Guess who ate too much this weekend? Friday night we went to Eddie’s, a local pizza place. It’s really, really good. I started with an order of kale rolls because fresh bread rolled with a ton of mozzarella, roasted garlic, and kale is never a bad thing. Think savory cinnamon roll. I had one of those followed by the largest “small” salad I’ve had in awhile. It was of the mixed greens variety. Then, a 12″ Chicago Italian Beef sandwich. I hadn’t ever had one before. Fresh baked bread. A ton of thin sliced beef. A brick of of mozzarella cheese. Complete with a bowl of au jus for dipping. The owner could not believe I took the entire thing down in one sitting. I couldn’t believe I did either to be honest. Last night we lightened up the meals to compensate for eating a ton over the weekend—that is what you do when friends are in town, don’t you? That would have been fine, except we went to meet up with some friends. That turned into another heaping plate of delicious Nepali food after eating chicken curry for dinner, drinking way too much wine, and stopping at Voodoo Doughnut on the way home. Surely you’ve heard of this place? I think it’s one of the most overrated places in Portland, but it serves a purpose. That meant I’d eat not only a Butterfingering (chocolate cake with chocolate glaze + crushed butterfinger) but an ODB (raised yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting, Oreo’s and peanut butter). Unnecessary. Delicious. You can see the rest of the insane menu on their website. It was an absolute food overload.
We also ate an entire batch of chocolate almond biscotti [not this weekend, thank god], and I didn’t take a single photo. I guess this means I’ll have to make more—darn. This is what happens when I try to hold out on some of the baked goods for natural light. It’s finally starting to stay light out when I get home. I’ve been counting down to these days. We’ll just ignore the fact that it was snowing this morning. It’s not like it’s March or anything.
Meet these lovely chocolate chip scones. They’re not chocolate biscotti, but they’re equally awesome with a cup of coffee. Or tea. Or standing over your sink watching the craziness going on in the parking lot across the way. Do you know what kind of entertainment can come from a phone booth? That’s a whole other blog entirely…
I’m starting to really like this whole oat flour thing. It’s not from a gluten standpoint, but from a nutrient standpoint. I’ll gladly take extra fiber and nutrients. I don’t bother buying a separate package. I almost always have rolled oats in the pantry, so I usually pop it into the blender, food processor, or coffee grinder. It’s really easy.
Inspiration: Peas and Thank You
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup milk [I used almond]
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment.
- Whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, or the measuring cup, whisk together the applesauce, milk, coconut oil, brown sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, combining gently. Don’t overmix.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface.
- Shape into a circle about 1 1/2″ high.
- Cut into 12 wedges and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.
- Cool and eat. The chocolate chips melt all over the place and life is good. Just try not to eat them all in one sitting.