Smoothie bowls have only been in my life since I had my first acai bowl in Hawaii last year. What a breakfast-changing discovery that was! Since then, my freezer has been consistently stocked with a variety of fruit and my pantry is always full of potential crunchy toppings. You don’t need a recipe to make a smoothie bowl. They are endlessly cusotomizable both in terms of the base and the toppings. However, ever since I started making smoothie bowls, I have discovered that some are superior to others. There are even sometimes smoothie bowl flops. That being said, a couple of weeks ago I discovered a combination that I thought was especially delicious. It had the perfect proportions of equal parts strawberries and banana and a little extra mango for a super refreshing, delicious breakfast bowl.
This is the second galette I’ve ever made. The first one was intended for this blog but it didn’t work out very well. I think I tried to ‘wing-it’ which is always a bad idea when you are not a proficient baker. This time, I researched the general approach to making galettes and this one was infinitely more successful (don’t worry, the burnt bits on the parchment paper are from rogue sugar crystals that I dropped on the baking sheet before putting this into the oven burning, the galette was safe and sound!). If you’ve never made a galette before, it is basically a more relaxed, rustic, pie. It doesn’t have to look perfect. In fact, a lot of it’s charm is the generous pile of fruit in the middle of a craggy, golden, crispy dough.
Sundays are usually our cooking days. Even though the days are getting longer, I have been working so much during the days that Sundays have now also become blog recipe making days. I whip a few things together that I’ve been waiting to make all week and photograph furiously while the sun is out. This morning, we were meeting people for brunch at 10 am and I woke up at 9. Needless to say, I got these muffin tin cakes cooked and out of the oven, and my self showered and ready all under 45 minutes.
I find it amazing how entrenched we can become in some of our habits and how, at the same time, we can create new ones if we are forced to. What made me come to this deep, philosophical realization? Cereal. I think I have eaten cereal for breakfast pretty much every morning of my entire life. Of course, weekends bring about variety like eggs or french toast but during the week it was always cereal. I pretty much binge on one brand for a while and then cut it out completely, moving onto the next one. Lately, my go-to has been all bran with some sort of fruit, mostly bananas. Every morning, I wake up and almost sub-consciously I reach for the cereal box. I couldn’t imagine eating anything else. Even when I discovered the best green smoothie ever, I still couldn’t integrate it into my breakfast rotation.