Coconut Raspberry Bread

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I now introduce  a simple, delicious and tasty, quick bread into your recipe repertoire.
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I used only half the sugar, and went skimpy on the butter as well to make this recipe even healthier and more acceptable to eat in large quantities. Cut a thick chunk of it and slather with butter, honey, and sea salt. Trust me, it’s go0o0od.
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Recipe here. I know she mentions that she avoided “spicing up” the recipe with additional flavors, but I couldn’t help it – the raspberries add a fresh and tart flavor that cannot be left out!

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Taste of Turkey Part XVI: Kahvaltı – Turkish Breakfast

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Do you love breakfast? Do you even eat breakfast? Okay don’t talk to me if you don’t… just kidding (sort of). Setting aside my obsession with yogurt, scones, and egg-white omelets, let me tell you about a little thing called Turkish breakfast. #FTW

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There are a number of variations on Turkish breakfast, but more or less here is what you can expect: a number of assorted cheeses, including kaşar and beyaz (white) cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, a hard-boiled egg, sour cherry jam, tea, and a bread basket. Also shown is MY FAVORITE FOOD IN THE WHOLE WORLD: bal kaymak, aka honey and clotted cream. Don’t even think about how weird the word “clotted” sounds like, just shmear a s*%^ ton of clotted cream onto a piece of bread (hopefully the flat Van bread shown in the basket below) and then just a bit of honey or honey comb on top of it -pure heaven. I’ll repeat that. Pure heaven. IMG_1638

 

Also shown in the breakfast above is menemen, a classical egg and tomato dish, which I will post about soon. Sometimes breakfast is also served with some cold meats – never pork though! It is definitely possible to assemble at home, though it is dangerously delicious and I would definitely pack on the pounds if I ate like this every morning (which, by the way, we did last week on our spring break trip back to Istanbul!). Well worth it. I mean that.IMG_2031

Shown above: just some babes enjoying our humble breakfast at an Ottoman palace in Istanbul. Yum!!!!!!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Stuffed French Toast

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IMG_1995What are you eating for breakfast today? Let me guess: peanut butter and jelly stuffed challah french toast. No? Your not? Oh bummer! Why don’t you whip some up right now and smile for the rest of the day!

Ingredients:

  • challah bread, cut thick
  • peanut butter
  • your favorite jam
  • eggs (2-3 for 4 or 5 slices of challah)
  • milk
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add milk just until the eggs turn a light yellow. Add vanilla and cinnamon to taste.
  2. Cut a slit into each slice of challah. Stuff with peanut butter and jam.
  3. Soak each slice in the egg mixture, for 5-7 minutes depending upon how thick your slices are.
  4. Cook soaked bread on a slightly buttered or oiled pan just until the eggs cook and the bread turns golden brown.
  5. Dowse with maple syrup and serve hot. Garnish with powdered sugar if desired.
  6. Smile all day long.

 

Asian Quinoa Salad

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aka the best quinoa salad of all time. Like if you are not a fan of quinoa this recipe will make you one and if you already are it will blow you away!

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Nom nom I love quinoa la dee da! Sorry I’m just jovial about this – see I made this amazing quinoa salad with a whole bag of red quinoa on Sunday and ate it every night this week for dinner and loved it and felt healthy and didn’t even get sick of it once! Also it is the most filling food ever, and nutritious. And it even has peanut butter, so get at me!

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This salad was adapted from this recipe, with the following additions:

  • sugar snap peas
  • mandarin oranges
  • baby bella mushrooms
  • sesame seeds
  • garnish with an orange slice
  • made extra sauce to add at each serving

Enjoy your rockin’ quinoa salad!!!

Lemon “Pound Cake” Muffins

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Sometimes you just want cake. It happens, everyone has those days. I don’t have to feel like the only one in the room, right? Tell me I’m right!

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So this one night me and my darling roommate Shana were getting bored of studying (see a pattern?) and both spontaneously craved lemon pound cake. Not having the patience to wait for an entire loaf to bake, we creatively thought to make these mini “cakes”, which ended up turning out to be wonderful little lemony-buttery bites. As health conscience (jokes) as we were trying to be, we also skipped out on the icing. But don’t worry – serve these puppies hot and spread with your favorite jam, and you will be surely happy you did.
photoRecipe here. Have a great Monday!

 

Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies

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IMG_1953Well hello there. It’s Sunday night and the Oscar’s (I think this was the first year I watched, and not because I was interested, rather because I needed any excuse to not do my homework). Yup.

Anyway, I made these awesome chewy, melty Reeses-cup-like brownie treats and frankly this is making my Sunday night more awesome than yours. Sorry, it’s true. Unless you wanna whip up a batch of your own.

It’s worth it. You’re worth it. Recipe here.

 

Cheesy Polenta with Tomato and Basil

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So I’ve never actually tried polenta up until now. But whaddya know? It’s delicious! Especially if you make it with lots of butter and cheeeese. Yum. And apparently healthy! But probably less so when you add lots of butter. And cheese. Okay enough. Just enjoy this delicious recipe and savor the fresh basil that reminds you of summer and other beautiful things.

Recipe here.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Yes. Yes yes yes. When you actually think about it, it’s like “why would not always bake your cookies in muffin tin and then use them as cups to hold frosting?” Right? Brilliant.

IMG_1952Everything you want about a warm, chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookie, only filled with delicious and fluffy peanut butter frosting. Yeah, that’s what’s up.

Recipe here.

 

Red Velvet Black and White Cookies

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Oh so you’re probably expecting a Valentine’s Day recipe. Am I right? Ugh fine I’ll do it.

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But actually, just so you know, these are my anti-Valentine cookies. That’s because they will absolutely never break your heart or leave you lonely on the big V-day. Unless you eat them all, I guess… whoops. Also, just so you know what I’m up to tonight, I’m finishing my stupid computer programming homework for the week. Ew. My roommate is making out with her bf on our couch.

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Imagine all of the divinity of red velvet, covered half in cream cheese frosting and half in decadent shiny chocolate glaze. There you go. And no, do not think of any other places the frosting should go besides these cookies. Okay?!?!

Recipe here. Enjoy them, just promise me you won’t give them to your sweetheart this year 😉

 

Taste of Turkey Part XV – Mantı

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photo copy 3Mmmmmm. I’m remembering the smells of home cooked meals and the warmth and coziness of Mutfak, the family-run eatery near campus in Rumeli Hisarüstü that prepares a mouth-watering selection of traditional Turkish food every day and practically never charges more than 10 lira for a plate full of goodness.
This is mantı, the Turkish version of ravioli, that is served either boiled or fried. Inside is filled with spicy meat, and is usually served with yogurt sauce (not for me – I don’t mix milk and meat) and tomato sauce. Talk about comfort food. No really, I’ve had mantı on my mind ever since it got frigid here in Philadelphia!

Check out a traditional mantı recipe here.