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Poh’s kitchen episode 3: Almonds. Recipe: Almond and pear smoothie

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{I know I'm slow in watching TV shows. There are other things in life, ya know?}

Pear and almond smoothie

It’s great to have Emmanuel back in the kitchen after an informative but rather boring episode. Episode #3 is all about almonds.

Image from ABC

Quick snapshot: Poh went to visit an almond farm in the land of Adelaide. Coming back, she and Emmanuel created really yummy looking dishes featuring almonds.

Interesting bits: This is the first time that I saw a green almond! Very cool in my book.

I also love how Poh created different dishes to bring out the special quality of almonds. Unlike previous episode with David, she was a lot more proactive in the kitchen this time, showing and experimenting different things. A kitchen princess she was.

With a more vibrant Poh and an ever amusing Emmanuel, the episode was quite entertaining. I actually think that Emmanuel should have his own baking show. I will surely tune in!

Boring bits: Uhm. I am not impressed or feel the urge to make any of the dishes. Okay, Emmanuel’s salmon with buckwheat tulies and almond sauce looks awesome. I am just in a “don’t bother” mood at the moment.

Pear and almond smoothie

Recipe: Despite of the uninspiring mood, I am making something featuring almond. Pear and almond smoothie to be exact. Unusual? Yes. But do try, since the flavor is awesome – rich, nutty but at the same time fruity and refreshing. The texture is not entirely smooth, but that’s the beauty of it. It is worth buying fresher natural almonds here. They have much superior quality compared to the old boring products at the supermarket.

Almond and pear smoothie

Inspired from here. Serves 2 short cocktail glasses

150g natural almond

2 pears, choose those with more tart note.

2 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey, sugar)

1.5 cups or more skim milk

Lemon juice, to taste.


Blanching the almonds by putting them in boiling water for 5 mins. Remove the skin and set aside.

Put all the ingredients except the lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, and season with lemon juice. Chill well in the fridge before serving.

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Now. A bit of self-promotion. :P

Four of my photos are currently on exhibition at St Ali, Melbourne until Sunday March 28th. It is part of the Eat Drink Blog Conference for all Australian and NZ food bloggers. We met up on Sunday and had a lovely day together.

At the SBS food photography exhibition, you will see awesome work from bron, peter the souvlakiman ;), abstract gourmet, ellie, lucy and many more.

The show is open from 10am - 2 pm daily.

St Ali

12-18 Yarra Place

South Melbourne


Tangled Noodle 11:42 PM  

How creamy and refreshing this looks! I've heard a lot about the Eat Drink Blog Conference - sounds like it was a lot of fun and very informative. Wish I could check out the food photography exhibit!

Hannah 11:42 PM  

Oh almond and pear, what a refreshing combination! I've been making smoothies like crazy lately, so I'll have to try that one next time.

shaz 11:47 PM  

Cool Anh! Well done with the photos, wish I was in Melb to go take a look :) The smoothie sounds yummy, I used to put almond meal into smoothies to get a bit of a protein hit.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 11:47 PM  

That is an original smoothie!



noobcook 12:54 AM  

I've never had an almond smoothie. sounds interesting and delicious :)

Jo 2:24 AM  

I've never had this either but it does sound kinda nice.

Erica 2:39 AM  

I love pears! This looks so delicious! Wow!

Food For Tots 4:46 AM  

Congrats on your featuring in the exhibition. Love all your stunning shots! Your smoothie sounds and looks absolutely awesome!

Gloria 4:54 AM  

Anh look really delicious and nice!!
Georgeous pictures, xxx gloria

Love smoothie

kathryn 9:32 AM  

I completely agree with you about Emmanuel - I'd watch him on a TV programme. As a double-act they are quite cute and funny. Lovely smoothie and congrats on being in the food blogging photo exhibition.

Sippity Sup 9:33 AM  

I don't know of that TV show but I am happy to make the aquaintance of that smoothie! GREG

Barbara 10:06 AM  

Really like these ingredients, Anh! What a lovely looking smoothie they make!
Congratulations on your photo exhibition!

Marcellina 10:34 AM  

Wow! Interesting smoothie! I would never have thought up this combo. Great work and beautiful pics!

Faith 11:25 AM  

Almond and pear sounds like a delicious combo! Congrats on your exhibition, that's very exciting!

Belle@Ooh, Look 12:48 PM  

How awesome is it that your photos were chosen - they must look great all framed and hung. Well done!

Ravenous Couple 3:13 PM  

wow, never had almond in a drink, but it sounds great!

Angie's Recipes 5:22 PM  

That looks so creamy rich and great! Great shots too!

tigerfish 6:00 PM  

Congrats on having your photos on exhibition :)

Almond smoothie - will the texture be similar to those almond paste desserts? Hmmmm....

Ju (The Little Teochew) 7:34 PM  

Yummy smoothie ... drooool. It's so crazy hot here and an ice cold smoothie sounds like a fantastic idea. Ahn, your photos are awesome ... everyone should take a look!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella 7:55 PM  

Hi Ahn, your photos were great. I managed to see them yesterday. It was a lot of fun judging the awards!

FFichiban 9:27 PM  

w00t! Great work with the photos ^^! and mmm almond and pear combinations sounds interesting

penny aka jeroxie 10:20 PM  

Fabulous! Pear and almond makes a good combination. And I am glad to meet you in person. :)

Megan 11:49 PM  

This is the first time I heard about almond smoothies. It looks delicious. Congratz on the photos. And I'm so envious of people from Melbourne. They have all these great festivals about food. I wish I could be there. Anyway, have fun!

Phuoc'n Delicious 11:54 PM  

Oh wow! Congrats on the exhibition.

This smoothie combo sounds delicious! Maybe for something a bit more decadent; I'll poach the pears with cinnamon syrup and letting them cool before popping them in for the smoothie and use the cinnamon syrup to replace honey instead... *drools*

redmenace 2:10 AM  

Very unusual. A great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Xiao Yen Recipes 4:38 AM  

I love anything smoothie so this is a must try for me. I think I'd use frozen yogurt instead of milk so I can drink it right away.

MaryMoh 11:39 AM  

This is new to me but looks so creamy and delicious.

Sook 11:47 AM  

Oh wow the smoothie looks so creamy and delicious!

3 hungry tummies 4:39 PM  

Sounds like a wonderful combination. It a shame her show is not shown slightly later in the evening.

foodwink 12:21 AM  

Congrats on the exhibition! But it's a pity that I'm in Sydney.

P/S: Love Poh's Kitchen!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime 2:20 AM  

Yum that sounds good! Your blog is fantastic! :)

Isabelle 5:19 AM  

Your smoothie looks so delicious! Pear and almond sounds a perfect combo!

Kitchen Butterfly 9:35 AM  

It looks so the photos!

veron 2:29 AM  

That pear almond smoothie sounds refreshing. And congratulations for your photos being featured in the exhibition, you deserve it. You take such beautiful pictures!

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