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September Loves

My plans to bake keep getting squashed by so many things. First, it was just the fact that I was too busy, and now it’s because I’ve caught the college plague. You know how that goes, everyone around you is getting sick and you’re all like “Psh, I eat my fruits and vegetables, I’m not gonna get sick.” And then you wake up on Monday with a fever. Oops.

Anyways, because of this I’ve been bedridden for two days, only getting up to go get smoothies and soup from the cafe nearby. I figured while I have some free time to sit in front of my computer (since I already finished a whole season of Mad Men…) it’s about time to compile some of my favorite things from this past month. So here we go…

This music video. It’s so endearing and the little dance breaks are the best.

-This incredible looking pie. It’s so far from vegan, but I’m determined to veganize it at some point.

-I’m obsessed with underwater photography, and this artist in particular. Her photos are so dreamy and stunning.

Pears, apples and maple syrup. A perfect fall combination.

-That Book. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel. I finally finished it recently and it was so intense, enlightening, beautiful and disturbing all at the same time. I would highly recommend it!

-This song. I saw him live last year at my school and he was incredible, but I just rediscovered it!

These shoes. Too bad I’m too cheap to spend over $20 on shoes. Plus did you know Urban Outfitters gives a lot of money to the Republican Party? Booo…

-Last but not least, it’s mildly embarrassing, but when I’m sick I tend to watch all 6 parts of this. It’s as comforting as eating a big bowl of mashed potatoes 🙂

That’s all for now! As soon as I can walk without getting dizzy, I will have some new recipes for you.

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Banana Peach Spice Bread

Yay we got our oven back! Just in time. I finished a difficult paper for my literature class last night, so baking this bread was the perfect stress release. There is no better way to begin a week than by making some good old-fashioned banana bread…. except this recipe has a twist. I realized I didn’t have enough bananas for the recipe I had planned on using, due to my late night peanut-butter-and-banana snacking, so I decided to mash up an overripe peach instead. Bananas and peaches go together great in smoothies, so why not in bread as well?

Banana Peach Spice Bread

(adapted from Susan’s recipe)

2 large bananas

1 peach, peeled

1 tbsp white vinegar

1/3 cup soy milk

½ cup sugar

2 cups unbleached flour

¾ tsp baking powder

¾ baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or wipe a 9×5-inch loaf pan with oil.
  2. Mix the soymilk with the vinegar and let it sit until it curdles into vegan “buttermilk”
  3. In a large bowl, mash the bananas and the peach together. Add the “buttermilk” and sugar and stir.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until it is combined.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in your loaf pan and bake until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean or for about 50 minutes. Cool and eat!
This actually might be one of the best banana bread recipes I’ve made. It’s not only vegan, but super low-fat, which a lot of people are usually skeptical about. However this quick bread will hush up any skepticism. It’s moist, just the right density and full of tummy-warming flavor. Use this to surprise anyone who thinks vegan baking is bland!
On a different note, I know I set out with the intent that I would have new posts on here every other day, but between classes, Fearless and Loathing, work, being in a dance piece and actually trying to have some sort of a social life, I think that’s gonna have to change. Here’s the deal, I can promise at least one new post per week. Depending on my schedule and how often I cook, sometimes it’ll be more, but I think once a week will suffice! I have so many recipes that I can’t wait to make and share with you all, so stay tuned. 🙂
Speaking of staying tuned… does anyone else have to have music when they cook or bake? I know I do. This is a song from my banana bread baking music.

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August Love

This post is not exactly about food, but I did want to include some general things from my life in here as well, so here we go!

Who has been to the Minnesota State Fair? Well if you haven’t, you are seriously missing out on a quintessential midwestern experience. I have been every year since I was born. We actually have an old photo of me as a baby sitting next to the state’s largest prize-winning hog. I don’t think I’ve gotten that close to a hog since then…. but the fair continues to be a great tradition. Food on a stick (I even found vegan options!), funny looking chickens, roller coasters, seed art…

and Johnny Depp look-alikes? Yes please.

Speaking of traditions, I’ve decided on a tradition for this blog. Near the end of every month, I’m going to do a wrap-up list of random little things that made me smile throughout the days. Hopefully they make you smile too!

So, here are a few of my favorite things from the month of August, food related and otherwise:

This song. It is absolutely perfect for a summer road trip.

This food blog. Cute and Delicious… the title says it all. I tried the orange muffin recipe a while back and it was one of the best muffins I’ve ever made.

-All of the My Drunk Kitchen episodes. She may not be able to cook for shit, but this girl is hilarious.

-The book Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl. It’s a beautiful memoir about the way food can play a role in one’s life. it can bring people together, tear them apart and teach them who they are. I recommend it to anyone, even if you’re not a hard-core foodie.

This song too… it’s my guilty pleasure. It’s just sooo catchy.

-Mad Men. I just discovered this TV show and I am in love. I secretly wish I lived in the 1950s… or at least that people still dressed like that.

-Any recipe that uses fresh fruit. I’ve just been craving it lately!

That’s all for now! Let me know how you feel about having posts like this mixed in with the recipes and such. Being new at this, I’m still deciding what exactly my content should be. If anyone has any ideas please leave a comment!

New recipes and photos coming soon… stay tuned.

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