The characters in The Shape of Mercy live on where the book ended through the delightful blog Susan has created for Lauren, Abigail, Clarissa, Mercy, and Esperanza. Sometimes it’s hard to believe these people aren’t real. So for today’s café special, you’re in for a treat—Green Tea Smoothies from the kitchen of Esperanza, Abilgail’s trusty housekeeper. In keeping with the fun, you’ll hear the recipe from Esperanza herself. Thanks, Susan, for permission to share this.
Green Tea Smoothies
Okay, so Lauren tells me you want the recipe for green tea smoothies. First, these weren't my idea. Why you'd want to mess with berries and bananas and ice cream - the only decent ingredients for a smoothie - is beyond me. I only fiddled with this concoction because the girls wanted them. If you ask me, I think they look like a potion mixed in the laboratory of a mad scientist.
This is enough for two to three people depending on how big a glass you are using.
First brew some green tea. Don't get the cheap stuff. Get a nice package of green tea, by the bag, if you must and brew some and let it cool. Don't cool it by adding ice cubes. Let it cool on its own. You put ice cubes in hot brewed tea, and you will dilute it to uselessness.
Then add the following to your blender:
* 1 cup ice and crush it
* 1/2 banana - or just toss the whole thing in there.
* 1 peach, pitted and cut into chunks
* 1/4 tsp of ground ginger - I just shake it. Guessing here.
* 1 tblsp of honey or one good squirt
* 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
Blend all this together and then add:
* 1 cup of cooled green tea
Blend just until uniform. Pour into tall glasses. If you have fresh mint. Put a couple leaves on top. It improves the look.
These are actually good for you. I'll give you that.
Carla here: With summer breathing down our necks, this might be just the "cooler" you've been looking for. And don't forget . . . if you haven't left a comment to have a chance to win The Shape of Mercy, you can do that here.
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