meringue roulade with shaved chocolate and salty-sweet peanuts

Meringue Roulade + Chocolate Shavings + Salty Sweet Peanuts

dear sweet dw:
today we celebrate 1,095 days of married life.
we don’t count days to boast,
but to be held accountable for
the Love Story we are writing together.
you know i was a shitty student
unless something was captivating to me,
and you, kind sir, are a being
i am most interested in.
i want to learn everything about you,
as you grow and evolve.
i remain ever curious about you,
and in our life together.
i commit to being your bestest student.
you are the gift that i never expected,
and i accept you with all my heart.

happy anniversary, sweet love,
let’s always have cake.

photo courtesy of luke eshleman & used with permission
photo courtesy of luke eshleman & used with permission

meringue roulade with shaved chocolate and salty-sweet peanuts
inspired and loosely adapted from yotam ottolenghi, also found in plenty more
serves 8, or in our case, just the two of us

*note: it was a dreary/wet day when this dessert was made, which made the meringue sticky. still very delicious.
humidity  cannot be fought.

Meringue:
4 large egg whites, at room temp
1 coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp distilled vinegar
1 tsp cornstarch

Toppings/Filling:
1 cup chocolate bar, whatever your preference, shaved
1/2 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 TBL coconut sugar
So Delicious’ Coco Whip (alternative if you can’t get this product, skim the fat off of 3 cans of FULL FAT coconut milk and whip with 2 TBL powdered sugar until fluffy)

preheat oven to 325F. prepare a 13X9 rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.

in a stand mixer & whisk attachment, add your egg whites and whisk until frothy. add the sugar by the tablespoon-ful. you’re aiming for stiff, glossy peaks. add in the vanilla extract, vinegar and cornstarch and whisk until blended.

spread mixture on the parchment paper and with an off-set spatula spread it out until level.

bake for 30 minutes, a crust will form, but the meringue will be cooked. remove from oven and let cool in pan.

flip the meringue onto a fresh piece of parchment paper, and gently peel the lining paper.

spread however much of the coco whip you want on the meringue, it’s your party, you do what you want. i would say i used about a cup, and leave a small border around the edge. sprinkle with the shaved chocolate and salty-sweet peanuts.

from the long edge, and using the parchment paper to help, roll the meringue into a log. transfer to serving plate. chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

top the meringue roulade with even more coco whip and sprinkle with yes, even MORE chocolate shavings and salty-sweet peanuts. slice and serve.

BAM!

Meringue Roulade + Chocolate Shavings + Salty Sweet Peanuts

3 years ago: diy wedding envelopes
2 years ago: chocolate tahini cake + rosemary infused buttercream
1 year ago: 6″ chocolate cake

boxed everything but the topping brownies

S'Mores Brownies

on weekends i spend precious time
thinking up ways to keep myself and dw fed,
not just for breakfast, or lunch or dinner,
but more importantly,
for dessert.
i also think about what i can
make in bulk that can be repeat meals
for the work week.
all of this thinking is usually
before i get out of bed on saturday
to pick up the week’s CSA stash.
inevitably things fall to the wayside —
we go out for a meal
or two
i get distracted with a book
or a craft
or snuggling.
so i give myself permission to make a
boxed item.
because yolo.

S'Mores Brownies

this isn’t a recipe,
this is what i did for 1 hour on saturday
before sitting my ass down to some Olympic viewing.

i saw this sexy beast last week,
i knew it had to be in my life.
i pulled a few things together,
and shit, i got it done.

for the from scratch recipe, go to
the beach house kitchen

i used an entire box of smoreables graham crackers + 5 TBL melted coconut oil + scant 1/4 cup coconut sugar + healthy dash of cinnamon
i used namaste brownie mix, under baking it at 20 minutes, instead of the bake time of 35-40 min.
i made king arthur’s marshmallow fluff

have a great week friends!

S'Mores Brownies

3 years ago: vietnamese vermicelli noodle bowl
2 years ago: dairy free blueberry swirl muffins
1 year ago: summer salsa

chilled somen noodles with cold mushroom broth

Cold Noodle Bowl

if you would believe it,
we’re around the corner from August.
it’s hot as balls out,
i’ve taken to worrying about
the plants outside,
the kind that belong to me
and the kind that don’t.
i sent dw out the other day
with two half gallon jugs
to water the new trees that were
recently planted in the park across the way.
this will hopefully become
a morning & nightly routine.

meanwhile,
we’ve been battling this heat
with plenty of water
and cold foods:
salad
ice cream
cereal
and this soup.

hope you’re staying cool,
wherever you are.

cold noodle bowl

chilled somen noodles with cold mushroom broth
inspired & adapted from the NY Times
makes enough for 6-8 servings

*in my freezer i keep a bag of vegetable odds/ends, they range from mushroom stems to celery heads to ugly carrot nubs. sometimes i keep parsley stems. they make for super quick and easy veg broths. for this particular dish, it made enough broth to fill a half gallon jar, which can be kept in the fridge for a week.

broth:
a very generous handful of dried shiitake mushrooms
a very generous handful of mushroom stems
1 bunch scallions, rough chopped
1 stick of kombu
a few celery heads
8 cups water
soy sauce or coconut aminos to taste
1 TBL whole black pepper

for the noodle bowls:
cooked somen noodles, prepared according to package instructions
cucumbers, sliced thin
green scallions, small chopped
kim chi, if you’re fancy make your own, we bought a local fave: Hex
2-4 hard boiled eggs, i got fancy and let them hang out in dark soy sauce for extra flavor
corn, cut from two cobs
drizzle of sesame oil
splash of rice vinegar

in the morning, while you’re brewing your coffee make the broth: add all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. turn off heat and cool to room temp. season to taste and then strain into clean jar and place in refrigerator till cold.

when ready, assemble the bowls: divvy up the noodles, make enough so that each bowl gets about 1 – 1 1/2 cups of broth. top with vegs and last pour in the broth. drizzle a bit of sesame oil and splash of vinegar at the end for added flavor.

BAM!

Cold Noodle Bowl

3 years ago: green tomato & mint chutney
2 years ago: thai iced tea
1 year ago: i was being a bum.

blueberry – lemon almond waffles (gf)

blueberry - lemon almond waffles

blueberry - lemon almond waffles

it’s a short week for us here,
not only because of the holiday week,
but because we’re headed on vacation
with our nephews soon!
excitement.
we’re headed down to the shore
where i’ll hover,
slather on spf four-fold
and encourage glutton tomfoolery.
there might be another post,
there might not be,
it’ll be a surprise!
but until we meet again
have at these summery waffles.
happy july friends!

blueberry - lemon almond waffles

blueberry – lemon almond waffles
makes 6

*note: i don’t make waffles often, last time was a year ago and it was dw who made them. this is one kitchen toy i can’t seem to get rid of. i don’t know what the brand is, i threw out the box and manual but it just lights up when hot and the light goes off when the waffles are cooked. use common sense with your own waffle toy.
**note: for the first 4 i added the berries after the batter had been poured into the maker, and for the last 2 i added the berries to the batter itself and then poured it into the machine. it all came out the same, so when you add the berries are up to you.

1 1/2 cups almond flour
1 TBL coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup milk, dairy or nut
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 TBL maple syrup
1/2 cup blueberries
oil for brushing waffle iron

preheat a waffle iron

in a bowl mix all the ingredients except for the oil until blended.

it will be thick and you will think to yourself that it’s weird. twins.

when waffle iron is ready, brush with oil real quick. add in about 2 heaping tablespoons worth of batter on each side, with a few berries.

close and cook based on manufacturer’s instructions.

prepare remaining batter.

serve with maple syrup and more berries.

BAM!

blueberry - lemon almond waffles

3 years ago: coconut egg curry
2 years ago: diy copper pipe wall sconce
1 year ago: strawberry ice cream cookie sandwiches

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

the mornings come lighter now,
this is not a lament,
it’s more of a fervent relief.
with the mild temps,
hovering anywhere from 35 to 60F,
there’s been an voracious hunger at first rise.
putting aside the cereal + kefir bowls
and not yet ready for the fruit smoothies,
this crumb cake appeases the stomach rumbles
while not leaving a heavy feeling in the pit.

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

pear-apple yogurt crumb cake (gf + df)
makes one 8″ round cake

loosely adapted from dolly and oatmeal

*note: a springfoam pan would be best but if you don’t have one, a simple cake pan is fine. i don’t have one and as long as you are careful with flipping the cake onto a plate and then flipping it again so that it’s crumb-side up, you’re good to go.

crumb topping
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 TBL coconut oil, melted
1 TBL grade B maple syrup
1/4 cup slivered almonds

cake
1 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup almond flour flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy yogurt, i usually use the so delicious brand
1 1/2 cups mixed peeled and cut apples and pears, with lemon juice mixed in to keep from browning

preheat the oven to 350°F

grease an 8″ pan & line the bottom with parchment paper

to make the crumb topping whisk together the almond meal, cinnamon & salt, pour in the coconut oil and maple syrup and mix until crumbly. throw in the almonds and mix to combine. set aside.

to make the cake, mix the dry ingredients, except for the sugar, in a large bowl. in a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and oil, add in the sugar and vanilla until mixed through. switching back & forth between the dry ingredients mixture and yogurt, add to the bowl until well incorporated. fold in half the apples & pears. pour batter into the prepared pan. with the remaining apples & pears sprinkle with sweet rice flour, which will absorb the excess fruit juice and keep fruits buoyed in the cake during baking. sprinkle floured fruits over top the cake. next, sprinkle the crumb topping over top the cake.

bake cake for 60 – 70 minutes, until a cake test inserted into the cake comes out clean. be diligent with checking for doneness around the hour mark.

remove from oven and place on a rack.

if using a springfoam pan, allow to cool completely and then remove sides of pan.

if using a regular pan, allow to cool sufficiently that you can handle the pan. place a plate over top of the pan, invert onto pan. invert again onto serving plate. try not to lose the crumb topping.

will keep for a week, well covered, in fridge.

BAM!

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

3 years ago: i started morestomach 3 years ago this month!
2 years ago: we were on our honeymoon in thailand!
1 year ago: i didn’t do shit last year