School the other week required me to invent a recipe for a smoothie. (Yeah, great weather for it, I know. It’s so cold here we’re practically freezing!)
This was in D & T (Design and Technology.) What is technological about making a smoothie, may I ask? I guess the teacher was after the designing part.
I had the most wonderful plans for a chocolate-mint smoothie. The ideas… peppermint essence, chocolate ice-cream, chocolate chunks…it would have been great. Then one of the girls in my class asked me what I planned to do. So I told her. And she glared daggers at me. (Jokingly… I think.) So I decided I’d better change my flavour.
Not being the most fruity person this universe has ever seen, I didn’t feel like handling frozen fruit in this weather and making a smoothie that way. And I had to be able to make it at home to be sure it works. Mum wanted me to make one with LSA, lethecin, and phyllium husks, like the ones she makes. They’re so good for you they don’t particularly taste good. They’re edible, even slightly pleasant. But for school? Against the flavours designed by a bunch of unhealthy teenagers? Let’s be realistic. This smoothie cannot be thickened by psyllium husks. It has to be ice-cream or nothing.
In the end I combined two things I really like: Chocolate and Peanut Butter. And I ended up with a snickers-style smoothie. (Minus whatever caramelly-type stuff sticks it all together. And the actual chocolate. I only have cocoa powder.)
And you know what? It was nice. Really nice.
|After I had made it, everyone told me I put it in a pudding glass, not a milkshake glass, but you’ve got to admit it looks good. And I’m heartily upset about that photo of me. Oh why did Cait have to set them up as a collage so I can’t delete it?|