Chocolate Zucchini Bread for Obama

Tasty & inviting on the outside but still nutritious & healthy.

This bread was baked in honour of Obama’s Election today. Chocolate Zucchini bread is brown on the outside and green on the inside!

So tasty and inviting; yet nutritious and healthy at the same time! Eat it for breakfast; but don’t forget to call it chocolate cake with your children…

– kids freak when you hide veggies in anything!

This recipe was slightly influenced by the fact that my pantry was missing a few things (i.e., oil).

However, one thing that was very present, was a delicious Zucchini from Homegrown Foods in Hong Kong!

zucchini from the gardens of Hong Kong @ Homegrown Foods

Preheat Oven to 350/180

Mix wet ingredients together:

2 cups grated zucchini (one large zucchini!)

3 eggs

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

add enough yoghurt to make 1 cup

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp molasses

Whisk dry ingredients together thoroughly:

1 cup sugar

2  cups white flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

sift together first & add:

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

½  tsp cinnamon

dash of cayenne

Gently mix wet with dry until JUST mixed.

Finally, fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Add to a pre-buttered loaf pan

Bake until a knife/toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan; invert and cool completely. We couldn’t wait and it was crumbly after only five minutes. Cool it and it slices so fine!

My Cantonese Class enjoyed some slices = “Ceoi juk gwaa” gou

modified from The Frugal Girl

Baked Veggie Samosa Triangles

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Last weekend we celebrated Eid with some semi-traditional food. The menu included daal, hummus and samosa. The kids gobbled up the entire tray of samosa – just the right size for a delectable, pop-in-the-mouth treat!

Here is my simple, yet delectable, samosa recipe:

Ingredients

Two (2) medium baking potatoes – peeled, cubed and boiled & cooled
Package of wonton wrappers

1 tsp Olive Oil
Spices
1/2 tsp Tumeric
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Cumin Seed
1/4 tsp dried Ginger
Dash of Cayenne powder

1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup frozen Peas

Small bowl of cold water
Damp kitchen towel
Chopping block/working surface
Oiled baking tray for completed samosa triangles

Prepare Ingredients
1. Open wrappers and cut into three narrow strips. Cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel.
2. Chop and boil potatoes, allow to cool while preparing spices.

Prepare Filling
3. Heat oil in frying pan and add spices including cumin seeds to the oil. Soon the cumin seeds will begin to pop add the onions and fry until softened.
This will only take a few seconds so stay close by!
4. Chop cooled potatoes into smaller three centimeter cubes.
5. Add all other ingredients (potatoes, salt, and peas) to pan and heat until warmed through.

Assemble Samosa Triangles
6. Lightly dampen one wonton strip. Fold up one corner of the rectangular strip into a triangle shape and hold in place with finger.
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7. Places a small (tsp) amount of samosa filling on top of the triangle and fold into a second triangle shape.
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8. Be sure all the stuffing is within the boundaries of the samosa wrap edge. This will make a cleaner line and tighter wrap.
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9. Continue with a third triangle fold and end seal samosa by dampening end of rectangle and pressing against samosa body.
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10. Place on prepared oiled cookie tray. Flip to oil each side. Bake 350/180 for 15 minutes.

Enjoy with coriander yogurt dip!