Well, I’m currently having a grand old time being a new mum. No, really! The Wee One is a sweet little thing, even when she crabs about dirty diapers (thereby making more laundry for me to do–I’m cloth diapering), hunger pangs (she eats constantly when awake), being too hot or too cold, and desirous of snuggle time :) We love snuggle time the best, complete with her growing smiles, curiosity (when it strikes, we “play” and do “tummy time”–she’s getting very good at lifting her head), and tender love for her parents.
At any rate, I’ve not been on my blogs much this month but wanted to leave some delicious fall links for you to savor. Happy October! I hope you enjoy all the wonderful foods the harvest season has brought.
One more for you: Banana Bread. I know it’s not specifically “fall” food but I did make it the other day and it was delicious. Plus, it’s very, very simple and only has seven ingredients!
2 c. flour*
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. sugar**
1/4 c. liquid Crisco***
3-5 bananas, mashed
1. Combine dry ingredients.
2. Combine wet ingredients, including bananas, and add dry ingredients to them.
3. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean****
Substitutions and Alterations
*Use your favorite gluten-free flour, same amount, plus 1-1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (or 2 tsp. guar gum) in place of normal wheat flour
**Substitute 3/4 c. coconut palm sugar or agave nectar
***Use 1 c. applesauce for a fat-free option; or coconut or olive oil for heart-healthy alternatives instead of Crisco
****I was once told in a Traditional Chinese Medicine class that baking foods at over 300 F destroys fatty-acid chains, thereby making them toxic to the body. I’ve found that baking at 300 F does not take that much longer and the foods tend to be moister.
Also, for those who enjoy Banana Nut Bread, consider adding 1 c. walnuts (or favorite nut) to recipe prior to baking. Or, as in this last time, I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the bread (no nuts, however) for a slightly spicy take. You could also use cardamom and ginger too.