Cranberry Almond Upside-Down Cake

This is one of the recipes I made while I was on vacation last week, experimenting in the kitchen:

I did not measure anything (baking is not an exact science for me, never has been and I’m not sure why it’s always worked for me?), and made a few substitutions:

I used an entire bag of fresh cranberries. Instead of the cane sugar, I used organic 100% pure maple sugar (that stuff is amazing!). When I put the almonds in the processor, they were not completely ground fine, and I actually think I preferred the nutty texture of the larger pieces. I didn’t make 4 mini loaf pans, I made 2 mini, and 1 large (went with what was available to me).

In step 2, it says that the sugar and butter will be pale and fluffy-mine wasn’t, probably because I used a different sugar, but it turned out just fine.

The only thing I would add is that the 2 TBSP of maple sugar I used when sautéing the cranberries, still left it pretty tart. This was fine with me, but it did prompt me to warm up a slice for breakfast and drizzle a little raw honey on it 🙂 I’d also probably call it Cranberry Almond Upside-Down Loaves!

I will definitely make this again, and variations of it, and honestly, I still can’t get over the awesome moist texture of bread it had! No dry almond flour flakiness here 🙂

‘Mazing Monday Meal

My first day back at work from a week off for Thanksgiving, and I did not feel like cooking. Fortunately, Seth had an idea (this can go several ways. He calls it the Hews-Surprisio! Sometimes, I get nervous.). 🙂 I will say that we make a pretty damn good kitchen team, as his specialty is meat/seafood and mine is fruits/vegetables.

He bought some sustainable canned tuna, packed in olive oil recently (because he happen to look at the ingredients in the tuna we’ve bought for years-hydrolized soy protein. WTF, there is no need to add soy to canned tuna. Another fine example of unnecessary ingredients added to food we eat. Think corn starch in your tea.) that we had yet to use. He thought he’d make tuna cakes. They were friggin fabulous.

Tuna Cakes

  • Tuna
  • Diced bell pepper
  • Diced onion
  • Halved cherry tomato
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp almond flour
  • Dash kosher salt/pepp

Mix above ingredients until well incorporated, and form into patties. Pan fry them on the stove in the oil of your choice. They were really nice for a change and sooooooooo good. We’ll definitely be adding them to our rotation.

For our sides, I added some roasted spaghetti squash with a little organic marinara and a wee bit of freshly grated asiago cheese. Dessert-fresh raspberries.