Thursday, October 7, 2010

Honey Curry Bread

Hey friends. Do I even need to mention that I miss you? Cause I do.

Tiffy and I made this a long time ago, then Heika and I made it later. I got the recipe out of The Bread Machine Cookbook II that Eric Price got at the unorganized book store and gave to me. See, food follows a web of people.

On another note, I’m running a marathon in three days. Things that I’m feeling: nervous, excited, eager (to just have it over), sad (to have it over), tired, energized, anxious, and ready. Actually, I’m feeling all the feelings in the world, these just stand out right now. I had a stupid foot injury a month ago that really messed up my training. Now my foot is fine, but I can’t get that time back. So, I’m looking to finish and finish strong. All my time goals are kind of out the window, but success will be counted if I do my best. I know that sounds cheesy, but I mean it.

Please try this and change it around. I’m sure other spices could be substituted for the curry if you want to try it. Let me know what you think.

Miss and Love you.

Honey Curry Bread

1 ½ cups Milk/Water

1 1/3 Tbs Vegetable Oil

2 Tbs Honey

1 tsp salt

2 tsp curry powder

4 cups flour (half whole wheat, no problem)

2 tsp yeast

Put this all in a bread machine in order. It’s a 2 pound loaf. It makes great toast. Especially with avocado and tomato on it. Mmmm, I think I want some now.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chai Tea Pancakes

Pancakes. They are so good. Chai. It is so good. Let’s put them together and watch them fall in love.

Fall would be the perfect time to fall in love. Everything sounds and smells and tastes just as it should. So, let’s give this pair a chance.

Got this from Joy!

Your ingredients:

2 eggs

2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

healthy pinch of ground cloves

scant 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns (or a dash of freshly ground black pepper)

1 cups milk (I used almond milk and added some chai mix)

1/2 cup brewed black chai tea

4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

½ teaspoons vanilla extract

oil or cooking spray (for cooking)

In a large bowl beat eggs. Add milk, chai tea, butter and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix well until mostly smooth. Let batter set for a few minutes. Cook two tablespoons at a time.

We added some strawberries and banana slices and maple syrup. It was a love connection for sure.

What else was full of love? The Friday morning breakfast Tiff, Lynn and I had.

High Fashion Ice Cream

I'm so lucky to be sandwiched by these two people.

When Tiffany came, we made so many treats. It was so nice. One night, Jordan came over and we smoked clove cigarillos and had some ice cream.

Did we just have a good, old-fashioned American scoop of ice cream? No. We are much too fat on the inside to waste our time with such things.

High Fashion Ice Cream

1 solid scoop Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (slow churned yogurt if you want to pretend it’s healthy)

1 similar scoop of French silk ice cream

1 sloppy tablespoon All natural chunky peanut butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup frozen mixed berries

(There are obviously plenty of other things that would be so good in this. How about graham crackers? Oreos? Endless possibilities.)

So we sat on my tiny porch on my too tiny chairs and we enjoyed a moment. It was a nice moment. All the smells and taste were pleasant and the people even more so.

Wild Rice Salad with Yogurt Vinaigrette

Sometimes, being healthy means being weird. Sometimes, being weird means being healthy. Both times, I like it.

Here is something that I need to explain. I don’t have Internet at my house. Why? Because I don’t make enough money to do the things I want and I barely have enough to do the things I need. So, I can’t post all of the things I’ve been cooking and baking. I’m sorry. Trust me though, when I cook and bake, I think of you. Sorry I’m going to ambush the blog again with things, it’s just that I’m at my parents’ house and they have Internet.

So back to weird healthy and happy things…this salad is all of it! I got it from Joy the Baker and I changed only a couple of things.


5 cups of cooked wild rice

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

1 (15 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped

about 3 cups coarsely chopped cooked sweet potatoes

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup fresh blueberries

2-3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

for the yogurt vinaigrette, whisk together the following:

1 heaping spoonful Dijon or whole grain mustard

1 heaping spoonful of honey

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 - 1 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (i used vanilla Greek yogurt)

salt and pepper to taste

about 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

about 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

a few mint leaves chopped

a small garlic clove, finely chopped

Mix it all together and drop a healthy dollop of dressing on it. Enjoy, my weird friends!