It is hard to believe that it is 2016. Time for resolutions, change and new beginnings – the start of the New Year is as good a time as any to dream big. I am very excited about the year ahead as I have lots of plans for My Notes from New England including the production of my first recipe book and I have a dream of taking the kids to my other New England this year. The timing of all these things is up in the air, but lots of ideas floating around in my head. Firstly though I am focussing on January. I have set myself a 30 day challenge of 100% plant based whole food. So no more Tenterfield Baker or endless nights of spaghetti. 30 days of fruit, vegetables, legumes & nuts. I am thinking it will inspire me to be even more creative in the kitchen and will result in some new tasty recipes. I am also spending some time with Joe Cross my juice man and have signed up for a 5 day juice challenge. So by the end of January I should be a little bit healthier with a few new recipes to share.
I had the loveliest Christmas with Archie, Rissie, Kevin & Rosie. I love Christmas and hope that my kids are able to hold onto the magic of this time for as long as possible. We threw our routine out the window a little bit and watched a Christmas movie with dinner every night and there was a chocolate every morning with their Christmas Calendar. On Christmas morning Rissie woke Archie at midnight. They managed to hold on until 2am when they woke me. As it was too late to open Christmas presents we all watched an early morning session of Miracle on 34th Street. I must admit I had to return to bed at 4.30am as I ran out of puff. I was woken again just before 6am as I suspect they could wait no longer.
They both wrote me a book which was my favourite treat on Christmas morning. Archie’s was called “The Lucky Runt”. On the front page he had written “Blerb on the back”, you then turned to the back page and he had written “Blerb. Very back page of the book”. Then you looked at the inside cover and there it was “Blerb. The Lucky Runt. Will the runt live or die? Find out in the book!” Talk about master of suspense and big build up. Rissie’s book was called “Rudolph the Bright Red Nosed Reindeer”. I loved the fact that in Rissie’s book she had a sales pitch. On the last page it read “If you want to see Larissa’s amazing stories, visit her in her office”. You have to admire a kid who combines her Christmas gift with encouragement to buy more stock.
Day one of my 30 day challenge started with an all juice smoothie. Just make sure you always have frozen bananas and berries in the freezer and this is a very easy start to the day.
All Juice Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen berries
Enough fresh juice to add enough liquid to be able to vitamise and create a smoothie
(I made a juice out of a few pieces of pineapple, 2 apples, 3 carrots, a handful of Kale and some celery – more juice than I needed for but saving the rest for morning tea)