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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake

Happy Saturday friends!

I hope you have some gathering, party, or event to go to this weekend.

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Because you need to make this cake.

I chose it for my Nana’s 88th birthday yesterday. I can’t imagine celebrating my birthday EIGHTY-EIGHT times. I can’t even remember what I did for my 15th birthday. Imagine what it will be like in 63 years?

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My Nana is a fan of sweet, simple desserts. Old-timey, ya know. This Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cake has been bookmarked forever with her in mind. You can find the recipe here, and a step-by-step here.

We all know anything with oatmeal automatically gets deemed healthy. Even if it does have three times as much sugar as oatmeal.

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Soft, fluffy, super sweet, with a heartiness that can only come from oats and a syrupy-sweet crunchy topping.

I really hope you have a birthday to celebrate this weekend. Or housewarming. Barbecue. Baby shower. Bat mitzvah. Because you need to make this cake.

Recipe Round Up: Pancakes, Bread, Noodles

Hey friends! I do not have any waffles to share with you this Wednesday, but I do have some recipe reviews!

First, we start with pancakes, or what I like to call “flat waffles.”

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One of the great things about my new job is that I come across some interesting things while researching news articles all day. While “pancakes” may not be one of my official topics, I spotted these Quinoa Pancakes while reading something else on the New York Times website last week.

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I’ve always wanted to bake with quinoa, but never have because the extra step of cooking the quinoa is enough to turn me off.

Yes, I am that lazy of a cook.

But last week I had a big pot of quinoa leftovers from the chana masala experiment just waiting to be used up in some creative way!

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I cut the recipe down by about one-third to make two small servings (or, in my case, one large serving + one snack later).

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Verdict?

LOVED ‘EM!

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I have always been a fan of quinoa’s “chew.” The added texture of that made the pancakes a lot more fun. The quinoa also added a nutty flavour, and made the flapjacks heartier with a touch of extra natural protein. A definite must-make!

Next up we’ve got one of my all-time favourite things to bake:

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Irish Brown Bread. Basically, an Irish soda bread with the addition of whole wheat flour and a little sugar. I ended up making my own recipe for this one because I couldn’t find one that suited all my needs. The thing that makes this version different is that I left out the butter. Trying to make it healthier! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk

All mixed up and baked for 40 minutes in a 400F oven. I made this in a loaf pan, but you can just shape it into a round loaf and bake it on a cookie sheet too.

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You wouldn’t even know that I left the butter out! I think this is one of my favourite versions! It took me maybe 5 minutes to whip up, and 40 minutes of munching on baby carrots waiting for it to bake.

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I like soda bread best with eggs, fish, ham, or peanut butter on top. For lunch the other day I had two slices with spicy tuna and sour cream on top. Absolute perfection!

Speaking of sour cream, that leads us to the final dish.

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The Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake. I bookmarked this when she first posted it in March. Then I proceeded to forget all about it until I was scrolling through my bookmarks this weekend looking for an easy main dish to make. I have this habit of only bookmarking complicated ones.

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I got excited as soon as I spotted this again because I knew it was something the rest of my family would like. They say I eat “healthy.” Pfft.

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The only thing I changed was the use of light sour cream and cottage cheese, extra lean ground beef, and whole wheat egg noodles. Paired with some green veggies instead of white crusty bread.

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Okay, maybe I still eat kinda healthy even when I’m not trying. Overall, this recipe was good but not great. As with a lot of The Pioneer Woman’s savoury recipes, I found it a touch bland. But that is the hangup of my own tastebuds. I need to douse everything in sriracha to be satisfied. I had leftovers for lunch yesterday, eaten cold on top of spinach, and it was even pretty good that way!

So here’s where I ask you: What’s one good recipe you’ve tried lately? As my gal Holly says, sharing is caring!

Luck of the Irish

I can’t decide if I want to post on weekends. I went back and forth several times and ended up deciding that I don’t want to decide. Maybe I will? Maybe I won’t? It’ll be a surprise each weekend! It’s my blog, I can do what I want ;)

Anyways, the real reason why I decided to post this weekend is because I have something to post about!

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It turns out Moncton is not as desolate when it comes to brunch as originally thought. When I saw The Old Triangle pub had a brunch menu I sent it to my mom right away. She’s my new brunching buddy. Who also happens to be a rather large fan of pubs. Convenient.

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The Old Triangle is of the Irish variety. One look at the brunch menu and I knew exactly what I was destined for.

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The traditional Irish breakfast! Obviously.

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I’ve seen something similar in many places. There’s also Angharad’s proper English breakfast. Basically, if I could assemble the perfect breakfast for myself, it would contain very similar components.

Well, except for the blood pudding. I’ve been frightened of blood pudding ever since I was a small child.

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You see, my mom spent part of her childhood in Ireland where blood pudding was a regular weekend breakfast treat. She loves it and would talk about it all the time growing up. It’s essentially blood cooked with some sort of filler (meat, oatmeal, potato, etc) and put into a sausage casing.

Well, I decided Saturday was the day I would conquer my childhood fear.

It was actually kind of delicious! I would compare it to a milder, more crumbly sausage.

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However, my favourite part of the meal was the Irish soda bread. LOVE that dense, soda-y loaf. Also on the plate was breakfast sausage, eggs, bacon, “boxty bread” which tasted like a pancake, fried tomatoes and “white pudding” which is like blood pudding but without the blood.

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Total domination. This is how a good Saturday or Sunday looks right here. Eat a small breakfast, go for a run, eat a gigantic afternoon brunch, then a couple snacks to tie me over for the rest of the day. Absolute perfection. Absolute Irish, bloody, soda-y perfection. Now where’s my black & tan?

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