1. It was mother's day and I thought a cake was called for. I landed on coffee cake because I was serving it in the morning (and frosting before noon just seems a little much sometimes. Not that I've never eaten frosting before noon, don't get me wrong).
2. I had coffee on the brain as this week I am having a little coffee fast in preparation for my sister's wedding this Sunday. You see, I'm doing the whole teeth whitening thing and the whitening strips box told me to avoid black coffee and red wine while using the product as my teeth will be more sensitive to stains.
After reading this I cried a little.
Ok, not really. But I drink coffee every day so I was a little bummed.
But then I also figured I could just drink iced coffee through a straw.
And then I could have coffee AND not stain my teeth.
Can you tell I've given this WAAAAAAY more thought than the whole thing deserves? I'm a weirdo.
The Best Coffee Cake. Ever. That's what this cake is called, literally, recipe found here. I didn't make any changes to the original recipe and it came out amazing so I don't suggest it.
Unless you just want to.
It's your life to live. Do what you've got to do. ;)
A few weeks ago I found myself with an excess amount of egg roll wrappers. Sure, I could have bought items to make the the egg roll filling again, but instead I decided to make something up.
So instead I filled some of the wrappers with cream cheese + dark chocolate, and some with cream cheese + honey. I folded them 'crab rangoon style' and fried them up. Then I sprinkled the tops with sugar, hoping to make them look more... uh... dessert like. ;)
They were a hit!
I personally favor the chocolate ones.
Have you ever made anything random with unexpected leftovers?
If you've been reading my blog for very long then you probably already know that I have a slight obsession with making curries.
I love curries. And I have made it one of my goals this year to create a really good curry recipe. And I must say, this is my absolute best one yet! Plus it's super easy.
My picture on the other hand... hmm. Maybe my next goal should be to get really good at taking pictures when there's not a lot of light available. It. has. not. stopped. raining.
Avocado Curry, makes 4-6 servings. Slightly adapted from this recipe.
For the sauce: 1 medium white onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 small green bell pepper, 1 can tomato paste, 1 can coconut milk, 1 ripe avocado, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.
In a food processor blend together all the above ingredients into a sauce. Heat up the sauce on the stove top and serve over your choice of sauteed veggies (or, gasp, meat) and rice. I used colorful bell peppers, asparagus, zucchini and pineapple in mine. Go crazy.
I love citrus: lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, etc. So when I saw this recipe in an issue of Everyday Food I had to try it out.
I am SUCH a sucker for magazine photoshoped, high gloss images of tasty treats. I really am. If you show me a really cool picture of food I immediately want to make it. And I read quite a few food magazines.
I was getting my oil changed at a Wal-mart the other day and so I had time to kill, in Wal-mart (I swear they planned it all this way). So I wandered over the magazine/book section. It dawned on me that most gals my age will probably pick up a Glamour or a People magazine first. And I'm not saying I don't like fashion magazines or occasionally glance at gossip columns (come on-admit it, we all do). But I immediately gravitate toward the food magazine section.
The Katy Perry of my world is Paula Deen.
Bobby Flay is my Justin Beiber.
I could go on. I know that many. Knowledge is power. Obviously.
Citrus Bars, makes around 18 (depending how you slice it).
For the crust: 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, 1/3 cup cold water.
Mix together the flours, sugar and salt. Slice up the butter and using your (clean) hands mix up the batter until it is very crumbly. Stir in the water and mix to form a ball (you may need to add slightly more water if your dough doesn't stick together). Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator over night or in the freezer for 30 min to an hour.
For the filling: juice and zest of 1 grapefruit, juice and zest from 1 orange, juice and 2 tablespoons zest from 3-4 lemons, 1 1/2 cup sugar and 5 eggs.
Whisk together all the ingredients and set aside until ready.
Roll out the dough and place in a well greased rectangle baking pan. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes (if you have parchment paper and pie weights use them-I found I was out so I didn't and it turned out just fine). Remove crust from oven and fill with custard filling. Bake for 20 more minutes until the center is set. Allow to cool for 30 minutes to and hour before serving. Dust with powder sugar if you're feeling fancy.