Not Another Bob

I used to be a Bob, but it’s such a common name for anyone older than 35. I got tired of the jokes, comments, etc., involving the name. Besides ever since I was little I wanted to be a Robb, mostly because my father was a Bob.

Anyway, here’s a funny video featuring a chipmunk named Bob.

BOB / 2009 from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

http://robbterranova.com/?p=1679

Wheat Free Crepes

Did you know Crepes are not pronounced like Crayps. Rather the correct French pronounciation is Creps. I know, back in second or maybe third grade you were taught to change the sound of that first ‘e’ if there was another ‘e’ in the last sylable (or near the end) of the word. As far as I’m concerned you can keep saying Crepes anyway you want.

I’ve made these with Garbanzo Bean Flour, Almond Meal, and Cashew Meal. The garbanzo been flour gives it a nice texture, but an unusual flavor. The almond meal gives a little rougher texture and the mixture has to be stirred often, otherwise the almond meal tends to sink to the bottom. The cashew flour is easily the best. Doesn’t compromise the flavor, gives a nice texture and doesn’t have to be restirred.Crepe

For filling a good fruit-only jam will work, but I like to cook some fruit, carmelize it a little (especially bananas) and use that. Sometimes I stir the cooked fruit into some cream cheese or riccotta.

My favorite way to eat these is right out of the pan, without any filling. Then, instead of water I usually stir in a comparable amount of Amaretto.

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Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

This so good and so easy. I tried adding some sweet Italian onions to this (you know, the purple oven roasted sweet potatoes and onionsones) to give it some color, but once they were cooked the color either turned to a light or dark gray. Still, this has become one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes or yams. I hate any version that uses brown sugar or marshmallow. Sweet potatoes and yams are usually sweet enough with just a little butter on them. Sometimes I add a quarter cup or so of raisins, especially if I happened to get one of those sweet potatoes that has lost its sweetness along the way. One thing I like about this is that there are only five ingredients (six if you add the raisins) and, other than cutting the onions, is especially easy. Try to use a variety of  sweet onions, but the heavy tear-jerkers will work, too. Continue reading

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cookies 1These have become my go-to cookies. Although they are not especially sweet (you could increase the stevia if they are not sweet enough for you), they have a nice chocolatey flavor to them.

Add the Chocolate chips and these become Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies. Skip them and the cookies are still very good Chocolate Coconut Cookies. They’re easy and quick to make. Continue reading

Review: The Monstore

The MonstoreThe Monstore by Tara Lazar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A picture book with a wonderfully ‘Monstore-ly’ story. It reminded me a little of the movie “The Monsters” with Billy Crystal.

Monsters are supposed to be scary and in this story, they are; but not the way the boy, Zach, expects them to be. His plan is to go to the Monstore, and buy a monster to scare his sister away. That doesn’t work, so he buys two more, then three more, then more and more. Continue reading

Blueberry Custard #1

I make two versions of this. The difference is that this one requires more ingredients, one of Blueberry Custardwhich is cashew meal (or almond meal) which gives it a little more body. This one also serves well as a dessert, and I sometimes double this recipe for the same reasons I double a lot of recipes (I’m lazy and this stores well in the fridge for a couple days. Will it store longer than that? Don’t know, it’s never lasted more than three days before I’ve eaten it all.). These puffed nicely, but the moment I set them down, the middle’s sagged They were still delicious.
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From the Back of My Eyelids

This is an exercise where I take the first line of a book and begin writing. The goal is to write a complete story or at least a useful scene (the definition of ‘useful’ in this case is mine, not yours and I have yet to complete my definition of that particular word. For this particular example I’m using the first three sentences totaling nine words from the book Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.

Words.

I’m surrounded by thousands of words. Maybe millions.

I know, you thought I said, ‘I’m surrounded by thousands of worms,’ but I said words. Yes, words… thousands… millions of them. Sometimes, I think I’d rather be surrounded by thousands of worms.

Bloodvessels of the eyelids, front view.All those words, coming at me from just about every possible direction, even from the inside, even from more than one inside, not that there’s more than one person inside me, but there seems to be more than one way the words are coming at me from the inside. They’re coming from inside my head, and inside my breath, and even from the backs of my eyelids.

 Bloodvessels of the eyelids, front view. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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