The Joy of Juicing

Erik has been playing again!  Boys and their toys!  But this toy has a purpose, as Erik has discovered ‘The Joy of Juicing.’  

I’d better let Erik tell you all about it, in his own words.

“Like a lot of people at around this time of year we are looking forward to getting back to more outdoor activity, losing our winter fat and searching out healthier foods for more energy. Then I heard the Juicemaster, aka Jason Vale, on the radio. Ok, he was banging his own drum and trying to sell his books on the advantages of health juices you can make at home. BUT he did make sense. A lot of food is bulk, fibre, added stuff, flavours…

The idea of taking natural fruit and vegetable products and extracting the core nutrients is so obvious when it’s laid in front of you. AND all you have to do is Google juice recipes and there are zillions out there for free. The best site by a mile is which allows you to search recipes so that you can target which juice can help you specifically for such as health, weight loss, illness prevention, curatives, boosting your immune system etc. You’d be amazed how important Ginger, Turmeric and Avocado’s are in the prevention and healing of various illnesses!  The site also gives information on such details as minerals, carbs, fats, calories – the lot.

But, first of all we needed a juicer. What a minefield of choice at prices from a few pounds to astronomical sums. As luck would have we came across a company we had never heard of in the UK, and a model of juicer that seemed to have all the features we read about in reviews – but you never know, do you? It was the price that worried me. It did seem far too cheap!  Andrew James is the name and they seemed to have got absolutely everything to enhance your battery of cuisine tools.

A brilliant Power Juicer
The Power Juicer from Andrew James

So card in hand I keyed in onto their site, and only two days later a large box arrived. Inside was a substantial, superbly manufactured, fully accessorized power juicer, which looked identical to other juicers priced four times as much! A gateway to a world of healthy, tasty, nutritional juice. And the price of Andrew James’ Juicer? Please be seated. £54.95, UK delivery free.

We don’t make a penny out of recommending this company or their products – they are not one of our Merchants –  but take my word for it, you owe it to yourself to visit them and get juicing.

Every morning now I set aside time to make fabulous concoctions which we both enjoy during the day. They taste great and we feel better.  The picture below shows ‘The Beginner Green’ juice, which contains apples, ginger, spinach and more.  It looked …… very green!  It tasted very different, but more than acceptable.  Even Astrid admitted that it tasted much, much better than she had expected, and drank it all.  Every drop! Which, for Astrid, is good.

Erik's first Green Juice
The Beginner Green Juice

Beginner Green Recipe

Beginner Green Juice Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook/Chill Time: 5 minutes

This Beginner Green Juice recipe is for beginners that are looking for a green juice that tastes great. It's sweet while having a nice citrus flavour to it..


  • Apples - 3 medium - 546g
  • Celery - 4 stalks - 256g
  • Ginger - 1 inch diameter, 6g
  • Lemon (keep rind on) Half - 29g
  • Orange (peel) - 1 large
  • Spinach - 5 handfuls - 125g


  1. You don't have to peel the lemon, but definitely peel the orange because the skin is very bitter and will ruin the flavour.
  2. Just wash everything then just put in the juicer.
  3. If you have a masticating juicer, this will come out just like in the picture. If you have a centrifuge juice you may not be able to get much juice out of the spinach. You can still try it, but don;t be surprised if it shoots all of the spinach in the bin and a few drops come out. You can also juice everything except the spinach, then finish it in a blender with the spinach,

To find out all the benefits you get from this Beginner Green recipe, click here to go to the actual page.   You will be amazed with the benefits that this juice provides.   I certainly was.

So for us, the joy of juicing is just beginning.  We are experimenting with different fruits and vegetables, mainly working on boosting our immune systems, fighting diseases, and just becoming healthier.  Because we are beginning to plan and make our new Kitchen Garden, we will also be able to use our own organic produce, knowing exactly what has or has not been sprayed on our food, which will also be a plus.

One other point about the joy of juicing that we discovered – the machine separates the juice straight into a jug, and leaves the ‘mush’ in the machine.  But this ‘mush’ need not be wasted, particularly from vegetables.  Using it, and adding some herbs or spices, plus Filo or Puff Pastry, you can make little, bite-sized pasties or empanadas (as in Spanish tapas).  Or if using a lot of fruit, again the left-overs can be used in pies or puddings.

What more do you want?

Where can I get a kumquat?”


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