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Going Bananas for Banana Bread

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So this lovely Saturday morning, I had the worst leg cramps and thought, “I’m going to make banana bread!”

I must say, it was the best batch, ever.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 all purpose flour
  • 5 semi ripe bananas(mashed)
  • 3 eggs (I only used 1 yolk)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of bourbon vanilla extract
  • 3 Ferraro Rocher chocolates (roughly crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (or 3 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • Nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix mashed bananas with maple syrup.
  2. In a bowl, mix brown sugar with eggs and banana mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda (or baking powder) and spiff into the mixture of brown sugar, eggs, and bananas. *note that it’s very important that you spiff your flour, or the texture of the batch will come out uneven.
  4. When the mixture is smoothly blended, add vanilla extract.
  5. Pour onto a baking tray (I usually cover mine with foil to save cleanup time)
  6. Sprinkle a handful of brown sugar over the mixture and the crushed Ferraro Rocher chocolate pieces (add any kind of nut mixture if you like)
  7. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  8. Let it cool before serving.

Bon Appetit!

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Green Tea Cheesecake – No Bake


I’ve been on a Green Tea crave recently + tight on time so this recipe sparked quite an interest!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp gelatine powder & 1/4 cup water
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder and 3 Tbsp warm water, mixed
  • For Crust: 1 package graham crackers crushed into crumbs & 3 Tbsp butter & 1 Tbsp sugar

Preparation:

  1. Mix gelatine powder and water in a small cup and set aside. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Spread the crumbs in bottom of a 8 inch round cake pan. Flatten the crust, pressing with a spoon. Chill in refrigerator.
  3. Stir softened cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl. Add plain yogurt and heavy cream and mix until smooth. Further, add matcha green tea powder mixture into the filling.
  4. Heat gelatine mixture in the microwave until becomes liquid and add it to the filling. Stir well.
  5. Pour the filling on top of the crust and spread evenly. Refrigerate the cake for 3 hours, or until set.

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Smoked Salmon Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta


Had something like this at Mi Piace in Pasadena!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced smoked salmon
  • 2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne pepper

    Bowtie  or Penne pasta *

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan saute butter and onion with smoked salmon. Once the pan begins to lightly smoke, pull saucepan away from heat source and add the Vodka.
  2. When the Vodka has burned off, return the sauce to heat source and mix in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and heavy cream.
  3. Season sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and chile pepper. Reduce sauce to desired consistency; mix and serve with Bowtie/Penne  pasta.

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Steamed Eggplant


I really like eggplant and my mother recently told me about this quick 10 minute recipe for a healthy meal.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Asian eggplants

  • 2 tablespoons red rice vinegar (note: not red wine vinegar)

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola

  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Preparation:

  1. Remove the stalk from the eggplants. Cut in the middle and then cut each half lengthwise so that you have 4 equal pieces

  2. Steam the eggplant over high heat until softened (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool

  3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the eggplant and serve.

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Baked Egg in Avocado


Need a breakfast treat? Try this incredibly simple yet very healthy egg in an avocado recipe!

Both of the main ingredients contain a fair share of nutrients beneficial to your body.

 

Directions:

  • preheat oven to 425, have cast iron pan in there
  • Slice avocado in half, take out pit
  • take pan out, put avocado half on, crack egg in
  • put whatever you want on top
  • place in oven and cook till your eggs [are done how you] desire

Enjoy!

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Shrimp Scampi


Shrimp Scampi

Hawaii is known for its white sand beaches, tropical climate and fun water sports. But any food lover will tell you that the real draw on Oahu is the fresh garlic shrimp or Shrimp Scampi served at roadside shrimp trucks along the North Shore…

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry white vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Put the shrimp on a large pie pan or plate and pat them completely dry with a paper towel. Arrange the shrimp so they lay flat and are evenly spaced.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the skillet. When the foaming subsides, raise the heat to high, and invert the plate of shrimp over the pan so the shrimp fall into the pan all at once. Cook the shrimp, without moving them, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
  3. Return the skillet to the heat and pour in the vermouth and lemon juice. Boil the liquid until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir the zest and parsley into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine.

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Winter Berry Clafoutis


This simply looks delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of berries (fresh or frozen, thawed, frozen pre-)
  • 1 tbsp honey,
  • 3/4 cup wheat flour
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar
  • 7/8 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 100ml low-fat cream
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Warm the honey and pour on berries – set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, almonds, cinnamon and sugar. Separately, whisk whisk eggs, milk and cream. Add liquid ingredients to dry. Stir until smooth.
  4. Baking dish greased with butter, sprinkle with sugar. Put berries, pour batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The finished dessert, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  5. Cool for 15 minutes and serve.

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