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Cacao Nib Goji Berry Muesli

July 13, 2017
Cacao Nib Goji Berry Muesli Recipe | FakeFoodFree.com

When we travel abroad and find ourselves at a hotel breakfast, one thing I always have my eye out for is muesli. 

Up until food bloggers in the U.S. started recreating it as overnight oats, it had never caught on in the States. And it’s still not something you are going to see out much.

In other places, it’s a continental breakfast standard.  And despite the fact that I’m usually not huge on soaked, mushy things, it has always been a welcomed find. 

I’m not sure what prompted me to make up a batch last week. It was either the hot summer weather, or that I’d made a round of homemade almond milk and wanted to use it up. 

Either way, I found myself inspired to make a new muesli creation. 

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Crab Cakes Benedict with Buttermilk Herb Sauce

April 18, 2017

This twist on one of my favorite brunch meals pairs Crab Cakes Benedict with the crisp 2013 Oak Knoll Chardonnay sent to me this month from Cultivar Wine.

Crab Cakes Benedict with Buttermilk Herb Sauce Recipe | Fake Food Free (sponsored post)

 

We were at least a year into our time living in the Bay Area before I discovered Crab Cakes Benedict. To be honest, I’d probably only started eating regular Eggs Benedict not long before that.

The crab cake version, though? Well, it blew the old standby away. In all honesty, I can’t say that I was a super huge fan of the original anyway. The Canadian bacon on the English muffin didn’t do much for me, nor did the sauce. 

But Crab Cakes Benedict is a whole different story.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones with Vanilla Coffee Salt

March 30, 2017
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Scones with Vanilla Coffee Salt Recipe | Fake Food Free

 

Just out of curiosity, what is the authentic shape of a scone? All of the scones I’ve eaten in Ireland are round. That’s probably a safe bet. But a lot I eat in the U.S. are wedges or triangles. It’s the shape I make most often, too. 

Call me crazy, but every once in a while I like to pull a wild card and make them square or rectangle. In the grand scheme of things, I realize this really doesn’t matter. A good scone is a good scone regardless of shape. This is simply a little sneak peek into the things that roll through my head when I’m in the kitchen – authentic scone shapes. 

Speaking of good scones. I have some for you today! 

We returned from Kauai this past weekend. It was our first trip to that island and our second to Hawaii. As usual, the travel gave me some inspiration for the kitchen along with a few ingredients that made their way back to California via my suitcase. 

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Poha with Veggies and Eggs

February 22, 2017
Poha with Veggies and Eggs Recipe | Fake Food Free

Am I the only person who didn’t know about poha? How did I miss this?

I feel like I have a basic knowledge of most cuisines, but as much as I enjoy Indian cuisine, poha completely slipped passed my radar. I first discovered it a little while back through Liana Krissoff’s Vegetarian for a New Generation. Her book contains a poha recipe and I was hooked immediately. 

Poha is a flattened white rice and when combined with spices, veggies, and eggs it’s like an Indian-inspired fried rice! There is something about it that I enjoy so much more than regular rice. Internet rumor has it that it’s easier to digest as well. But don’t take my word for that. I’ve just seen it around the web. 

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Chocolate Fig Breakfast Shake

September 6, 2016
Chocolate Fig Breakfast Shake Recipe | Fake Food Free

I rarely make smoothies. I’ve just never been that into them. I’m confident this has to do with the fact that I simply don’t like the name smoothie. We’ve talked about this before, right? It’s kind of how some people dislike the word foodie (which I’m okay with, by the way). 

So if I do make something that resembles a smoothie, it’s called a breakfast shake. On occasion, a breakfast shake is just the thing I want first thing in the morning. This is especially true when I have some killer ingredients to use in them. 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Dates and Banana

July 21, 2016

This creamy, homemade peanut butter oatmeal is naturally sweetened with banana and dates and topped with crunchy chopped peanuts. 

Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Dates and Banana Recipe | Fake Food Free

I have a problem with oatmeal. It’s not oatmeal’s fault at all. No, this is an — it’s not you, it’s me situation. 

Oatmeal is part of my normal breakfast cycle. Meaning, we have an on-again, off-again type of relationship. I crave it and eat it almost everyday for weeks. Then I get tired of it and need a break. 

Well, we are on-again. So that problem I have has reared its ugly head. 

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Almond, Zucchini and Ginger Scones

June 6, 2016

These candied ginger scones are made with almond and spelt flours.  Fresh lemon zest brightens the flavor for summer and zucchini keeps each bite soft and tender. 

Almond, Zucchini and Ginger Scones Recipe | Fake Food Free

I promise I won’t spend all summer talking about the heat. But I also won’t fool myself into thinking this is going to be easy. 100 degree temps June through about October is going to take some getting used to.

Even more so because I am not a summer person. Summer has always been my least favorite season of the year. I’m all about fall. I even love the cold temps of winter, although I’m glad that I now get to drive to the snow versus having it come to me. 

Despite my cool weather preferences, the one thing summer has never done is kept me from baking. I still gladly fire up the oven. That’s what the air conditioner is for, right?

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Roasted Strawberry and Oat Breakfast Bowl

April 26, 2016
Roasted Strawberry and Oat Breakfast Bowl | Fake Food Free

You have no idea how much restraint I’ve been exercising lately. I have held off for as long as I possibly can. I can no longer avoid posting about strawberries!

You see, the season began here about 3 weeks ago. Out of respect for those of you with a lingering winter, I avoided posting about them for as long as I could. I mean, I hate to brag and wave around posts about freshly picked, juicy, sweet strawberries. And about the fact that we have a strawberry patch with a farm stand on just about every corner in town. The kind that allows me to swing in at any point during the week to get baskets of berries like these that were picked that very morning. 

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Maple Peanut Overnight Oatmeal

March 9, 2016
Maple Peanut Overnight Oats Recipe | Fake Food Free

I think we have discussed overnight oatmeal before. Despite it becoming trendy around here, it really isn’t anything new. It’s basically muesli and that’s been around a very long time in other parts of the world. 

But while our muesli may not be new, it is definitely delicious. People have come up with some seriously tasty combinations. 

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Pomegranate Lemon Cake

December 23, 2015

Pomegranate Lemon Cake Recipe | Fake Food Free

I have really been missing the big lemon tree that was in the backyard of our rental house in the Bay Area. I took for granted how easy it was to walk out and grab a few almost any time of year.

Our potted Meyer lemon tree made the move and it’s still hanging on, but it didn’t produce any lemons this year.

I was running the other day and I noticed that towards the end of the public running path, a large lemon tree hangs over a backyard fence. I’d been eyeing it for weeks and a few days ago I finally got the courage to grab a few.

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