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Category Archives: Cake

Lemon Tiramisu with Limoncello

Mmm, this dessert made me realise how much I miss bread pudding-type desserts! I haven’t made any “pain perdu” situations in a while because I have rarely had leftover baked goods, if TC has had any say.

Limoncello Tiramisu vegan gluten free | gothic granola

Father-in-law gave me two small bottles of Limoncello and said to make something. TC presented it to me as an Iron Chef Challenge. Evaluating what we had on hand, I quickly made a batch of vanilla cupcakes and set some cashews to soaking. Lemon Tiramisu it would be! Read more →

Sesame Bundt Cake & Mass Effect Joke

The Biotics from Mass Effect 2 say, “Take your probiotics!”

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TC and I couldn’t find our usual non-dairy probiotics at Sprouts this week, and he’s been playing through Mass Effect 1 again, hence this picture. Today’s recipe has nothing to do with Mass Effect, unless I said it was some ancient Asari cake recipe. LOL.

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Chocolate Skillet Cake

VNV Nation is the official dishwashing music of Gothic Granola.

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There’s nothing particular about Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson’s synthpop that makes me want to wash dishes; their music has a way of keeping up my momentum. I don’t have any issues with dishwashing motivation, but I like music while I work.

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Matcha Bundt Cake

Coconut sugar finally arrived and I got a new Bundt pan! Check out the castle addition to my collection.

 

(I have the Cathedral and Jubilee Nordicware pans already).

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Sourdough Coffee Cake and Zucchini Cake.

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Sea Breeze Sourdough Cake

Due to holiday baking and general baking, I ran out of coconut sugar. For 2015, I’m still on the low-sugar kick (as in minimizing white sugar, organic sugar, the granulated stuff) because it was very helpful in maintaining a stable mood. Don’t need to throw off my meditation practice because I’ve been eating blood sugar spiking foods, eh?

Sea Breeze Sourdough Cake | Gothic Granola

 

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Vacation, Greens, and a Cake Revisited

It’s Thursday, and it’s time for a roundup of wellness bits and bobs, readers.

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Negative Positive | Sourdough Carrot Cake

My dear cousin K8 (@akateisakate) forwarded me three Brene Brown TEDx talks today and they were probably the most valuable audio I heard all day. Vulnerability and Critics and Shame

Go, listen. I’ll be here when you get back, with hankies.





My takeaway from her talks? “The people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging….[T]he one thing that keeps us out of connection is our fear that we’re not worthy of connection.” 

Bingo. 

All the not-living-up-to-my-potential situations, abusive so-called “friends,” spiritual and social disconnection, bulimia relapse, and feelings that I don’t deserve success over the last year and five months boil down to a feeling of lack of worthiness. Take that, supposed millennial and white upper middle class entitlement mentality! 

Of course, if you’re going to talk about problems, talk about solutions. My first step was to craft affirmations for my Morning Pages and mantras for my meditation to help rebuild my sense of worthiness of health and contentment, taking inspiration from Brene Brown. 

I am enough. 
My vulnerability makes me beautiful. 
I have the courage to be imperfect. 
I am letting go of what I thought I should be in order to be who I am.

 


And I am gonna mindfully eat some delicious, dense, VGF sourdough carrot cake while I cultivate compassion for myself! I ran out of teff flour and it’s difficult to come by in the DMV (et tu, Whole Foods Markets?!). I began using amaranth flour and will probably switch to millet once I’m out of amaranth. By all means, use whatever GF flour sourdough starter you have available; it’s but a slight matter of taste and leavening.

Sourdough Carrot Cake

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