I’ve never liked the taste of milk. Even as a youngster, I was one of the children who did not have milk at school and though I tried desperately to like it, my opinion did not change over the years.
Chocolate milk is a different story altogether. Early memories of drinking it through a straw dropped into the triangular hole made by my mum’s tin opener remain with me to this day. There was a rabbit on the front of the tin and complete contentment in my whole being. Chocolate milk soothes me in a way that very few other food stuffs do. Super cold, super sweet and super refreshing. It evokes memories of being in my mum’s kitchen in Greece and it comforts me no end. Childish, yes, but it has benefits too, since I need my share of calcium and protein too. Okay, the sugar doesn’t benefit my teeth, but ask me if I’m worried.
Chocolate milk may be my go-to drink at any time of day, but after years of hitting the stuff hard, my eyes began to wander. I needed a new sweet milky drink. Drinking Carnation condensed milk wasn’t gonna be sustainable. Thankfully, upon moving to Hong Kong, I found a wonderful smoothie joint that had an endless menu of smoothies with all kinds of exciting ingredients and combinations. I quickly became hooked on these fruit-filled blends of health and goodness. It wasn’t long before I’d purchased my own blender, partly so that I could experiment, and largely because my wife could see that I was spending a silly amount of money on what was essentially ice and mushy fruit.
I’m not the biggest fan of fruit so blending them up with other tasty ingredients is ideal for me. After moving back to England, the blender went into the back of the cupboard. “Next to the toastie machine?” I hear you ask. No! I make toasties all the time! What’s the matter with you?
Now I’m back in full blender mode and throwing in all sorts to appease my monstrous desire for tasty fun. I went through a phase of adding milk, chocolate milk powder and a slice of cherry pie before blending it all. I’ve been going through packets of Oreos in recent weeks as they have found themselves thrown into the milky depths of my blender. Today, I tried something a little more healthy. I blended 450ml semi-skimmed milk, 5 tablespoons of honey flavoured Greek style yoghurt, half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon of Greek mountain honey. It was delicious, but not sugary enough for me, so I threw in a load of Demerara sugar to make it hit the spot. I’ll be trying lot’s of different things over the next few weeks, but if anyone has any suggestions, let me know and I’ll give ’em a whirl!