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Spiced Banana Bread

14 Sep

Hi Everyone!

A little bit of spice makes this not too sweet Banana Bread extra special and the spice flavors are very subtle. The Chia Seeds and Walnuts add some protein and healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Any time you can add a #SuperFood, it’s great to do!

  • 4 oz (115g or 1/2 cup) Unsalted Butter, softened (save the wrapping paper to grease the loaf pan)
  • 2 Eggs, beaten in a glass or mug (I used Extra Large but Large is OK too)
  • 2 Ripe Bananas, mashed by hand in the peel before you open it, or coarsely with a fork
  • 1/2 Cup (90 g) Coconut Sugar (less 1 Tablespoon if you like baked goods a bit less sweet and/or if your bananas are really ripe)
  • 2/3 Cup (150 g) Whole Wheat Flour (All-Purpose Flour is OK too)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp Allspice, ground
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground (Saigon Cinnamon is my favorite!)
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger, ground
  • 2 Tbsn Chia Seeds (White, preferrably)
  • Optional – 1/2 c (90 g) Walnuts, chopped (Walnuts are the only nuts that contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are essential for our Brain to function – did you ever notice they even look like our Brain!?)

Note: you could double the amount of spices if you want more spice than banana to come through but the amounts above are more to add some subtle enhancement to the banana flavor.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F (170 C)

  1. In a medium bowl, blend butter and sugar (you can use a spatula or wooden spoon if your butter is very soft, or use a hand mixer)
  2. Stir in eggs and bananas.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and stir into the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan and give it a good tap on the counter to level out the batter and eliminate potential air bubbles.
  5. Bake 40-50 min. Note, after 20 min. turn the pan 180 degrees. Test doneness with a toothpick. If toothpick comes out dry, it is ready. Cool 15-20 minutes before slicing (it will be hard to wait!)

I hope you enjoy it!


Thoughts After A One Year Hiatus

24 May

Well, here I am again, after no blog posts for just over a year. Last May, I had thoughts of revamping the web design and along with it, sharing in a new format…shorter posts, maybe a sentence or two, or maybe even just a photo with a comment…basically, anything that might inspire someone to try a new idea or to think about ingredients in a new way, and that I could publish more spontaneously. However, after searching for new designs, I never ended up finding what I really wanted, and so after all this time, the design is the same!

I have missed writing and being in touch with my friends/family/followers and appreciate all of you so much! I’m sure there will be times when posts are more lengthy, but I hope you’ll enjoy a more spontaneous format going forward.

So with that said, here’s photo of one of my favorite recent meals, served at Café Rouge in Berkeley…Prosciutto, Asparagus, a perfectly poached Egg, topped with Breadcrumbs and drizzled with Truffle Oil. It is one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. What I love is that the menu always changes and uses seasonal ingredients. I’m definitely going to duplicate this one at home. I hope it inspires you to do the same 🙂


Mary had a little lamb (donuts)

29 Jun

Too cute not to share…I love this idea!

My So Called Foodie Life

Mary had a little lamb…how adorable are these donuts?! 🙂

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Cutting Wheat

15 May

Thought you might like to see this post about cutting wheat from another blogger. The photos caught my eye.

My Tasty Store (du jour) for Special Holiday Gifts

10 Dec

As you can tell if you’ve been following my blog, I love sharing ideas! I’ve recently posted a limited assortment of holiday gift ideas (or for your kitchen), by way of My Tasty Store (du jour). My Tasty Store is a new feature on my blog and I anticipate changing it regularly.

On the side bar of the blog, you’ll see links to recommended cookbooks, gadgets, gourmet food items, stocking stuffers and so forth. Click them for details or to purchase.

Viewing on a mobile device is not ideal, but I hope to figure out (technically) a better way to set it up in the future. For now, on an iPhone, you can see the links if you scroll to the bottom of the posts. Regrettably, on an iPad I didn’t see a way to access it so you’ll need to get on a computer in order to check it out. If any of you bloggers out there have suggestions, or can direct me to a YouTube tutorial, I’d certainly appreciate your comments.

Sit back, relax and avoid the crowds! Happy Shopping!

Debut Post

20 Sep

I’m excited to publish my very first post on my new blog. Grapevines from my food tour in Napa Valley in late July 2011 are an iconic image of food and wine and I think it’s a good inspiration of more to come. I hope you will enjoy it. Cheers! Kim