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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Don't miss out tomorrow it's Pig Newton's turn at bat

And also a new recipe. Please leave your comments on your fav food and I will give you recipes that you might like.

Low carb cooking

Banana cake with coconut cream frosting

1cup: whole wheat pastry flour
1cup: all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp: baking powder
1 1/2 tsp: baking soda
2 tsp: ground cinnamon
½ tsp: ground nutmeg
½ tsp: salt
2tbsp: butter
1 large egg white
1 large egg separated
¼ tsp: cream of tartar
1 ½ cups: granulated sugar (separated)
1 ½ cups: mashed very ripe bananas
3 tbsp: canola oil
1 tsp: vanilla extract
½ cup: buttermilk
1/3 cup: unsweetened coconut chips of flaked
12 ounces: reduced fat cream cheese
½ cup: confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp: coconut extract

1) Preheat oven to 350 F. coat two 9” round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust lightly with flour, shaking out the excess flour.
2) Whisk whole flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.
3) Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, swirling, until it turns a nutty brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
4) Beat egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, increase speed to medium high and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add ½ cup sugar, beating until stiff but not dry (this can take up to 5 minutes).
5) Combine the melted butter, egg yolk, remaining 1 cup sugar, bananas, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl, with mixer in low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and buttermilk; beat until just blended. Beat in a heaping spoonful of the whites, using a whisk, fold in the remaining whites. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
6) Bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto the racks and let cool completely.

Prepare the frosting and assemble cake
1)      Toast coconut in a pie pan at 350 F until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.
2)      Combine cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and coconut extract in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
3)      Frost the cake, using a little less than half the frosting between layers and the rest on the top. Garnish with the toasted coconut. Enjoy.

Annie’s grand entrance

What can I say Annie is the youngest, newest, and smallest of all the fur babies but she rules the roost that’s for sure? And sometimes it is with an iron fist. She came to our home at 6 weeks old and all of about 1 ½ pounds. She has more energy than I ever thought possible and loves to rough house with her older brothers and sister. Annie has three brothers and one sister (I’ll tell you all about them later). The day I got Annie I was in the market for a lap dog so I did what any good American woman would do and told my husband I was going to the mall to get a watch battery. When I got to the house my wonderful husband Adam was waiting at the door for me I held Annie up to is face and said “Hello daddy” he was so shocked he was frozen for a few seconds. After he recovered he told me it was a bad idea to get a new dog. The next day I was about to get off of work and I get a text from Adam it was a pic of him holding Annie up in the mirror I know he was in love from that very moment and yes she is daddy’s little girl. He lets her get away with murder sometimes. I am very happy to be able to share my house with so much life, love, laughter, and just plain noise. I would never advocate for any family to have a cat, pig, African gray, and 3 dogs but it works for me and thank god I found a man that it works for too.