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Posts Tagged ‘bread’

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Wow, I feel like I might actually be running out of things to tell you – I suppose this is what happens when I post for the third day in a row (I sort of hope I’m making up for abandoning for three weeks – between posting three recipes last week, and three this week [and that’s just to start with – hopefully I’ll have more!], I hope I’ve won you back…). Read the rest of this entry »

Whole Wheat French Bread

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Oh, mes cheres, are there any of you left?  I wouldn’t blame you, certainly, if there weren’t – I hinted to you that I was doing NaBloPoMo, and then I dropped off the face of the planet.  I’m sorry, again.  I got cold feet about NaBloPoMo, and then things happened.  Like life.  It’s actually a sheer miracle that I’m updating this today – I have written 21 pages of class papers this weekend (in the past three days), including a scientific paper for ecology, which was written with my amazing housemate, thank goodness.  We’ve had colds, a sinus infection, lots of rain, and lots of leaves this November (fortunately, the colds weren’t mine; and neither was the sinus infection).  I started running five days a week, even though this is my off season; I’ve had all of my midterms, and I have an ecology quiz tomorrow (this is a brutal week in ecology).  On Thursday, my house (along with the rest of my school) are piling into the one tiny movie theatre here to watch the midnight premier of Harry Potter – and then, I will be on a plane going back to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  It will be the first time since September that I will disband from my housemates (my adopted family, really), and while I’m excited, I’m also scared.

Because: and here’s the big news, so hold onto your hat – there are three weeks of school (including finals) after Thanksgiving break.  And then, I will be heading home until the end of January, when I will be traveling to Mexico to study at a field studies site for the semester.  I will be looking at coastal ecology, marine resource development and more.  I will be leaving behind my school, my country, my language (for the most part), and immersing myself in an experience I didn’t anticipate.  I will know no one.  My best friend from school and I, by the time we re-unite, will not have seen each other for more than a year.  I will not see any of my housemates for almost eight months (two of them) and four months (one of them).  When I return from Mexico, I will be at home for about three weeks; I will then be on official hiatus for almost six weeks because I will be in Jordan, working on an archaeological excavation and traveling (with the same housemate I wrote the ecology paper with).  I am having all of these new experiences this year, and I have the next seven months of my life planned out – but only in theoreticals.  I’m telling you all this now (after disappearing on you for three weeks) in part because I don’t want to forget to tell you, but also because it’s getting closer, and therefore, it’s becoming all the more real, which is very intimidating.  The good news, however, is that I am planning to incorporate a travel aspect to this blog as of next year (2011!), and that, at least while I’m in Mexico, I plan to still update every week.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I am back at college, and I just ran out of ^ this today.  I made two loaves about a month ago, scarffed one in about a week, and froze the other, ostensibly to eat later…which turned into my mom saying: “You’ve got a loaf of zucchini bread and a loaf of banana bread in the freezer.  Do you want to take them to Washington with you?” and me vigorously nodding my head, because really, I sometimes need a serious pick-me-up (several times a day) during the week.  Especially when you’re just getting used to a new kitchen, and remembering what it’s like to cook for yourself (and three others!) every single day.  Urgh…I am repeating a mantra to myself: “I love cooking, I love cooking, I love doing so many dishes cooking…”  (Please note that the strike-outs in this post are not in any way indicative of my mood at the moment).

Anyway, because you are all here because you actually want to know about banana bread: this bread is truly delicious.  I really make no changes to the recipe, because how do you alter something that you said was your favorite recipe when you were three years old (and in preschool)?  It’s certainly malleable – if you don’t want chocolate chips in your banana bread (really?) you can absolutely take them out.  If you want to add nuts (really?!) you can add nuts.  The basic recipe itself, however, is pretty bomb proof.  It can be made into muffins (the original recipe is made for muffins) or bread, as I’ve been doing the past couple of times I’ve made it.  Best of all, if you have some questionable bananas hanging out in your kitchen, this recipe will by all means fix that problem before the fruit flies come out.  And it makes an awesome snack/dessert/etc.

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Zucchini Bread

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

July and August are the months of the year in which Barbara Kingsolver* says that people (at least those in farm country) start to lock all of their doors.  This doesn’t come from a sudden suspicion of their neighbors, mind you, but instead comes from the fear that their neighbors have, like themselves, been growing summer squash and zucchini.  They will, in fact, grow so much that they will attempt to donate their squash to their neighbors, because they have too much to use.  While we haven’t gotten quite to that point in my family, we aren’t far from it, either.  There have been a handful of zucchinis (we’re growing both a conventional green as well as a yellow summer squash) that I’ve just had to let go (and grow to become the size of whales) simply because either I can’t get to them or because I have too many sitting in my refrigerator, begging to be eaten.  Read the rest of this entry »

Backlog: Chapatis

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Oh wow…I am so sorry that I haven’t updated in almost two months!  Naughty blogger…However, in the span of those two months, I took finals, moved out of my apartment, semi-moved into a house, completed my sophomore year of college, came home, and started working; hopefully you’ll forgive me for my absence.  In the meantime, however, I have updated and revised several of my previous posts, re-done the layout for the blog, and done a lot of cooking.  Not all of my cooking has been accompanied by photography – I’m finding it challenging, particularly now that I’m home, to force myself a) to cook, and b) to take pictures.  The lighting in my parents’ kitchen is notoriously bad.  The soft lighting is beautiful, but makes it unbelievably challenging to take well-lit (and therefore not blurry) pictures.  (You’ll notice in the upcoming days/weeks that I had to take a certain cake outside in order to get a picture of it in its finished form).  I have also made a resolution, however, to make sure that I take pictures of completed recipes.  This has not been going so well (as I tend to eat everything and think about pictures later, oops), but I am going to make the effort to be better! 

And, with that, I will continue filling you in on my culinary adventures in the past couple of months.  Now, we have chapatis, a truly wonderful Indian flatbread that is incredibly easy to make and impossible to resist.  I personally love making them and eating them plain or with honey.  Most people, however, eat them with delicious Indian food (like dal.  However, having tried to make that several months ago and failed, we’ll come back to it later), or with other condiments besides honey.  Similar almost to pancakes in their simplicity and lack of yeast, they are nevertheless much more like bread (they are somewhere between pancakes and Naan, if you’ve had that…shame on you if you haven’t!).   So here, without further ado, are chapatis. 

 

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