July 24, 2016

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

The night arrived and with a spot of leave from the day job to attend a mid-week quick getaway to Sydney, where much to my amazement a quirky little story I’d written about Kenny The Coconut had earned me a spot as Finalist for the 2016 Blogger Award for Best Green Grocer Story at the Sydney Markets Fresh Awards.

During the lead up to this night of nights, I’d come to appreciate how all those hero’s who get up way before the sparrows everyday who grow, deliver, transport, handle and sell the gorgeously fresh food and flowers for us – this was The Fresh Food Logies and Oscars rolled into one for them.

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

On Wednesday evening Queen Suebah and I donned our glad rags for the Sydney Markets Fresh Awards held at the Contemporary Museum of Art at the Rocks in Sydney. My thirsty event manager creative mind most appreciated the finer details taken to deck the venue out, gorgeous harbor views, backdrops, chandeliers and a photo wall all made from fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables – what an awesome idea!

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

We mingled with some of the industries finest and met some pretty awesome folk, including MC Chris Bath and Australian food legend Lyndey Milan OAM, who happens to now be following me across all my social media platforms #humblebrag and boogied the night away as David Campbell had us up on the dance floor shaking our tail feathers.

The Sydney Market Fresh Awards 2016 in Sydney,Wednesday, 20 July, 2016. Photo Jeremy Piper. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Just over 2 years ago now, I started shenANNAgans; it was a blog I created to document my journey, my wins, my losses and (occasionally) my rants too, a creative corner of the interwebs and a space I get to call all mine! Being a hospitality blue blood through and through, I get to create and attend so many incredible events at some pretty outstanding venues, design gorgeous weddings and meet a bunch of crazy famous folk too, that my blog has been a home for me to share all this good fortune, not forgetting I get to eat some of the finest food prepared by amazing Chefs every week, it’s a wonder I’m not a huge oompa loompa.

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

It has quietly been on my list of personal goals for a good decade now to learn, get better at and become a writer one day; truthfully, I thought it’d take a lifetime, so I was pretty chuffed to be a finalist in these awards. Imagine my stunned mullet amazement when they called out my name and the screen above the stage lit up saying I was the winner…. F%$K YEAH, you beauty, BOOM digity, so proud, high fives! #notsohumblebrag … I nailed it!!!

I can now successfully pop a giant tick next to that goal and start to take my little dream to become a real writer seriously.

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

Post giant win, I got a little taste of stardom with people appearing from nowhere congratulating me, photographers taking photos and the champagne was flowing. Cheffie from Canberra appeared out of the blue and Momma (Queen Suebah) hugged me with tears in her eyes telling me she hadn’t been that proud of me since I won a big award in Kumon…. a story for another time!

So much happy deserves a little splash out does it not? I decided to work on my drinking skills post win and celebrate of course. You see the older I get, the more reluctant I am towards alcohol. Whenever I drink my face flushes, my temperature spikes and I am left with a hangover that lasts for days, but at the time I was invincible with so many awesome people around me and so much good cheer.

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

Now most suggest a greasy feed of protein as the cure for a hangover, but I reckon this Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream might actually be the key. This 2-ingredient (no churn) ice cream is smooth, healthy, absolutely delicious and ready for eating in just 10 minutes which suited all the criteria the next day. Made with frozen banana and blueberries, it is one of the most refreshing snacks or sweet treats you can have, not to mention all the hangover fighting fabulousness (replace potassium and other lost electrolytes with the banana and load up on vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin and folate from the blueberries) too.

And the best bit, you don’t need any mad cooking skills to make this beauty, simply blitz, scoop and eat!

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream

Serves 2  
Preparation time: 10  
Cooking time:  0 minutes   

This 2 ingredient (no churn) ice cream is creamy, healthy, absolutely delicious and ready for eating in just 10 minutes!

4 large frozen bananas
2 cups frozen blueberries
Garnish (optional), peanut or honeycomb crumb

Step 1: Add the bananas to a food processor and blend into a smooth cream, it should only take a minute or two of blending.

Step 2: Add the blueberries in once the banana has become creamy. Blend together until combined.

Step 3: Serve immediately or freeze. I have found this ice cream does not do well if frozen, it can go a little icy and rock hard.

Step 4: Scoop, sprinkle with nuts or honeycomb crumble and enjoy!

The Fresh Awards and Vegan Banana Blueberry Ice Cream. Anna Johnston. www.shenANNAgans.com

I’d love to know, what helps your hangover not hurt? Do you have a favourite type of alcohol to drink? And how many drinks do you usually have when you’re going out? 

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Smith - October 18, 2016 Reply

I am soooo picky when it comes to food, I probably wouldn’t make this just because i love ice cream. BUT, I’d still love to try it!

Jean | Holy Smithereens - August 30, 2016 Reply

WOW Congratulations Anna! So well-deserved, the coconut story was really good, it still sticks to this day. So happy for you. And loving your red glasses, so glam 🙂

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps lovely one, i am super chuffed you enjoyed my story about Kenny and of course for your very kind comment. 🙂

Sue Slaght - August 9, 2016 Reply

Anna my apologies as I thought i commented on this but it must have been on IG. So happy for you and so excited!! Imagine the possibilities that lie ahead for you Anna. Wow!!
My days of drinking too much are done. Not always the case but this is one thing that has come with aging for me. I can’t tolerate hangovers. 🙂

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    No way, don’t be sorry, I am ever so grateful you took the time to stop by and wish me well! 🙂
    Haha, I say that my drinking days are done every time I find myself with an epic hangover. Haven’t had a drink since this fun filled night.

Elaine J Masters - August 2, 2016 Reply

First off, big congratulations. Sounds like a fine life and now you’re an award-winning writer. Big fun. I flush too and alcohol is a big culprit (rosacea more so.) My hangover cure is lots of B12. I’m one of the weird who love the taste of Brewers Yeast flakes. I mix 2 scant teaspoons in some water and drink that before bed. It helps. Your solution would taste much better!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Thank you SO much Elaine, I really appreciate that! I am having a pretty darn amazing life, and winning this award was really exciting. I haven’t touched alco since that night in Sydney, hoping it is a lesson learned. Lol! Hmmmm…. now that is an interesting cure to the hangover, not sure I would be able to stomach that, will try next time. 🙂

Eloise - August 2, 2016 Reply

Wow, congratulations to you! What an accomplishment. Your dedication and enthusiasm are really inspiring. Keep on inspiring people. 🙂

And the ice cream, a nice recipe to try on. It looks tasty. 🙂

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Love! I really appreciate your very kind comment. 🙂
    And the ice-cream…. oh its goooooooood!

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - August 1, 2016 Reply

Wow, what a glittering evening. And congratulations – I’m thrilled for you Anna!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    It was such a fun night! And thank you Amanda, I really, really appreciate it. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - July 29, 2016 Reply

Congratulations, Anna. So well deserved. You are a very talented writer and an engaging writer and I do wish you well as you pursue your writing dreams. What a fantastic night. Chris Bath always does a great job and David Campbell is an excellent choice for an entertainer. What a proud moment for your mother! And I love the look of your ice cream – that’s what I have for breakfast in the morning only I don’t freeze it! xx

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Wow Charlie, what a beautiful and very thoughtful comment. xox Thank you so much, it sure has encouraged me to keep on pursuing my writing dreams too. Ha, Chris Bath was wonderful, very amusing, and David Campbell was really great fun too. Most of the crowd were up on the dance floor, so cool. Yeah, what a delicious way to start your day, I wish fresh blueberries were a little cheaper, I’d totes be rocking that for brekkie too. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - July 28, 2016 Reply

Congrats! Really great news — and so well deserved. It’s been years since I’ve had a hangover, but I’ll keep this antidote in mind. Heck, I should probably taste test it as a treat, first, don’t you think? So I’ll have the recipe down pat in case of a sudden need. 🙂

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Cheers John, it is rather exciting! And totes, you need to get your taste test of this yummy sweet on for sure. Haha!

Evelyne CulturEatz - July 28, 2016 Reply

A big congrats to you Anna, well deserved. you are alwasy a wonderful read. And love that ice rea: easy, quick and healthy!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Cheers mate! 🙂 I really appreciate your kind comment. xo
    And heck yes to the ice-cream, its totally delicious.

Eileen | The Food Avenue - July 27, 2016 Reply

Super congratulations on the excellent win! Well deserved, awesome lady! That ice cream recipe looks delicious and beautiful too! Will definitely try it out sometime!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Nawh, thanks lovely lady. xox And yeah, all the yes to this delicious and super simple ice-cream. Hope ya enjoy it when ya try. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - July 27, 2016 Reply

Congratulations, you are just ON FIRE!!! Good on you!! 😀 😀 😀 Looking gorgeous by the way 🙂

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Nawwwh…. Thanks heaps Tim, you are too kind. 🙂 Big hugs! xo

Todd W - July 27, 2016 Reply

Boom! Smashed it. Nice one. Big tick for sure.

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    WOAH! Thanks heaps Todd. 🙂

Sahar - July 27, 2016 Reply

Well done! Congratulations. The icecream looks and feels light and refreshing. The flavor combinations are spot on.

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Cheers Sahar! And all the yes to your description of the ice-cream too.

Rosemary - July 27, 2016 Reply

So excited and proud of you. Truly well deserved!! Congratulations! YAHHHHHH!!! I loved the Kenny story. Here is to continued success!! Interesting recipe and intriguing colors. Will have to give it a try in celebration of your success 🙂 Cheers.

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Thank you Rosemary, I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂 And yes please, this ice-cream is the perfect way to celebrate success. Hope you enjoy.

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - July 27, 2016 Reply

Lovely photos, Anna. What a delight to meet your mum. Congratulations xxx

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    It was wonderful you were able to meet my Momma. 🙂 And thank you, such a great night. xo

Nadia - July 26, 2016 Reply

Whoop!! Well deserved! CONGRATULATIONS!! We’ll have to go out to celebrate!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Yay! Heading out for more celebrating some time soon sounds wonderful. I’ll be designated driver. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - July 26, 2016 Reply

Well done, I’m so proud of you. And love the ice cream. On my to do list for sure

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Mwah! Thanks Tandy. 🙂
    Please let me know what you think of the ice-cream when ya make it too.

Prateek - July 26, 2016 Reply

Congratulations once again Anna! You totally deserve your success, Kenny was a brilliant and cute write up!! Keep up the good work for years to come. As for the recipe I am quite intrigued that it was made without an ice cream maker, hence I love it and will try out the up coming weekend.

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Thanks heaps Prateek. 🙂 And … I am so pleased you enjoyed the post on Kenny the Coconut too.
    Did you love the no churn ice-cream?

Krysten - July 26, 2016 Reply

I am so proud of you!!!
You don’t need to #humblebrag, you have ever right to brag away with all of your accomplishments!
I hope to be in a similar place one day! <3

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Nawh, thanks my lovely. 🙂 It really was a wonderful experience. And girlfriend, you are a beautiful writer and your photography is on point. You just need to get entering into the blog competitions. 🙂

Kylee - July 26, 2016 Reply

Wow! Congrats on the win in Sydney!
This icecream looks really good. Something to please all dietary restricted people and the rest of them, too!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Cheers Kylee, it was AWESOME!
    And the ice-cream is a winner all round too. Let me know what ya think if you make it. 🙂

Elissa - July 25, 2016 Reply

How cool was that?! Love the photo of you on the stage – who’s having the most fun? It sounds like an amazing experience all round and certainly one to remember. And you managed to squeeze in a recipe as well, which I think we may have to try here. I’m sure my girls could do it themselves in the blender.

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Teehee… that look really does capture the essence of the whole event. It was amazing and wonderful and super exciting. 🙂 So great to see you enjoying the recipe, its simple and absolutely delicious.

Kristy - July 25, 2016 Reply

Congratulations Anna! You and your Mum look gorgeous, I’ll definitely be trying this ice cream soon! Yay no churn!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Kristy, and yay… Let me know what ya think of the delicious no churn ice-cream. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - July 25, 2016 Reply

A big congratulations lovely!! I love the pics of you and your great smile 😀 So much joy in this post!! xxx

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Thanks lovely Lorraine, it was a very exciting night. I couldn’t believe I won. But the face says that! 🙂

Mabel Kwong - July 25, 2016 Reply

Congratulations big sis Anna on winning the award for best blogger! Soooo proud of you and you look so chuffed and chipper in the photos with your mum and holding your award. I remember reading your Kenny the Coconut post and thought it was very cute – he even had a cute little face!

When I first discovered your blog, I always thought you are a writer. Your posts on travel flow so well and your recipes too, and same goes with your interviews with those in the hospitality sector. You can also add photographer to the list because your photos are ace. One day I’m pretty sure you’ll come out with a book of your own, maybe a recipe book on healthy eating or on your travels 🙂

Hope you are well and keeping warm. Lots and lots and lots of hugs to you x

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Nawh, thank you so much little one, I am so lucky having so many beautiful people in my world, especially you. Your kind words of encouragement each week mean the world to me. Big squishy warm hugs headed your way. And wow, I love that you can see so much awesome for me too. You are amazing. Lots of love. xox

Rosemarie - July 25, 2016 Reply

Congratulations Anna! So well deserved! It’s such joy when you achieve the dreams that you put to paper!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    I appreciate your kind words Rose, achieving this goal really has been a fabulous feeling. 🙂

Hannah - July 25, 2016 Reply


I’m not a big eater the day after a big night, however bacon always helps!
My favorite alcohol to dink and enjoy is wine. For a fun night out, espresso martinis!

I often drive when heading out so not much drinking is had.
However if going out sans car, a bottle of wine over dinner and maybe a couple of drinks before or after at a nice bar.

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Thanks FRIEND!!! 🙂

    Bacon does help, especially after a big night of espresso martini. I remember having breakfast with the kitchen years ago, we had all the bacon with our espresso martini. Whaaaaat? Wrong, but so right too.

    These years, I drive too, so much cooler to not waste a weekend away feeling terrible. But wine and nice bars are super fun too.

Mandy - July 24, 2016 Reply

Congratulations again darling Anna! Super well deserved Hon.
Love and hugs to you from a sunny but seriously cold SA.
🙂 Mandy xoxo

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Thanks Mandy! Big hugs and love headed back at chya! Summer really cannot come quick enough, its miserable down under too.

Yang - July 24, 2016 Reply

Such a simple and delish recipe for the hot summer days! I love the purple colour, very appetising!

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Glad you enjoyed Yang, its a winner in my household, even when I don’t have a hangover. Lol!

Elizabeth - July 24, 2016 Reply

WOW, WOW, WOW, Congratulations!!!!! YAY!!! How amazingly exciting… you should be so proud of yourself… as you know I am incredible proud, as I am sure everyone who follows and loves your blogging is as well!
I haven’t had a bit of a hangover for a while, you see I like the old strawberry daiquiri, but the water in the ice keeps me hydrated 🙂 Anyway… I think I will stick with the old fry up if a hangover ever happens, as I am allergic to bananas and even thought the thought of this yummy ice-cream makes my mouth water (and really fast in the Thermi too) it would make me sicker than the hang over! LOL!
Liz xx

    Anna - August 1, 2016 Reply

    WOW, thank you so much my beautiful friend for such a lovely and thoughtful comment. I am very blessed to have such amazing and wonderful people in my world like you. 🙂 Hahahaha… loving the rational behind why you do not get hangovers, Ill be sure to ask for extra ice next time I tackle the booze. Yeah, avoid this dessert, would hate for you to be sicker then a hangover. :/

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