I really enjoy living out of home.
I live five minutes away from the city – a place where I go to uni, work and spend the majority of my time, I can leave my bed unmade after I get out of it of a morning (or afternoon) and I can swear openly and loudly just because I feel like it. It’s great, it really is.
Unfortunately, this independence also comes with a laundry list of cons. Firstly, I’m poor: bills really take it out of you and you know when your parents used to complain about how expensive groceries are each week? Yeah, I feel ya. Secondly, when I’m sick, there’s no one to take care of me; instead I try and seek comfort from my cat who would much prefer to chase around a bottle cap then pat my head and tell me I’m pretty.
So really, the best perk about living away from your parents is that it feels really, really great to come home to them. Basically like a holiday from my own life. The fridge is always full, the house is always sparkling clean and the moment I step in the door, my mother is feeding me.
Right now, I’m emphasising this holiday away from home feeling by sipping on a dragon fruit smoothie in the sun.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie
1 baby coconut
A large handful of frozen blueberries
1/2 dragon fruit
Open up the top of the coconut and pour the water into your blender. Scrape out as much of the flesh as you can and add that in too. Throw in your banana, dragon fruit and blueberries and whiz. Pour back into the coconut and sit back and enjoy the bliss that is your parent’s house.
My parents had the pink dragon fruits in their fridge at home because they aren’t financially unstable like myself and can afford all things I consider fancy. However, my sister went to the markets over the weekend and bought 3 pink dragon fruit from a stall for significantly less that what you would pay in grocery stores. Markets are the greatest place to buy fresh produce for cheap. The food is fresher and usually locally grown and you definitely get more for your money.
If you’re in Brisbane check out the Jan Powers Farmers Markets (in the city on Wednesdays), Davies Park Markets (in West End on Saturday mornings) or Eagle Farm Markets (at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Sunday mornings)0