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Peanut Butter Jello

9 Oct

I came across the Serious Eat’s Wednesday contest and thought I would come up with something for this week’s challenge, hangover remedies.

The easiest ingredients to find and cook with on the Serious Eat’s linked website’s list of hangover remedies is: water (obviously : ), tuna, apple juice, orange juice, honey, peanut butter, almonds, ginger, sugar, lemon juice, pickles, asparagus, peanuts, coconut water, and bananas.

So seems like an easy, quick recipe using multiple hangover remedy ingredients would be a sandwich made with 1 can tuna fish, ½ cup chopped almonds, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp grated ginger, topped with pickles and asparagus spears, with a glass of water/coconut water or orange/apple juice on the side.

I personally tend to prefer an Irish breakfast, however (preferably from a diner in Yonkers or the Bronx).  Nothing like the combination of blood pudding, bacon, tomatoes, eggs, and toast to get me back on the wagon. Tomatoes have lycopene, which is thought to prevent some types of cancer.  Blood or black pudding is boiled in pig’s blood in a length of intestine, and other intestinal recipes, like menudo, are reputed hangover remedies. The eggs are protein, the bacon provides some needed grease, and the toast has carbs to absorb the alcohol.  A balanced hangover meal, I think at least : )

But, in the spirit of the items listed on the hangover remedies link, I decided to try to remake one of the suggestions – the peanut butter and banana sandwich.  I have been intrigued by savory jellos since the tomato gelee (or jello) recipe we entered that earned us a place as finalists in the Red Fruit Fest, so I thought I would try a peanut butter jello with bananas combination.

Peanut Butter Jello with Banana Sandwich

1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

½ cup cold water

½ tsp salt

1 package gelatin

1 banana

Crackers or bread

Celery (optional)

Heat peanut butter with ¼ cup water over low heat until hot.

Mix gelatin and ½ cup cold water.  Mix the hot peanut butter into the gelatin mixture and pour into bowl or dish.

Chill in fridge for 4 hours.

Slice banana, celery and plate.  Spread jello on crackers with banana and/or on celery.


Eat, Pray, Love Cupcake

5 Oct

The Eat Pray Love Cupcake placed third in Modern Domestic’s contest to depose the bacon cupcake.  The cupcake is an original recipe, combining the flavors of the three countries she visits in Eat Pray Love in a cupcake – Italy (lemon and basil), Bali (coconut), and India (cumin).  Recipe below:


Lemon Basil Coconut Cumin Cupcake

1 ½ cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp basil

1 tsp coconut extract

Zest of 1 lemon

1 ½ tsp baking powder

2 eggs

½ cup butter

¼ cup milk

pinch of salt

Lemon Basil Syrup

2 cups fresh basil

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

zest of one large lemon

Vanilla Lemon Basil Icing

3 tbsp butter

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4-6 tbsp Lemon Basil Syrup

2 cups confectioners sugar

½ tsp cumin

Sprinkle with flaked coconut