Simple Berry-tastic Smoothie

In this smoothie recipe I love to sweeten by using condensed milk.  My parents always stocked this especially in the winter months in Scotland. Fresh milk wasn’t always available due to severe wintery conditions. Today it is still my firm favourite over powdered milk.  The alternatives are flexible depending on your own choice be it fresh cow’s milk, semi-skinned or soya milk if your wanting plant based products only.  


‘Simple Berry-tastic Smoothie’

1.   Handful of Frozen or Fresh Raspberries or Blackberries


2.  Handful of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries or other berries of choice like cranberries

3.  (1 to 2 pints) milk of your choice or like me 1 tin of Condense Milk (397g) 

4.  Add 400g (1 tin) of Coconut milk or 200g of creamed coconut with added crushed ice, water or milk ( I add extra cold milk or sometimes crushed ice)


 5.  Using a blender (mine is an old model Kenwood New York Smoothie).   Simply blend to a smooth texture.

Make sure you crush the ice before hand some blenders do break with larger lumps of ice!  Bash with a rolling pin in a freezer bag or use an ice-crusher.  

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Pour & Enjoy your Berry-tastic Smoothie!  


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Super Easy Summer Berry Muffins

Homemade muffins are one of my favourite snacks to bake.  In terms of my cooking abilities I always prefer to bake.  I love the whole process from start to finish.  

These muffins are sooooo easy to make and freeze for a rainy day 


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 I recommend these muffin recipes as they are so easy and quick!


‘Summer Berry Muffins’

10oz (280 g) plain flour

3 teaspoon (15ml) baking soda

Half teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt

4-5 oz (110-or less) white sugar (adjust to taste, depending on fruit)

1 egg

9 fl oz (260 ml) milk

3 fl oz (90 ml) corn oil or 3 oz (85 g) butter or margarine, melted

5-6 oz (140-170 g) summer fruit (any ‘berries’ either alone or in combination; blueberries; raspberries; blackberries; strawberries; redcurrants; blackcurrants; cherries and so on…), fresh or frozen – do not thaw frozen berries, larger-sized berries should be cut up

Eating frozen berries are a good snack too!  There is something healthy about eating it.  It tastes clean on the palate and it is crisp and tasty.  Buying frozen fruit is a must in my household.  They are healthy fruit fix!

  1. Prepare muffin tin or silicone. Preheat oven to 375-400˚F (200˚C)


  2. In a large bowl, sift together (or stir well with a fork) flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir in sugar.  Make a well in centre and set aside.

  3.   In a separate bowl, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil (or melted butter/margarine)

  4.   Cut larger pieces of frozen fruit into smaller pieces

  5. Pour all of the wet ingredients into dry. Stir just until combined. Gently fold in the berries at the end, using only 2-3 strokes.


  6. Spoon immediately into muffins cases.  Makes 12 standard size muffins.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes tops.  Frozen fruit will require an extra 4-5 minutes.  Muffins are done when tops are lightly browned.  I use a skewer to test they are cooked through the middle and not still raw inside.  They are usually bake perfectly in 25 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack and ready to eat after cooling or pop into the freezer to eat as a breakfast muffin or afternoon snack.