Recipe: Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf

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Cravings–we all get them. Yet there are some flavour cravings that I rarely get. Salt, for example, or anything sour. Lemons fall into that latter category.

And yet, every once in a while, they happen. A couple of weeks ago, I was hit by a major craving for something lemon-flavoured. Especially a lemon-flavoured baked something. I tried staving the craving off with something a little more healthy, but that attempt didn’t work (mostly because that recipe didn’t work out for me).

So, I went back to an old favourite of mine: lemon loaf. This time, though, I added a little something extra, which led me to a new spin on the old classic. I ended up with this Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf.

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Sweet and sour

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I’m not generally a big fan of sour foods, but there’s something about lemons in baking that I just adore. Lemon Loaf was a regular entry in my baking rotation a few years back, and I still get a craving for it now and then.

Last week I had a particularly strong craving. But I also wanted something sweet to complement the sour. That’s where the strawberries came into play; a swirl of strawberries through the lemon loaf seemed like the perfect addition.

I’ll be posting the recipe next week, but for now I wanted to share this photo. It was my favourite photo from the batch I took for the recipe post; there are so many elements in it that I love. The fuzz on the strawberry leaves, the texture of each the strawberries and the lemon, the red against the yellow. It just makes me feel happy, for some reason.

Honey pomelo

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Sometimes, the assumptions I make in the grocery store don’t make a lot of sense. Take this honey pomelo as an example. The reason I bought it was simple: it has “honey” in the name, so it’s probably similar to a honeydew melon.

Yes, that was my actual line of thought. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and it turned out to be wrong. Very wrong. Although, to be fair, it did look like a melon of some sort. It was similarly coloured, and big enough.

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An apple a day

Apples

Honestly, I don’t much like apples. I think I may have told you that before, actually. But, every once in a while, I see them in the grocery store and can’t help thinking they look really good. So, I buy some.

Unfortunately, no matter how many I buy, at least a couple of them end up going to waste.

Last weekend’s apple purchase isn’t looking to be an exception; I bought a few, and most of them are gone. But there are a couple here and, well, I have no desire to eat them.

I know, I’m a horrible person for wasting food like that.

But, to try to make myself feel better, I had a little photoshoot with them. Somehow, getting some nice apple pictures makes me feel like I didn’t waste them. Or, at least, like I didn’t waste as much.

How about you? Is there something you buy that, no matter how hard you try, you somehow end up wasting? Or am I alone in that field?

Recipe review: Recipe Runner’s Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Recipe Runner's Strawberry Breakfast Bars

I don’t have the best relationship with mornings.

Well, early mornings, anyway. I just don’t sleep well enough for them. I’ve found that my most productive days happen after I’ve been able to sleep until about 9 or 10 (sometimes 8) after going to bed at about 11 or 12 the night before.

But, my weekdays don’t work out that way. My job starts at 8 in the morning, so I need to be up by about 6:15 in order to be ready and out the door on time. That means I need to be in bed by about 9:30 or 10 if I want even a glimmer of hope of getting enough sleep.

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Recipe review: Serious Eats’ Raspberry Jalousies

Strawberry Jalousies

Pastries are wonderful, wonderful things. They’re flaky and buttery, and often filled with some combination of fruit and/or cheese.

The Raspberry Jalousies from Serious Eats are no exception to that rule. And, as an extra little bonus, they’re very easy to make.

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Recipe review: Mimi’s Giant Whole-Wheat Banana-Strawberry Muffins

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Muffins are just awesome, aren’t they? They’re almost like cake, but more acceptable to eat for breakfast.

These particular muffins, Mimi’s Giant Whole-Wheat Banana-Strawberry Muffins (posted on the All Recipes site), make for a particularly good breakfast. They’re filling, delicious and relatively healthy.

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