Monday, June 08, 2015

Made My First Video Today

Oh my gosh, half the video is missing. Well, not missing, it's there but all black screen with the sound of my food processor blitzing about. Then when I thought I was recording, I took still shots and when I thought I wasn't recording, I got my feet. So there ya' go. That was my day at work.

I don't know what I'm doing but I am having fun.

Let's move on to the today's dessert, apple and banana soft serve. Not my top pick in the collection but super smooth and scoopable. Even held shape after the photo shoot.

TOOLS:

Food processor, rubber spatula, scooper (optional), and the ability to wing-it. Allergy-friendly doesn't have to be bland or boring. Have fun with different fruits (and veggies).

INGREDIENTS: (makes 4-5 medium scoops)

1 Organic Banana (sliced and frozen)
  * I used almost ready-to-eat, nanners
2 Organic Apples (w/skins on, chunked and frozen)
  * For this, I used organic POMMES from Chile
100% Pure Maple Syrup (from fridge)
  * For this, I used medium grade amber
Organic Cinnamon, to taste
Organic Nutmeg, to taste

NOTE: If you're adventurous also add ground allspice and cloves, taking care not to over-power the apple. 

ORGANICS: I choose organic non-GMO ingredients. If not using organic apples, please discard the skins, especially for those with compromised immune systems, like me :-)

MAPLE SYRUP: I use local medium amber, or Canadian dark amber. Both 100% pure.

FREEZING FRUIT: Slice and place fruit on an uncovered bake or cookie tray. Freeze overnight or shorter, depending on your freezer, taking care not to over-freeze.

Once properly frozen, allow fruit to defrost slightly so that it easily comes off the pan. From here, the fruit should not clump when stored in freezer safe container or baggie.
 
METHOD:

1) Dump frozen fruit, then the spices in the food processor bowl and hit blitz. Those using 4 cup mini preps, select grind.
2) Once crumbly, open lid, knock back down and taste. Adjust spices, if needed.
3) Blitz again and drizzle 30-60ml (2-4 TB) of maple syrup. The maple will emulsify the frozen fruit, resulting (depending on your machine), in a smooth and scoopable texture.

Over processing will create a mush. Give yourself a few goes to get the texture and taste the way you like.

4) Eat straight away.  

Below is what I thought was being shot on video. It's the smooth texture at the end. If using a small processor or mini prep, you may need to cut this formula in half. 

Thanks for reading & boogie boogie :-)


42 comments:

  1. Whether in still shots or video, it looks yumalicious!

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    1. Thanks, Debra.

      Was a super duper fun Monday.

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  2. Look delicious Ivy!!!!

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  3. Glad you had a fun Monday. Looks great and sounds great.

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    1. I enjoyed your post today, too.

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  4. Have you ever thought of unprocessed honey instead of maple syrup?

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    1. Hi Jo - Honey does work, yes. So does any other natural unrefined liquid sweetener.

      Unrefined organic coconut sugar works well too, adds a thickness to the mix, without feeling grainy - provided it is added at the start with the fruit.

      I encourage everyone to play and find what works best for their health needs and tastebuds.

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    2. PS: I should add though that honey behaves slightly differently in both texture and taste, than real maple.

      Even maples taste different. The medium and the dark I enjoy, but I have zero use for the light grades.

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  5. I LOVE this! And I love that you shared so much info. And no wooden spoon in the ingredient list. Here I am picking on Richard again.

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    1. I have so much more to write about machines, sugars, fruit, vedge, freezer boxes, glass, plastic. Oy. The list goes on and on.

      Thanks for reading :-)

      PS: I never made it to dish but I'm THIS close. THIS close I say, THIS close.

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    2. You must be picking on another Richard, I am just too perfect to be pick-on!

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    3. You two are cracking me up. I'm never get my dishes done, but who cares. This is fun.

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  6. My favorite step is number 4! Banana and apple, I would have never thought of combining those two!

    A rubber spatula... rubber is just not as tasty as wood to me.

    Thanks for the whole recipe and super job wonder women :)

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    1. Number 4 is the best part.

      I often use apple and banana as a base together. Then I'll toss in the main fruit, say strawberry or blueberries. Whatever the star fruit is, that's what I use the most of.

      True, wood is tastier and adds more fiber than rubber. Excellent point, indeed.

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  7. I could make that! Thanks for the recipe.
    Sorry the video didn't work out. Next time.

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    1. Sure thing - drop me a note if any issues. And please, do try the pineapple. It's delish.

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  8. Would this work in a Nutri-bullet?

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    1. Hi Birdie - I've never used one, so I cannot say for sure. I believe bullets are similar to blenders, which often require liquid to properly break down frozen fruit and vedge.

      If I were to try, I would go with a smaller amount, maybe blitz one frozen nanner, just as a test. And instead of adding liquid (because we don't want a smoothie), you could add 100% pure maple at the same time as the frozen banana. Maybe say 15ml (1TB). Or a wee bit more if you fancy.

      PS: I just checked Amazon review for Nutri-Bullet and one lady said that it would not break down frozen fruit.

      If I owned one, I'd still give it a go, provided there is nothing in the manual warning against it.

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  9. I definitely plan to try this. If I take the skins off the apple (I have IBS...no skins), I believe this would be a perfect summer treat. Thanks for posting. :)

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    1. Sounds good.

      Though the apple and banana is not my favorite combo, taste-wise, it is a good base for other fruits, and a good starting place to learn about texture.

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  10. I was looking for a video to watch?

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    1. Me too! But instead, I got me feet and black space.

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  11. looks yummy and healthy. You will get the hang of it soon! I've seen people use those go pro cameras.

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    1. Thanks bunches for the tip. I am on their site and also on Amazon's site now, looking over the product.

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    2. that's great if I helped! You could just rest it on a ladder or something, check the view and press start.

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  12. Looks and sounds very good and healthy. I wouldn't know where to start making a how-to video so I'm feeling for you.

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    1. I'm having great fun learning.

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  13. Sorry about the non video but great to read your post ... thanks and dare I say boogie boogie (there I did - love it)

    All the best Jan

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    1. that's great about the boogie boogie. Thanks for the making me smile.

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  14. yummmm !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Your gud dogs look refreshed and super cute.

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  15. Nice recipe!
    Waiting for a video....with your voice!
    Cheers ,
    Linda. :o)

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  16. I would never have thought of bananas and apples together!

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    1. I use it more as a base for other flavours, but it's a good place to start and learn about texture.

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  17. That looks utterly divine and am sure it tasted so as well! Woot!

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