Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yummy Tummy Tuesday - Cake, anyone?

What you will see in my post today:
  • A preview of what is coming
  • My Top Ten List for The Broke and The Bookish
  • My Teaser Tuesday
  • My dVerse link - coming..
  • A Fun Book Review
  • A Delish Dessert Recipe
  • And while you are here, feel free to explore other posts and enter the giveaway on my blog here or you can click on the image on the sidebar for the book.

Upcoming Tuesday posts - reviews of more wonderful cookbooks that feature pulses, stories, gardening, and more will be featured in the coming weeks, along with recipes from the books in addition to similar recipes that I have tried at home (traditional recipes I grew up with).

And I am so excited today - my new camera arrived in the mail today in spite of my worries over storm delays since it was coming from New Jersey. It is not the fancy DSLR I always craved for, even though my DH, actually still wants me to buy one of those:) I so look forward to using it and that will mean more photos in the blog and hopefully better ones. You can also look forward to the review of the camera soon (and maybe photo books, photo mugs, etc).

My Top Ten Post for The Broke and the Bookish this week as I make up a Winter To Read list of not necessarily upcoming releases:)

  1. Cozy Classics: Emma and Jane Eyre
  2. Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
  3. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling  
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell  
  6. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  7. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  8. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  9. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Harper Collins  Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai For Teaser Tuesdays, from a book I just finished reading and a review coming soon for it:
From pg 57 of the wonderful book in verse 'Inside Out and Back Again' by Thanhha Lai




I can’t wish for him
To appear
Until I know where
we’ll be.
 


The Cow In Patrick Shanahan's KitchenA book review in my cooking themed post, apt for it though not a cookbook. I present 'The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen'.

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen
by Diana Prichard, Heather Knopf (Illustrated by) 
November 25, 2013
Little Pickle Press
32 pages

My thoughts: This is a cute book that illustrates where food comes from and sure to endear kids to good food.  They might even want a farm of their own after going through the pages of this book.
A surprise awaits Patrick in his kitchen as he goes down to eat his breakfast. As he and his cat help his dad prepare breakfast, he learns by the fun-way where the ingredients for his breakfast come from, be it milk, eggs, or syrup.
Diana brings her farm to life in this book with her delightful story accompanied by equally delightful illustrations by Heather Knopf.
This book will be a good addition to your shelves. 
Rating: B+
Reading Level: 4 to 8 years
Reread Level: 3.5/5
Disclaimer:Thank you to Edelweiss for sending me a digital review copy of the book above. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.

And the recipe I am featuring today is from a cookbook I reviewed sometime back here.
In my photo below, I placed the cake I made on top of the photo of the cake in Chloe's book for the same recipe!
Lemon Olive Oil Cake recipe
Chloe's Vegan Desserts holds a prime location in my house and loads of pages marked with stickynotes by my little girl. She is always ready to bake a cake and she is a wonderful helper when I am baking - she mixes and whisks and mashes bananas like a pro!

Last night, I wanted to surprise her though so I flipped through the pages of the book till I found one which I had not tried and it was the Lemon Olive Oil Cake. We had a basket full of lemons at home which we had plucked a couple of days ago to make lemonade but the freezing temperatures did not encourage us to make it so they were lying unused. So this was perfect for me.

I tweaked Chloe's recipe a little - her recipe can be found here.
This is my version of the recipe and was well-liked by my little ones as well as friends at work gave it a thumbs-up (so thank you Chloe!).

What You Need:
2 cups Trader Joes Multigrain Baking/Pancake Mix
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
(the original recipe calls for 1 tsp each of soda and powder but since I used a baking mix, I decided to use just a little)
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup Trader Joes agave maple syrup (original recipe uses maple syrup)
¾ cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice (original recipe uses lemon extract which I substituted with additional juice in my version)
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tbsps dried cranberries (not in the original recipe but I could not resist adding them!)

How you make it:
Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 9" pan lightly
Whisk the oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, water, and the zest together.
Whisk the dry ingredients together.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mix and blend gently till combined.
Stir in the cranberries.
Pour the batter into the pan
Bake for 30 mins.

I served it plain and it was wonderful. The book suggests to serve with whipped coconut cream! and the recipe linked here serves the cake with grilled nectarines - both yummylicious combinations that I will be sure to try next time.

1 comment:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars, The Lost Hero and Eleanor & Park - some good books you've got there. I hope you enjoy them! Personally, I have been hearing some good things about Hyperbole and a Half, and am excited to get my hands on it.

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