Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Suspending Disbelief

Suspense and stillness drift –
A gasp captures your disbelief –
And for a second the world becomes a blur,
Held tightly - art enraptures you....

Two joys - old buses and musicals!
Sometimes a shift in thought is all it takes to transform an experience. We’ve all heard of giving the benefit of the doubt – and back in the day whilst studying Shakespeare, suspending our disbelief was a concept I enjoyed and happily entertained. I love watching a play and feeling totally absorbed by the experience, by Suspending our disbelief and going with the flow, Romeo finds his rhythm and Juliet her mojo;-) Hamlet his heroism and Ophelia her grace. Elphaba defies Gravity!

Take an avocado for instance. Now, avocados are often a firm favourite for many, though when I mention them in the same sentence as dessert a few eyebrows may raise?

This pot of avocado cocoa goodness is delicious. Beautifully complimented by mellow banana sweetness and a terrific texture of orange crunch that will bring zing to your day, few healthy desserts match this one! And to top it all off - with the sprinkling of cocoa you’ll be enjoying the benefits of three times the antioxidants you’d get from a cup of Green Tea. Fabulous! 

I love this recipe, it’s a true surprise for the taste buds and it scores fives stars on the goodness rating. Friends will find it difficult to guess what exactly this creamy delight contains. Tell them to suspend their disbelief!

Three reasons why Avocados are Awesome!
1. An almost complete food, these green beauties are mashed and used to wean babies in many parts of the world.
2. Silky smooth skin awaits with this antioxidant gem, and they make a great facemask too as all of their goodness is easily absorbed. Simply add a few drops of lemon, smooth over your face and rinse off after 15 minutes with warm water – wow your skin will be happy!
3. Bursting with beta-carotene (which helps prevent cancer) your body will feel the groove of goodness and beam with health. It feels good when we make healthy choices for our bodies.

The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise.
David Fairchild

A tasty pair!
Special tip – Choose foods that will satisfy you. When in doubt opt for bright and fresh ingredients. Avocados are pleasantly filling, chicken light and energy giving, nuts are crunchilicious and nutritious – make it your business to find foods that suit you.
Cocoa Avocado Crunch
Makes 6
Avocados, 2 stoned and pulp scooped out
Bananas, 2 peeled and sliced
Crème fraiche, 200g
Cocoa powder, 2 heaped tsp
Sweet freedom – or another natural sweetener, 2 tbsp
Vanilla essence, 1 tsp
Granola – I love the Dorset Cereal range –
Marmalade Granola, 3 tbsp
Blueberries, 1 punnet – roughly 150g

BLEND in a mixer, avocados, bananas, crème fraiche, cocoa powder and vanilla essence.
TASTE for sweetness and adjust with a little extra sweetness - to suit your taste buds. The ripeness of the bananas will effect whether or not you need to do this.
SPOON the granola into six serving bowls or glasses.
ALTERNATE with spoons of the avocado mix and blueberries, to create a layered effect of wonderful textures.
OPTIONAL decorate with an extra banana and scatter over some granola on top.

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