Archive for April 20th, 2009

I bake a lot of cakes. There have been some mishaps but that usually happens in the decorating phase.  Tonight it finally happened during baking.  Let me clue you in on my baking methodology. 

  • Rule 1. Be attentive. 
  • Rule 2. Half way through baking, switch the pans around in the oven (typically there are hot spots in our ovens which cause items not to bake/cook equally). 
  • Rule 3. Place the baked cakes on racks to cool.

Tonight, was a mess up in all 3 phases.  The result:  Burnt cake which really smells bad.  Here’s what happened. ..OH..by the way, if you are looking for a picture, you’re not getting one. I’ll tell you about my screw ups but I don’t want proof hanging around.

I baked two cakes upon arriving home from work.  I began dinner. Ted offered to help. That’s great…your hubster offering cooking assistance. The only problem is, you have to think about what he’s doing because he’s constantly asking “what do I do?”.  Multi-tasking is not my forte’.  

Before dinner really got rolling along, I had to get the cakes out of the way. Don’t mix smells when baking and cooking.  I placed the first cake on the trivet (note: NOT the rack).  When the second cake was complete, I put it on the stove (note: NOT the rack).  Checked on Ted who was chopping the cabbage …not slicing the cabbage as suggested. As I turned around, there was a skinny stream of smoke rising from the middle of the cake on the stove top. What the heckI’ve never seen THAT before..I realized the cake might still be warm but… seriously!   Then it dawned on me I had the stove top on. Oh No!   Ever heard of black bottom cake?!   Yeah. Well. Tonight I made one. Burning heart:9555

Salmon Tortillas   6 Servings

I had no idea what to do for dinner. After looking in the cupboard, the following ingredients came together to make a pretty good last minute dish.  Adjust seasoning and flavors to suit your taste.


  • 1 can 14 oz Salmon
  • 1 can 11oz southwest corn
  • 4 TBS Horseradish Dill Relish (Zukay)
  • 2 TBS yogurt
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can Black Eyed Peas (or other bean)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 shredded green cabbage, boiled til tender
  • 1/4 shredded red cabbage, boiled til tender
  • 6 Tortillas
  • salsa and cheese to top

Preheat oven to 350 F

Mix the salmon, corn, relish, yogurt, cilantro, salt and pepper. Put on stove top on low setting. Heat through.

Put the black eyed peas, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper in a saucepan and heat on low.

Drain the cabbages and set aside to keep warm.   Place tortillas in covered dish into the oven for 10 minutes.

Once the beans are heated, remove 1/2 the beans and puree. Mix together with the other 1/2 of the beans you left whole.  Sprinkle your choice of cheese on top and put into the oven to melt the cheese if desired.

Assembly:  Using one tortilla, add about 2 TBS salmon mix, add a some cabbage and beans and fold. Top with salsa.



A new book came in the mail todayl, “You Eat with Your Eyes”.  I’m off now to enjoy this elegant “coffee table” book.

Take care.


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Monday morning is a tough morning for most people to face.  Especially following a fun filled weekend.  That is why I leave the option of going back to bed after the alarm goes off and doing my workout later in the day. 

This Monday morning the alarm light was shining bright, but the alarm had yet to sound. I shut it off before having to listen to the “beep, beep, beep”.  Into the bathroom, checking all “systems”.  I was wide awake just not really feeling like a workout.  Still, I followed the usual routine. Brushed teeth, washed face, into the kitchen for a pre-workout protein shake and downstairs to hit the weight room.  A 3.35 mile run was accomplished.  Went right into a chest and bicep workout: 4 exercises x 4 sets x 15 repetitions.  Bench press. Hammer curls. Bench flies. Cable curls. Cable chest press. Concentration curls. Pec crossovers. Curl bar curls.   Finally, a 3 mile run with Shane.  

That’s just proof that even if you don’t think you have the energy to put in a good workout, get into that gym or hit the road and just do it. You might be surprised at the results.  After all, only 30 minutes a day goes a long way.

Breakfast Oats. 


1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut oats with 1 TBS each Reduced fat coconut and dried blueberries. A sprinkle of cinnamon.  

Breakfast Fruit. 

1/2 a grapefruit

Breakfast Shake.


1 scoop Jay Robb Chocolate Whey Protein with 1/2 a small banana. 


Last night’s DVD

“Bangkok Dangerous” was typical Nicholas Cage.  I’m such a fan. It was an action packed, somewhat gory, thriller.  I only dozed off at the very end.  A recommended must see if you like Nicholas Cage. Although, he does look a little scraggly in this one.

Happy Monday All!

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