I didn’t do a menu plan last week, and I had to do a lot of last minute scrambling. Lesson learned! So here’s my plan.
This week’s ingredient is apples! Thanks to our lovely host M-elle at Cooking and Uncooking. I love apples. Since I grew up in NY, apples=Mc Intosh. No negotiation. I still eat Macs, but find that now I prefer apples better suited to VA. When I’m in NY, I still love my Macs, though. The plan is to make a good honey apple cake sometime between now and Rosh Hashana. Given the whole gluten/dairy/egg/corn/soy/sugar free thing, it make take a few tries to get it right. We shall see…
Last week I posted a recipe for my lemon poppy seed bread (or muffins), and also the winner for the fun give away I was hosting. I also went on a baking binge of a sort. I made some molasses cookies, a peach crisp, 7 layer bars and Karina’s Polenta Pear muffins (yes, I’m allergic to corn, no, they were not for me, and the corn meal I used was pretty icky, which is why they dodn’t turn out well. The smell was awesome, though.). Most turned out well, none turned out great, which is why you’re not reading more about them at this point. And why, may you ask, am I baking like a madwoman? Well, with my cranky ankle I can’t go out and canvass to register voters at this point, and people are a lot friendlier when you offer them a cookie or a muffin.
Here’s my darling baby watermelon, too. I do understand that for most people “watermelon” does not usually follow the term “my daring baby” but that’s ok with me. Every year I grow them, every year, only one makes it due to storms, critters, illness, etc.
Baked chicken breasts marinated in “garden goo” (a garlicky parsley rosemary marinade)
Perfect Guac with crackers, tomatoes and red pepper slices
Coconut curry beef stew with roasted cauliflower and papadams
Home made pesto with quinoa or chicken (for DH)
Sauteed broccoli raab with pine nuts
Grilled Buffalo burgers with herb-y peppers
Roasting a gob of tomatoes
Banana mini bites, using Ricki’s recipe for Frosted Banana Bars
Sea’s Chai muffin-letts
Thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc.
From the market:
peaches, last of the season
It all looks great! I made roasted asparagus tonight with garlic and parmesan… very nice. 🙂
And I love the watermelon. I tried to grow some this year, but much like most years, they got upstaged by the pumpkins and never produced fruit. Next year.
Let me know how you like the banana bars! And thanks for letting me know about the guac missed link 🙂
Funny, I also grew up with Macs and yet now they’re the last apple on my list! I adore Braeburns but we don’t see them much around here. And how amazing that you can grow watermelon–one sounds like a wonder to me!
I can’t wait for your Honey Apple Cake! Thanks for sharing some good recipes!
Oh, I think that baby watermelon is the cutest thing ever! And I totally agree, offering people baked goods helps them from slamming the door in your face!