I am L O V I N G my new (to me ♥) masticating juicer (although the word masticating isn’t my favourite!), it makes the most beautiful super-potent juices. I mostly have green juices with spinach, kale, carrot, celery and other lush alkalising goodies, but for a change I have used the citrus fruits orange, pink grapefruit and rhubarb, a great favourite plant of mine, now coming into season. I remember being really small and able to hide under the rhubarb leaves at the back of the garden, well, some of me was probably sticking out! They were almost magical plants, like something from a fairytale. But I’ve never had rhubarb juice!
Rhubarb is a vegetable that we eat like a fruit, it’s something all of its own. And a plant that grows in the dark too, reminding us that plants need light and dark to grow. Nearby Yorkshire is ‘forced rhubarb’ central, it grows in great sheds and is picked by candlelight, this is a really interesting video, check it out. What an incredible farm, what a unique experience it must be, it really captures my imagination. I love candlelight so much.
Carrot is wonderful in juices, bulking it out, giving a mellow sweetness and softening the stronger flavours of other things. I have used ginger root, which adds a wonderful kick to juice, pairs so well with citrus fruits and rhubarb and gives its immune boosting goodness. Add as much as you like, the amount I’ve used gives real heat. All the fruits and vegetables are immune boosting, something I am in desperate need of as my immune system struggles in every way. A juice gives your body a real pick-me-up, a fast intake of goodness without the fibre to slow down uptake. You can feel the effects immediately. Smoothies are great, but cold-pressed juices keep more nutrients and enzymes intact and are super-potent.
I often talk about feeling good, before, during and after eating (or drinking) being so important, and making a juice is such a good example. Look how beautiful the produce is, it’s dazzling, the colours and scents are uplifting and invigorating, it’s such a positive experience. Colour therapy, aromatherapy, connecting to the land of the world with all its wonderful bounty. It tastes delicious, and makes you feel amazing, revitalised and energised, and works away behind the scenes with its potent goodness giving your body tools to be as strong as it can be ♥
J U I C E P O W E R ! ! !
Now for some link love! Here are some inspiring juicy drinks and delectables and inspirational words I have seen on my recent travels through the beautiful spaces of the plant-based inter-web:
Check out Christine from Vermilion Roots wonderful recipe for Malaysian Beetroot Rendang and a post packed full of information on beetroots. I’ve just discovered her blog and I love it!
I loved this Happy Belly Smoothie from the super smoothie queen, Sarah of Well and Full goodness, always beautiful and super-delicious I just love her work and what she shares with the world.
I fell in love with this Blueberry Macca Milk post by the wonderous Laura of The First Mess, with her wonderful links to fabulous places, making the world seem so exciting. Hey, it must be! It is!!
I nearly wept when I saw these Dark Chocolate Golden Milk Macaroons by Dana of The Minimalist Baker, I mean COME ON! She’s amazing. I think I stop myself eating much sweet stuff by just drinking in her pictures (if that makes sense), she always comes up with such amazing things, that are healthy AND sweet and blow my mind.
And then there’s Granola Gravel by the fabulous Elenore of Earthsprout, her first post since having her latest baby, Avalon. I just love her blog so much, she’s hope and inspiration in one place spilling out and casting fairy dust around her. I was just so so pleased to hear from her after her period away.
You must read the epically loveable and amazing Laura Miller‘s post on her fab new book Raw. Vegan. Not. Gross. which I am dying to get, and will get some time asap when I have some actual money to get anything with apart from food and travel costs. She talks about how she got it published and her anxiety, it’s very real, and that meant a lot to me. I have a lot of anxiety, a lot of people do. Believe in yourself and go for it. And if you need cheering take a photo of your own #froobs. I’m building up to joining the froobs party. Thinking… golden beetroot (cut in half or that’d just be so gnarly. Ok, both).
Here’s to inspirational women, their beautiful creations and intelligent warm-hearted expressions that enrich the world ♥
- 400g rhubarb
- 3 oranges
- 7 med carrots
- 1 grapefruit
- 15g ginger
- 2 tbsp maple syrup, optional
I put one whole orange through the juicer, skin and all, which adds bite and goodness to the juice, and then juiced the others by hand. You can add maple syrup or the like, or stevia, to sweeten more, or have it as it is, it's delicious either way.
I have used forced rhubarb for this recipe, if you're using garden-grown the rhubarb will be much stronger and way more tart, you'll need less and may need to add a little sweetness for a really delicious balance of flavours, unless you like a very sour drink.
If you don't have a juicer use a blender: add extra water and press the pulp through a sieve, re-usng the pulp once and sweetening or adding citrus if desired.
I’ve been listening to… Squarepusher ‘The Exploding Psychology’
I’ve been watching… ‘Doris Lessing, the reluctant heroine’
I’ve been reading… T.S. Eliot ‘The Hippopotamus’