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Love Me Some Cupcakes

Honestly, who doesn’t love a good cupcake? They are tiny little morsels, but powerful and filling enough to satisfy one’s cake cravings and one look at a well-decorated cupcake with creamy, rich frosting just makes you smile. See below.

Some A-mazing vegan cuppycakes from a sweet little bakery for my birthday party earlier this year.

Okay, so I can’t really make magic like the above happen in my kitchen, but I can make a mean flourless chocolate cupcake that require no frosting due to their decadence. I’ve shared this recipe with friends (with or without food allergies) and they all agree that they are out of this world fantastic. I wish I had some pictures, but the last batch was devoured – shout out to my girl Courtney who provided these insanely-cute little chocolate gems for dessert at a dinner party my friends and I had the other evening.

A chocolately-delicious do:

Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips 73% cacao (really up to you, but I’m a dark chocoholic)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 agave nectar

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp.  cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Place 12 paper baking cups in a muffin pan. Put the chocolate in a double boiler, or medium bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir until completely melted, stir in oil. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, cream the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and thick, gently stir agave. Fold in the melted chocolate and remaining ingredients.

Spoon the batter into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes.

You’re welcome 🙂

P & L,

Mem

GF beer and pizza just go together

Happy Summer! My super adorable friend Sam (who also has a gluten allergy!) and I celebrated the coming of summer yesterday with a pizza party! It’s great having a close friend with similar allergies because I’m usually the one eating something different from everyone else, so it’s wonderful to share a super yummy meal with someone who eats what you do! 

We devoured a thin crust pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, homemade tomato sauce (kudos to Sam’s momma!), and sliced tomato. Sam picked up the gf, organic thin crust pizza dough from Jules in Doylestown, but they have several locations. It was fantastic. I have a cute little pizza stone that made magic happen in the oven. 

While that did it’s thing in the oven, we had some organic baby spinach leaves topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, sugar snap peas, and soy nuts. We dressed our salad in toasted sesame oil because we are both addicted

Fresh.

Once our pizza was out of the oven and cooled down (longest ten minutes of my life!), we poured ourselves some gf, all natural beer (we split two bottles of Redbridge and a bottle of Sprecher -> fire-brewed, African-style, btw). Those were obviously delicious. 

Redbridge you make me happy.

My fav girl looking fly and happy.

Our pizza didn’t disappoint us either… 

Okay, so perhaps not the prettiest pizza pie you've ever seen, but it was delish.

Super thin and super crispy.

Did I mention all this fabulousness happened on my deck with the sun on our backs? Yes, it was perfection. Have you ever had these gf beers? Do you notice any taste-difference from regular brews? And talk to me about pizza! You love? 

P & L, 

Mem

My First Guest Post! :)

Check out my guest post on the blog, Fooducate. I talk a little bit about my allergy history and about my favorite breakfast. Hello, strawberryavocadoomelet!

Fooducate was founded by Hemi Weingarten, a  father of three in the San Francisco Bay area who has a passion to teach others on how to make healthier choices when it comes to food purchases. Deemed a  “personal grocery advisor,” Fooducate is,

 ” published daily (more or less), you’ll find tips and tricks to help make you a better shopper of nutritious food. Topics include nutrition fact labels, hard to pronounce ingredient names, “health claims”, and other marketing tricks to watch out for at the supermarket.”

It’s a fantastic blog and wonderful learning tool, with great information for anyone who eats! Check it out! 🙂 Thanks for letting me share, Hemi!

P & L,

Mem

5 Amazing Recipes for Fresh Apricots from Rodale.com

I don’t know about you, but I loooove apricots in any form…dried (sulfite-free, of course!); fresh in their small, velvety skin self; pureed; juice-style; in a smoothie addition; whatever. There’s just something about those beautifully orange colored fruity-jems that make me smile. Perhaps it’s because they are chock full of  beta-carotene and fiber? Seriously though, they are little gems in fruit form.

Tart in flavor, but smooth and sweet. Best described as a cross between a peach and a plum.

Anyway, below are two delicious recipes I am going to try ASAP, kudos to Rodale –

1) “Mango-Apricot Smoothie Add a little sunshine to your morning with this smoothie, or simply pair apricots with Greek yogurt and honey for an even quicker wake-me-up treat that can serve double-duty as a simply elegant dessert.”

2) “Curried Lentil and Apricot Salad with Arugula Top an apricot-adorned main-dish salad with your choice of vegetarian-friendly lentils or succulent slices of filet mignon.”

Are you loving apricots as much as me these days?  Any recipes?

P & L,

Mem

An Organic Toast to Graduation!

 Hi everyone! I’m so excited because I graduated yesterday! I am very happy to have had a wonderful and successful four years at Drexel University and I am ready to take on whatever comes up next! 🙂 

My amazing and supportive parents took me out for an awesome dinner celebration after the ceremony. Due to my lengthy food restrictions, I chose one of my favorite places where I can eat almost anything on the menu – White Dog Cafe! Such a great restaurant with really outstanding service. Perfect for a celebration! 

It’s really wonderful for me and other people with similiar food allergies or just those that want to eat well, because they focus on using high quality and farm fresh ingredients that are purchased from local sustainable farmers. Seasonal, local, and organically grown ingredients = awesome.

My mommy and I shared an interesting squash appetizer that was served tempura style with a fresh beet puree – so fun! And my main course was a Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna, that was served with Green Meadow Farm Baby Bok Choy, Wills Valley Organic Kim-Chee, and Sesame Soy Reduction. It was fabulous! I also saved room for some dessert 🙂 They make house made sorbet that is composed daily and I tried the strawberry flavor. It was great. They also had a flourless chocolate torte that I was so leaning towards trying, but it was hovering around 78 degrees outside so an icy treat seemed more appropriate. 

 
Alcohol has its ups and downs in the news in regards to health benefits, but it was a day to have a little something extra, so I felt compelled to celebrate with a fun beverage. I tried a new special martini they offered that was a mixture of fresh and organic meddled cherries, lime, and mint leaves combined with vodka. It was so yummy! 🙂
 

a sweet close up of me and my martini!

 My parents really enjoyed their meals too! If you’re ever in Philly you should try this place for sure! 

Any recent celebrations in your life? 🙂 

P & L, 

Mem 

 
 

  

 

 

Another one…

I can’t seem to stop getting hooked on some new gluten-free bar I stumble upon these days.

Mmm...fresh-cut grass. Kidding, kidding.

I recently found Organic Green Super Food bar in Whole Foods. I bought two because they sounded fabulous from the start…

  • certified organic
  • gluten-free
  • raw
  • cold processed
  • high in naturally occurring enzymes, carotenoids, phytonutrients and antioxidants

The one I tried, chocolate flavor, was really good. However, be aware that these bars are green once you take a full bite! This is because “Amazing Grass Green SuperFood provides more organic whole leaf greens per gram than any leading green superfood formula, and unlike many others, it contains no soy lecithin fillers.”

I’m definitely looking forward to trying my other one. Four flavors – Original, Chocolate, Berry, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein -with 12gr of protein per bar.

Have you ever seen these? How do you feel about the green part? Check out their site!

P & L,

Mem

I want to sit in a strawberry swing (with Chris Martin)

Only a man as beautiful as Chris Martin in all his epic-artist glory could write a song that would lead me to my new favorite fruit pairing. Thanks to the lovely song, Strawberry Swing, I am loving those little ruby-red and juicy fruits more than ever and I’ve found their match-made-in-Heaven counterpart. The avocado.

 So perfect.

I don’t know what’s the best part about this cute lil’ combo, but I want them to have babies. The colors together are enough to boost your happiness level tenfold, the flavors are a burst of what I can only imagine to be the equivalent of sunshine in your mouth, not to mention these two superhero fruits are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, and body-loving vitamins.

So what have I been doing with these two lovebirds? Making sweet omelets (yes), mixing them in my yogurt parfaits, topping them on refreshing salads, sandwiching them between two slices of hearty gluten-free bread and crunchy munchy almond butter, and dicing  them up and drizzling them with some agave nectar. Mmmm…all so fabulous. I’m dedicating this post to this morning’s omelet though. Made all the work I had to do for school just a little bit more enjoyable :).

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 avocado

3 nice-sized strawberries

1/4 cup of goat cheese

Agave Nectar and Cinnamon (amount up to you)

In yo’ skillet crack dem’ eggs, slice up yo’ pretty green and red fruits, sprinkle in da’ spice and goat cheese, fold, drizzle with some sweet syrup, cook til done. Place on a plate, drizzle with some more sweet syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.

So yummy 🙂

So scrumdiddlyumptious.

Best flipping omelet there eva’ was. Not sure why I am inserting random gangsta-talk, especially because I am currently listening to some mellow Coldplay, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Have you ever paired these two little babies together? What are your favorite fruit combos?

P and L,
Mem