Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snowy weekend shenanigans

A massive blizzard struck H-burg this weekend...not. We got a good 6 or so inches of snow, though. Apparently, that is enough to turn this city into a ghost town. Friday night I went out with some friends and all anybody could talk about was the impending storm...and honestly, I didn't leave my apartment once until today, when the overwhelming desire to go to the grocery store struck me right in the very soul. I was running out of spinach, almond milk, and flour (crisis!!)--so I ventured out to my snowy car and started to scrape it. After about 30 seconds I determined that the effort was futile thanks to a very large pile of snow behind my tires (thanks, snow plow) and being without a shovel, I kicked at the snow for a minute or two before giving up. It was too cold and I was too lazy. Ever notice how laziness breeds more laziness? Sheesh. I'm honestly a little horrified at myself. Fortunately, my brave roommate managed to wheel her car out of the lot and we went to the store, so the crisis was averted. It was a tense two hours, though. I mean, really.

Seriously, though. I had an incredibly lazy weekend. Lots of reading, watching TV and not a whole lot else. I did develop some funky food concoctions, like a blood-orange/soy sauce stir fry which had the potential to be delicious, but wasn't. Actually, it was kind of gross and I had to dump a bunch of salsa on it in order to make the dish palatable. I also baked some tasty tasty banana bread with a couple of seriously sad-looking frozen bananas. I heavily modified the PPK's recipe because I wanted it to be healthier...Actually, that's a total lie. I heavily modified the recipe because I ran out of many key ingredients and duh, it was like totally a blizzard outside so I couldn't go to the store. Either way, despite the health/convenience issues, it still turned out really good! So, here's the recipe I used:

1/2 cups white sugar (GASP REAL SUGAR? Yeah. Don't judge)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup whole-grain "milk", mixed with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
A bunch of cinnamon, dumped in

Mix everything together, pour into a cake pan because here we don't believe in bread pans. Bake for 350 for about 35 minutes and then devour.

Tonight's dessert was a bowl of homemade applesauce, with a drizzle of PBU (ok, more than a drizzle), topped with a toasted piece of bananaer bread. It was de-lish! My family always judges me for eating peanut butter on my applesauce, but it is SO good. Go out and try it. I dare you.

Um, yum.


  1. Peanut butter sounds really good on applesauce! I'm obsessed with peanut butter on apples, so I bet it's even better.
    Haha I love the "real sugar" gasp! Some times good 'ol table sugar is what you need!! The bananas in the applesauce sounds really interesting... I bet it would be really fun to bake with too!

    I hate snow so much (except on Christmas). It's the worst when it snowed all night and I have to be in school in five minutes and my truck is under a foot of it. Haha not good!

  2. Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little sugar every now and then! Then again, coming from me, what else would you expect? ;)

    Sounds utterly delicious, and definitely the perfect thing to weather a snow storm with.