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In the garden

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Knowing that I am one (and only) of those weirdo who can spend all day dabbling in the soil or staring at the grass or other green stuff, my dearest friend R. took my yesterday back to her home and  -what’s more important – to her garden. That sweet kidnaping had two conditions though – I had to bring with me some strawberries and banana cake with chocolate mousse. After spending some time hunting for the berries finaly I hit the road  for Zegrze.

Banana cake with chocolate and mascarpone mousse

For the banana bread:
– 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 1/2 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
– 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
– 1 cup plain yogurth
– 4 large bananas, ripe
– 3 eggs, beaten
– 3 tbsp butter
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Chocolate and mascarpone mousse
100 dark chocolate (70 %)
250 g mascarpone cheese
250 g fromage frais or ricotta (IMHO first option mentioned is better)

For the form:
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp oats

in the garden

in the garden

Heat the oven to 175 C. Butter up round springform and sprinkle with oats.
Mash bananas, add all liquid ingridients. Mix the flour, oats and other dry ingridients, Add to the banana mixture, whisk with spoon (rather roughly). Put the batter into the form, bake for 1-1,5 hour.
When the cake will be brown on the top, take out from the oven, put on the rack to cool down a bit.
In the meantime break the chocolate, put into an heat-proof bowl and put into tourned off, but still warm oven.
Cut the cake into two slices. If the cake is to moist, put into for few minutes into the still warm oven, so it would toast a bit.
When the choclate will be ready, take it out and lefty aside to cool. When it will be at body temperature, add mascarpone and fromage (start with 1-2 dollops, mix well and than add another portion, so it will mix well and smoothly). Spread the mousse on the lower slice of the cake, cover with the second slice. Put again into the springform or on the plate, cover with foil and put into the fridge for 3-4 hours before serving.

Written by Malgosia Minta

May 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

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Lunch on the orbit

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Following last week’s post about space cookies, I must make a confess – I always wanted to go to space. And I still do. As an astronaut, of course. (Being true for me it is more logical that spaceshuttle are able to take off form the ground than the regular airplanes are able to do so)
Having a chance to see the blue marble Earth, to float in space, to catch flying droplets of orange jucie. Gosh! That would be something. Maybe, someday.
Being a foodie as well I wanted to show You a quite interesting list of Ten Best Space Foods, which I’ve found on the Discovery Channel Space site. Did You know, that tortillas are a basic cosmic bread – becasue they don’t crumble so much.
Moreover, beside regular canned food, sometimes astronauts have occasin to taste some dishes made by celebrity chefs, e.g. Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray. So what do You think about space diet? As for me I would rather wait till they would have a fridge on-board. I just couldn’t imagine 4 months with garlic and onions as my only fresh veggies.

Written by Malgosia Minta

April 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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