about me

    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

    Contact Emily

    EmilyBMalone@gmail.com

    Search

    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.



Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I have all these other things I want to tell you about – a sweet potato recipe, a one year postpartum post, and more – but life has limited my time at the keyboard this week.  And today, well – today is Halloween! – so we’ve been celebrating in style all day long. 

Last year, Cullen was just 10 days old on Halloween.  He wore a pumpkin hat (made by my friend Lisa!), and I turned our light off because I couldn’t deal with trick or treaters and a newborn.

IMG_3477 (640x427) (2)

This year?  Totally different. 

IMG_0279 (425x640)

We’ve got a mini marathoner in the house!  I had so much fun putting his costume together this year.  I figure by next year he’ll probably want to pick his own, but for now mama gets to make him a runner.  :) 

IMG_0308 (426x640)

It’s amazing how something as silly and simple as a costume can brighten up a day.  I couldn’t help but smile and laugh at him all day long.  His ridiculous sweatband and tiny short shorts had both of us cracking up!

IMG_0265 (427x640)

One of the reasons I picked this costume was that I knew anything involving an elaborate hood or headpiece wasn’t gonna happen.  He hates hats, and I didn’t want him wearing a headless costume.  I’m actually amazed that he tolerated the headband!  His long shaggy hair made it that much more ridiculous looking – I loved it. 

IMG_0268 (427x640)

I shared all the details about his costume over on Babble, but most of it came together with things we already had.  Just had to make a quick stop into American Apparel for the shorts and sweatbands.  Hopefully we have a baby girl someday who will appreciate the tiny purple shorts.

IMG_0271 (427x640)

We spent our afternoon at storytime with friends.  It was fun to take him out of the house in his costume – it got a lot of laughs.  I was also shocked that he didn’t mess with the bib number – guess he was having too much fun to notice.

IMG_0293 (427x640)

Tonight, we headed over to my friend Katie’s house so all the babies could play in costume together.  Sadly, the little sushi roll was sick, so she stayed home.  The boys club missed her!

IMG_1329

Just as it started to get dark, the runner and the pilot headed out in their Halloween chariot.  They both LOVED the wagon, and it really kicked the adorable factor up a notch. 

IMG_0364 (640x428)

IMG_0381 (426x640)

It was funny to watch them trick or treat – they weren’t quite sure what to think of it at first!

IMG_0385 (427x640)

After a few houses, they discovered how fun it was to choose candy from the bowl.  Honestly, I assumed all the trick or treating fun was still a few years ahead of us, but I had such a great night tonight!

IMG_0391 (640x427)

Today has been so fun, and it just makes me that much more excited for all the holidays to come.  I might have to start dressing Cullen up more often!

IMG_0284 (427x640)

We got home just in time for the big Halloween rush in our neighborhood. I bought three huge bags of candy and it is ALL GONE! I feel so bad – it is 9pm here and we still have kids knocking on the door and I have nothing left. Now I know for next year.  Hope everyone had a safe and spooky evening.



Ginger Spiced Pear Bread.

I had a really hard time letting go of summer this year.  I’m not sure of it was the sandy baby toes, the summer squash enchiladas, or the tiny swim trunks I kept in my car just in case, but I really didn’t want it to end.  One of the best parts of our summer was the overabundance of berries and summer fruit.  Endless flats of cheap, local produce – taking over our refrigerator and staining our fingertips pink and blue. 

I didn’t just love all those summer berries because they are delicious, but also because they are so easy.  Wash grab n go – no steaming, peeling, or chopping required.  And then the pears arrived.  I had forgotten the perfection that is a juicy, ripe pear.  And I discovered that they are as good, if not even better than berries in the hands of a one year old.  Nothing gives Cullen more satisfaction than holding a giant pear wedge of his very own and chomping down.

This is my very long way of telling you that I’ve been buying a LOT of pears recently.  Too many, actually.  I guess I got a little excited.  So I decided to use up a few extra ripe pears in a baking experiment that turned out to be a baking success.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

I had planned to just make a simple pear bread using an old banana bread recipe, but when I pulled out my baking basket I saw the package of crystallized ginger and felt inspired.  And unlike (most of ) my banana bread recipes, this one is vegan!  Ginger and pear are such wonderful complimentary flavors, and this bread has just the right mix of light sweetness, punchy ginger, and seasonal spices.  I am already planning to make this for my family on Christmas morning!

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1 cup all purpose four
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup (loose) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 1/4 cup water (or sub 2 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil (or sub canola/other oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe pears, diced small
  • 1/3 cup crystallized ginger, minced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including the sugars. Set aside.  Select two ripe pears – I used Bosc variety – and dice into very small pieces. The smaller the better – if the pieces are too big, the bread won’t hold together well. 

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

You also want to mince the crystallized ginger.  Ginger is a really strong flavor, so small pieces go a long way!

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

In a small dish, mix the chia seeds and water together and let sit for a few minutes.

IMG_0186 (427x640)

The chia seeds absorb the water and swell in size, creating a gooey egg-like consistency. If you don’t have chia seeds, you can sub flax seeds or two eggs here. (Insider tip: they sell chia seeds at Trader Joe’s now!)

IMG_0187 (640x427)

IMG_0201 (640x427)

Once the chia-egg has formed, add applesauce, oil, and vanilla to the small dish, and whisk to combine.  Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until combined.  Using a spatula, fold in the crystallized ginger (reserve about a tablespoon) and fresh pear.  Pour batter into a greased loaf pan, and sprinkle the remaining crystallized ginger on top of the batter.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown on top and baked through the center.  Allow bread to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

The crystallized ginger tastes amazing when baked – it gets sort of chewy and sweet.  I had no idea it could get even better.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

I love this bread because it is unexpected.  Banana bread is delicious, but predictable.  This is fun and seasonal, and would make a great gift for coworkers, teachers, babysitters, family, or a gift to yourself at the end of a long week.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

We had a gloomy, rainy weekend here in Seattle, which led to a lot of bread eating.  If I was a good enough photographer, I would have figured out a way to capture this bread sitting next to a window covered in rain drops.  As it is, you’ll just have to believe me that much of this loaf was consumed as a comfort food cliché – listening to rain, next to a fire, with hot coffee in hand.  Guilty as charged.

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

We have family coming into town next weekend, and I think I might need to have one of these ready for our guests’ arrival.  Tis the season for delicious baked goods!

Ginger Spiced Pear Bread by Daily Garnish

Hopefully the first of many more to come. 

Powered by Recipage

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...




    Welcome.

    A resource for healthy recipes, cooking tips, and inspiration for active living. Welcome!

    @DailyGarnish

    On Facebook.

    Favorite Things

    On My Recipage.

    Categories



© 2014 Daily Garnish
All content is protected by copyright. Please do not reproduce in any form.
Blog design by Splendid Sparrow