Have you ever found just two lonely apples in your pantry and wondered what to do with them? There are days when I don’t want to eat just an apple, so I transform them into something that will alter their form from fresh off the tree to hot out of the oven..
Apple Cinnamon Coconut Coffee Cake
2 apples ~cored, peeled, diced and soak in lemon juice until needed in batter.
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup sour cream
In a mixing bowl beat eggs until frothy. Beat in cooking oil and sugar. Blend in sour cream.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
In another bowl measure flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix well and add to first bowl. Stir until combined. Adding the drained apples to the batter.
1/2 cup Medium coconut
1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 tsp. Cinnamon
In a small bowl stir coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon. Put 1/2 of the batter in the bottom of a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf or a square pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cinnamon mixture over top. Spread a second half of batter over by putting dabs here and there. Sprinkle second half cinnamon mixture over top,. cut through batter with knife to give swirling, marbled effect. Bake in 350 F. oven for 1 hour. After loaf stands for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on rack .
There are those times in ones life when you crave food from your childhood memories. You know what I mean, those dishes you ate when you were a child that you can now as an adult still smell deep in the recesses of your memory banks. Actually, you can also remember more than just the welcoming smells coming from your families kitchen.. You can relive days long gone with what I’m about to cook.. Enjoy
The American and Canadian Thanksgiving holidays have come and gone. Who still has leftover turkey lurking their fridges? Not, I …. Our Thanksgiving here in Canada is celebrated in October, so leftover turkey is merely a fond memory… At least until Christmas Dinner when we can rejoice once again with the bounty of our harvests and feeling so stuffed ourselves that we want to just toss out the dinner dishes into the garbage can, instead of wobbling up to the kitchen sink to wash them all.. And, believe me there’s always a ton of dishes to be washed after a Christmas meal.
One year when I wasn’t feeling up to cooking a large meal for the holidays, I cooked up a few simple pork chops dressed up to the nines with the added flavor of pineapple. Since, I’ve begun a challenge of sorts over on YouTube with a group of gardeners who are buying pineapples in the grocery store, ripping off the tops and attempting to grow them over a period of 18- 24 months. Well, I over a months time (Back in September) bought 5 pineapples and plopped them into some potting soil and hoped for the best. Thinking that out of the five tops, one might just survive and grow for me. Well, to make a very long story short all five of the tops are growing beautifully and now I’m faced with where are they going to go when they out grow the stand I have them on. But, that dilemma is for another time .. On with “What’s For Dinner !”
Glazed Pork with Pineapple
This is a simple dish with very few ingredients. No need to really measure anything for this as it’s purely to taste… But, don’t forget the grated fresh ginger…
Butternut Squash Soup ~ There’s just something magical happening at this time of year. Perhaps, it’s the chill in the air telling our bodies we need a nice hot bowl of soup with a piece of French bread for dipping..
Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut Coffee Cake ~ Fall gives us a bounty harvest of fresh red apples and nothings better than to make a coffee cake with the richness of sour cream, cinnamon and sweet coconut.
Braised Chicken with onions and oven baked Polenta ~ You will see me post a lot of chicken on here because I can’t eat very much beef, or fish. So, I have become quite good at preparing dinner using chicken in many different ways. Enjoy the ride and the slideshow…
Beef & Orange Stir-fry ~ I love making stir fry of all types. It’s such a fast and easy meal providing your family with a host of vegetables that are sure to delight anyone who’s hungry….
African Chicken & Rice Casserole ~ Sometimes you just need an easy no fuss meal to warm your body and enlighten your mind on a rainy Fall day…
It’s that time of year again…Where the gardens are all harvested and the process of readying them for a long winters siesta. So, without further adeau I present to you my loyal friends a short little video of the process I went through yesterday, which took 3 takes of the movie to get it right…
Until next time
The other day I found a box of gluten free Bisquick pancake mix in the grocery store. I was excited to give these a try so our family unit could all eat pancakes together again. My trial with taking my son off of all gluten in his diet for reasons of his eczema worsening since this spring.
I was happy with the mixture when whipping up the batter and the appearance of the pancake cooking on the griddle.
I must tell you he said they tasted really good, but not like the ones with flour that he’s grown up with. But, this gluten free product opens up a door that was closed to him. Over the past two months his eczema has improved quite a bit. During this heat wave we’re experiencing would have been agony for him as the heat tends to make the eczema worsen to the point of driving a person mad.
But, with the gluten taken out of his diet all together ~ This equals success for him and his condition is now manageable. I’ve made the bread in the oven and in my brand new bread machine that my daughter and son bought for my birthday ~ It’s Red.. Love it…
The homemade gluten free bread made in the bread machine is so much easier and the finish product is much like the regular bread. I slice it once it’s cooled off and wrap each slice in wax paper. I then place them into a freezer bag and put into the freezer. This gluten free bread tends to do better if it’s frozen first.
I bring out one package in the morning to thaw inside of the wax paper and it’s ready for the next meal. We’ve also found that the store bought gluten free buns taste better if you also freeze them and thaw one at a time.. The consistency after freezing and thawing is closer to flour bread.
I’ll post my combination of gluten free ingredients for the bread machine version in another post, but until then happy eating to all those out there who are gluten free ….
Until next time