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Banana Nut Muffins
January 29, 2009, 3:32 am
Filed under: Food

Banana Nut MuffinsThe beauty of overly-ripe bananas is that they are gems when it comes to baking. I love the fact that I can make something so tasty that otherwise would be thrown to the chickens. Nico and I somehow allowed eight bananas to turnĀ black and I thought this would be a great opportunity to make some quickbread! I’m always on the lookout for a great banana bread recipe so if you have one, please share!

I found one recipe here.

It sounded simple, which I wanted not for ease but for purity of taste. The bananas are naturally sweet and don’t need much doctoring.

What I loved most about this recipe was its accuracy on timing and how many muffins it made. I find that baking recipes tell you a time and they’re off – but more often, they overestimate the number of muffins, cookies, etc that you’ll end up with. This recipe? A perfect dozen. Loved it!

MmMMmMmMmm….and they were delicious! I couldn’t resist taking a pic of my banana bonanza.

Up next? Banana Cookies.

speculaas pasta is lekker!
January 22, 2009, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Food
Sweet happiness..

Sweet happiness

Speculaas paste is delicious!

What is speculaas paste, you ask? Um…only the most *amazingly delicious* jar of I-just-can’t-get-enough cookie spread. Yeah that’s right – spreadable cookies. How brilliant! For those of you (like myself) that did not grow up with the cookie (aka speculoos) you may be familiar with Biscoff (served on Delta flights…). IĀ  equate its taste to the American snickerdoodle. But better!

While the European cookie recipe has evolved for ages, speculaas SPREAD was recently introduced to the Belgian and Dutch markets. In fact, it was a Belgian woman who concocted the idea – and the recipe – and won a national competition.

Anyway, Nico surprised me last night with a shipping box and inside were two jars of speculaas spread! You see, the only way we could get this was to physically bring it back from Belgium. We even checked the biscoff website a few months ago only to be disappointed they didn’t offer it. But that was then; this is now. Apparently does now! Bedankt Nico!!

I enjoy it with ice cream, fresh bread, and even straight from the jar.