I’ve had a colourful week breakfast-wise.  Peter’s smoothie is now a firm favourite here at Silver Screen Suppers Towers

and it always looks pretty much the same slightly-odd-but-worthy colour green whenever I make it…

But this week, I went a little bit off-piste on the recipe.  I had some crushed pineapple leftover from my Vincent Price’s Pineapple Nut Bread escapade and I bunged that in.

Plus I found something that I had no recollection of buying in my “hippy-box”.  I have a Tupperware box that has all the hippy-dippy powders and seeds that I’ve bought here and there for smoothie purposes.

I have no idea where this came from…

But when I lifted the lid of my blender I was very surprised to find my smoothie was a lovely charcoal grey colour.

I am guessing that Greg from Recipes for Rebels will find this even more unappetizing than the green versions!  I have no idea why the colour was so different but it tasted divine.

I don’t want y’all to think I have turned into Deliciously Ella, I am a very late adopter on the smoothie front.  The first mention of smoothies on this blog was in 2012 where I was impressed by a Vitamix demonstration at Food Blogger Connect.  I was laughing when I re-read this post about all the things I was going to do, I was so young and enthusiastic!

I will heed the warnings about backing up my blog, I’m going to get hold of Lightroom for my pix and will be getting a fancy plugin for all my recipes from so watch out for increased professionalism on my part (ha ha).  Thanks to Hugo at Rumble Chat I had a light bulb moment about Pinterest and am planning to get a planning calendar so I can plan, plan, plan…

Um, none of those pledges have come to anything…

But I did have the best burger I’d ever eaten

Burger by Tongue ‘n’ Cheek

and met some fabulous people like Sally from My Custard Pie, Urvashi from the Botanical Kitchen and the lovely ladies from Russian Revels  I will never forget their banya supper club where crayfish were served on endless rounds of cake stands…

But I digress…  This morning I made a different smoothie, again using up some of the crushed pineapple.  I left the blender to do its stuff and went to do something else in the flat.  When I got back and lifted the lid I had a moment of delight to find it was PINK!

In the 60 seconds I had gone into another room and come back again, I’d totally forgotten that I’d bunged some blueberries in there.

I am beginning to believe my work chum Adrian’s idea that when you walk through a doorway, your brain reprograms itself.  I think that’s why I spend hours every morning wandering from room to room trying to find my phone/keys/security pass before I leave to go to work.

Here’s Peter’s recipe.  I am still impressed that he was using chia seeds in his recipe in 1971, I don’t think I’d ever heard of such a thing before 2017.

I’ve modified Henry’s recipe a bit and christened it the Easy Rider Smoothie.  It’s a template that you can muck around with quite a bit.  Chuck in what you like, but for me, it’s the chia seeds and the spirulina that make it an Easy Rider Smoothie.  I have no idea what Peter meant by “sea protein” but when I was setting myself up to make this for the first time I remembered that when I worked in New Zealand for a while, you could get super healthy smoothies with spirulina in, so that’s what I use and I really love the taste.  Sets me up for a day on the Harley…

The Easy Rider Smoothie

1 banana (I have a few sliced up in my freezer because I want to be like The Pioneer Woman)

1 raw egg

1/2 cup cow’s milk or plant milk

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon spirulina (please note, teaspoon, not tablespoon – not sure what sea protein tastes like, but a tablespoon sounds a lot to me)

1 teaspoon cacao powder

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

1/4 – 1/2 cup blueberries

I whizz it all up in my blender, pour it into a mighty glass and walk around the flat drinking it and feeling VERY SMUG AND PLEASED WITH MYSELF.

Not actually me…  and not green/grey enough to be an Easy Rider Smoothie…

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