Sunday, 15 March 2015

GLUTEN-FREE BANANA CHOCOLATE CAKE (MICROWAVE)



GLUTEN-FREE BANANA CHOCOLATE CAKE
4 eggs
1 banana
1 Teaspoon baking soda
¼ Teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons of maple syrup
¼ cup  pure GF cocoa
540 mls can chick peas (or black beans but use less cocoa then if you do). Rinse well.
¼ cup vegan/GF chocolate chips (optional but why would you?)

I use my Cuisinart food processor and add the eggs, banana, baking soda, maple syrup and salt, then process until smooth.
Add cocoa and process until well blended.
Add the beans next and process until smooth again
Stir in chocolate chips.
Lightly grease a micro-wave bundt pan with olive oil. Pour batter in and stir around pan with a spatula to evenly distribute the chocolate chips.
Microwave on high for 7-10 minutes depending on your mic wattage. Mine is 1200W. I mic mine for 7 minutes. Cake should be springy to the touch and will rise up almost double the size of the batter.
Cool in pan on wire rack for about 5 minutes, then turn onto cake plate. This cake is REALLY good still warm!!! I know as I HAD to test it and is the BEST flourless/GF cake I’ve EVER had!!! I’m going to serve it with warmed up maple syrup drizzled over it . ENJOY!!!


Notice the texture is just like flour cake! :-)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN BURGERS



                GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN BURGERS
1 can chick peas ( 540ml.)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 large egg
1Tablespoon rice flour
1 ½ cups shredded carrot
1 slice GF bread
Dain and rinse chick peas well. In processor, add chick peas, quinoa and bread and process for a few seconds.  Add egg and process for a few seconds more, add flour & carrot and process until slightly smooth but with some texture still in mix. As much or as little as you like actually. You can add your fav spices here as well. I then hand or use a mixer to mix well and then make the patties. I use a potato scoop and then press down on the scoop with my fingers. Might want to put some rice flour on your fingers as the mixture is very sticky and wet but freezes really well!
Form into patties and put onto cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Put in freezer until frozen and then transfer to seal tight bags or container.
I cook mine in some coconut oil on med/low heat. Heat through well on first side, then flip over to just brown other side. Make sure ALL your ingredients are GF!!!! Enjoy!!!





Sunday, 1 February 2015

CARNIVAL SUNSHINE CABIN 6352 REVIEW
















CARNIVAL SUNSHINE CABIN 6352 REVIEW
Loved our 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. We sailed Jan. 17, 2015. Our ports were Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan  &  Costa Maya. Our Cruise Director, Jaime was incredible! She is top notch at what she does! Our wait-staff, Saint, Alit and I Made were awesome too!
Here’s a quick run-down of our cabin # 6352.
Our room stewards Mahamed and Yoanna, were amazing. ALWAYS treat the crew with respect and use your own manners and you’ll find that your service will always be top notch. A lot of people that complain of poor service (not that there’s many of the millions of people that cruise every year) are rude to the wait and cabin staff.  Saying please and thank-you goes a long way whoever you are talking to.
PROS: larger balcony as it’s on the stern (aft) with two chairs, a table and a lounge. If you want to trade the two chairs for another lounge, the room steward may be able to do that for you. Great views off the stern.
Lots of great lighting in and out of the cabin and in the hallways. Love the new bright d├ęcor in the hallways and cabins. There are two -way lights over the bed and sofa, lighting around the vanity mirror and the main part of the cabin and bathroom. Room darkening curtains for nighttime or afternoon naps :-)
There is a flat screen TV, larger shower, great views off the stern and it is quiet as there are no cabins across the hallway, so not as much traffic. Handy to stern elevators, huge window and glass door to balcony and handy to the Sunrise Dining Room which is on the stern as well.
BEST Serenity Deck on any of the ships we’ve been on so far!!!! Three levels, one spa and adults only pool. However, the pool was cold!!!
CONS: no fridge, clothes hang up front to back rather than side to side ( I had a hard time hanging things up as I’m short. I would hang something up only to have something else fall off because of this configuration)/two less shelves in bathroom for storage (may be like that in all cabins)/balcony gets wet when it rains due to configuration of balcony (part of it is not covered but room steward squeegeed it off for us when we asked him J)/balcony not as private due to configuration of balcony(the stern is slanted so you can see your neighbours when you are near the railing.) No make-up extension mirror in bathroom. No goodie basket in bathroom.
Hope this is helpful and remember, when you get home no one is going to make your bed, clean your bathroom daily, make your meals and put your napkin on your lap for you!!!! :-)