I can’t imagine life without a table between us.
I really can’t even describe my love for Shauna Niequist’s Bread & Wine. I couldn’t tell you why I love it so much or why I’ve started it for the second time or why it’s been so good for my soul. I can tell you, however, that it’s starting to stir passion inside of me. It’s starting to teach me small lessons. Some about hosting, some about friendships, and some about just being in the kitchen surrounded by ingredients. I used to not be much of a kitchen girl. Yes, I’ve enjoyed cooking and baking has been fun. But, cooking has never really brought me much satisfaction. But now, the wheels are beginning to turn. I’m beginning to use new ingredients and realize that I don’t always have to get it right. I’m starting to experiment and want to make healthy meals for our little family. I want to create things that keep us strong and healthy so that we can set examples for the babies when they come. I’ve been cooking through this book since the beginning of the year (thanks 101 in 1001 list!), but after gifting it to my friend Kayla, we decided to do cook nights where we went through her four cooking club menus through the summer months. We trade off hosting, but it doesn’t really matter to the boys because they usually just sit outside and play with puppies or watch whatever game is on while we cook.
Meanwhile Kayla and I are in the kitchen flipping through the book to find the details of each new recipe. She’s stirring risotto, I’m patting down steaks. She tastes this, I taste that. We make adjustments according to her nose and mine and we try to not scare our husbands with our new dishes. Each time we start out timid but are so proud of ourselves by the end of it. Our confidence grows with each little taste test and by the time the meal is complete we’re so excited to enjoy what we’ve cooked.
It’s been so much fun to try out new and different dishes these past few months. After we finish the four cooking club menus I will have almost cooked through the whole book and I know that I’ll be better in the kitchen because of it. It’s fun to see how my attitude towards the kitchen has changed the more that I’ve actually tried to cook compared to all the time I just “heated something up”. ;) Just yesterday morning I woke up super early and had this desire for breakfast cooked RIGHT THEN. So I opened up my book and quietly crept around the kitchen as to not wake my sleeping husband who wouldn’t have been as thrilled about breakfast cookies at 5:30 AM as I was.
from Bread and Wine; adapted from Nikki’s Healthy Cookies from www.101cookbooks.com
3 large ripe bananas, well mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed just a little so it isn’t solid
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a for, then add in coconut oil and vanilla. Add the oats, almond meal, salt, and baking powder, and stir until combined. Add the coconut, walnuts, and chocolate chips, and stir again. Form the dough into 12 balls (I think I made 20) on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten them a little bit. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes.
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