Sharing the joys & beauty
of living in the lovely Cuddy
Valley west of Frazier Park
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
A Lovely Valentine's Day...but Woops!
We spent the late afternoon sipping sparkling wine and watching "The Help." Probably a mistake, since I put way too much lemon in the drawn butter for the lobster tails (we did a 'surf & turf' dinner), AND I OVER-flamed the chocolate creme brulees. The sugar is supposed to be caramelized, not scorched. It was a delicious dinner, anyway. Typical 'Lucy' moments on my part...
The hub gave me some lovely tulips (one of my favorite cut flowers) from Dragonfly's Garden (our awesome florist & gift shop). They have moved to a new location on Mt. Pinos Way, (the old health food store location), across from Ace Hardware. Hopefully that will bring them more business. I loooove that shop! The wreath over my bed is from there, plus some other pretty items in my house.
The night before, I made a lovely dinner of ahi tuna (incredibly, I found a bag of frozen steaks at our local market). I defrosted them, soaked them in a marinade of ginger, soy, a little citrus olive oil & garlic. Rolled in black sesame seeds, pan seared, then finished off in the oven.
For dessert, I made banana bread with a recipe that calls for smashed Wheat Chex cereal, but I used Special K berries, so it was kind of strawberry banana bread. I served it warm, with strawberry ice cream. Mmmm...For high altitude, I omitted the baking soda, & used only a tsp. or so of baking powder.
Banana Nut Bread
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup of Special K berries cereal, crushed
1/2 cup of smashed walnuts
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use olive)
2 tbs water
4 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla (I always use more)\
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a loaf pan. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, ceral & nuts. Combine egg, oil, water, mashed banana & vanilla. Add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Spread evenly into pan. Bake 50-55 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.
I think it would be fun to add some fresh strawberries into the mix...Well, gotta go, monkey is home sick!