Some of the dishes I've made have been spectacular, others... meh. Those ones definitely need improvement and I'll report about them when they are.
Interspersed around all that creative cookery were great moments of creativity in my other, writing, life. I've been pinging like crazy all week and wrote a couple of blogs I'm very pleased with, because they are authentic Kathy.
I finished a three-week online course called "Effortless Productivity" and one of the things we were tasked to do was to take a couple of personality tests of sorts that were intended to get us doing the things that make us happy, engage our creativity, and create flow (hence the effortless productivity). Turns out, I am a creator and a stimulator, and I was very pleased to hear that.
I also had to send around a request to people who know me well in work and personal life to ask them what my gifts were. It was a great exercise in asking for compliments in the name of research! But seriously, I did see a lot of similar answers and they all dovetailed with my personality tests. "I'm on the right track baby, I was born this way!"
Another highlight was meeting and interviewing a bunch of new people for magazine articles I've been asked to do. I even went to several of networking events last week. Wow, it's been busy and I'm grateful for breakthroughs and pinglies because I doubt I would have got as much out of these meetings if they hadn't have come when they did.
I'm not sure if I mentioned that I've been working on rebranding myself and my freelance writing business, but it includes a completely new logo and website. I got to sit down with my good friend and designer Jocelyne Saulnier of Joce Creative at the end of the week to look at some first concepts for my logo. This woman knows my personality, understands my love of colour, and gets what I'm trying to do, so I'm almost beside myself with how bang-on these first concepts are! And now I can't wait to see the final. Deciding on a logo is a hard thing. It's who you are and how the world sees you. It's pretty heady stuff.
I had great plans to spend the day working on my marketing plan, but alas and alack, the day is nearly done and so far I've given Hubby a haircut, made two new recipes (with two more to go) and tonight is Oscar night. Needless to say there is no time for marketing tonight!
But I will leave you with one of my better creations of the week. I made two loaves of banana bread, both are very high in protein, wheat-free and with little added sugar. I'm happy to report that those who've eaten these loaves have said it was the best they'd ever eaten. That's no small feat for the humble, ubiquitous b-bread.
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Banana Nut Protein Bread
This moist, wheat flourless bread is loaded with protein and perfect for breakfast or as snack. And I might add, surprisingly delicious!
Makes 1 loaf
3 cups almond meal flour (this recipe also works with 4 cups ground oats)
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds
4 small bananas, ripe, mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (if using almond meal flour, you can skip this)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil or butter.
Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, honey, and vinegar.
Add wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until combined. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips, if using.
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out almost clean. Turn out of pan after 15 minutes and allow to cool before slicing.
Printable Banana Nut Protein Bread