Berry Blog

We love berries. We eat them every day. Sometimes we cook them, sometimes we eat them straight out of the packet. This blog is our way of sharing and showing off some of the ways we use our berries. We've prepared the recipes in our test kitchen - which doubles as our staff kitchen. We hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas as much as we do.

Orchard Gold Blueberry Raspberry Brownies

 
I know that we see 'Treat Yo Self' everywhere, but maybe that's a good thing? It's incredibly hard to deny yourself every sweet thing - especially on special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations...). So instead of saying no, say the occasional yes to a healthier version! 
 

Raspberry Blueberry Chocolate Brownie
 




Orchard Gold Blueberry Raspberry Brownies
 

80g reduced fat spread, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 milk, trim
1 banana
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup self raising flour
50g chocolate buttons
50g white chocolate buttons
75g Orchard Gold Blueberries
75g Orchard Gold Raspberries
 

1. Mix together the spread and sugar, before beating in the eggs.
2. Fold in the milk, banana, cocoa, and flours and then the chocolates and berries until just combined.
3. Pour the mixture into a lined 20cm tin and bake for 25 mins at 180°C, or until it is firm to the touch. 

 

Find our Orchard Gold Berries at all leading supermarkets
and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @orchardgoldberries
 
 

Orchard Gold Wild Blueberry Snowballs

 
We've all experienced that drop in energy (and motivation!) a couple of hours after lunch. It's hard not to grab the nearest snack food and devour it. Unfortunately, often the nearest snack food is not the healthiest! These little balls of goodness will give you an awesome boost of energy and are far healthier than that chocolate bar... Best of all, this recipe is quick and easy - it's all over before it even starts!
 

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Orchard Gold Wild Blueberry Snowballs
 

1 cup The Smoothie Collection Naked Wild Blueberries (thawed)
12 dates
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup oats
Handful of desicated coconut
 

1. Thaw out some wild blueberries, keeping any juice that leaks out of the berries.
2. In a food processor, blitz up the dates before adding in all other ingredients, except the coconut.
3. Pulse the processor to blend together the ingredients. 
4. Hand roll the mixture into small balls before rolling in coconut to coat.
5. Refrigerate for about an hour before devouring.
 

Find our Orchard Gold Berries at all leading supermarkets
and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @orchardgoldberries
 

Orchard Gold Blueberry and Lemon Cake

 
While we're sure this is meant to be a lovely tea cake, it is also a superbly light birthday cake! Who doesn't gorge themselves on their birthday? It's one of the few days a year that you can do so, guilt-free. But, doesn't anyone experience that 'over full' feeling that means you can't really enjoy the cake?? What a waste! That's where this simple cake saves the day. It is much lighter than a chocolate mud cake, but is just as scrumptious! 
 

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Orchard Gold Blueberry and Lemon Cake

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup light sour cream
2/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups self-raising flour
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
2 cups Orchard Gold Supreme Blueberries
1 Tbsp corn flour
1/2 tsp lemon juice

1. Light grease or line a round cake tin and preheat oven to 180˚C and thaw the blueberries.
2. Beat together eggs and sugar for about 5 minutes or until lightened in colour and thick.
3. At a low speed, beat in the sour cream, melted butter, and vanilla until well combined.
4. Add in the self raising flour, 1/3 at a time, gently mixing between each addition, adding in the lemon juice and zest with the last third. Be careful not to over mix.
5. Drain any excess juice from the thawed blueberries and coat with corn flour and lemon juice, mixing until well combined.
6. Pour half of the cake batter into the cake tin and spread out gently with a spatula. Spinkle half the blueberries over the batter. Spread the remaining batter and top with the remaining blueberries, pushing them slightly into the batter.
7. Bake for 45 - 55 mins. Let the cake rest in the tin for 15 mins, before removing to cool completely.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of greek yoghurt.

Find our Orchard Gold Berries at all leading supermarkets
and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @orchardgoldberries
 

Orchard Gold Premium Mixed Berries Butter
with French Toast

 
We thought we'd use some of the last warm, sunny weather for a well deserved Sunday Brunch! What says 'brunch' more than some delicious French Toast? And what goes more with French Toast than berries?! ... Nothing. 

This berry butter is so simple to make, but adds so much to your standard french toast. Even if you are not a butter person (myself included!), the berry butter has so much berry flavour, you forget there's actual butter mixed in!
 
Berry Butter with French Toast
Orchard Gold Premium Mixed Berries Butter with French Toast

150g butter, softened not melted

½ cup Orchard Gold Premium Mixed Berries

½ baguette (can be a few days old!)

½ cup milk

2 eggs

½ tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp sugar

1. Beat the softened butter, then stir in the berries until just combined. Turn the butter out onto plastic wrap laid over a sheet of tinfoil. Wrap the butter up and twist the ends, twisting the butter into a taut, tube shape. Put in the freezer for 30mins to firm up.
2. Cut up the baguette, either in circle or long, diagonal shapes. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon.
3. Soak the baguette slices in the egg mixture for a few seconds before placing in a hot, buttered pan. Fry on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
4. Serve the French toast with slices of berry butter, topped with extra berries, Greek yoghurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup. 
 

Find our Orchard Gold Berries at all leading supermarkets
and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @orchardgoldberries
 

Orchard Gold Blueberry Crumble Bars

 
Now that the weather is cooling down, we're excited to have an excellent reason to eat warm desserts again (you have to warm up somehow, right??) ! These blueberry crumble bars are quite versatile. They're good for a morning/afternoon tea with visiting friends and family, but they're also perfect for dessert with some vanilla ice cream, while binge watching Netflix, under a warm blanket! 

They're so easy to make; you only have to use one bowl! In an airtight container, the bars will last about 10 days in the fridge. But we're sure they'll be gone long before then!
 
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Orchard Gold Blueberry Crumble Bars
Crumble and Crust
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup soft brown sugar

Blueberry Filling
2 cups Orchard Gold Blueberries
1/3 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cornflour

 
1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a flat pan, about 20cm x 20cm.
2. To make the crumble and crust, in a large bowl, mix butter, flour, oats, and sugar together. The mixture should be like sand, with some larger crumble pieces. 
3. Put 1 cup of crumble aside (for the top crumble), and press the remaining crumble into your pan quite firmly.
3. To make the blueberry filling, in the same (now empty) bowl, stir the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornflour until the blueberries are well coated. Pour the bluberries, and any liquid sugar in the bowl, evenly over the crumble base. 
4. Take the crumble that was put aside and sprinkle over the blueberry filling evenly. 
5. Bake for 55 minutes or until the crumble is pale golden and the filling has 'set'. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting. 


 
Find our Orchard Gold Berries at all leading supermarkets
and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @orchardgoldberries
 
 
 

Orchard Gold Super Fruits Berry Curd

 
Curd is an amazing thing. Both sweet and sour, creamy and fruity, it can really add some wow factor to a standard baked good! We made our berry curd with our Orchard Gold Super Fruits Mixed Berries. The blackcurrants in this mix are quite a sour berry, so it balances perfectly with the sweeter blueberries and sugar in the curd. As curd is quite a sweet thing, we paired it with a plain scone, but we know it would taste good - maybe even better- with some vanilla ice cream!
 
Berry curd with scones




Orchard Gold Super Fruits Berry Curd
3 1/2 cups Orchard Gold Super Fruits Mixed Berries
2/3 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp cornflour
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 eggs
1 Tbsp butter
 
1. Defrost the berries in the microwave, then place the berries in a blend and blend until smooth. To ensure a smooth curd, remove the seeds by pressing the puree through a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Throw the seeds out. You'll need a cup of seedless puree; anything extra can be kept in the fridge for another day.
2. In a saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornflour then stir in the puree, lemon juice and eggs. Over a medium heat, bring the puree to a boil, whisking constantly. Once at a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 minute, or until the curd is thick. 
3. Once thick, remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Leave to cool slightly, before spooning into a container to cool further in the fridge. Refrigerate overnight before using.
 
Find our Orchard Gold Berries at all leading supermarkets
and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @orchardgoldberries
 
 
 
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Quick and Easy Weekend Smoothie

Written by Saskia on April 17th, 2015.      0 comments

At the end of a busy week, a smoothie is a quick and easy way to re energise yourself for the weekend ahead. They are so easy to make and are filled with healthy goodness that will make you to want to seize the day!

This is a delicious smoothie, ready to drink in only 5 minutes
Just add:
- approx. 1/2 cup Orchard Gold Smoothie Mixed Berries
- half a banana
- 1/2 cup of milk/juice, whichever you prefer
into a blender and process until everything is chopped up and well mixed together.

You can also play around with what you add into your smoothie. Try mixing in a cut up apple, peaches, nectarines or an orange. Smoothies are one of the easiest things to make and it is hard to go wrong!

I love to use sugar-free Cranberry Juice as my liquid. Berries are naturally quite sweet. I find the Cranberry Juice enhances the berry flavour of the smoothie, without over sweetening it. 

Over the weekend, why don't you check out our Instagram page? Lots of great ways to use you Orchard Gold Berries and you can keep up with the lastest from Orchard Gold.

Follow us on Instagram:

Instagram @OrchardGoldBerries  
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Get your new Spring on - with Orchard Gold Berry Smoothies

Written by Trisha on September 30th, 2014.      0 comments

With Spring in our step, we've been trying out some new smoothie recipes.  Here's a link to them, and what we think:

Beetroot, Apple and Berry Smoothie - Nadia Lim - featured in 

http://www.bite.co.nz/recipe/10535/Beetroot-apple-and-berry-smoothie/ 
 

Beetroot, Apple, Berry Smoothie W   We think:  Yum - our new favourite!

 

Very Berry Smoothie - featured in http://www.sanitarium.co.nz/recipes/very-berry-smoothie 

Using frozen berries, cranberry juice, So Good Lite and So Good Vanilla frozen dessert.

 

Very Berry Smoothie W  We think:  great for those of us with dairy allergens.

 

Super Berry Smoothie - featured in http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/recipes/8168171/Recipe-Super-berry-smoothie

Using frozen berries, goji berries, yoghurt, ground linseed, apple, water, and honey or stevia.

berry-smoothie 2   We think:  Mmmmm. Great taste, and good for you.

 

And the tried and true:  Claire's Wonder Smoothie, from Claire Turnbull's book "Lose Weight for Life".  See http://www.claireturnbull.co.nz/green-smoothie-combos/#more-1381

With frozen blueberries, trim milk or water, vanilla protein powder or yoghurt, spinach, ground LSA and cinnamon. 

Blueberry Smoothie   We think:  Our favourite of all smoothies ... all that goodness in a glass!

Get your new Spring on, with Orchard Gold Berry Smoothies.

 

Sophia's Berry Smoothie Selfie

Written by Sophia on April 17th, 2014.      0 comments

I made a Berry Smoothie using Orchard Gold Blueberries, yoghurt, milk, and honey to have after school.  It tasted delicious.

 
Sophia's Smoothie Selfie
 

Why don't you make one too.  They're so good for you.  
And send a selfie pic of you or your family eating Orchard Gold berries to info@orchardgold.co.nz before 29 April 2014.  We'll have a draw the next day and the winning selfie will get a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.  See terms and conditions on our website.

Shame I can't win it, as my Mum and Dad own the company!   



 
 

Orchard Gold's new Smoothie Bike

Written by Trisha on December 18th, 2013.      0 comments

 



 
 

Halloween Berries

Written by Trisha on October 26th, 2012.      0 comments

Here are a couple of ghoulish drinks for next Wednesday night, using Orchard Gold berries:

GREEN SLIME SMOOTHIES

INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MAKE THIS

WHAT BERRIES TO USE

2 cups Orchard Gold Smoothie Mixed Berries
2 cups spinach 
2 cups fruit juice
1 banana
honey to taste (optional)
8 sweet and sour jelly worms

 

Place all the ingredients except the worms into a blender and process until smoothe.

Pour into glasses and dangle worms over the edge of the rim.

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WITCHES' BREW

INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MAKE THIS

SOPHIA'S WITCHES' BREW

1 pack Orchard Gold raspberries or smoothie berries

2 packs raspberry jelly 

2 tablespoon gelatine extra
2 Disposable latex-free rubber  gloves (washed carefully, both  inside and out, then turn the   glove inside out)
2 litres sparkling water

1 litre lemonade
1 litre ginger ale

sweet and sour jelly fruit worms or spiders to serve.

This mixture makes up 2 frozen hands.  You could make 1 frozen hand and pour the rest into a bowl to set.


 
Put the raspberry jelly mixes into a large bowl and add the extra gelatine.  Make up with 3 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved.
 
Stir in the Orchard Gold frozen berries.  Let the mixture cool and thicken slightly.
 
Pour the berry jelly mixture into the gloves, leaving enough room to tie off the gloves.  Tie the top of each glove securely with kitchen string.  Freeze until solid - this can be done several days before.
 
To serve, cut the glove away from the frozen jelly to leave a red hand which should be leant on the side of a punch bowl, fingers up.  Pour in the sparkling water and lemonade  and serve with jelly fruit worms or spiders floating on top.

 

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And Jelly made with the left-overs 

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And for those brave enough, imagine spending the night at the home of the boysenberry, Knotts Berry Farm, see http://www.knotts.com/haunt2012 for further details, if you dare.


 
 

Claire Turnbull's Berry Smoothie with Greens

Written by Jason on September 26th, 2012.      0 comments

Claire Turnbull from Mission Nutrition and Healthy Food Guide Nutritionist sent us this smoothie recipe she makes using Orchard Gold Blueberries.  It's become our new smoothie.

Berry Smoothie with Greens
  • 150mls trim milk

  • 100mls water (add more if needed)

  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder (vanilla is best) or 2 tsbp of vanilla yoghurt

  • ½ - ¾ cup ORCHARD GOLD blueberries

  • Handful of baby spinach leaves

  • 2 tsp ground LSA

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Claire Turnbull, BSc (Hons) Dietetics UK,
NZ Registered Nutritionist
Managing Director of Mission Nutrition &
Healthy Food Guide Nutritionist

 

 

Cafe Secrets, Series 2, Episode 2, Julie Le Clerc's Mega Health Smoothie

Written by Trisha on August 6th, 2012.      1 comments

Julie was in Christchurch in yesterday's Cafe Secrets, visiting and supporting Cafes in their post-earthquake days.

At The Addington Store she made one of the owners her Mega Health Smoothie.  Here's her recipe and pics, courtesy of the TV3 website, http://www.tv3.co.nz/Shows/CafeSecrets/Recipes.aspx 


Mega Health Smoothie
Recipe©copyright Julie Le Clerc 2012

Serves 20

1 litre Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic juice
1 pack Orchard Gold frozen Smoothie Mixed Berries
Airborne Tawari Honey, to taste
1 Combine ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth; sweeten with honey, to taste.

 Cafe Secrets Smoothie 5 Aug 2012  Cafe Secrets Smoothie2 5 Aug 2012
 

Your Daily Dose … Berry Smoothies

Written by FWL team on July 12th, 2012.      0 comments

A Berry Smoothie a great way to get part of your daily dose of berries.  We keep hearing how berries are very good for us – they’re full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.  We’re told they help prevent signs of aging, assist brain function, prevent heart disease and boost your immune system.  They’re a great after-exercise boost.  All this packed into delicious berries … you can’t help but feel great after having a Smoothie packed full of berries. 

Best of all, for those of us with busy lives, they’re quick and easy to make.  All you need is a blender, some berries and some liquid.  There’s a Smoothie for everyone in the family or workplace. 

 

We all have our favourite Berry Smoothie.  Here are some of ours:

 
  • ** Use
    Place 2-3 ice cubes, 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries*, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1-2 tablespoons liquid honey, ⅓ of a standard size banana and 2 cups of milk** into a blender.  Blend for 60 seconds until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve.   Serves 2.  Mmmmm.  Enjoy.
    *  Use Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in place of Blueberries.
    Blair has two young sons who enjoy Dad’s Velvet Smoothie:  
    lactose free milk or soy milk in place of regular milk                                                                          
     
  • Carolyn found making and sharing Blueberry Smoothies with her teenage son was a great way to ensure he got something healthy in his day, and an enjoyable way to connect.  For Carolyn’s Blueberry Yoghurt Smoothie blend a banana, 4 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt, 2 cups Apple Juice, and 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries until smooth. Serves 3. 
     
  • Scott’s after-gym replacement Smoothie:  Blend ½ a banana, 2 heaped tablespoons vanilla protein powder, ½ cup of Orchard Gold Super Berries, and 1½ cups water.  
     
  • Trisha’s Anytime Anywhere Berry Smoothie:  Place 1 cup fruit juice, 1 cup water, and 2 cups Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in a blender.  Blend until smooth then strain into glasses.  Alternatively, let the Smoothie sit in the blender for 2 minutes so that the seeds drop to the bottom of the blender then pour the Smoothie into tall glasses, leaving the seeds behind.             
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Look on the packs of Orchard Gold Berry Smoothie for more ideas for berry smoothies, and get your “daily dose” every day. 

What’s your favourite Berry Smoothie?   Why are strawberries so popular in smoothies?  Banana or no Banana?  Dairy or non-dairy?  

 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Quick and Easy Weekend Smoothie

Written by Saskia on April 17th, 2015.      0 comments

At the end of a busy week, a smoothie is a quick and easy way to re energise yourself for the weekend ahead. They are so easy to make and are filled with healthy goodness that will make you to want to seize the day!

This is a delicious smoothie, ready to drink in only 5 minutes
Just add:
- approx. 1/2 cup Orchard Gold Smoothie Mixed Berries
- half a banana
- 1/2 cup of milk/juice, whichever you prefer
into a blender and process until everything is chopped up and well mixed together.

You can also play around with what you add into your smoothie. Try mixing in a cut up apple, peaches, nectarines or an orange. Smoothies are one of the easiest things to make and it is hard to go wrong!

I love to use sugar-free Cranberry Juice as my liquid. Berries are naturally quite sweet. I find the Cranberry Juice enhances the berry flavour of the smoothie, without over sweetening it. 

Over the weekend, why don't you check out our Instagram page? Lots of great ways to use you Orchard Gold Berries and you can keep up with the lastest from Orchard Gold.

Follow us on Instagram:

Instagram @OrchardGoldBerries  
smoothie 17
 
 

Get your new Spring on - with Orchard Gold Berry Smoothies

Written by Trisha on September 30th, 2014.      0 comments

With Spring in our step, we've been trying out some new smoothie recipes.  Here's a link to them, and what we think:

Beetroot, Apple and Berry Smoothie - Nadia Lim - featured in 

http://www.bite.co.nz/recipe/10535/Beetroot-apple-and-berry-smoothie/ 
 

Beetroot, Apple, Berry Smoothie W   We think:  Yum - our new favourite!

 

Very Berry Smoothie - featured in http://www.sanitarium.co.nz/recipes/very-berry-smoothie 

Using frozen berries, cranberry juice, So Good Lite and So Good Vanilla frozen dessert.

 

Very Berry Smoothie W  We think:  great for those of us with dairy allergens.

 

Super Berry Smoothie - featured in http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/recipes/8168171/Recipe-Super-berry-smoothie

Using frozen berries, goji berries, yoghurt, ground linseed, apple, water, and honey or stevia.

berry-smoothie 2   We think:  Mmmmm. Great taste, and good for you.

 

And the tried and true:  Claire's Wonder Smoothie, from Claire Turnbull's book "Lose Weight for Life".  See http://www.claireturnbull.co.nz/green-smoothie-combos/#more-1381

With frozen blueberries, trim milk or water, vanilla protein powder or yoghurt, spinach, ground LSA and cinnamon. 

Blueberry Smoothie   We think:  Our favourite of all smoothies ... all that goodness in a glass!

Get your new Spring on, with Orchard Gold Berry Smoothies.

 

Sophia's Berry Smoothie Selfie

Written by Sophia on April 17th, 2014.      0 comments

I made a Berry Smoothie using Orchard Gold Blueberries, yoghurt, milk, and honey to have after school.  It tasted delicious.

 
Sophia's Smoothie Selfie
 

Why don't you make one too.  They're so good for you.  
And send a selfie pic of you or your family eating Orchard Gold berries to info@orchardgold.co.nz before 29 April 2014.  We'll have a draw the next day and the winning selfie will get a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.  See terms and conditions on our website.

Shame I can't win it, as my Mum and Dad own the company!   



 
 

Orchard Gold's new Smoothie Bike

Written by Trisha on December 18th, 2013.      0 comments

 



 
 

Halloween Berries

Written by Trisha on October 26th, 2012.      0 comments

Here are a couple of ghoulish drinks for next Wednesday night, using Orchard Gold berries:

GREEN SLIME SMOOTHIES

INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MAKE THIS

WHAT BERRIES TO USE

2 cups Orchard Gold Smoothie Mixed Berries
2 cups spinach 
2 cups fruit juice
1 banana
honey to taste (optional)
8 sweet and sour jelly worms

 

Place all the ingredients except the worms into a blender and process until smoothe.

Pour into glasses and dangle worms over the edge of the rim.

OG Smoothie Berries web 3
Halloween Spider 1      Halloween Spider 1      Halloween Spider 1      Halloween Spider 1      Halloween Spider 1      Halloween Spider 1      Halloween Spider 1     Halloween Spider 1         
WITCHES' BREW

INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MAKE THIS

SOPHIA'S WITCHES' BREW

1 pack Orchard Gold raspberries or smoothie berries

2 packs raspberry jelly 

2 tablespoon gelatine extra
2 Disposable latex-free rubber  gloves (washed carefully, both  inside and out, then turn the   glove inside out)
2 litres sparkling water

1 litre lemonade
1 litre ginger ale

sweet and sour jelly fruit worms or spiders to serve.

This mixture makes up 2 frozen hands.  You could make 1 frozen hand and pour the rest into a bowl to set.


 
Put the raspberry jelly mixes into a large bowl and add the extra gelatine.  Make up with 3 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved.
 
Stir in the Orchard Gold frozen berries.  Let the mixture cool and thicken slightly.
 
Pour the berry jelly mixture into the gloves, leaving enough room to tie off the gloves.  Tie the top of each glove securely with kitchen string.  Freeze until solid - this can be done several days before.
 
To serve, cut the glove away from the frozen jelly to leave a red hand which should be leant on the side of a punch bowl, fingers up.  Pour in the sparkling water and lemonade  and serve with jelly fruit worms or spiders floating on top.

 

IMG 0117 1 2

And Jelly made with the left-overs 

IMG 0109 1

And for those brave enough, imagine spending the night at the home of the boysenberry, Knotts Berry Farm, see http://www.knotts.com/haunt2012 for further details, if you dare.


 
 

Claire Turnbull's Berry Smoothie with Greens

Written by Jason on September 26th, 2012.      0 comments

Claire Turnbull from Mission Nutrition and Healthy Food Guide Nutritionist sent us this smoothie recipe she makes using Orchard Gold Blueberries.  It's become our new smoothie.

Berry Smoothie with Greens
  • 150mls trim milk

  • 100mls water (add more if needed)

  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder (vanilla is best) or 2 tsbp of vanilla yoghurt

  • ½ - ¾ cup ORCHARD GOLD blueberries

  • Handful of baby spinach leaves

  • 2 tsp ground LSA

Claire 1 1
Claire Turnbull, BSc (Hons) Dietetics UK,
NZ Registered Nutritionist
Managing Director of Mission Nutrition &
Healthy Food Guide Nutritionist

 

 

Cafe Secrets, Series 2, Episode 2, Julie Le Clerc's Mega Health Smoothie

Written by Trisha on August 6th, 2012.      1 comments

Julie was in Christchurch in yesterday's Cafe Secrets, visiting and supporting Cafes in their post-earthquake days.

At The Addington Store she made one of the owners her Mega Health Smoothie.  Here's her recipe and pics, courtesy of the TV3 website, http://www.tv3.co.nz/Shows/CafeSecrets/Recipes.aspx 


Mega Health Smoothie
Recipe©copyright Julie Le Clerc 2012

Serves 20

1 litre Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic juice
1 pack Orchard Gold frozen Smoothie Mixed Berries
Airborne Tawari Honey, to taste
1 Combine ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth; sweeten with honey, to taste.

 Cafe Secrets Smoothie 5 Aug 2012  Cafe Secrets Smoothie2 5 Aug 2012
 

Your Daily Dose … Berry Smoothies

Written by FWL team on July 12th, 2012.      0 comments

A Berry Smoothie a great way to get part of your daily dose of berries.  We keep hearing how berries are very good for us – they’re full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.  We’re told they help prevent signs of aging, assist brain function, prevent heart disease and boost your immune system.  They’re a great after-exercise boost.  All this packed into delicious berries … you can’t help but feel great after having a Smoothie packed full of berries. 

Best of all, for those of us with busy lives, they’re quick and easy to make.  All you need is a blender, some berries and some liquid.  There’s a Smoothie for everyone in the family or workplace. 

 

We all have our favourite Berry Smoothie.  Here are some of ours:

 
  • ** Use
    Place 2-3 ice cubes, 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries*, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1-2 tablespoons liquid honey, ⅓ of a standard size banana and 2 cups of milk** into a blender.  Blend for 60 seconds until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve.   Serves 2.  Mmmmm.  Enjoy.
    *  Use Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in place of Blueberries.
    Blair has two young sons who enjoy Dad’s Velvet Smoothie:  
    lactose free milk or soy milk in place of regular milk                                                                          
     
  • Carolyn found making and sharing Blueberry Smoothies with her teenage son was a great way to ensure he got something healthy in his day, and an enjoyable way to connect.  For Carolyn’s Blueberry Yoghurt Smoothie blend a banana, 4 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt, 2 cups Apple Juice, and 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries until smooth. Serves 3. 
     
  • Scott’s after-gym replacement Smoothie:  Blend ½ a banana, 2 heaped tablespoons vanilla protein powder, ½ cup of Orchard Gold Super Berries, and 1½ cups water.  
     
  • Trisha’s Anytime Anywhere Berry Smoothie:  Place 1 cup fruit juice, 1 cup water, and 2 cups Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in a blender.  Blend until smooth then strain into glasses.  Alternatively, let the Smoothie sit in the blender for 2 minutes so that the seeds drop to the bottom of the blender then pour the Smoothie into tall glasses, leaving the seeds behind.             
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Look on the packs of Orchard Gold Berry Smoothie for more ideas for berry smoothies, and get your “daily dose” every day. 

What’s your favourite Berry Smoothie?   Why are strawberries so popular in smoothies?  Banana or no Banana?  Dairy or non-dairy?