Friends, this is it: the last recipe from the Lab Farewell Cookbook! It's the last one for me to try, placed last in the book itself, contributed by the last person who'd ever cook for anyone in the Lab. Pauline is the beating heart of this workplace; always trusted to know what's going on, and how to help, with a sympathetic ear or a joyous laugh as the occasion calls for it, and the most wicked commentary subtly inserted into her group emails. Pauline does not cook, and firmly retreats when the Lab Culinary Competition rolls around each year.
Can you imagine my delight when Pauline made an exception and added a recipe to my book? It's deceptively simple and perfectly useful for everyday eating - the fruit smoothie. There are two elements here that I especially like. First, mango makes it especially sweet and juicy! ('Tisn't the season, so I bought mango in a can.) Second, a couple tablespoons of muesli give it some bulk and round it up to a full breakfast.
Unfortunately our blender is still out of action, so I was relying on our less hardy stick blender for my first few smoothies. It did an admirable job, and this made for multiple very handy breakfasts on the work-from-home winter workdays that I slept late and needed to eat at my desk.
Pauline's world famous smoothie
(a recipe from the Lab Farewell Cookbook)
Ingredients: banana, mango, berries, muesli, dairy-free yoghurt (I used coconut), almond milk.
Recipe: chuck everything in the blender and process the life out of it.
Bonus points: soak the muesli in a little almond milk ahead of time to soften its texture.