Not looking for any celebration here, but yesterday was my birthday. I went to visit my parents over the weekend and came into a large amount of garden produce – including some nasturtiums. I had this idea that I would use them in a smoothie, and save enough for garnish, so I could have what should feel like a pretty special smoothie on my birthday.
Well, circumstances were against me and I didn’t get around to making my birthday smoothie on my actual birthday, but gosh darnit, I was going to drink that smoothie while the nasturtiums lasted! So, we had it today. The following recipe is totally flexible – feel free to substitute similar flavours or consistencies – but the key for me was keeping the flavours light so that the flower flavours could show through, and keeping the colour nice and peachy-organge so that it would look pretty with the flowers. Your priorities might be different!
Happy birthday or merry unbirthday to all of us!
Happy Birthday Nasturtium Smoothie (makes enough for two adults and three kids)
- One frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cantaloupe
- 1 pint apricots canned in water
- 1/4 cup strawberry/rhubarb butter
- 1/4 cup elderflower cordial
- Handful of frozen strawberries
- Handful of nasturtium blossoms (don’t forget to save one as garnish for each cup!)
- 3/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup hemp hearts
Blend in a blender. Or your fancy-schmancy Vitamix, show-off. Pour into cups, pop a nice straw in there, garnish each cup with a flower. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!