It’s An All-Day-Kitchen-Funfest

I woke up at 7:00 am this morning.  It’s Saturday and I really wanted to sleep in a little.  This is what happens when you are 40 and can’t stay awake past 10:00 pm (and fall asleep during a great basketball game).  So, being up early on a Saturday that I knew was going to be rainy, I made some “goals” for the day.  Really, only one goal.  Clean out the kitchen cupboards.  Specifically the pantry.  Guess what did NOT happen? Odd, as I was IN the kitchen almost the entire day!  Except for 15 minutes dealing with the birds and 40 minutes doing my workout, I’ve been baking, cooking and processing things in the kitchen.  Much of it centered around a batch of Olive Oil Dough that I made up yesterday morning.  I’ll get to that…but first, breakfast today.

This morning I decided that we were overrun with bananas.  Three different types of bananas, actually.  Mini bananas, red bananas and regular bananas (whatever those are…just the type of banana you think of when you think of bananas…did that even make sense?).  Since I cannot eat a banana straight out of the peel, I decided to make Banana Belgian Waffles.  I have a great recipe that I adopted, added to and call my own.  I have not tried it with anything other than our old, falling apart Belgian Waffle Maker…but I bet it would work with any waffle maker.  It is very easy and equally as tasty!

Banana Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas (mashed)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg (separated)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional

  • chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
Mash the bananas in a small bowl.
Step 2
Measure dry ingredients into a large bowl.
Step 3
Melt butter, let cool slightly and add egg yolk, vanilla, mashed banana and milk. Mix.
Step 4
Beat egg white until stiff.
Step 5
Pour wet ingredients into the dry and fold until blended.
Step 6
Add beaten egg white to the flour mixture and gently stir until just blended.
Step 7
If desired, add chocolate chips.

Last night I used half of the Olive Oil dough I made  in a great and easy Stromboli recipe.  Italians meats, provolone, mozzarella, and fresh basil.  So yummy!  Give it a go…here’s a great recipe to start with and you can adjust to your liking.

http://www.beyondkimchee.com/easy-stromboli/

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Back to today.  I made an Olive and Roasted Garlic Bread, homemade White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip (did you know you can roast peppers in the oven easily?!), Yogurt,  and a wicked good meatloaf for dinner.

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White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

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Olive and Roasted Garlic Bread

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Yogurt (made in my Bord and Taylor proofer)

My kitchen was a total wreck.  I am one to “clean as I go” when I cook…but I had too many things going on at once to keep up.  Look quick.  You will NEVER see my kitchen looking like this again!

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I had to drop the girl off at a “Rave” at her school tonight after dinner and came home to a cleaned up kitchen and a little treat.  The pantry clean out can happen tomorrow…

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