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Project 5×5: Results

Today’s the day. Today’s my 25th birthday. (It’s also ironically my 125th post). Today was the deadline for my somewhat of a stretch, but still achievable 25 day countdown of goals to achieve, that I titled, Project 5×5.: Lose 5 pounds Lose 5 inches Do 5 new DIY crafts Make 5 new recipes Finish last 5 chapters of my portuguese language book So the question is, did I achieve my goals. Well, short-answer, no. But I got very close with the ones I didn’t achieve, well I think. Let me explain. 1. Lose 5 pounds. This is the only personal info you’re going to get. Most people who know me wouldn’t believe me if I told them my weight anyway, so what do I care. I started at 177 lb. After week 1, 176 (progress). After week 2, 176.6 (ok we’re going backwards now). Today. 173.6. Net loss: 3.4 pounds. I didn’t make my goal, but I lost 3 pounds in a week, which I’ve never done. So I think I totally would’ve made this …

4×3 – New Recipes: Black Bean Brownies

I’ve seen this recipe pop up multiple times over the past 3 years, always meaning to try it but never taking the time. It had gone out of my mind completely until a friend of a friend mentioned that she had just made a batch. So I looked up a recipe, realized I already had all the ingredients, and went for it. While I was making the batter, I thought it looked delicious. But when I tasted it, I thought, this is going to taste like a nasty chocolate health cake. I had some difficulty in melting the chocolate chips, which sounds crazy, but they refused to melt, they just burned. I stirred in an extra 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to make up for the meltdown fiasco, and then threw some more on top after I tasted the batter and thought it was nasty. It finally got in the oven, baked per the instructions, and cooled per the instructions. As I cut into it, I just shook my head, because as a picky baked …

4 x 2–New Recipes: Jamaican Oxtails

I LOVE Jamaican food. Well, really I love most food. Anyway, while I’m partial to curried goat whenever I find a Jamaican restaurant, goat isn’t exactly easy to come by. The butcher shop I go to (Cleaver and Co.) always has cow and thus always has oxtails. Even better, it’s a local, grass fed, grass finished cow–for you food justice folks out there. So I went to the shop today and got just shy of 3 lb. of oxtails that they chopped up for me. I found a recipe online that I basically had all the ingredients for already at home. With a few substitutions and improvisation, I got a real fragrant and yummy dinner paired with my last glass of South African pinotage. The only thing is, I have no reference point for what it should taste like since I never get oxtails. But I like it. Ingredients 3 pounds oxtails, cut into segments by a butcher Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 Spanish onions, …

4 x 1–New Recipes: Fig & Pecan Tart

On number 4 of ‘Project 5×5’ I’ve completed one of the five new recipes challenge; four to go. Yesterday I got my Hollygrove Market Box, which for you non-New Orleans residents is a $25 box of produce you can buy with a predetermined list of fruits and veggies that are obtained from nearby farms. There’s a weekday box and a weekend box, and in my weekend box, among other things, I got a pint of figs and a bag of pecans. Now I’m not a big fig person, even though they looked beautiful, but a friend of mine suggested I make a tart with the figs and pecans, so I did. I googled some recipes and found I liked this one the best, with a few modifications. Ironically, this recipe is originally from Dickie Brennan & Co. of New Orleans, which was written at the bottom of the recipe and I didn’t notice until just now. Local ingredients for a local recipe: INGREDIENTS Fig Compote: 1 pound fresh figs 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons port or madeira (I used Apricot Brandy …

GF Chocolate Mug Cake

I often have cravings for sweet baked goods, and given that I’m not really adept at gluten free baking (I’d gotten pretty good at baking with regular flour), and most recipes call for 7 different flours that all cost mad money, I’ve resorted to looking up those little chocolate mug cakes to satisfy small cravings. I’ve looked up several different recipes for a gluten free version and tried 3 or 4, but none of them were really all that great. Today I just decided to wing and throw a bunch of stuff in a cup. It came out pretty good, probably the best balance of textures, a little dense. The only thing I would change is maybe a little less coconut flour, a little vanilla, and more chocolate. Recipe: 2 tbs coconut flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp cocoa powder 1 egg 1/4 cup chocolate chips 1/4 cup water (or until its a decent consistency) 1 tsp oil I melted half the chocolate and mixed it with the egg. Mix all the dry ingredients …