Delicious Baking Fail

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IMG_2799I don’t know what got into me, but I absolutely had to make banana bread this morning. Maybe I can blame it on the surprise hot yoga. By “surprise” I mean that there was no one to open the studio this morning, so one generous student offered up her roof. The instructor was cool with it, so we had our yoga class on the roof. The host was even kind enough to supply some spray-on sunscreen. It was a bizarre but fun little adventure. I love New York.

banana bread recipeStill, it was pretty hot (I heard this heat wave is on its way out? ), so I must not have been in my right mind when, after a quick shower, I decided banana bread would be a brilliant use of the ripe specimens languishing in the fruit bowl. And not just any banana bread—I was going for mad-scientist/healthy banana bread. Using this recipe for some inspiration (Averie always has the best recipes), I realized I had almost everything I needed, minus the flour. I had to go pick up a few things at the drug store, so I figured I’d grab flour there too. Naturally, there was none, and I was in no mood to brave the grocery store crowds, so in all my sun-soaked brilliance, I thought, “Oh, duh, just make oat flour..”

ground-up oats = oat flour
ground-up oats = oat flour

So I did.

I followed my made-up recipe to a T. I was even patient and let it cool 2o minutes before attempting to turn the mini-loaf over onto a wire wrack. If you’ve been with me a while, then I probably don’t even have to tell you this, but suffice it to say that, given my (lack of) successful past baking attempts, this happened. Inevitability—it’s the joke that writes itself. IMG_2812

However, there’s a happy ending to this story. Turns out the texture and taste of this particular baking fail were fan-f***ing-tastic. Turns out I just can’t flip a loaf to save my life. Good to know. So I did what I’d intended to do all along: I enjoyed a little bit of banana bread warm from the oven with some non-fat ricotta on top. Bam! Vaguely-healthy, mad scientist dessert.IMG_2811

Always an adventure over here.

Any favorite cooking/baking fails? What’s your favorite banana bread recipe? 

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What I Ate Wednesday # 112

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Is it just me or is this week flying by? Suddenly it’s  What I Ate Wednesday again! Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link part. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

Since I wasn’t sure if I’d be too busy to snap pictures this week, I wanted to share some weekend eats. Here’s what I ate on my “artist date” Saturday, between fun excursion.

  • Breakfast: apple spice oatmeal with PB and fig & ginger preserves
  • Lunch: spinach & mushroom egg white omelette with a side salad and toast with cottage cheese & nutritional yeast
  • Snack: Greek yogurt with puffed millet and sun butter
  • Dinner: whole wheat rotini with grilled chicken, kale, butternut squash, and goat cheese; a glass of wine
  • Snack: banana with PB2 and shredded coconut (a recent Whole Foods bulk bin purchase)

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? 

Sunny Saturday

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So it looks like the sun finally came out! It’s 50 and sunny here in NYC, which feels practically tropical. I’m doing my best to keep it a work-free weekend. So far my Saturday has included cleaning, a gorgeous walk, and a little shopping—I’m looking forward to short sleeves weather.

I tend to wear my hair straight these days, but sometimes when I put mousse in it and let it dry naturally like I did yesterday, I wake up to this business:Photo on 3-9-13 at 9.32 AM #4
Good times. Enjoy the rest of your day, however you’re spending it! I’m going to go see what I can do about getting my hair its own zip code.

How do you normally wear your hair? Any good weekend plans? 

What I Ate Wednesday #91: Lasts

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Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

This past Saturday was both the last Saturday of 2012 and my last weekend day working at the hospital as a dietetic intern. Reading that, I wish it meant I’d already secured a job in clinical, but with graduation still a month a way and a licensing exam in the future, it still feels a bit far away. I’ve only just begun the honest-to-goodness planning phase of my job search.

That said, one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, and always with an open mind. I’m actually really happy to have been able to wrap up all my weekend days before the end of the year—it just feels right.

So here’s what I ate on this “day of lasts.” Not too bad for a quiet, snowy Saturday.

Breakfast: Chocolate oatmeal topped with (thawed) frozen berries and chocolate PB2

Lunch: Packed salad, soup from the cafeteria

Snack: An apple, decaf coffee that was too gross to drink

Dinner: Whole wheat pasta with veggies and non-fat ricotta & grated pecorino, a glass of red
Snack: Plan yogurt with cocoa powder and a leftover red velvet Christmas cookie from the freezer

What was the best thing you ate this weekend?