Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wednesday “Child is full of Woe”

🌻With a new way to greet hump day~
wear, eat and smell the muchness of lemony yellow. 
Wednsday is about balance, starting with self-care! 
The Balance of self care safe guards your “muchness!” 
Below is A gift from our hOMe to yours a 22 minute audio expert!

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Ode to Pineapple's Aloha spirit. 
When we take the time to honor ingredients 
it becomes fuel for the body, mind and spirit.

From Mamma Magic's Kitchen

The Rest of the Story

Vintage Skillet upside down cake ~ Pineapple is classic

This is My spin on my beloveds childhood love of commercial “pudding cakes” I use thick Greek yogurts along with small 4 oz can crush pineapple! In healthier Versions,  apple sauce is substituted

-1/4 C butter, melted 1/2 stick
-1/2 C light brown sugar
-1 garden pineapple or 1 canned pineapple, drained -

7 left over maraschino cherries from summer ambrosia
-1 c gluten free all-purpose I like flour blend king author
-2/3 c cassava flour
-1 tsp xanthan gum
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp sea salt

-1/2 C butter, melted or blend with coconut oil
-3/4 C light brown sugar, packed used monk for 1/2
-1/4 C granulated sugar didn’t use
-1 egg, room temperature

Pudding part 😉
-3/4C .Org vanilla Yogurt I like Greek or 1/2 C butter milk, room temperature
-I small can 4oz crushed pineapple or 1/4 C pineapple juice
-1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
Instructions didn’t use
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Caramelize Sprinkle 1/2 cup brown sugar over the melted butter.
Arrange the pineapple slices on the bottom of the pie plate
and place the cherries in the open spaces between slices and inside the holes.
It took 10 minutes to caramelize.

Absolutely always in my iron skillet that every kitchen should have.  ... 
If not use what you have until then 😉

In a medium bowl, sift and whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup melted butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar and granulated sugar. 
Whisk in the egg, yogurt, milk, pineapple crushed with juice and vanilla and mix well.

Stir in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
Pour the batter over the pineapple slices and bake at 350 degrees! 
Careful here it could take up to 45-65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Cover the cake with aluminum foil if the cake starts to get too brown.
          Mine Cooked in only 1/2 HOUR! So be watchful I smelled mine when done!

Cool cake in the pan for 10-12 minutes and cut around perimeter of pan 
to loosen any holds before inverting onto a cake plate. 
Serve warm or room temperature.  

This super versatile iron skillet delight  turns out to be our summer light supper!

P.S. I’ve been known to use apples, peaches  or nectarines with this upside down cake.
Whatever is in season is the purrfect reason to indulge.

P.S.S. And don’t forget to treat the pineapple crown right to grow another generation! 😉

In a small bowl whisk together the pineapple juice, milk, vanilla, eggs and oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
Carefully pour the batter over the pineapple in the skillet (so you don't disturb the beautiful design) 
and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes. 
Run a butter knife or spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen it, 
and then invert the cake onto its serving plate.

I used my 10 inch cast iron skillet. If you don't have a skillet, 
or don't want to use it, you can use a 9 inch cake pan and bake it for a few minutes extra. 
You can also bake it in a 9 x 13 pan and cook for a few minutes less.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Java Extravaganza ~ RESPECT the BEAN for the "good to the last drop"


In USA TODAY an article said:

"83% of adults drink coffee!"


"More than a caffeine jolt, coffee is a $30 billion-a-year national industry, a foodie fixation, affordable luxury, with a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants."  - TODD PLITT

In my last and final writing on what some may find
as a jittery fixation on this cuppa of joe,
this is dedicated to the other 80%!

I'd be remiss if I did not address How to coax every good to the last drop out of every bean!

After burning out my expresso machine from a decade of daily pressing and tapping,

I have evolved!



Here's for your consideration!

Weee use a French press for hot cup of morning brew.

A cold brew awaits in the refrigerator for a second cup for afternoon time ceremony!



Why Use a French Press?

My French press makes the best coffee.

Coffee beans contain oils, in other words like most favorite foods the oils is where the flavor is!

Conventional brewing uses paper filters, where the oils end up being absorbed!

This leaves the flavor in the filter paper not your cup!

Also my French press allows for time for steeping.



When you get a good cup of tea, you use bulk tea that steeps for several minutes depending on the type of tea.

The same is true for coffee through a French press.
It even develops my favorite "crema."

I know it's as good as it gets when Crema is forming its foam on the top.

This creamy cream is the flavorful, aromatic, reddish-brown froth that rests on top of a well-made cup of brew.


As a medicine women I would encourage you to look at the benefits of a daily serving of this antioxidant in a cup! (Or 2) like lowering risk of Cardiovascular diseases and heart disease.

Studies show:
Caffeine "may" reduce the risk of developing Dementia and Alzheimer’s, with the chlorogenic acid lactones and lipophilic antioxidants found which is preserved in French press coffee!


This paragraph is brought to you by, Goggle University:

"according to a study published in Journal of Agricultural + Food Chemistry.

So the double whammy of high caffeine content + the presence of important antioxidants

(that are filtered out during other brewing methods)

makes French press coffee an important ally in protecting your neurological health.

Another benefit is the existence of Methylpyridinium—a compound found in liberal amounts in coffee.

compounds can help reduce the risks of certain cancers, including oral, pharyngeal and esophageal cancers."

End google university sete/alol


One of the major differences between cold brew and regular coffee is their respective levels of acidity.

As a result of brewing at lower temperatures the acids found in cold brew is significantly less in acidity.

This results in a smoother, milder, almost sweeter flavor and helpful for digestibility.


To end I am using goggle school to use free download images as I post and conclude this 101 class on my fav bean.


- “Simply Cathryn”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Java Extravaganza ~

By supporting the farmer Weee help protect the land!
Why fair trade?
Buy Organic!

It's been said "Coffee lovers are discerning people."

I reference in my writing, how connoisseurs of wine,
develop their noses and their language around
the aroma and scents of their beloved grapes!

This holds true for my beloved beans, coffee and cacao!

To put things in perspective;
Coffee is one of the top traded commodities in the world!
Think about that!

Growing methods have been developed to maximize production.

These non-organic beans are one of the most
heavily chemically treated foods in the world,
in its growing process.

Then insult to inquiry;
our beans are disrespected further
as they are steeped with synthetic processes!

This is on top of the fertilizers, pesticides,
herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides
– all this lands in your cup to greet your new day!


There's a new way to start your day and it's not our mama's way!

A mindful purchase of fair trade organic choices
do more than keep a bad taste residue deeper than our cup of java!

Conventional coffee is often at the expense
of human and environmental health.

Not only does the environment suffer from this overload,
but so do the people who live in it. 


Farmers are exposed to a high level of chemicals
while spraying the crops and harvest handling.
The surrounding communities are also impacted
through chemical residues in the air and leach into water supplies.
These chemicals are highly toxic
and detrimental to human health and our Mother Earth!

What is done to the micro human family also has be applied to flora and fauna!

As well as our home the planet Earth!

Weee all need a mindfulness of good stewardship
as we borrow from our children's-children’s future
with the health of our home planet!

It all begins with your choices in your shopping cart!

Support your health by buying Organic Coffee.

Please care enough to Educate yourself
in the countless benefits of cleaner land and you.
Antioxidants contained in your morning brew
is just a drop in your cup when it comes to benefits!

Please brew with the mindfulness of a good Stewart!

- “Simply Cathryn”