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Old 03-12-2013, 23:28   #31
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Those recipes sound lovely, but I am unfortunately kitchen challenged so to speak. I can cook military IMPs well enough, but. . .
Astrid, try making my tiramisu. Even extremely kitchen challenged (my aren't we politically correct), find that it so easy they can't believe it. Since she is not reading this - even my lovely wife who hasn't cooked for close to 30 years, makes the tiramisu. If she can do it, anyone can.

The only problem with that tiramisu is that it is virtually impossible not to eat whole damn thing. I keep making them smaller and smaller just so we don't make utter pigs of ourselves (sigh). We have selfcontrol issues with certain foods and certainly with good wine.

So we generally don't make or eat desserts (chocoholics). Trying to stay slim gets harder with each passing year.
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Just reading this made my blood sugar spike.
it did?...I've gained ten pounds since starting to read this thread!..

But it has some wonderful recipes and is very addicting
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That zucchini cake sounds amazing! I've just saved the recipe and will try it soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe
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That zucchini cake sounds amazing! I've just saved the recipe and will try it soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe
I think the recipe is a real winner and we have Shaktigurl to thank for it .
Bfloyd has tried the recipe and posted this on another thread:

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I have never tasted cake batter that was so good..

I did finally manage to fill a six inch pan and its in the oven can't wait to see what it tastes like. No dishes they were cleaned by the cook...chuckle...
This was his finished result:
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I think the recipe is a real winner and we have Shaktigurl to thank for it .
Bfloyd has tried the recipe and posted this on another thread:



This was his finished result:
terrible picture. Next time I will use a different frosting and honey I used fresh mandarin oranges buzzed up whole except for the peel for the froasting
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Quinoa strawberry banana muffins

I have been experimenting with quinoa and came across this blog recipe:
Strawberry Banana Quinoa Muffins Recipe | Eggless Muffin Recipes | Chef In You

Not having had a great deal of success in the past with eggless cakes (and having read a few comments posted about the recipe in the above blog), I tossed in two eggs and bumped up the flour accordingly.

Strawberry flavour predominates. It is an easy boat recipe as it simply requires a quick whisk by hand.

Britt, this is another mixture you will really enjoy raw, so if you are trying this leave a bit in the bowl after you have spooned it out .

QUINOA STRAWBERRY BANANA MUFFINS

⅓ cup quinoa
⅔ cup water
(or 1.3 cups cooked quinoa)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 medium)
250 g punnet strawberries, diced about pea sized
1.5 cups SR flour
1 flat tsp baking powder
1 flat tsp cinnamon

- Rinse and cook quinoa in the water according to directions on the pack
- Cool and fluff up with a fork
- Whisk oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, yoghurt and banana
- Stir in the quinoa and strawberries
- Very gently fold in the sifted flour, baking powder and cinnamon
- Spoon into a 12 hole silicone muffin pan
- Bake 25 minutes at 180° C (test with a skewer)

(This has been added to the recipe index in post #1)

I have broken a muffin to show how airy it is:
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I have been experimenting with quinoa and came across this blog recipe:
Strawberry Banana Quinoa Muffins Recipe | Eggless Muffin Recipes | Chef In You

Not having had a great deal of success in the past with eggless cakes (and having read a few comments posted about the recipe in the above blog), I tossed in two eggs and bumped up the flour accordingly.

Strawberry flavour predominates. It is an easy boat recipe as it simply requires a quick whisk by hand.

Britt, this is another mixture you will really enjoy raw, so if you are trying this leave a bit in the bowl after you have spooned it out .

QUINOA STRAWBERRY BANANA MUFFINS

⅓ cup quinoa
⅔ cup water
(or 1.3 cups cooked quinoa)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 medium)
250 g punnet strawberries, diced about pea sized
1.5 cups SR flour
1 flat tsp baking powder
1 flat tsp cinnamon

- Rinse and cook quinoa in the water according to directions on the pack
- Cool and fluff up with a fork
- Whisk oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, yoghurt and banana
- Stir in the quinoa and strawberries
- Very gently fold in the sifted flour, baking powder and cinnamon
- Spoon into a 12 hole silicone muffin pan
- Bake 25 minutes at 180° C (test with a skewer)

(This has been added to the recipe index in post #1)

I have broken a muffin to show how airy it is:
That's one for the cook
Saucy Lassie your poor abused husband must be as big as a mountainous rogue wave with you always conjuring such seductively sensuous recipes. .........hummm..........
With your adventurous spirit so glaringly obvious by your lifestyle and culinary proclivity the doldrums would never be boring for your husband would they?......chuckle..
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Saucy Lassie your poor abused husband must be as big as a mountainous rogue wave with you always conjuring such seductively sensuous recipes. .........hummm..........
With your adventurous spirit so glaringly obvious by your lifestyle and culinary proclivity the doldrums would never be boring for your husband would they?......chuckle..
I do love experimenting .

PS The doldrums would never be boring for my husband even if I couldn't cook .
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Re: Let Us Eat Cake

Well, having made strawberry muffins successfully with quinoa, my thoughts turned (as they inevitably do) to chocolate .

I simply based the ingredients on the strawberry recipe, keeping in mind usual quantities for chocolate cake. The result was excellent! I would say the muffins even improved (became moister) on standing a day, so this is a good recipe that can be premade if necessary.

Treats like this would be great on a longer passage. If you have no yoghurt on board, sour some milk (long life stuff is fine) with a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar. This lightens the mix. All the other ingredients here would keep for weeks unrefrigerated, and it needs only a brief whisk by hand, making this a very useful boat recipe. Without the icing it is actually a sweet treat that is reasonably guilt free.

QUINOA CHOCOLATE CAKE/MUFFINS

⅓ cup quinoa
⅔ cup water
(or 1.3 cups cooked quinoa)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup yoghurt
½ cup SR flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (the best quality you can lay your hands on)
1 tsp baking powder
Large pinch baking soda

Lime icing:
1 cup icing sugar
Rind of 1 lime (reserve half for sprinkling)
A little lime juice for mixing

- Rinse and cook quinoa in the water according to directions on the pack
- Cool and fluff up with a fork
- Whisk oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and yoghurt
- Add quinoa
- Gently fold in the sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda
- Spoon into a 12 hole silicone muffin pan or 20cm cake pan
- Bake 25 minutes at 180° C. Test with a skewer. Ten minutes or so longer is needed if baking as a cake.

When cool, I topped these with lime icing:
- Mix the icing ingredients to make a very thick paste (underlining this for you Britt, as just writing "very thick paste" wasn't enough last time LOL).
- Put a blob on top of each muffin and when it has spread out sprinkle with a little extra lime rind. The icing will harden on standing.
- Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate muffins/cake also make a lovely dessert simply lightly dusted with icing sugar and served with raspberry coulis (pureed strained raspberries) with a few raspberries on the side and a dollop of double cream if you are feeling decadent.

(This has been added to the recipe index in post #1)
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Christmas rum balls

These delectable little rum balls are a breeze to make if you reach for bought cake. They are also a great way of using up any leftover Christmas cake or Christmas pudding and are even yummy made with plain chocolate cake crumbs or probably just about any type of cake. Even those who turn their nose up at Christmas cake (eg my better half) seem to love these.

Again, this is a really easy boat recipe.

CHRISTMAS RUM BALLS

250 g melted dark chocolate
700g Christmas fruit cake – crumbled
½ cup sultanas
¼ cup rum (also good with brandy, cointreau, gin or scotch) and an extra nip for the chef
1/2 egg, whisked (or 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk)

- Soak sultanas in the alcohol at least an hour
- Mix in egg or condensed milk (milk will give better longevity)
- Add to the cake crumbs and stir well
- Roll into 30-40 small balls
- Refrigerate an hour or so & then re-roll to improve the shape
- Melt chocolate as slowly as possible (I place it in a bowl and sit that in a larger bowl of hot water)
- Spread choc over balls using a teaspoon (dipping uses up too much chocolate)
- Spoon excess chocolate into a plastic bag and snip a minuscule bit off one corner
- Pipe the excess choc over the balls
- Refrigerate. They improve with standing.
- One small tip to make them look even more enticing: before serving wipe the top with the tiniest amount of olive oil to give them a gorgeous glossy appearance.

After coating with chocolate they can also be decorated with dollop of white choc and two slivers of green glace cherries and one tiny square piece of red to resemble berries, but this is time consuming and I had better things to do this year .

Have a great Festive Season! xxx
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Re: Let Us Eat Cake

Seaworthy lass is on a healthy food trip, thankfully not all of us are:

here is something to tempt even lassie (lots of calories, lots of guilt!)
Marzipan/berry dessert


Marzipan
Raspberries
Strawberries
1-pint heavy cream

Cream made of:
1 egg yolk
1-2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1-cup heavy cream
1-teaspoon vanilla sugar
2-3 teaspoons Grand Manier

Roll the marzipan out in a ¼ inch thick plate. Cut some rounds out of the marzipan with a wine glass or a small bowl. 2 rounds per dessert.

Puree the raspberries and mix the puree with stiffly whipped heavy cream. Cut the strawberries into slices.

Now put a marzipan round on a dessert plate. Arrange the strawberry slices around the edge and fill the hollow space inside with the raspberry whipped cream mixture. Top off with the 2nd marzipan round. Decorate with a half strawberry or some chopped semi-sweet chocolate.

The cream below is poured around the marzipan tower. If you melt some chocolate you can “draw” some patterns in the cream.

Cream


1- Whip an egg yolk together with 2-3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar. It should become a thick cream. Slowly add either Rum or Grand Mainer. I use about 3 tablespoons.
2- Whip a cup of heavy cream relatively stiff.
3- Slowly add the egg mixture
4- You’re done!!

yes, well, we can all go on a diet after new year!!!!!!
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Seaworthy lass is on a healthy food trip, thankfully not all of us are
Not today .
Breakfast this morning (why stop at one ):

PS Chocolate, marzipan and berries tempt me, cream not so.
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Not today .
Breakfast this morning (why stop at one ):

PS Chocolate, marzipan and berries tempt me, cream not so.
Hi lassie,

you can substitute ice cream……………

but not all cruisers have a freezer
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Hi lassie,

you can substitute ice cream……………

but not all cruisers have a freezer
Ooh! Icecream! Now you are talking my language.
I have an IOU from Teknav for next time I am in Texas, that I still haven't forgotten about

(No, no freezer on board )

Speaking of "healthy" and "icecream", frozen mashed banana makes an excellent substitute, particularly with mango or blueberries added. Top that with macadamia nuts, and you have a winner
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OMG...I would have been better off having never read this thread...how will I make my New Year's Diet resolution now?
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