Did you know that ginger is part of the same family as galangal, turmeric and cardamom? I love using fresh ginger in my smoothies and find it goes so well with carrot. I keep fresh root ginger in my freezer to use as needed throughout the year. My ginger smoothie was made one very hot afternoon after a serious gym session.
We have about 100 days of water left in our dams. This really low amount can be affected quite rapidly. Either by fires of which we’ve had quite a lot. Or rainfall, of which we’ve had not nearly enough. Our drought is a result of very little snowfall over the past two winters. And has been made worse by people not adhering to water restrictions. We can only water with watering cans and we cannot water if it has rained in the past 48 hours. Cars cannot be washed, and mine is looking like a dust heap. I am doing everything I can to save water. There is a bucket in our shower to catch the excess fall off. And we have reduced the water pressure in the shower to use less. It is amazing how much water collects in just 5 minutes. This is then used to wash the floors.
Each time a tap is run for hot water the cold water is collected in a jug and then used to water my herbs. I have a plastic bowl in our second sink for rinsing dishes and to catch water run off when washing hands. That water gets used to top off the pool. In my extreme methods to save water I am not using my juicer. It has 5 parts that need washing after each use and the easiest way to clean it is to run a rinse cycle in my dishwasher. The dishwasher uses a total of 9.5l per cycle so it would use quite a lot less for rinsing. But as we do not have a grey water system in place this is a waste. So I bought the carrot juice and used my blender. That has only one part that gets washed by hand.
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- 40g baby spinach leaves
- 1 red apple, cored and roughly chopped
- 20g celery, sliced
- 70g cucumber, chopped
- 125mls carrot juice
- 2g mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 3g fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
- 8g honey
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
- Drink within 24 hours
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime April 10:
- 2014 – Sourdough Whole Wheat Seed Bread
- 2013 – Eat Out Conference 2012
- 2012 – Apple Butter
- 2011 – Friday’s Food Quiz Number 50