Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with a splash of colour and a boost of vitality.

Toasted Bagels with Fruit Toppings

Colour your Palette for Valentine’s Day

A great way to celebrate Valentine’s day starts with a great brunch such as a delicious smoothie, followed by fresh toasted bagels, homemade jam, and creative fresh fruit toppings, and finishing with a delicious fresh aromatic tea.

As you know, smoothies are ideal to start the day – an easy way to cleanse your system and ideal to re-hydrate your body after an evening slumber.

Valentines rose Maureen Clark recipes

Cranberry Orange & Blackberry Smoothie

Makes 2 medium glasses

200g fresh cranberries ( or frozen if your prefer)
125g blackberries
1 large orange (freshly squeezed)
2 tsp honey (to taste)
1 tbsp natural yoghurt

• Add cranberries, blackberries, orange juice and honey into blender and process.
• Stir in the natural yoghurt and serve immediately.

Smoothies are so easy to make as soft fruit or frozen fruit can easily be processed in a blender very quickly (especially frozen fruit). The red berry fruits produce a tangy flavour and are ideal to top up your intake of vitamin C. Blackberries are full of antioxidants and are a great immune booster.

Kiwi Chia Seed Jam

Makes approximately 150 g

4 kiwi fruit
3 tsp honey
2tsp orange juice
3 tsp chia seeds

• Wash and peel Kiwi fruit and chop into large chunks. Add the fruit, honey orange juice in blender and process until relatively soft.
• Add the chia seeds. Place in fridge for 25-30 minutes. Chia seeds should now have thickened the jam consistency.

Easily refrigerated in a tightly-fitted screw top jar and will be fine for at least a week (if it lasts that long!). Ideal to serve on toasted bagels or use as a topping on porridge or even with a bowl of natural yoghurt.

Kiwi fruit is high in vitamin C and chia seeds are a great addition for your fibre intake plus a good source of natural plant protein.

Toasted Bagels with Fruit Toppings

Toasted Bagels with Fruit Toppings

Serves 2

2 good quality bagels
Cream cheese
Kiwi chia jam (or fruit of your choice)
Red berry selection
Toasted bagles

• Spread one half with thick layer of cream cheese and top with berry selection
• Spread second half with butter and kiwi chia jam and serve immediately.

Aromatic Rose Petal Tea

Aromatic Rose Petal Tea

Serves 4

Approximately 175g rose petal tea (depends on aromatic you prefer your tea)
Runny honey

• Add the rose petals to teapot, add boiling water and infuse for at least 5 minutes, strain into cups.
• Add honey to taste and enjoy!

Cook’s notes

Making one cup is easy – just fill an unbleached paper tea filter with 3 tsps rose petals and place in a mug. Add boiling water and infuse. Remove tea filter.

Rose petal tea has a beautiful rose colour – brings a delight to the senses (aromatic and smooth taste). Ideal if you wish to de-stress and need a calming drink.

Enjoy this special Valentines Day brunch, with flavours to tempt your tastebuds and your senses.

Valentines rose Maureen Clark recipes

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Foodie Lass
Foodie Lass

I am a passionate foodie with a background in advertising and more recently food author (with a range of successful health and nutrition books under my belt).

I spent several years living in Australia (experiencing food cultures from that part of the world) plus many food adventures in European countries.

My most recent food passion has been watching ‘Somebody feed Phil’ on Netflix!