July Goals

I have been very disorganised lately and I know the month is 1/3 over, but I have decided to set some goals for myself.

Exercise:

  •  Run at least seven miles a week.
  • Do at least 60 minutes of work out a day weather it be running or aerobics.
  • START STRETCHING!

Reading:

  • Sort through all of my books and organize.
  • Read every single day no matter how long.
  • Make a set “to be read” (TBR) plan.

Food:

  • Cook something new every week.
  • Continue to try and eat low carb.
  • Keep kitchen clean.
  • Try and create less food waste.

Social & Misc.:

  • Talk to my mother every day.
  • Call my parents once a week.
  • Spend more time with my wife without watching TV.
  • Brush the cats once a week.
  • Clean one part of the house thoroughly.

In addition to all of that I want to start blogging more often. I have been watching a lot of book-tube and looking through bookish blogs and I am going to start my attempt on reviews and daily or every other day posts. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated! That’s it for now.

*Morgan*

 

 

The Great Banana Bread Experiment

I LOVE BANANA BREAD.

This is the easiest and best banana bread recipe. It's super moist and bursting with flavor. The recipe is also easily adaptable and comes out perfect every time.
Photo credit to LittleSweetBaker.com, I have tried her banana bread in the past and really enjoyed it.

Flat out, all around amazing baked good. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, as dessert, with tea or coffee — it can be made in so many variations —  add in options are limitless, such as chocolate, nuts, coconut, matcha, dried fruit… — it can be topped with cinnamon, glaze, frosting, chocolate, sprinkles, ice cream, yoghurt, fresh fruit — it can be made into cheesecake, regular cake, muffins, cupcakes, or it can be the base of other desserts and, at the end of the day, a warm fresh piece of banana bread with a little butter is food for the soul.

When I was a child, banana bread was a staple in our household. My mother didn’t like things to go to waste. So whenever bananas would start to brown they would go in the freezer for repurposing. My dad enjoys experimenting with food as well and he spent a few years perfecting his banana bread recipe. I remember it as a child, fresh out of the oven with walnuts. He prides himself in mainly using the banana as the main sweetener and liquid, excluding the water, and adding just a touch of cinnamon for the perfect combination of flavours.

I felt like it was my duty, as an avid baker and banana bread enthusiast, to perfect my recipe as well. Throughout the next couple weeks, I am going to make six different kinds of banana breads and rank them best to worst (worst in this case still being good because it’s banana bread).

All recipes will include cinnamon, dark chocolate chunks ( because I believe chocolate is a necessity and dark chocolate goes with just about any kind of banana bread I could think up and i prefer dark chocolate because it isn’t too sweet) and it may or may not include a kind of nut depending on my mood (I don’t believe the addition of nuts will alter the taste too much). I also will not serve improperly cooked bread if for some reason it burns or doesn’t cook through.

The rating scale is from 1-5 Bananas (overall rating), I will also rate on texture, convenience in baking and how long it keeps. I will also have two or three others rate the breads for an outside opinion.

So join me in my baking journey and The Great Banana Bread Experiment.

Happy Sunday

 

Happy Ending to the Clickbait Recipe

Today was new food Friday in my household and I, as I’m sure many others, always see so many delicious looking recipe videos floating around Facebook. Honestly, I save a lot of them but only have the motivation and time to make a few. Usually they either require a lot of dedication, skill or uncommon ingredients and I normally lack one if not all three of these.

My wife loves grilling. Grilling, fried rice and fish are her three fortes. That being said, she came across a recipe for grilled steak and potatoes and she had to have it. The combination of her abysmal kitchen prep skills and the fact that she is on crutches currently left me to the cutting and preparing of the little aluminium pockets of deliciousness. I, however, cheated a bit by just watching the video once and adding my own twist on it. I simplified the recipe a little and added more herbs. Here is what went down:

I peeled and chopped four yukon gold potatoes into one square inch cubes. To make sure they cooked all the way through, I boiled them for about ten minutes. After they were drained, I poured 1/2 cup of melted butter, one diced white onion, three minced cloves of garlic, two sprigs of rosemary, red pepper flakes and as much finely chopped parsley as I deemed necessary at the time. I used two rib eye steaks from the local butchery, I cut them once down the middle and then again down the middle horizontally. I spread an even layer of softened butter over the top of the steak and sprinkled on the remaining two cloves of minced garlic. I added a good amount of freshly ground salt and pepper to it all. I laid out two sheets of foil and each got one steak and half the potatoes. To make the pocket, I just folded one side over the other and rolled up the sides like a Christmas present (it would work anyway really as long as the juices and butter doesn’t leak out). We grilled the foil pockets for about 30 minutes over medium heat, covered.

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I am not a big fan of cheese, but my wife loves it. So, when there was about five minutes left on the grill, we opened up the little packs and put some cheese on it and covered the grill back up.

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This was some of the most “melt in your mouth” steak I had ever had. The parsley, garlic, rosemary and even the salt and pepper added so many levels to the flavors.

The only downside of this dish is the amount of butter, which I will have to find a way around in the future. I am not sure if different kinds of oil or other liquids would yield the same result. More to come.

Here is the link in case anyone wants to follow that recipe, which looks equally as great.

https://cafedelites.com/steak-cheesy-bacon-potato-hash-foil-packs/

Happy Cooking!