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If anyone knows about B&B, Karen does. Hopton House - a converted granary with three bedrooms - has a five-star grading (putting it in the top seven per cent of rated properties in the country) and a gold award (given by Visit Britain for added excellence)

The Guardian, January 2009


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At heart I'm quite a lazy person. I don't often get the chance to be lazy running a B&B, a training company and a home, but I will take any short cuts I can.

Smoothies are great for lazy people because they help you get a couple of portions of your fruit a day at breakfast without really having to think about it. It's also nice being able to offer your B&B guests as an alternative or addition to a cooked breakfast.

The other lazy thing about this recipe is frozen mango. I wanted a fresh mango and the shops were sold out so I resorted to the frozen department and now I'm converted. I've lost count of the number of mangoes I've bought that have then rotted in the fridge because I can't be bothered to go to the hassle of peeling them.

Frozen are cheaper, all the peeling is done for your and, if the hype is to be believed, they may well be more nutritious because vitamins and minerals start to be lost from fruit and veg as soon as they are picked.

Mango and Banana Smoothie

  • 2 large bananas
  • 100g frozen mango chunks
  • 500ml milk
  • 2 tsp honey

Whizz all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.