To make my bowls of oatmeal interesting I like to deconstruct dessert recipes.
And the way I remember that dessert is spelled with two s’s is because I’d like two scoops of ice cream. What flavor? Cherry amaretto ice cream, please. I whipped up some banana soft-serve, pitted a handful of cherries, drizzled it with amaretto syrup, and topped it off with Cacao Bliss. The amaretto syrup gave this bowl of oats a zing.
Hello delicious wake up call!
Remember how I mentioned that I realized that I didn’t have a birthday cake this year? Well look what I found! Chocolate cherry amaretto ice cream cake. And it just so happens that it won a raw ice cream cake contest.
On the topic of ice cream... what else is there to talk about?
I stumbled upon my soul sister and her dad’s favorite ice cream! This little lady’s recommendations never disappoint, so of course I put the pint of Mocha Almond Fudge coconut milk ice cream in my basket. Verdict? Oh my gosh. There are just enough almonds, each bite has that yummy fluffy mocha ice cream, and the swirls of fudge seal the deal. Pint start with a ‘p’ so I can make alliterations like… personal pint.
Something else deconstructed?
I was browsing the Veganomicon cookbook when my eyes wandered on to these words “samosa stuffed baked potato.” You all know how much I love Indian food! I’m so use to making deconstructed recipes for breakfast that I don’t usually think of making them for lunch… or dinner for that matter.
I took away the potato's vegan status and spread on some ghee.
Oh and I can’t leave out my mom’s dish! The night before she made a curried coconut milk vegetable dish that had me eating spoonfuls from the pan she had just cooked it in. I decided to mix in some cooked lentils the next day.
I don't go to the movies often so this was a nice change.
My mom’s friend had special tickets to watch a movie before it would be released in this theatre and she asked if we wanted to go. We gladly accepted her invitation and watched ‘The Solitary Man’. It was a pretty good movie, but I didn’t like the ending. The theatre I went to is one of my favorites because of the interior and comfy seats. If you don’t feel like finding your own parking spot you can always opt for the valet parking. What can I say? This is the state where people go to retire!
Inside the movie theatre--check out the ceiling!
On another night me and my mom went to support some friends that were dancing in a show.
She never ceases to amaze.
And neither does he!
Complete with samba dancing as well.
Making dinner milk rolls from one of my favorite cookbooks.
I love making bread! My favorite part is kneading it, and after that I love the smell that wafts through the house when it’s baking. Then of course there’s the satisfaction of biting into the fresh bread you made.
They remind me of the Brötchen we would pick up daily from the bakery in Germany.
My mom said they tasted even better! She’s such a mom hehehe.
Yum! This is just asking for some butter.
Speaking of Germany…
Yours truly got ready for a day that would be filled with many German things.
Note: I straightened my hair for the first time in years!
What did that day behold?
We went to a German restaurant to see their first game in the World Cup 2010!
Deutschland is my motherland and where my heart belongs, so when they beat the Aussies 4-0 I felt very proud!
I'm not a big beer person but I tried their heferweisen and I liked it!
Another goal? More beers on the house!
They still make the best potato pancakes I've ever had--three or four rounds of these were ordered!
Ever since I was little, it just has always gone without saying that I get the most potato pancakes or latkes.
I'm not typically a cake person, but I do think they're beautiful and there are the exceptions of tiramisu and carrot cake.
However, this berry black forest cake was amazingly incredible! Our table ordered this cake to go, and about five more slices to have at the table, plus a chocolate mousse cake for the super chocolate lover (my mom’s friend’s husband). Victory was ours and we ate like champions as well!
In honor of the World Cup 2010 being held in Africa I decided to make use of a box I found in my parent’s pantry. So what does a box have to do with the World Cup?
Fufu flour! It’s a fun word to say and it’s even more fun to eat. What is fufu exactly? “Fufu is a staple food of West and Central Africa. It is a thick paste usually made by boiling starchy root vegetables in water and pounding with a mortar and pestle until the desired consistency is reached.”
It's traditionally served with a soup... or rather in a soup.
It came out lumpy--oops! But still safe to eat.
I made a peanut soup to go with it, and mark my words when I say… TRY THIS! Here’s the recipe for the peanut soup, but I made some changes. Instead of a green bell pepper I used a red. Also make sure to use real peanut butter to get the most flavor. I used my favorite kind and the crunchy peanut bits actually added a smokiness to it.
Did I mention that you eat this with your hands?
Are any of you keeping up with the games? Favorite teams?
Also, what are some of your favorite deconstructed recipes?