Sunday, January 15, 2012

christmas in january (+ green smoothies)

Because our kiddiewinks were not well for Christmas and New Year's, we had to postpone our Christmas dinner until last night! I didn't have a chance to take loads of photos but I'll let you in on our menu: a 7-pound nitrate- and nitrite-free boneless ham (from our local butcher, Better Meat) that I baked with a clove, brown sugar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard sauce, roasted green beans with slivered almonds, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and kosher salt, rolls, homemade cranberry sauce (to which I added plum wine and freshly grated ginger), and my friend Angela inspired me to try baking mashed sweet potatoes in oranges (and I had just read Appetite for Life, the biography of Julia Child, and noted that Julia made something very similar in the 50s). I used Angela's mother-in-law's version of the recipe as a jumping-off point and changed it just a wee bit: I used maple syrup instead of white sugar, I used organic white sweet potatoes instead of orange ones, for the topping I substituted raisins for the mini marshmallows in the butter-brown sugar sauce, and plus I added ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. They were so yummy!

Remember the British Christmas puddings my mother-in-law and I made 1.5 years ago? Well, we still had one left, well preserved in brandy. I steamed it all day and served it lit up with rum (Matthew said it looked like the aurora borealis!), and had plenty of rum-sugar-butter to spread on top (my mother-in-law's recipe: Blend 4 oz. sugar, 4 oz. butter, and 2-3 T. brandy, or in this case, rum).

What did I do with all the sweet, gorgeous navel orange insides after I scooped them out to make room for sweet potatoes? Made a green smoothie this morning, of course! I added a bunch of organic kale, two organic bananas, and the oranges were organic as well. Blend and really enjoy--this was one of the simplest but best smoothies I've had (it was five oranges so it added quite a bit of fresh flavor + vitamin C). Very more-ish!

And another green smoothie I made the other day: kale, spinach, cilantro, clover sprouts, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, apples, and almond milk.

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