Sunday, April 06, 2008

Recipe Share

I made this pumpkin bread for the second time today and since it was just as good as the first time, I thought I’d share. What I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t come out too pumpkiny. Not that it would be bad if it did, but this time of year just seems wrong to be eating something that tastes like Thanksgiving.

When I make this pumpkin bread, I substitute one cup of unsweetened applesauce for the oil and six packets of stevia for half of the sugar. For the optional goodies, I use pecans and golden raisins, as recommended, and dried cranberries. The result is a moist, fruity bread that’s yummy for breakfast or anytime I want a snack.

There’s another reason I like this recipe. Once I’ve got the pumpkin bread in the oven, I make a curry with the remainder of the can of pumpkin. I just sort of throw it together, so I can’t give exact measurements (spice is a very individual thing, anyway), but the basic recipe is:

• whatever is left in can after making pumpkin bread
• half the pumpkin can of water (chicken or vegetable broth would also work)
• one can of garbanzo beans, drained
• sautéed yellow onions (or onion flakes to taste, if you’re lazy)
• salt, white pepper, coriander, cumin and lots of curry, to taste

This makes a very nice dish served over rice.

And finally, I tried these carrot cookies this weekend:

This isn’t the recipe that’s given me fits for the last two weeks. The resulting cookies are very tasty but quite different from the crumbly shortbread-like carrot cookies I’ve been trying to get right. These cookies are more like little carrot-cakes, which can be good or bad depending on how tempting you find a cookie jar full of mini-carrot cakes.

I did a lot of cooking this weekend, but I’m set for the week now with home-cooked meals and snacks for every day. From here ‘til Friday, it’s me and the microwave!

Have a tasty week, friends!


Anonymous said...

Your posts on cooking and recipes always make me hungry. :)

That recipe for pumpkin bread sounds scrumpdillyumptious -- and substituting applesauce is a great idea!

Enjoy your week's worth of yummies! :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

I'm with Thomma lyn, these sound great!

(And hope the Power Tool Lady has quieted down--there's nothing more annoying than the sound of home improvement!)

Leah J.Utas said...

I've never done a pumpkin-based curry. Sounds tasty.

Rabbits' Guy said...

You do Meals on Wheels to the Pac. NW????

the Bag Lady said...

The Bag Lady envies your organizational skills. She's lucky if she remembers to take something out of the freezer (like, say, if she wants to cook a turkey...) an hour before supper... :)

MizFit said...

Im with the baglady in her envy.

and Id love you as a guest chef should you wanna give it a shot/join the bumbling band as an 'expert' :)