Not so Perfect

02 Jan

Apparently the last 2-3 day of chilly weather was a pre cursor of another RAIN in LA.

Yup we are having another rain today *sigh* – makes me wonder if this is how it feels in Seattle.

Can’t believe it’s already Sunday and tomorrow is back to work and there won’t be any long weekend until Memorial Day later in end of May. Argh..just the thought of it depresses me..

Today I attempted to experiment more in the kitchen and both didn’t turn out perfect 😦

Grain Free Pancake turn to Muffin
2 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
a dash of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2-3 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup fresh/frozen cranberries – cut in half

1. Mashed the bananas and add in all the wet ingredients
2. Add in the almond flour. Mix until everything incorporated

All wet ingredients mixed in plus almond flour on the side

3. Heat a non stick skillet and lightly grease with extra virgin olive oil

I started to sense these batter won't flip nicely and sadly I was right. Everything was crumbled 😦

mashed everything into one and tried desperately to "save" it..

Lesson wasn’t learned and I attempted to do it one more time and of course it FAILED.
4. I chose a last resort- bake them in a muffin pan for 350°F for 30 minutes and turned down to 325°F for the last 10 minutes.

Look much better, but why couldn't I get it filled the whole 6 muffin pan?

Taste-wise: sometimes appearance can be deceptive. The muffin taste pretty good! No added sugar, no gluten, no grains, no problem!

Baked Ginger & Garlic Chicken
A whole chicken – cut in half lengthwise
2 red apples
5-6 garlic cloves
1 ginger
2-3 tsp salt
A dash of Apple cider vinegar

1. Cut the ginger, garlic cloves coarsely.
2. Peel the apples

Trying to peel apple without breaking! Apparently after the pic was taken, it broke..argh!

3. Blend the ginger and garlic in the food processor then set aside

4.Blend the apples in the food processor – add a dash of apple cider vinegar

5. Generously apply the marinate on the chicken and leave it for overnight.
6. Steam the chicken for about 30 minutes – this to ensure the chicken will properly cook without getting too dry.
7. Pre heat oven for 400°F
8. Line the chicken on the broil pan and bake for 350°F for about 30 minutes. Flip once.

the ginger smell reminds me of Chinese Hainan chicken 🙂

9. Increase the oven temperature to 375°F for the last 10 minutes.

Done! No looking that perfect

Taste-wise: Again the look could be deceptive, but they taste great. Marinated with apples instead of sugar even makes me feel better eating it.


Posted by on January 2, 2011 in food, recipe


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10 responses to “Not so Perfect

  1. Kath (Eating for Living)

    January 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Oh, these recipes look amazing! So not “not so perfect”. Really good, rather! 😀

  2. lele

    January 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Sorry about the pancakes 😦
    I’m not sure if it’s the pictures, but did you add the baking powder & soda with the wet ingredients before the almond flour? If so, that could be the problem. I always add the baking powder/soda with my dry, whisk to mix, then add the mixture to the wet.
    The chicken looks delicious! I can’t wait to try!
    Have a great week!

  3. Danielle

    January 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Happy New Year!!! 🙂

    I’m going to have to run out and buy some almond flour – those muffins sounds absolutely delicious!

  4. lequan

    January 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Aww, sorry your pancakes didn’t turn out. At least you were able to salvage them and make muffins. I’ve had my shares of kitchen let downs, especially in the baking area. Baking and I aren’t friends ;-). Your chicken looks good. You give yourself too little credit. Happy cooking and baking in 2011 😀

  5. Sagojyou

    January 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    They look pretty good!
    If you had to choose, which one tasted better?
    Wait, do you marinate your chicken in sugar??

  6. leashieloo

    January 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Sorry to hear about the rain, but on the bright side, at least it’s not snow you’re dealing with!

  7. squigglefloey

    January 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Aw, it looks like you saved your creations pretty well! you should be proud 🙂
    Seriously, what’s up with this rain? I’ve been trying to fight off a cold for the last week and I’m still feeling crappy — probably because the weather is so messed up!
    I hope you have a good first week back on the grind hehe


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