The Romsey Food Festival Smoothie Bike

Smoothie Bike

Romsey Food Festival

We sampled lots of vegan chocolate cake, vegan nut rolls and washed it down with a pedal powered smoothie! The local Romsey Rapids fitness team bought down the bike to the Market Square to encourage people on their healthy journey. Of course Ben immediately jumped on the bike as he loves biking and thought it was very amusing to be to make a smoothie at the same time, and we got to drink the results! I don’t think I will be getting rid of my blendtec any time soon as the results were slightly lumpy as I don’t think Ben’s legs could go fast enough 🙂

Later on in the afternoon we cooked up a storm of bean feast.

Earlier whilst we been in the market we managed to get a garden fresh onion and courgette, such a complete deference  to shop bought fruit and veg, even if it’s organic and fresh it’s just not the same as coming from somebody’s garden. We then started to hatch the beginning of our idea for supper that night. Basically we prepared a whole load of veg:

  • Courgette
  • White onion
  • Broccoli
  • Fresh Vine Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Aubergine
  • Mushrooms
  • Butternut squash
  • Red and yellow peppers.

We bought in Waitrose :

  • Tinned lentils
  • Tinned organic sweetcorn
  • Tinned red kidney beans
  • Tinned  chopped tomatoes
  • White potatoes to make mash with. (In the Caribbean they call them Irish potatoes)
  • Spinach
  • Organic strong cheese

We made a ratatouille with the courgette, onion, fresh tomatoes, aubergine, garlic and half of the tinned chopped tomatoes, to this we added  2 teaspoons of organic marigold bouillon and some fresh herbs:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Bay leaf.

We used a heavy bottomed saucepan and cooked the ratatouille ingredients gently in a saucepan with 3 desert spoons of olive oil. After it was cooked we took out the bay leaves.

Cheesy Mash Potatoes

We made cheesy mashed potatoes with 4 large potatoes by cutting and boiling the potatoes then draining  and mashing adding a handful of cheddar cheese,  mashing together with a little bit of butter and milk which made a rich and delicious mash, because we had organic potatoes we didn’t bother to take the skins off just gave them a good scrub before cooking.

 Putting it all together

Cheesy, lentily beany rainbow supper

Using an oven dish we then put together the beans and lentils and sweetcorn in the bottom adding the red and yellow peppers and mushrooms which we had sautéed with a little bit of garlic, onions and olive oil, placed a few fresh basil leaves on top and then the  cheesy mashed potato went on top of  that, then all went into the oven to finish cooking  for 30 min at 200°C

Steaming Veg

The rest of the vegetables; spinach, butternut squash and broccoli went into the steamer. We put the squash in first which took 20 mins broccoli took 6 mins and the baby spinach leaves 2 mins

Very special rainbow meal

When the cheesy mash lentil bean thing came out the oven we just added everything in as you can see in the photograph it wasn’t the most beautifully presented but boy did it taste great!

We certainly ate the rainbow last night

(There was enough food for 4 good sized meals)

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