Happy Wednesday, you guys! Thanks for some of your input on the last post – it’s great to think about how you get and stay motivated (the “staying” part is the most crucial!) and it’s so good to be thoughtful of your goals. I’m still thinking through some winter ones, looking at possible races online, and will post my Winter 2010 goals by the end of the week hopefully. 🙂
Well, since it’s the middle of the week and I’m feeling peppy (first sunny day in AGES! My husband actually remarked, “Calgary is pretty nice when the sun’s out…I’d forgotten what that looked like!”), I thought I’d share some recent recipe winners. Both are from the book Whitewater Cooks: at home and I definitely recommend the book – so many healthy, all-real-food, natural recipes!
First up, Chocolate Clementine Cake!
This cake has everything going for it: a great texture, a sweet, orangey aroma, and wonderful flavor! It tasted great all by itself but I’m definitely a eat-ice-cream-with-it kind of dessert girl, so I’d suggest some vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whip cream (or, as the recipe suggests, some “sliced boozy oranges” or caramel sauce!). And now to the stats:
- 4 clementines (baby mandarin oranges)
- 2 cups finely ground almonds or almond flour (I bought some slivered almonds and ground them up to a great flour consistency in a second in my blender!)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, packed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup sugar (I used the real thing this time; sometimes it’s just worth it!)
- Put the unpeeled oranges in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, simmer gently for an hour or until they’re soft, and drain in a colander and cool completely.
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Prepare a 10×2.5 inch bundt pan (I didn’t have one so I used a regular baking dish) and grease with butter.
- Put the cooked and cooled oranges – peel and all! – in a processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth (this part was a blast! The aroma that filled the air was wonderful and they blended right up!).
- Whisk together the ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the eggs and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and beat/blend well.
- Add the orange pulp (roughly 2 cups) and beat/blend until just combined.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 1 hour (a wooden skewer should come out fairly clean).
- Cool for ~30 minutes before removing carefully, and serve with something delicious over top or on the side!
Next up, Rosemary Nut Crackers:
- 2 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup raisins (I used golden; just what was on hand)
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
- 2 TBS parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 TBS fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Stir together together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, and honey and stir together to combine.
- Add the raisins, pecans, pumpkin seeds (vitamin K!), flaxseed, parmesan cheese, and rosemary; stir until well blended. Pour the batter into two 8×4 inch greased loaf pans. (I used one big dish but should have split it in two so that after cutting the loaves the strips would have been more crakcer-ish.)
- Bake for ~35 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.
- Remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack (I don’t own one. See how possible it still is to cook well without the extra ammenities?! 🙂 ). The cooler the loaf the easier it is to slice super thin, so you can even leave it to cool in the fridge overnight if you like.
- Bake sliced crackers in a 350F oven for 10 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 10 minutes until crisp and deep golden in color.
- Remove from the pan and let cool completely.
- Store in a cooke tin or freeze in sealed containers; ENJOY this helathy, hearty, and addicting snack!
So there you have it! Two great recipes that are easy to prepare and hard to mess up – chocolate + oranges and nuts + flour almost always = delciousness, no matter how they turn out! 😉 Hope you enjoy them. Anyone have any recent good recipes to share? I’m always looking to try new things, and we’re having people over for dinner Thursday – maybe you can inspire me!
Well, I’m off for a run in the *finally* sunny weather and looking forward to dinner with some friends and Survivor tonight (now that cat’s out of the bag, I’m free to share more on mine and my husband’s love for this reality show!). Have a great rest of the week! Eat well (in moderation, lots of veggies, and without guilt!), move often (the higher the intensity the less you need to move, and the better for your body!), and live well,