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Numilicious kitchen experiments…


I enjoy spending time in my kitchen… I hate doing dishes, and am not keen on the day in, day out routine of “what do you want for dinner?”… but when I have a day or two off I enjoy cooking… I enjoy creating… I actually got my son into some trouble when he was still in school… he was in home economics, and he quoted one of my favourite kitchen phrases… “cooking is not an exact science”… well apparently his teacher disagreed and got quite flippant about it! I actually found the whole thing very funny – my son wasn’t so sure, as the teacher then took to checking up on him and making sure he followed the recipes!

Anyways many of my best recipes have come from playing around in the kitchen! (sheesh! not that kind of playing around! tsk-tsk… dirty minds – you know who you are!) So as I was saying, that is how I have come up with many an awesome kitchen creation. So this weekend I had some free time – Father’s day I was home alone… ALL DAY!!!! Well I was bored, and hungry and wanting something besides toast and water… after foraging around I got some ideas… they are listed below.

First off I love homemade iced tea and I am particularly fond of green teas, so this is what I came up with, and I am happy to say that the youngest kid really liked this one too.
Ginger Lemon Iced Green Tea:

3 of your favourite green tea bags
1 ginger mint tea bag (I used Tetley for this)
4 Cups boiled water
leave to steep…

meanwhile mix the following ingredients together in a juice pitcher
3/4 Cup simple syrup (see recipe below)
1/2 Cup lemon juice
2 Cups cold water
1 sliced lemon seeds removed
1/2 sliced long english cucumber
2 good sized slices of fresh ginger

once your steeping tea is good and strong (and somewhat cooled down) add to pitcher and top off with additional cold water (and ice if you want)

I think for a nice adult twist on this one could add an ounce or two of Zubrowka to your glass, it would be amazing… (Zubrowka /zoo-broove-kah/ is a Polish Bison grass vodka, it is lite and refreshing and would go really nicely with this ice tea)
Simple Syrup:

in a heavy sauce pan mix together sugar and water in a 1:1.5 ratio (1 cup sugar to 1 1/2 Cups water) bring to a slow boil and boil till reduced and starting to get thick, pour into a glass jar and cool. Store in the fridge.

Also I was craving something chocolatey and had no chocolate chips on hand and didn’t want something too fattening (haha!). Then I thought maybe chocolate zucchini cake but found I didn’t have all the ingredients for many of the recipes I was looking at. Also I only had half of a small zucchini – not nearly enough as most recipes called for between 1 1/2 cups to 4 cups of grated zucchini… so this is what I came up with here. It turned out nice and moist, not too sweet and really chocolatey!
Chocolate Apple Zucchini Bread:

preheat oven to 350 F and grease a bread pan

dry ingredients: mix together in a large bowl
1 Cup flour
1 tsp each baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon
1/2 tsp each salt and nutmeg

wet ingredients: mix together in a medium sized bowl
1/3 Cup applesauce (a single serving container is the right size)
1/2 Cup each white and brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 small zucchini grated
1 medium sized apple peeled, cored and grated
*optional chocolate chips or chopped pecans

mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add grated apple zucchini mix, (add chocolate chips if you like – about 3/4 cup – I didn’t have any nuts either so I didn’t use them, but they would have been a lovely touch) put into prepared bread pan and bake for roughly 40 – 45 minutes until a toothpick in the centre comes out clean and the sides have pulled away from the pan. Cool on a wire rack, eat while warm slathered with real butter. Mmmmmmm… 🙂


Author: myspokenheart

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10 thoughts on “Numilicious kitchen experiments…

  1. (sheesh! not that kind of playing around! tsk-tsk… dirty minds – you know who you are!) <<<
    How did you know it was me 😦

    My son is going to college to be a chef, so I agree, there is no science to cooking.
    Toying around and experimenting in the Kitchen (NOT LIKE THAT) is good. He has made some cracking dishes in the last few months.

    I have copied the recipe for your Bread and leave it hanging on the Kitchen notice board in the hope he makes it 🙂

    Hope you is good.. x



    • OMG Shaun you are too much! (but yes you were the person who popped into my mind – HA!)

      That is awesome about your son… I hope he does well and goes far… and I hope he tries my bread and you all like it… 🙂

      Mostly my experiments turn out good in the kitchen, sometimes just meh… every once in a while it is a disgusting disaster! hey trial and error right?! (for example I am never allowed to make moussaka again as long as I live!!! The dog wouldn’t even try it… now that is bad! LMAO!)

      I am good Shaun – I note that as of late you are not so much… 😥 XXX


      • I knew it was me 🙂 Do I get an Award? lol xx
        And yeah sometimes we try things, Haggis and Ham or something 🙂 But my son is really good, this is before College starts for real. He made a paste last week, Paste, 3 tins of condensed Chicken soup for the sauce and cut 3 different types of Sausages into it…MY GOD IN HEAVEN…He made enough for 10, even my Daughters loved it…

        And I am ok Andrea, slick bone crack in my knee and a hairline fracture on my foot (Different legs)…Nearly 6am here, I had 2 sleeping tablets, I am SHATTERED, Just can’t close my eyes..Good days, Bad days..One day I will get there, I have to keep believing this. I bought my Dog Lisha to get fit, get the muscles moving and try and get things moving. I did all the injured walking her..Irony is a killer 🙂
        Least I can laugh. When I blog Andrea, it is just a moment and when its blogged I move on. I am happy. Just shit gets me down. But I am DETERMINED to get moving. 5 weeks till I can start walking again properly..

        Thank you Andrea…xx You cheer me up.xx


  2. The recipe of Chocolate Apple Zucchini Bread got my mouth watering.. I’d definitely try it out one of these days… Thanks for sharing.. 🙂


  3. I love the quote that you taught your son and so funny how his teacher reacted. I’m with you, I see it as a great experiment and some wonderful things come out of that )


  4. I think I would end up eating the whole thing myself!


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