Tuesday, January 7, 2014
So, school's back in session and it's been some the coldest days of the year here in FL. It's pretty entertaining to see undergrads in their lack of preparation/need to show skin.
But I did have a great time heating my place with my oven.
I made some banana bread based on this banana bread. Only I didn't follow the directions.
I used splenda ( I somehow ran out of regular sugar) and added an extra 1/4 cup.
I used extremely rip bananas-like the kind that mash with almost not effort. And excluded the walnuts. I had no desire to take out my stand mixer so I fudged the directions so that I could manage without having to use my other hand for anything but holding the bowl. So I mixed all of the ingredients- making sure to crack the eggs in a colored bowl to make sure that I could see any shell flakes. Also, I used sea salt (because I also ran out of that), I've done it in waffles before; surprisingly, it does not effect the flavor/texture of things. (I know that Alton wouldn't approve, but meh. ) While I was doing that, I melted the butter- in a mug in a skillet on the stove (sadly I do not have a microwave). After mixing everything together, I added the melted butter and mixed everything for a few minutes to make sure the flour was well incorporated. I would maybe cook it for 5-10 minutes less than indicated, as mine had quite a thick layer of crust on it. --The fella really liked it, and I had some with chocolate ice cream :). Well at least I can now officially say that I've made banana bread.
While the bread was in the oven. I made some delicious jasmine tea... And some one pot pasta. So this was definitely one of those things I'd never heard of until Pinterest. I used this as a general outline. I did not follow directions since I like crispier veggies in something like this. After letting the pasta cook, we strained it and I added some bell peppers in the pasta so they could cook some. After a few minutes I added the spinach and tomatoes so the spinach could soften some. For plating I added the mozzarella and avocado. I know that this might sound like a strange combo, but really, it was a good mix. ( I may or may not have added to much cayenne making the pasta mostly inedible-but the rest was very good).
All in all, it took about an hour to get all this done, which was great, seeing as I have this problem with taking on way too much .
Hmmmm, maybe I should actually whip out my camera camera for things like this.