Friday, September 18, 2015

Leaving on a jet plane...

I love John Denver, with no shame whatsoever. I even have his Christmas album saved to Spotify. Sometimes I listen to it in the summer.

But this isn't a post about John Denver.

A lot has happened since Miss Flora moved into her flat. I've moved across country. Had a few jobs. Found friends and family. Hiked mountains, baked cakes. Oh, and I got married to my dearest.

Between all of that, I've written, my head and my heart on display for you all to see. Having said that, I find myself thinking, is it time to move out? Has Miss Flora's Flat been settled in long enough?

I don't know. I'll continue blogging, no doubt. But I am reconsidering a lot. Different platforms, different this, different that. Maybe this blog just needs more aesthetic attention.

So, if you don't see me for a while, know that I'm pondering what to do and where to do it!

xo darlings!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easy, Delicious Protein Cake

This is the cake that was originally to be a pancake. That's why you don't get a photo of it right now.

Also, it doesn't work if you don't have a blender. The food processor just whirled it around. I kept adding almond milk, hoping to thin it out enough so the blades would pulverize the oats and banana. Nope, there was no bending those blades to my will. I soldiered on.

In went the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Frying pan on medium heat. Batter poured.

Worst experience ever. Those suckers stuck to the greased pan and would not yield to the spatula, no matter how gently or harshly I treated them.

In an attempt to salvage the batter and my pride, I poured the remaining batter and half-cooked pancake into a greased cake tin, stirred in some baking mix for some heft, and baked it for 20 minutes.

Low calorie, delicious protein cake. Is it super high protein? It's not steak. You could fortify it with protein powder, I suppose. But I don't see a reason to do that when it's delicious as is. Low calorie, filling. The texture is soft, a bit like a custardy cake. I could see using applesauce or pumpkin instead of banana, adding more spices, and calling it autumn protein cake.

Easy, Delicious Protein Cake

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large egg whites
1 egg
1/2 cup full-fat cottage cheese
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup Pamelas gluten-free baking and pancake mix flour

Mix the banana, egg whites and egg together. Stir in cottage cheese and peanut butter. Add oats, baking powder, extract, cinnamon, then add the milk. Once it's all stirred together, add the gluten free flour and chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased 8-inch or 9-inch pan, it doesn't matter if it's square or round. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Eat warm. Cover and refrigerate remaining portion. Keeps a few days.