27 March 2024

THIS JUST IN ... I LOVE BAKING!

This just in ... I love baking. More specifically, writing bakes. The latest is Blueberry & Fig Bake. Never put those two together in a bake and wanted to give it a go, so I did and we LOVED it. Of the last five bakes written, the Blueberry & Fig Bake, takes the cake. Though the Apple Cinnamon Date Bake, the first one was good. The second one, not so much. I added pecans to the batter and couldn't taste a single nut. And, I didn't really love how they set up in the muffin cases. On the sunny side, it gave me and idea for a pecan oat crunch topping for another time.

Guess what tomorrow's bake is? If you guessed Vanilla Banana Bake you win three bottle tops and a piece of ABC gum. You're welcome.

In other news, I started a sprouted radish experiment. These sprouts should be spicy. Can't wait to eat them. Can't wait to snap shots with the macro lens. Hopefully the sprouts are ready in time for my next post. 

In other, other news, below is a picture of my haul. I can't add and that's why I ended up with two big bags of popcorn kernels. The sprouting lids came with a coupon (hot dog). And The Detectorist we've seen many times. We haven't seen the movie that takes place five years after the series. That'll be fun to watch. The real star is the vanilla bean pods. Have you ever made vanilla cashew milk?

Delightful. 

And I guess, that about wraps up this post. Tomorrow is a half-day, which means head to the market, get done and get home to bake. For now, I'm gonna flop on the couch and watch a little something something before it's off to Snoozerville City. 

Wishing you a yummy week.

Huggs & Bugs, Me. 







34 comments:

  1. Enjoy your baking! -Christine cmlk79.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Christine. As I sit here and type, a Vanilla Bean Banana Bake cools on the table. Happy weekend to you and your family.

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  2. I adore vanilla beans. We store them in our sugar which they flavour while we wait to use them.

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    1. I've seen folks do that with the sugar. That's a neat hack.

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  3. I love baking too but haven't done any in almost a year now. Unless you count casseroles, ther's been a few of those.

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    1. Casseroles count to me. I love those. Fun to bake in any form or shape. What's the casserole you've loved the most?

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    2. I have a very simple beef casserole that I make more than the others, the beef just melts in your mouth, and extra portions freeze well too.

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    3. Very cool. I love when good dishes are created!

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  4. I do all my baking at work and that's pretty much lazy baking. Everything starts from a frozen dough.

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    1. I wish more places would do scratch baking. Is it less money for them to bake from frozen?

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  5. I don't love baking, and never have loved it and never have done it. what I do love is your cartoon figures and your stories of you loving baking. I love reading about baking I just can't do it. I also love eating baked goods.. I see river counts casseroles as baking, I don't do that either. I would love to have a house with no kitchen, as in live in a hotel that brings me food

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. A house with no kitchen? lolololololol..

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  6. Not a fan of figs so I will take your word for it that they were good.
    My wife has a sprout garden. We eat a lot of healthy salads as a result.

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    1. Very cool. I've only done mung and lentil. Love that she has a garden. I love growing stuff. It's the best. Did try the radish sprouts. OMG. Amazing!!!!! First time using this company. Will order from them again.

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  7. I don’t use vanilla beans but that will soon change!

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    1. They are fun to work with for sure. Hope you get a hold of some good ones.

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  8. I've never tried using vanilla beans, much less sprouting my own microgreens! Good for you, Ivy!

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  9. I don't do much baking, but I appreciate those who do. Hope you report on your radish project.

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    1. OMG. I took a bite of the radish sprouts before they finished. Soooo good. Tastes like a really, really good radish. I will order from them again for sure.

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  10. You are busy! I like to bake but I usually just bake bread. If I bake it, I eat it! I don't need the calories. It's a shame, but that's it.

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    1. Homemade bread. Delightful. What's the best bread you ever made? Or, one of your top faves?

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  11. Love vanilla beans - use them in my baking too. Not a fan of figs... my neighbourhood is riddled with fig trees - go figure. hahahaha
    Happy baking, and all that sweet stuff, Jenny

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    1. Very cool. They are fun to play with for sure. Oh my gosh, riddled with fig trees sounds like heaven to me. Heaven I say, heaven.

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  12. Cooking and baking are two of my favorite things to do so I totally understand your excitement. The kitchen is my happy place.

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    1. Being in the kitchen is the best, Lori! Glad we share this passion.

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  13. This is a happy post! Your baking sounds just delicious!

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  14. Happy baking Ivy, I like the sound of the Blueberry and Fig Bake, also the Apple Cinnamon Date too.

    Happy Easter weekend wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan. And low sugar too! Happy Holiday weekend to you and yours!

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  15. Prior to needing to be gluten-free I was a baker. Now, I don't want to be bothered with gluten-free although I did make some good apple cakes and mug cakes. I'm interested in the radishes - love that idea. I pop organic popcorn for snacks all the time. I've never seen that brand. Enjoyed your uplifting post!! Have a great week.

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    1. Hey Judee. What made you stop baking? Have you worked with corn flour, sorghum and oat. Very fun to work with this. I often bake without gluten. I do though use sprouted brown spelt and white. Neither hurt or tummies and some folks that can't eat gluten, tolerate spelt well. Not sure if that's your or not.

      Breaks my heart to read that you don't bake anymore. If you ever need any help swapping out an ingredient or writing a bake for yourself, my email is always open.

      Lesser Evil sells popcorn already popped and we liked it. Then I found they sold kernels. So far, no problems with the bags, though some on amazon reported bugs and broken bags. Knock on a skeleton's skull, no such issues yet.

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  16. That Blueberry and Fig Bake sound interesting and glad it turned out well. Every now and again I have seen never thought of doing that before ingredients, and glad I went ahead and made them. The results were delicious as would the pecan oat crunch topping. The radish thing sounds interesting and I’ll be curious how that turns out. Fun to see what you got. My daughter-in-law is a big fan of cashew milk but I’m not sure if she has vanilla in it. I would love that! Thanks for the fun post and wishing you a great week.

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    1. Oh yeah, I agree. Fun to play and try things out. Radish sprouts are doing well. Super spicy and yummy. They taste of a really good radish. Homemade vanilla cashew milk is wonderful. Hope you have a fun week! Thanks for stopping in today!

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