Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Culinary Update

Today was a typical busy Sunday in the kitchen.

New and Notable:

• I tweaked my usual banana bread recipe by adding ¼ cup of hazelnut flour and a cup of chopped hazelnuts to make hazelnut-banana bread. It’s pretty tasty, too.
• I tried a new recipe for banana cookies. They came out a little dry and not as banana-y as I would’ve expected. I think the problem was that I didn’t use enough bananas. The recipe called for 2 ¼ cups of mashed bananas and I only had two bananas left after making banana bread. They were large bananas, but I didn’t bother to measure how much I had after mashing them because what was I going to do? Go back to the store? Not likely. So the result was something closer to ordinary chocolate chip cookies. Okay, but not unique.

The rest of the week’s menu:

• Rice balls
• Curried yellow squash and onions
• Curried chickpeas with spinach and tomato
• Steamed rice (brown and jasmine blend)

If it seems like a small menu this week, it is. I still have a loaf of pumpkin bread from last week and I have the banana bread I made today, and they’ll make nice snacks for me. Dan will snack on the carrot blondies and banana-chocolate chip cookies.

It’s a short work week for us, and probably for most folks here in the US. Last year I spent a good part of July 4th working and I’m oh-so-glad not to have that on my horizon this year!

And finally, Tidbit is off on a virtual vacation to visit the Oxbow Hay Company this week, courtesy of the fine folks at 7-bunny-7. Her bag is packed and we're looking forward to her tales of adventure!

Have a great week, everyone!

Recent Workouts
Today: 1 hr, 45 minute spin
Yesterday: 21 mile run
Friday: scheduled rest day
Thursday: 35 minute elliptical
Wednesday: 45 minute spin
Tuesday: 6 mile run
Monday: 30 minute elliptical


the Bag Lady said...

Your menu sounds wonderful.
Your spinach is coming along nicely, but it has been so dry here that I have had to water it! Where shall I send it?

Hope Tid enjoys her vacation!!

The Bunns said...

Oh wOOt .. Tidbit is coming! Bring those lightweight empty plastic bags to load up with OxBow goodies if they have free stuff!

Vickie said...

Mmm, hazelnut banana bread. Sounds wonderful!

Thomma Lyn said...

Oh, I love banana bread! And *grin*, I hope Tid has a fabulous vacation! I bet she'll love all the munchies. :)

Missicat said...

Hazelnut? mmmmm. That does sound wonderful.
Short week! WOOOHOOO! Going to just relax?

Crabby McSlacker said...

Hope tidbit has a great virtual time!

And I love seeing your workouts... 21 mile run? Hmm, I seem to have forgotten to do that this week!

FrecklesandDeb said...

What a great addition to the banana bread -- hadn't ever thought of using hazelnut flour that way! Bet it was delicious.

See you on the 7-Bunny-7! What fun we are going to have!