drawing; lets talk about how damn delicious and refreshing this smoothie is. Its really creamy, tropical and yet so refreshing at the same time. I squeezed the lime in afterwards so that the taste was not lost in the rest of the smoothie, but rather you come across little areas of zingyness as you drink; yum!
- • 1½ cups (355ml) of coconut milk
- • 4 crushed ice cubes
- • 1 frozen banana + 1 ripe banana
- • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
- • Pinch of cinnamon
- • 2 Tbsp coconut ‘yoghurt’ (recipe in ‘Acai Bowl with Coconut Yoghurt’ post)
- • ½-1 Tbsp chia seeds
- • 1 tsp lime juice
- • ½ mango, peeled, chopped
- • 2-3Tbsp water (just enough so the mango turns to liquid)
- • 1 passion fruit (pulp only)
- • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- • 2 Tbsp maple syrup/agave nectar
- Place all ingredients except the lime in a blender and mix until liquid.
- Pour the smoothie into the mason jar and squeeze the lime into the centre of the smoothie.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and silky. You may need to add a little more maple syrup of water to get a sauce consistency.
- I pour this mixture in to the glass before I put my smoothie in for photos, but when I make these smoothies normally I just pour some of this purée into the centre of the smoothie, or swirl it in so I get more of the taste with the smoothie.
Happy smoothie making! If anyone has a go at this kind of smoothie please link me or #rawberryfields on Instagram because I would love to see other peoples ideas!