Friday, March 26, 2010

hazelnutty


hazelnutfull

A cookie made with Nutella? I was like hell ya. If you're like me and LOVE nutella then this might be the cookie for you. This cookie tends to lean in on a healthier scale, think more along the lines of granola, which we all know is one seriously pretty good thing... well maybe minus the butter but you can't disagree with oats, flaxseed, hazelnuts and the glory ingredient nutella now can we?

I've been bringing these to work the past couple of days for a somewhat healthy snack. There not very sweet but I love the nutty flavor and I find myself eating two at a time, of course.

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recipe
1/2 cup melted butter
2/3 cup nutella or hazelnut spread
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cups chopped roasted hazelnuts
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup whole ground flaxseed
1/2 cup flour
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 F and grease a baking sheet.
Place butter and nutella in a sauce pan and heat gently until just melted, cool slightly and beat in the egg. Meanwhile place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Pour the nutella, butter and egg mixture over the oats and stir to combine. With your hands shape the mixture into 16-18 equal size balls, then press them on to the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Have a great weekend all!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oh

donuts
Glazed, cinnamon sugared, or sprinkles. We love them all and we all know sometimes nothing is better then the simple goodness of a donut. I've been dying to make my own for some time now, so when I saw them on the Pioneer women's site, I couldn't help myself. I dived right in and they were pretty flipping awesome.
For the recipe and detailed instructions head here.

donutsandcoffee

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

yellow, red and 365

Project 365. A photo a day seems simple and sometimes it is. But then it can be hard... like I said, hard. There is day's where I curse at myself for not bringing my camera then there's the days where I wish my camera was dead.
Thought I'd rally up some of my 365's so far. If you wanna have a peek at the rest head over here.

P.S. I made homemade donuts!! I will share... maybe, if your good.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

some of the best things are the simplest

toast and eggs

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Who wouldn't love a good egg and toast morning?

I believe soft boiled's and soldiers will be my new Saturday ritual... and perhaps a day in the middle of the week too!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

market days: the goods


peartomatopasta

So you all might have thought I purchased those pretty awesome purple carrots... no I didn't. I actually bought some a while back from the same vendor and cooked this (scroll down). I did how ever manage to buy the candy cane beets, which are boiling up a storm as we speak... or as I write?
Whichever, I picked up a few other things too. Truthfully if it was earlier and I wasn't planning to go anywhere else I would have bought sooo much more. I didn't think it was a good idea to carry a big ol' piece of raw meat or cheese in my purse while I went on a attempt to find some new 'underthings'. I just couldn't imagine walking into the arie store knowing what my purse withheld, and on the other hand it I don't know... might go bad.

[Market tomatoes, pear shaped] I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them and knew immediately that I was gonna put these babies in pasta. This is a pretty basic pasta: tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, lemon, and salt and pepper.

[Dried Cranberries] One of my favorite things is dried fruit. So when I decided to make some chocolate oatmeal cookies I had a thought. Why not put some cranberries in there too? I'm glad I did, cause these are my favorite new cookie.

[Fresh Herbs] At least I could carry these in my bag with little wilting. I've been eyeing up these chickpea patties for a couple of weeks. So when I finally had a chance to make them I couldn't resist adding fresh herbs.

recipe
2x 400 g cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 green onions
1 shallot
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp self-raising flour
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
sea salt and black pepper
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 sesame seeds (I even added some sesame oil for more flavor)
Add everything but the sesame seeds to the food processor and process for 2-3 min until a thick paste forms. Add the sesame seeds and shape 1 tablespoon of the mixture into patties. Heat a frying pan with olive oil and cook the patties 2-3 minutes on each side. Feel free to add a little more of the herbs or garlic or anything you fancy cause these can tend to get bland, but done nice, they can taste pretty darn good.
recipe adapted from Donna Hay