Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Date & Apple Shake

Date & Apple Shake served with potato crisps

Football fever is hightening every day here in Germany. All possible things are being sold in the shape of a football - bread rolls, cakes and pastries & tarts with icing made to look like a football. You name it, they have it. Pizzerias are advertising that they are open all throughout the tournament and are also offering special deals for larger groups. Almost every pub has hung a board outside saying that the patrons can enjoy the tournament inside on their large screen (and buy bottles after bottles of the local 'Alt' while watching the game). I am sure most of them are going to make so much business during that month, that they will afford to shut down the place for several weeks after the World Cup is over.

No wonder then that my 'goals' have changed temporarily. I am thinking football and thinking of eating football all the time. (Eating football?) What I mean is that I often find myself thinking of making something innovative for the 'Monthly Mingle' organised by Meeta. I prepared something a few weeks back, but could not sit quiet after that. So, what innovative thing did I make? Well, nothing. And that is because whatever I thought of making is being sold here in the shops anyway. For example, I thought of making a pastry with a football icing. But they are selling it now in shops, as I have already mentioned. (Copy-cats!) What I could have done is that I could have just photgraphed a readymade pastry and posted it as 'mine'. (They are never gonna know about this in the US and in India, are they?) But hey, what about integrity? Ah, those darn values!

The moral of the story is that I made only a milk shake to wash down my pizza. Well, it's just a milk shake, but then you can always have it, even well after the football season is over. Moreover, it's nutritious and tasty. Good enough to make your son the next David Beckham. (That's of course, if you are ready to accept somebody like Posh yuk! Spice as your daughter-in-law!)

Anyway, here's the recipe for Date & Apple Shake based on one by Tarla Dalal


4 cups Low Fat Milk
1 large apple
10 black dates, deseeded and finely chopped
a few drops vanilla extract/essence or 2 tsp readymade/homemade vanilla sugar
3 to 4 ice-cubes (optional)

Clockwise from top left: vanilla bean, milk, apple, dates


1. Soak the dates in 1 cup warm water for about half an hour.

2. Chop the apple. You could peel it, if you like. But please don't forget, that there is a lot of nutrition right under the peel!

3. Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend them till you get a fairly smooth and frothy shake.

4. Garnish them with any chopped nuts or pieces of a bright-coloured fruit e.g. strawberries. My garnish were the special football glasses. ;-)

A few Notes:
1. In case using readymade vanilla sugar in sachets, just empty one of those into the blender without bothering to measure. The quantity in those sachets is normally 8 grams here in Europe. Hopefully it is the same in the US.

2. You can make vanilla sugar at home like this: Buy a vanilla bean as shown in the earlier picture, use the pulp in a cake or in any recipe that asks for it, and then insert the remaining outer cover in a jar filled with sugar. You’ll get wonderfully aromatic vanilla sugar in about a week.

3. You could use a banana instead of the apple, if you like.

4. This shake tastes equally good, when made without ice-cubes. On the other hand, if you want it really chilled, you could use vanilla ice-cream instead of the milk (barring that used for soaking dates), vanilla essence and ice-cubes. Visit here for another great recipe for a similar milk shake.

Enjoy the shake! Enjoy the game!! And may Brazil Germany win!!!


Author said...

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Nandita said...

I loved the ingredients pic better than the football cups- amazing arrangement and lighting ! And I do remember seeing this recipe in Tarla Dalal's breakfast recipes or so, sounds good- and you guys enjoy as the football fever catches up! I guess you'll get beer when you open your taps, instead of WATER, haha...

Anonymous said...

Wow, as the saying goes 'Date an apple and you wont need a doctor' -this is one healthy drink. Who will drink more of it - Ronaldinho or Ballack?

- TheRealAnon

Menu Today said...

Good one. I will try it out soon. I think this is full of iron.

Ashwini said...

Adorable...I loved the green set. And the 2nd photo is like still art :-)

Mythili said...

Awesome will try it today :) I hate eating apples as is and this shake seems to be a nice of ingesting an apple.

Lakshmi said...

nice one, have to give it a try Vaishali

Vineela said...

Hi Vaishali,
Yummy yummy.i have to try it.
Good recipe.Thank you.

Vaishali said...

Author, I visited your blog. I'll need some quiet time to go through it thoroughly.

Nandita, that was such a good one with the beer. Hahaha... You should have been born a Brit with that sense of humour. Hey, and do you really like the ingredients photograph? Thanks.

'Real'(?) Anon, I didn't know that one with the apple and the doctor. Good one! I don't know about the footballers, but I am certainly going to drink some Altbier while the match is on.

MT, you are right. The dates bring in loads of iron into this.

Ashwini, I am so glad that you like my ingredients photograph. By arranging the photo objects in different ways, I am only trying to make up for the lack of a good, high-resolution digicam. Thanks, ya.

Mythili, you got the point absolutely right. It is so much easier to have a glass or two of this shake instead of having a few dates, an apple and a cup of milk separately.

Lakshmi, I am sure you'll like this refreshing drink. Great on those Saturday mornings when you are busy cleaning the house, are hungry and need something filling.

Vineela, you try out this drink, and I am gonna have that Rasmalai of yours. It looks gorgeous.

santhi said...

what a shiny apple you have there vaishali...

I have been meaning to make Ashiwni's date shake and now I see yours..

I have enough dates to make both. And its hot enough here to be able to drink 2 shakes.:)

Reshma said...

very amusing write-up Vaishali :)

Mahek said...

kashi ahees!!!
i would love to be friends with you as we seem to share the love for food and for things related to food too so can you give me your email so that i can write to you.
i will try the shake that you have mentioned
how is life in germany do you get all types of indian stuff
there are so many things i want to ask you so pls write to me.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Yumm! A very healthy drink!! Great pictures Vaishali!

RP said...

Looks yummy. Nutritious too. :)
Hey can you move that frying pan from your face for a sec. I just want to say hi to you.

BDSN said...

First of all lovely picture set up.Second of all i like all the notes on this recipe..especially about the vanilla sugar...I have never tried vanilla sugar but will remember to buy those small sachets and experiment first before i convert bulk of sugar into vanilla sugar...

Vaishali said...

Santhi, that thing with being able to drink two shakes was so funny. Btw, can you send some of that hot weather over to Germany? We are having Monsoon-like rains and a maximum of 15°C at the moment. And that after having had 30°C for two whole weeks mid-May.

Thanks, Reshma.

Mahek, my e-mail address is I am looking forward to your e-mail.

Thanks a lot, Arjuna.

RP, that was sooooo endearing. I'll really have to think of taking that pan away now. :)

BDSN, those sachets are very handy. They are always there along with other baking ingredients in supermarkets. Very useful. (Ignore my advise in case you already knew this.)

Shankari said...

Vaishali, are you from Belgaum by any chance?

Kitchenmate said...

Vaishali: Looks very yummy! I already made Ashwini's date shake sometime back and loved that taste.. now this definitely goes to my "do-s".. quite long list now. Will let you know how it turned out! I assume, my kid woould love this taste. Thanks for sharing this!

Nandan said...

Nice combination. Sort of combining Europian (Apple) taste to Middle-eastern (dates). Liked the photo of the ingredients too. (sorry for bit of digression but that 'dimple of light' on apple reminds me of my elementary-intermediate drawing exams.)

Vaishali said...

Shankari, no, I am from Pune. Please read my first ever post from the archives section, in case you want to know more about me.

Karthi, your kids will certainly love this. My 18-month-old daughter does. She is a bit of a 'fruit person' anyway.

Nandan, I hardly ever did drawing in school. I had many classmates, who appeared for these exams, but always stayed away from them. I am still quite bad at it actually. :) Btw, I got that kind of lighting only because there is a long window on that side of the apple. Didn't have to put in too much effort.

Puspha said...

Yummy!!!! I'm gonna try this out.

Ole Deutchland!!!!!

Sumitha said...

A rich and healthy drink!I am glad that your little one is a fruit person,she is a smart child!

Neelu said...

Hey vaishali, did u know frozen bananas r a better option for shakes than fresh ones !! to freeze just cut them into small pieces n ziplock them. They can be used any time. So if u get a lot of bananas and they have started over ripening , u can just cut them n freeze them to use in smoothies. I tried the banana anjir smoothi (dried figs not fresh ones) n it was yum ....dint get a chance to click a pic ! the figs should be presoaked for a cuople of hrs n it tastes great

Neelu said...

I forgot to mention that after ziplocking them , they should b freezed :)

Vaishali said...

Pushpa, :) :) :)

Sumitha, healthy it sure is. As far as my daughter is concerned, hmmmmm....the less said the better. :)

Neelu, I freeze bananas quite often, but I thaw them again at a later date and use them in cakes, etc. But using them frozen for shakes is a cool idea. Literally. :) Thanks for the hint. Please do post your shake recipe with dried figs sometime.

Meeta said...

Hey V!
Am back and love this recipe. Thanks for the entry and I am sure it will wash the pizza down well!
Look for the round-up over the weekend!

Vaishali said...

Meeta, thanks for accepting my entry. Looking forward to the round-up now.

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Monu Teena said...

I have tried the same recipe see : but no use of sugar.. Dates itself a natural sweetener thanks for sharing :)

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