I paint my nails so I can pick at them.

21/01/2010

This week I attempted a “girls night” dinner/snack/please-eat-my-baking party.

I came across a recipe for the “UBC Cake” on everybody likes sandwiches. This of course stands for the Ultimate Banana and Chocolate cake, and that is was! I was short one banana so I added some peanut butter… very good choice. I also decreased the sugar by a 1/4 cup and used a couple handfuls as measurement for my chocolate chips.

Ultimate Banana and Chocolate Cake
3 really ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/4 c sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
1 T cinnamon
1 c chocolate chips
1/4 c sugar mixed with cinnamon

1. Mix bananas with eggs and stir well. Add flour, sugar, soda, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix well. Add 3/4 c of the chocolate chips into the batter.

2. Pour batter into a buttered square cake pan. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mix and the remaining chocolate chips.

3. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

Upon realizing they were hard to come by, I created a gluten-free tuna casserole with rice, corn and feta. I’m attempting to remember how I put this all together. Feel free to add more feta, I probably would recommend it. Maybe even add a softer cheese as well. Since most soups and broths contain some sort of gluten products and a canned cream soup is vital to a casseroles consistency, I did find my recipe a little dry in the end. More cheese might help, and definitely keep the casserole covered while in the oven. I’m intrigued by the restrictions of this ever so popular diet and, knowing my love for a challenge, am compelled to find and perfect some out of this world gluten-free recipes. Stay tuned.

Tuna Casserole (Gluten-free)

1 can tuna, in water
1 cup cooked brown, or wild rice
1/2 cup canned corn
1/3 cup feta cheese, halfed
1 1/2 tsp dill
1 1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp corn starch
water and/or milk
onion
garlic

1) Saute a decent amount of onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent, do not brown.

2) In a big bowl, gently combine garlic and onion mixture with tuna, rice, corn, one half of the feta cheese, dill, basil and curry. Add salt to taste.

3) Sprinkle corn starch over mixture and fold in along with enough water/milk to create the casserole-like paste. I used about 1/4 cup of water.

4) Spoon into greased casserole dish, sprinkle with last half of feta. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes on until the cheese on top begins to brown. Let sit for 5 minute to set.

The rain and grey have subsided for the time being and I’m taking the opportunity to learn more on my camera. It feels like I take the same shots of different places, I guess it’s all a process.

Travel plans are moving ahead and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I can’t wait to feel that plane take off under my feet.


I’m learning to give my love away.
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