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Blueberry Season!

Blueberry Fig Sprouted Almond Clafouti, July 2006

Once again, it's blueberry season!

To celebrate, I made my first clafouti of the summer:
a glorious Blueberry Fig Sprouted Almond Clafouti.

Chewy, sweet, and nutty

Chewy Oat Nut Cookies

My friend Meeshka sent me a recipe for some lovely little cookies.

These are pretty special: chewy, sweet, nutty, and delicious. They are also free of dairy, eggs, wheat, and refined sugar. They can also be gluten-free, if you use oats that have not been contaminated with wheat. Yes, these cookies are packed with flavour and nutrients - one could even call them healthy. Eater beware: consume in moderation - these cookies are rich!

Recipe: Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Added bonus: quick and easy to make!

Bikes and Blenders

The Byerley Bicycle Blender, or B3

I'm obviously not the only one who loves both bikes and blenders.

The blender: indispensable for smoothie making and great for pureeing and combining ingredients for baking.

The bike: excellent mode of transport. Great for bringing home ingredients to put into the blender.

Some clever fun-loving folks down in Berkeley California have come up with a new way to enjoy both: The Bike Blender!

Yes, it's funny. Fun too!

Excavation

Looking for ancient treasure

Tomorrow is my birthday! We're going to have a little bohemian dinner party to celebrate. We've ordered a free-range turkey - my first time ever cooking a whole turkey. I've started on the stuffing and made a large batch of cornbread. I ate a little piece from the center to make sure it was ok - it's delicious. The reason I removed a center piece was twofold:
1. save the buttery crusty parts for the stuffing
2. make sure it cooked properly in the center since it was a large batch
As well, I hoped to find treasures buried beneath the crust...

St. Patty

Happy St.Patty's day! I love the fact that today millions of people wear green and have fun. In with spring and out with the snakes - isn't that how it goes?

Two hot pepper plants from my 2005 deck garden.

No plans to have a green beer today - but maybe a Magic Green Smoothie. I will contemplate green, and post an image of my little deck garden from last summer. Taking care of a few plants was more work than I anticipated: getting plants, pots, soil, rocks, utensils (all on foot and bike)... then planting, watering, monitoring, pruning, protecting (note the gun)... All a joy.

Little Deck Garden 2005

The Spice Must Flow

Greetings! Welcome to pattycake - my own personal website and blog devoted to healthy baking and other fun stuff.

Speaking of baking, this morning I concocted up a variation of one of my favorite treats: biscotti! Biscotti simply means "cookies" in Italian. The biscotti most of us are familiar with are the "twice baked" variety often served with espresso. (These are also known as cantuccini.) Baking cookies twice allows them to keep for weeks. It also gives them a nice crunchy texture that is also great for dipping in your espresso, tea, milk, or wine.

Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti

I modeled this biscotti after another wonderful thing: gingerbread. It's March and still cold out - the perfect time for baking with spice. I used a combination of whole spelt and kamut flowers, honey, molasses, spices... and a generous amount of pecans. The aroma from the baking cookies was sublime - and is still lingering.

Check out the recipe: Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti

Ciao bella.