Sunday, July 3, 2016

Week 4 of Summer

I enioyed this week, with solid workouts, catching up with friends, and plenty of down time (I finished Orange is the New Black).  Here are other highlights from the week:
From Etsy, new workout headbands!

On one of my social outings, Mango Avocado roll.

Farmer's Market haul.

I made Bara Brith, or "molted bread", which an old Welsh recipe I saw on The Great British Baking Show last year. Soak dried fruit overnight with brown sugar and warm black tea.
In the morning, add "mixed spice" (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice), Ener-G egg replacer, and self rising flour. Low and slow in the oven (325 degrees for 90 minutes).
My house smelled like Christmas. Verdict: good, I'll make it again during the holidays, but I'd use less dried fruit and maybe more variety (I only used raisins and dried cranberries). It's not keeping well in the fridge (it's rock hard), so I might not finish it. I now have four pounds of self rising flour, so there will be zucchini walnut bread soon...

See you on Wednesday!

14 comments:

  1. Whoa, that bara brith sounds awesome! maybe if you toast it, or pan fry it in some Earth Balance the rock hardedness will become more palatable..
    mango avocado rolls are so delicious. For some reason they aren't super common around here - well, probably made fresh but not in the sushi grab and go places I occasionally find myself at. Probably because the mango doesn't stay super fresh? Anyway, it's so good and I'm glad you got them!

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    1. Toasting it sounds ideal! I'll have to try that! I've been popping it in the microwave.

      Yes, I can only find mango avocado rolls in restaurants. It's too bad, as they are so good!

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  2. Cute headbands. Dont get them all sweaty.

    I wish I could watch 'OITNB' 24/7. Such great characters. So afraid it will go down hill like 'Weeds' did.

    I am with FF on the Bread. It looks awesome. I hope it doesnt go to waste.

    Pretty Potaotes.

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    1. They've all been sweaty already. πŸ˜‰

      OITNB was really well written, much better than last year. I laughed, I cried. You should watch it!

      I've stopped myself from tossing the bread a few times now. I might try another recipe in the fall, and see if it does better!

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    2. Oh I wached OITNB, I just wish I could continue watching all the time. Sad about Poussey.

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  3. The bara brith looks tasty! You could slice and freeze it so that it doesn't go bad, then dip slices in your hot drink (tea, coffee) when you eat it. That is what I would do.

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    1. That's agreed idea! It is recommended to be accompanied by hot tea, so I could see the dipping turning out well!

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    2. *a great idea. Autocorrect! Ha ha!

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  4. Yay, you made the bread! It looks and sounds really fantastic and definitely perfect for the holidays. I'm going to have to find a recipe and give it a try! Have you considered making it into french toast or bread pudding? It'll be a little bit more rich but the custard would probably bring it back to life a little bit.

    Hooray for Etsy shopping! As you know I am a bit obsessed with Etsy but have been good about controlling myself lately :) The mango avocado rolls look really great too and it's a combination I feel like should be more common! Nice Farmers Market haul. I'm hoping to get to the good farmers market next weekend :)

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    1. I meant to include it! Here's the link:
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bara_brith_33441

      I want to try it again, but with a different recipe. A French toast would be great! I should try that!

      Three years ago, I used a site called "A Princess Never Sweats" and purchased three headbands. I've worn the heck out of them, and I think the velvet used to hold it in place didn't love the hand washing. I went to see about ordering more, and the site hadn't been updated in over a year. On to Etsy it was!

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  5. i don't think i have ever had a mango avocado roll. Are they good? Or is the sweet with the seaweed weird...?
    That bread does sound like a good holiday bread. I'm thinking you could take a slice and cut into rectangles then bake longer to make a kind of faux biscotti .... Of course zucchini bread is always a good idea too :))
    Ttrockwood

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    1. The sweetness of the mango balances nicely with the salty seaweed! Try them some time!

      Oooh, the biscotti idea sounds good! I will definitely be making a zucchini bread 😊

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  6. Those headbands are very cool! It looks like you're making the most of the summer break, long may it continue! The Christmas-smelling Bara Brith sounds heavenly. To my shame, I don't think I've ever eaten any, but I'm pretty sure I'd love it from the description!

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  7. Those headbands are very cool! It looks like you're making the most of the summer break, long may it continue! The Christmas-smelling Bara Brith sounds heavenly. To my shame, I don't think I've ever eaten any, but I'm pretty sure I'd love it from the description!

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