Sunday, January 31, 2010

Best Breakfast Smoothie

You drink this in the morning, you'll be so full you won't need lunch!
Adapted from Dr. Oz's "breakfast blaster" - mine is thicker and the ingredients are more readily found.
(1 serving) Blend the following:
- 1/2 banana
- about 20 blueberries
- 8 raspberries
- 3 big strawberries
- 4 blackberries
- 1/4 cup of 1% cow's milk
- 1/4 cup almond milk (or soaked cashews + water - kudos Gretchen)
- 3tbs vanilla whey
- 1tbs flax seeds
- heaping tbs of nonfat yogurt
- Handful of ice (about 6 cubes)

What's for Dinner? Minus the Lamb... You Have a Vegetarian Meal!

Vegetarian Chili made with plenty of onions, soaked beans, barley, peas, and various vegetables. Atop a bowl full, a big scoop of basmati rice, lots of pepper, and some teared up lamb leg. For dessert: A sugar crust tart topped with a Creme Anglais and a fresh blueberry syrup.

Leg of Lamb for Andrew

Yesterday I made LEG OF LAMB (mmm) for me and my brother Andrew. (Charles' Meats at the market - HUGE splurge) slow roasted for 5 hours at 200 degrees, Mediterranean spices and big market potatoes. Pan juices made ridiculously good mashed potatoes (that tasted of lamb) and a red wine gravy. Steamed broccoli on the side.. contrary to Andrew's belief, vegetables are necessity. What a tasty night! Chocolate/rum/coffee/orange baked mousse. More of a savory dessert because the chocolate was beautifully bitter.

The beginning

Like any hobby taken too far, my cooking trials and tribulations have found their way in to the big wide world called the internet! Currently 16, I think I've developed quite a knack for cooking, farming and all things food related. Travelling to the grocers every Saturday morning since the age of 5 with my Mom seemed to strike a note. Now, the highlight of my week is going to the market and picking our vegetables and various cuts of meat. My daily joy is rolling up my sleeves and getting in the kitchen to create something new for dinner. Hands down, my favourite food moment was riding my rickety blue bike with fenders along a dirt path, back from the HiBerry Farm at my cottage. My basket threatened to topple over the bike, stuffed to the brim with wild beets, fresh berries, red leaf lettuce, beans, a sunflower, and a pike. That's probably when the cooking thing hit me!
I'm not quite sure where this will go... but one thing is for sure, I shall cook then post for you the stories and details behind some very tasty dishes. So here's to a beginning, however small it is.