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Nectarine Pineapple Smoothie

You know how some smoothies are all you need for breakfast? This Nectarine Pineapple Smoothie makes a great one to start-up your day, but make sure to carry around a snack for mid-morning. However, I found it perfect to have it after working out. This smoothie is packed with Vitamin C and definitely hydrates me back after an hour session of yoga.

This smoothie is easy to prepare as the rest of the ones we publish, and definitely gets its sweetness from the fruit, so make sure that the fruit you use is ripe enough. If you don’t find a very tasteful pineapple, you can add ½ tablespoon of honey. That should give it a sweet taste and an energy kick!


Nectarine Pineapple Smoothie

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Blueberry Smoothie

After the holidays everybody wants to get back in the healthy wagon, so we are giving you some ideas for a quick and on-the-go breakfast for those busy weekdays. Smoothies are perfect to pack up nutrients and vitamins, you can take it on the go and not miss the most important meal of the day. I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes for breakfast smoothies with you, starting with this Blueberry Smoothie.

A few days ago I got my hands on frozen blueberries, so naturally the first recipe is a Blueberry Smoothie. I adapted a recipe from Cat Cora, but added a bit of oatmeal to it. If you’re thinking that you’ll stay hungry , you’re not! This will keep you satisfied until lunch. Just make sure you keep the good work by having a healthy and balanced lunch and dinner.

I am already thinking of mixing some fruit and greens to have a different twist on my smoothies. What fruits or greens would you like me to try? I am open to suggestions!


Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

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Julia Child’s Quiche Lorraine

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Julia Child. We both have our Mastering the Art of French Cooking books and we both enjoy watching her videos. This is the second recipe I’ve posted from Julia. The first was Reine de Saba, her favorite chocolate and almond french cake. My second recipe is her Quiche Lorraine.

At home, usually on Sundays the one who makes breakfast is dad, since he’s the one that wakes up earlier than the rest of us most of the times. This Sunday I thought I’d surprise him with making breakfast… and a nice one! I had a pastry dough disc from a recipe I made a few days ago, so I just rolled it out and baked it filled with dried beans so it wouldn’t puff up. Oh, and the dish (the Quiche dish, that is), it’s my favorite now. Last Thursday we went out with Helga to get some props for foodies, and in one of our stops… I saw it! It’s gorgeous, white and incredibly cute. So, it was a perfect fit for both a family breakfast and a Julia recipe.

Now, about the recipe… Have you ever simmered bacon? I never heard of it until I read this recipe. The reason you simmer the bacon strips is to get rid the bacon of its smokiness. If you don’t simmer the bacon, the entire dish will have that smoky flavor… And we don’t want a smoky Quiche. Besides that, this is the perfect dish to prepare ahead. You can easily prepare the mixture and partially bake the shell the night before and just finish baking it just before serving. As Julia states in her book: Half an hour before serving, the filling is poured into the shell and the Quiche is set up in a 375º degree oven. In 25 to 30 minutes the Quiche will have puffed and the top browned. It will stay puffed for 10 minutes and as it cools it will sink down.

So there you have it, tips from Julia herself.

Bon Appétit!


Julia Child's Quiche Lorraine

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Blackberry and Grape Fruit Salad

It was my mom’s birthday last month, and as part of her celebrations I invited her and my sisters over to have breakfast at my apartment.  I browsed through our recipes and decided to make our Chocolate Pancakes (this was a hugely successful recipe), and some Banana Blueberry Pancakes as well.  I used our Blueberry Pancake recipe, and just added 1 pureed banana to the mix.

This post is really about the fruit salad I made, but I also wanted to share photos of everything I served so you can get ideas for your next breakfast or brunch get together. The menu featured store-bought croissants, a platter of cheese, ham and grapes, fruit salad, chocolate pancakes, blueberry-banana pancakes, whipped cream, mango juice and coffee. I also had a little bowl with pastel colored little meringues, just because they looked pretty.  I always try to mix different flavors in all my menus so I had something salty, something sweet and something fresh to offer.

This salad is different from what you would usually expect,  it includes blackberries, plums, and grapes.  I skipped on the blueberries, since all I can get my hands on around here are frozen ones, so I just added more blackberries and I also decided to add some green grapes and almonds to the mix, which gave it a nice pop of color.

Happy Birthday Mom!


Blackberry & Grape Fruit Salad

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