Banana Bread Battles!


With a proverbial smack of an oven mitt, the idea for the first cooking duel, and this blog were born.

The first challenge: Who can make the best banana bread.

We hurried to the downstairs Publix to gather special ingredients for our first battle. (Thankfully there is a Publix on the ground floor of my building!)

Kristina’s Special Ingredients

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Espresso
  • Cayenne Pepper

Jenni’s Special Ingredients

  • Chocolate Chips
  • French Vanilla Hot Chocolate mix

Deciding on a base recipe, we set off into opposing corners of my kitchen and started furiously cooking.

Base Recipie

Banana Bread Recipe:

  • 1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 ripe large bananas
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • (thank you joyofbaking.com)

After combining the ingredients, setting the topping, and trying to figure out my oven, we placed the banana bread creations in at 350 and waited.

45 minutes passed, and while the tops of the bread appeared to be done, the insides were still mushy. This is also the time of the first battle wound of the night. I burned my hand on the top of the inside of the oven. Warning: Those things are hot.

Another 10 minutes and the breads were perfect!

The taste test:

Kristina: “eh”

Jenni: Mine is better, end of story.

(Top bread is the French Vanilla Banana Bread. Bottom is the Espresso Cayenne Pepper one)

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So, in this round of battles, I win.

Kristina is now angry and will stomp off into the night like the hulk.

Word to the wise: Please be careful with Cayenne Pepper…Kristina’s cake was quite spicy!!

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Quick and Easy vegan Strawberry Jam

so, Jenni is a “at home” vegan or at least that is what she calls herself, and I am a all food eater ( I don’t discriminate so long as it tastes good.)

but, I happened to think of pretty good vegan strawberry jam recipe and I figured I’d share it with you.

Vegan Strawberry Jam

1 cup mashed strawberries ( I like to get mine from a farmers market, but a local grocery store will do)

2 tbsp Chia Seeds (ask your local grocer where you can find these)

2 tbsp of water

1 tbsp of maple syrup (now don’t use any of that crap with high fructose corn-syrup in it, go for the natural it is sweet and absolutely amazing)

so, in a small bowl add the seeds and water and let it soak while you mash the berries.  Add the Chia seed/water mixture to the mashed strawberries and stir well.  Add the maple syrup to taste, if you have sweet strawberries the 1tbsp will be enough, but if they are a little more tart add more as needed. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but over night tastes the best.

The start of our Adventures.


So it was a day like any other, a day where many misadventures were to be had, a day that will live in infamy.

Wellll not really, but you get the idea.  It was really just a day that Jenni and I decided that we would put our cooking talents to good use, and you know entertain the masses.  So, this is our blog part cooking, part me (Kristina) being sarcastic, part Jenni telling me to stop being so rude and allllll craziness.

We are surely going to entertain you with our quick-wit and our even quicker and delicious cooking.

You can look forward to seeing, Food Battles, mystery ingredients, challenges and traditional recipes and cooking.

so sit tight and enjoy.

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