From our Food Goddess, TaMara:
I love fruit breads. It took me a long time to move beyond banana bread, but strawberry bread and lemon bread are high on my list of favorites. I had never made orange bread before, but this week when it was clear I had a half dozen Clementine oranges that were going to go bad if I didn’t use them soon, I decided to give it a try.
Basically, what I did was adapt my strawberry bread recipe, with some additions I thought would work with oranges – ginger and a bit of limejuice.
Here’s the original Strawberry Bread recipe (click here).
And here is Nigella Lawson’s Clementine Cake recipe (click here), which is what I usually make with my extra oranges.
I love oranges and I’m always looking for different recipes for them. Do you have a favorite orange recipe? What about other fruit recipes? Hit the comments with your ideas.
Now for the featured recipe:
1 ½ cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup vegetable oil or butter
6 Clementine oranges
2 tsp limejuice
2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
blender or food processor, large mixing bowl, loaf pan – greased and lightly floured
First, I did these in mini-loaf pans and it made 3 loaves. It will make one loaf in a regular loaf pan.
Peel 3 of the oranges and split in half. Cut the remaining 3 UNPEELED oranges into 4-6 pieces. Add all to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Clementine peels are easily blended smooth and give a nice tart flavor – like instant zest. If you’re using regular oranges, peel them all and add about 2 tbsp of orange zest to the recipe.
In mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add eggs, oil, oranges, limejuice and stir until all ingredients are moistened, do not over beat. Spoon batter into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes (30-45 minutes for mini-pans) or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes then run knife around edges & remove to cool on wire rack.
Blend together sugar, butter and vanilla, add hot water a bit at a time until it is thin enough to drizzle over loaves. If you add too much water, just add some more sugar. Let glaze cool completely, stir again and then drizzle over completely cooled loaves.
Thanksgiving time, I get some prunes, dried apricots and maybe one other dried fruit.
Soak them all in some inexpensive brandy for several days (refrigerated), covered tightly with plastic wrap.
Bring to room temp, drain them and toss them into the cavity of the turkey before it goes into the oven. Just a couple of handfuls is enough to give a subtle tang to the cooked bird.
Make sweet roll dough. After rolling out, sprinkle sugar and then grate orange peel. Roll up, cut and back. You can taste just enough of the orange and it is heavenly. It isn’t bitter.
Also, a bit of fresh orange juice on cooked carrots.
Make a chocolate cake. Use fresh orange juice in a butter frosting. Ice the cake. Pour melted chocolate over top of cake. Very rich.
Wow… That looks delicious!
OT, but this is the funniest thing I’ve read in couple of months, and just had to share it with everyone.
AV Club — The Internet finally reaches its apex as man marrying My Little Pony character writes angry email to erotic pony artist:
And it just gets better:
And that’s just the first two paragraphs. I haven’t even read the rest of it yet. I’ll be back in a few minutes …
OT: Koda’s flight is an hour and a half late. Sucks to sit in airport parking that long.
Here I was thinking I’d drop sober in M.W.O. tonight. At least the team will have something to joke ab- oh wait – there’s already a 400+ thread on ‘ponies’ on the forums.
I should be canonized for being able to hit what I’m aiming at after that much vodka.
Oh my god. Just … Wow.
Full letter from Man Claiming To Be Twilight Sparkle’s Fiance to Kevinsano, Erotic Pony Artist @ Deviant Art.
OT: Apparently there was a meteor spotted off the east coast this evening. I haven’t found any footage yet.
ETA: I blame our functioning legal system. If only Americans could get away with more fraud we would have dash cam footage by now. Damn you, American judges!
@JGabriel: That was something. I don’t think we have a word yet (thought the French might.)
Of course the flight is late. It would be on time if you weren’t waiting for it.
Pilots were watching basketball; priorities, man!
I envy the Florida Gulf Coast Coach tonight (has little to nothing to do with winning; if you didn’t see the game, well, you may not know the reference).
Yeah, she’s got a whole lot of nervous energy to burn off, and she’s really, really proud of her guy.
That last minute, she looked like she was going to blow her cookies like a firehose of chunky vomit all over the folks in front.
@PeakVT: yes there was something out there tonite. I thought it was a comet, but meteor sounds right. Btw, I’m in DC.
Oh, please keep us posted. And have the camera ready for Koda’s reaction to her new Forever Family!
Isn’t it wonderful, and fascinating, how completely invested we all are in each other’s lives and pets and ups and downs and new experiences? Every now and then, I get quite sentimental about this unique and fabulous BJ community. The Koda saga is one of those times.
A fire ball was seen in Maryland and Delaware.
@JGabriel: Uhh…wow. And I though Japanese men marrying anime characters was bizarre.
@SiubhanDuinne: I often have to remind myself that just because John shares all the innermost details of his life with me does not make me his BFF. Assuming, of course, that his stories are real and he is not catfishing us.
Seconding the request for pics and video.
There’s no other place like it.
I can’t wait until John has a kid. Just think of it.
So much fun and we will kid him unmercifully.
It’s been a while since I posted some pics – the old man dying kinda put a bit of a crimp in my photo joy that I had going on – but I am back in the pic bidness. In addition to the KITTEHS, we have discovered the joy of birds since I last checked in. The birds get fed and we get pics. More to come…
Our new bluejay friend.
@khead: Aw, tuckered Sweetpea!
@Liquid: Damn you. I was just going to post that.
Afternoon sun = sleep. The kittehs love that floor in the afternoon.
OMG This looks wonderful! Thank you!
She could have probably have made even THAT look good. An older photo (kinda NSFW):
ETA: Shit! Moderation again!!
@MikeJ: Boy am I a terrible alum. Had no idea that Coach Enfield went to Johns Hopkins, and is our men’s basketball team’s all time leading scorer. I was rooting against Georgetown anyway, but I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had known.
The Germans. The Germans have a special compound word for everything.
Right thread this time:
I don’t bake. But I’m almost brave enough to try this.
@Mnemosyne: And it seems a more German thing anyway.
For some reason, bluejays like to follow me around. (Well, technically Steller’s Jays and Western Scrub Jays.) I have no idea why, but for a while there, they seemed to be everywhere I was, and they’re not that common in the LA area.
Well, a lot of BJers have now invested in her. I feel a duty to keep everyone up to date. Fair warning: since I have to work in the am, I probably won’t send AL pics until then. But I’ll post a comment when she arrives.
And yes, we’re a community. And a very good one, I must say.
@geg6: You’re carrying the ball on this one, we’s just runnin a little interference.
@geg6: I am SOOOOO excited for you!! :)
@Yutsano: Don’t wet yourself from the excitement. That’s Koda’s job now.
(EDIT: And I am sure that just jynxed me and Ellie is guaranteed to have an accident within the next 24 hours)
I love watching/listening to Nigella Lawson on cooking channel. Too bad she doesn’t have any newer shows thought. Everything is from 2010-2011. There’s nothing I love more than a cook who actually eats the food they make. (I’m side eyeing you Rachel Ray.) Oh, and Nigella is 53. I thought she was in her mid-late 30’s.
The “bird thing” has been quite an amazing time for my wife and me. It started out with my wife feeding the squirrels out back on our deck with some peanuts a few months ago….
….and it has now evolved into an elaborate form of bird watching for us. My wife feeds them every morning now and they hang around just long enough to get fed. If I’m lucky we get a pic or two and also catalog the birds that show up. The list is getting longer by the day….
@Hal: She has a new series but it hasn’t (legally) crossed the pond yet. She looks fantastic in it too.
EDIT: Apparently it is on iTunes, which I don’t use.
Loves me some Nigella.
We get a lot of hummingbirds in So Cal, so what I really want is a nice fuschia or something that will attract them to our miniature balcony. It would be like cable TV for the cats.
(I can’t do the red liquid in the feeder — I’m just too lazy to change it enough and would probably end up poisoning the poor things by mistake.)
The pictures I really want to see are Koda vs. snow, but I’m assuming those will have to wait a few months.
Oh awesome, but…the house is fake?! My fantasy of being in Nigella’s actual London flat, not a fake set, is ruined!! In the other show she’s clearly stepping off the street into what I assume is an actual house, so maybe that’s as far as they go and then the rest is filmed on set?
Fun fact: Nigella Lawson’s father was Margaret Thatcher’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the one who slashed taxes for the wealthiest. No reason to dislike her, of course…
Since when are jays uncommon in the LA area? Scrub jays are reasonably common at lower elevations. Steller’s jays are mostly found in the mountains, but they’re quite common there. You’ll see them all over the place if you know what to look and listen for.
They’re not that common by Griffith Park, which is the approximate area where I live. Dunno about the rest of the area.
The bluejays wake me up @ 7 now. Every day. I’d bitch about it, but they have started posing for pics instead of running and we are moving in 3 months. So I figure the next folks can deal with it.
It’s not that big a deal. I only change mine every week or two, and it doesn’t seem to have done the birds any harm. Admittedly, I can put mine in the sun, so the UV should be killing a lot of kinds of microbial nasties. Two suggestions for making life even easier with a hummingbird feeder:
1) Get one that’s dishwasher safe. It seems obvious, but many of them are cheap plastic that’s not dishwasher safe and are a pain to clean by hand.
2) Don’t bother with the commercial red nectar. You can make a fine nectar from sugar and water (20% sugar by weight) which is cheaper and probably easier than going to the store.
Tamara, if you’re hanging out in comments – my mom might like to try this, thought it would just be her and my dad eating it. How long would you say it would keep for? And should it be kept in the fridge, or just in an airtight container on the counter?
Hah, little do you know! We are expected to get about and inch or two this weekend. And the forecast for the next week says we aren’t getting out of the 30s. In fact, they did the 14 day forecast earlier this week and we will not get out of the low 40s if they got it right.
We may easily have video and/or pics of Koda v snow. Endlessly.
Thanks for the tip about the cold next winter. I guess I am going to have to wear thick socks and steel toed shoes from now on! :)
@geg6: Can’t wait to hear/see Koda updates! Yay everyone!
Well this horrible week is finally done…I know it will get better. I’m doing a Veronica Mars season 1 marathon to forget and enjoying the rain/snow.
And yes, Nigella, secret girl crush on her for sure. But don’t tell Bad Horse.
@Alison: If you refrigerate it in an airtight container (I’d double wrap in plastic wrap to keep it moist) it should last a week. And it freezes well, so another week or so that way.
The biggest issue would be drying out…wrap it well.
1) It’s not Koda Hotb…right?
2) and God said to Abraham; “You will kill your son Isaac.” And Abraham said, “I can’t hear You, you’ll have to speak into the microphone.” And God said, “I’m sorry, is this better? Check check… check. Jerry, pull the high end out, I’m still getting some hiss back here.”
@TaMara (BHF): Great, thanks! :)
@Liquid: Down on Highway 61. . .
Who’s watching the footy? Blizzard!
@geg6: By the by it’s National Puppy Day. That makes Koda’s arrival even more special!
Also: chicken in barbecue sauce on naan? DELISH!
So far, my bracket strategy of picking against teams with those awful fluorescent uniforms has cost me dearly.
@MikeJ: Pretty crazy. I’ll be a little surprised if they can make it to 90 minutes.
@MattR: I’ve seen EPL games where the pitch was covered and you couldn’t see the lines, but it was a light dusting. This is a proper snowstorm. Can’t believe Costa Rica wanted to play on.
What game? What channel?
ETA: Oh, got it. Wow. That’s some weather.
@Steeplejack: World Cup Qualifier, US v Costa Rica on one of the ESPNs.
@Steeplejack: US vs Costa Rica in Denver on ESPN. USA up 1-0 (ETA: barely) through 70 min.
@MikeJ: Yeah. Kinda surprising. Is that an admission that the US is the better side so Costa Rica is hoping for a fluke goal in these conditions?
What dumb ass soccer dope scheduled a night game in Denver this time of year?
@raven: I believe it was the US Soccer Federation. Wanted to get Costa Rica out of their element. But they didn’t count on this lousy Smarch weather
@MattR: The US haven’t won against CR since 2005, so I wouldn’t think they’d be *that* afraid of us.
@MikeJ: Snow levels the field. More unforced errors, more opportunities for a team like the US to play better due to experience playing in snow.
Playing in snow is really fucking fun. Except that the ball hurts like hell.
(EDIT: I’m gonna guess there will be about 7 seconds of added time)
@Yutsano: it’s also world meteorological day. I’d adopt a meteorologist of my own, but my condo rules forbid it.
An ugly win is a win.
And she gorgeous and sweet and oh I love her already!
@geg6: Ellie and I are very excited for you. Good luck and enjoy,
(EDIT: It is not a singular moment, but I don’t think anything beats watching your rescue pet come to the realization that they are in their forever home)
A little orange zest is really good in an apple pie, too.
My youtube evening: Hey, it’s a BBC doc on Enoch Powell. That could be kind of interesting. AGHH THE COMMENTS MY EYES MY EYES!
Yayyyyy!!!!! Pix asap.
@Irish Steel: NEVER. READ. THE. COMMENTS. Have we taught you nothing lad?
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You poor sod. That’s like reading the comments at Huffpo.
@Higgs Boson’s Mate:
…hello?…is,is that you, balloon juice people?
Just lay me down in a darkened room and leave me for a couple days.
Floofy cat, defined. Also grumpy.