Strawberry-Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

20130604-103923.jpgI GOT A MAGIC BULLET BLENDER. This was my first creation: a mixed fruit smoothie that was so deliciously thick I had to eat it with a spoon. I made it as a post-workout snack after my run. The cold beverage was so refreshing on this hot day.

I use frozen fruit instead of adding ice to make it smoother and thicker and goat-milk yoghurt to save the cows! Banana makes a creamy base, blueberries are high in anti-oxidants, and strawberries are just fucking awesome.

** If you are using fresh strawberries, here is a trick I learned from my Magic Bullet recipe book: leave the green tops on the strawberries, that is where a lot of the nutrients are!

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Pomegranate Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Veggies

The first meal I made for my family was a fancy glazed salmon dish with mashed sweet potatoes and steamed mixed vegetables that turned out a lot better than I had anticipated. It was a bit ambitious for my first cooking attempt in months but somehow was delicious.

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So that is not my photo but its pretty close to what I served.

I got the recipe for the salmon from

http://mangeratrois.net

and then just improvised the rest. My mum made the mashed sweet potatoes. The glaze was a little improvised as well because we used what we already had. We chose a pomegranate glaze because my dad had bought pomegranate-açai juice—for a sparkling wine spritzer drink that was his contribution to the dinner party—and we used dark cherry balsamic vinegar from the cupboard. So the glaze was all kinds of fruity.

ImageThe assorted veggies I presented were steamed green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower. I made the executive decision to simply steam them with some salt rather than doing anything fancy because I was using a lot of oil and sugar for the salmon.

I served this meal to my parents and my best friend Cam and her mum, who we had over for dinner that night. Michelle brought a bottle of red wine by a winery called Hendry.

It was delicious (and expensive), of course.