Today is about breakfast. As everyone knows, it is the most important meal of the day. When my family was recently here, we followed a more traditional Catalan style of breakfast. Bread, meat and cheese.
The base is pan con tomate (bread with fresh tomato rubbed on, and olive oil drizzled on top). You can then have this with a nice Spanish cheese (such as manchego), or with Spanish charcuterie (a type of cured meat, in this case pork.) I know, I know. It sounds crazy having ham and cheese for breakfast, but that’s the Spanish culture. This kind of charcuterie is a very common food in Spain, and is eaten at all times of the day, for breakfast or as a tapa later in the day.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to find good Spanish charcuterie in the U.S., so I can’t have jamón ibérico, salchicón, (llangonisa in Catalan) or fuet. I love Spanish charcuterie and it is the first thing I look for when I go back to Spain. But eating it almost everyday, as is the custom in Spain, is just too much for me. Because I don’t get to eat it very often, it is that much more delicious when I do have it. (And sorry Italians…salami is NOT the same for me!)
At Christmas time, my mom always has a leg of a Jamón Ibérico on hand so we can enjoy cutting our own and eating it whenever we want… And of course, with good bread and olive oil, you can’t stop eating it…
Anyway, away from home and without my charcuterie, I’ll typically have a smoothie for breakfast. For me, I don’t think that eating pork for breakfast everyday can be too healthy. But that’s just me.
For today, I made a green smoothie! Don’t let the color intimidate you. This smoothie gives me a lot of energy for the morning and starts my day on the right foot.
Ingredients (Makes 2 medium-sized smoothies, or 1 large smoothie):
– 2 cups spinach (raw)
– 1 small banana
– 1 orange
– 1 pear
– 1/2 avocado
– 1 1/2 cups water
Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix away!