I ate SO much.

Last night was the CTC Fundraiser at CPK, and it went fantastic!

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Jaime and I decided to go all out.  For the cause, of course.  We started with drinks – Chimay for him and a Santa Barbara Pinot for me.   And an appetizer.  The Blanco Flatbread. Whipped truffle cream?  Oh yes.

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For our entrees, Jaime went with his fav, the Original BBQ Chicken.

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I chose the California Veggie Pizza on whole wheat + goat cheese (duh).  So, so good.  Love me some broccolini.

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To top it all off, we just had to get dessert.  No sharing either.  Jaime is chocoholic, and I on the other hand could pass on all that, so Belgian Chocolate Souffle Cake for him and I went with the melt-in-your-mouth Butter Cake.   No pictures, but I assure you it was fabulous.

After our meal we spoke to the manager who said lots of people had been coming in all day with our flyers!  Let’s hope our efforts paid off in the form of a big, fat check!

Now we are off to the opening of the Avila Farmer’s Market!  Our goal is to pick up some field greens and fresh fruit for smoothies.  Funny story- Jaime told me this morning that his smoothie (made from frozen fruit) was too cold.  Ha!  Fresh it is then!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

V is for Valentine’s Day, and not for Vendetta

Ahhh Valentine’s Day.

What, in theory, could be an absolutely lovely holiday, but who’s terrible track record likely leaves you feeling bitter and jaded.  Maybe I am projecting here…

Bottle of wine for one, please.

I really hate guns, so if that’s any indication for you…

I, for one, have BIG plans for the evening.  Nutrition counseling at the gym, followed by devoting myself...no…I would go so far as to say doting on my dear Senior Project.  Oh yes, I’m a very popular girl.

I may even decide to include some toe-curling torture a la Say Yes to the Dress.  My S&M for the evening.

It’s actually probably better this way.  I don’t even like chocolate. Or stuffed animals. Or roses.

Well, maybe roses… No, scratch that– I’ll take peonies.

All kidding aside, I do like Valentine’s Day. And I hope all of you out there who have boy toys take full advantage of this day of lovin’.

I’ll do my best.

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!

B. Bread

I have been through the ringer and back.  I feel torn down and beat up.  I woke up needing a little somethin’ somethin’ to get me through this day. I think that baked goods might do the trick.

I am naming this little treat B. Bread not just because it is made with delicious blueberries and bananas, but also because the boyfriend and I broke-up.  I’ve got the blues, but it’s bittersweet, because his sister and brother-in-law had their beautiful baby girl last night. (Congratulations you two! She’s perfect.)

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. -Carl Sandburg

Isn’t this quote perfect for the occasion? So go on I must.  On to baking healthy and delicious B. Bread!

First, round up all your ingredients.

  • 2 C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 C Organic Raw Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt-Sense
  • 3/4 C Orange Juice
  • 1 Banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbs Ground Flax
  • 3 Tbs Water
  • 1 C Frozen Blueberries

As you can see, this is a Vegan Recipe - No need for Eggs or Butter!

Pre-heat your oven to 350 and prep your 9×5 Loaf Pan. Spray the pan with a little PAM and cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom.  This allows the bread to release nice and easy once it’s baked.

Next, in a large bowl combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

King Arthur 100% Whole Wheat Flour
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Turbinado Raw Sugar

Add your blueberries and toss gently to coat.

In a smaller bowl combine the ground flax and water and wisk until mixture becomes somewhat unified and gelatinous.  Add in the mashed banana and orange juice.

I like to make big messes when I bake. :)

Now take you orange juice mixture and add it to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.  Be careful not to overmix!

Mmmm! :)
The best part about Vegan baking is you can eat the dough without any worry of getting sick!
Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly.
I sprinkled a little extra sugar on top, too!

Now comes the easy part: Pop it in the oven for 60 minutes.

Once your timer goes off, remove the pan from the oven and let set (in pan) for about 10 minutes.
Oooh, Ahhh!
Looks pretty, doesn’t it?
After 10 minutes, flip your loaf pan and the bread should easily slide out.  If you have any difficulty, place a plate over the top of the loaf pan, flip the entire thing as a unit, and tap the bottom of the loaf pan until the bread pops out.

Let it cool completely before you dig in.  Trust me.  The longer you let quick breads set, the better.

 

A nice crispy crust and a delicious, dense, moist inside.  Just what the doctor ordered.

It seems like baking B. Bread has brightened my day.  I hope it does the same for you!