Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zuchini Cake

A quick cake to keep handy for all that zucchini you’re planting.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1 cup (120g) grated Zucchini
1/2 cup (118ml) Buttermilk
1/2 cup (118ml) Canola or Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 large Eggs
1 1/4 cup (156g) Flour
3/4 cup (143g) Sugar
1/4 cup (27g) Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup (120g) chopped Pecans
1/2 cup (60g) Chocolate Chunks

Pre-heat oven to 350F/176C
Spray a 9×4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together the zucchini, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and eggs.
In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Fold in 3/4 cup of the pecans and the chocolate chunks.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and decorate the top with the remaining pecans.
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cake in the pan for about 30 minutes then turn it out and cool it completely on a wire rack.

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Original Version

Sausage Bolognese

Cheaters Bolognese

I often call this Cheaters Bolognese, because of it’s shameless use of jared marinara. No apologies! The short-cut from the grocery makes this a speedy weekday favorite that tastes like it was simmered for hours.

Sausage Bolognese

1 lb. (500g) Sweet Italian Sausage
1 lb. (500g) Ground Beef
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 cup (200g) finely chopped Onion
2 cloves grated Garlic
1/4 cup (10g) Assorted Fresh Herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil…etc.)
2 tablespoons Dried Italian Herb Mix
2 16.oz jars of your favorite Marinara Sauce.

Add the olive oil, onion and garlic to a large soup pot with a lid. Saute over medium high heat until the onion is soft.
Add the sausage and ground beef and brown. Break the meat into small crumbles and drain off the grease.
Stir in the herbs.
Add the marinara sauce and stir well to combine with the meat.
Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce the heat and cover with the lid.
Simmer for 30 minutes.

Now that you have your lovely sauce you can use it in your lasagna recipe or tossed with linguine, also, you can freeze it for up to 1 month.

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Kirra Jamison

I’m a fan of The Design Files Melbourne Mornings series. Recently they’ve featured artist Kirra Jamison.

She’s inspired me to think about new projects. Maybe break out of my comfort zone and explore more color, bolder shapes, experiment.



How amazing is her studio space? *swoons*



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Link Love: Star Wars Day Edition!


Oh hells yeah!

The Crazy History of Star Wars via New Yorker Mag

Star Wars sheets for the next generation.

Star Wars I-VI The Complete Saga (Blu-Ray)

If you’d prefer to go digital: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (Streaming)

Classic Izzard. Classic You-Tube. (Language NSFW)

Ever wonder what it would be like to be Luke Skywalker’s kid?

I NEED this Star Wars Cookbook, like, damn!

Although, Pinterest has quite a few recipes so, you’re covered.

I’m hoping that the P.I.C.* will have something for us today. New trailer/news/pics?
Stay tuned for it on all social media…

*People In Charge

April Bookworm

Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
If you love a good story plus recipes, I would sincerely suggest you read Picnic in Provence.
Her journey continues in France as she and her husband say jusqu’à ce qu’on se revoit to their life in Paris and start anew in the idylic Provencal village of Céreste.

Though I loved her first (Lunch in Paris), this one I related strongly to. The book goes deep into her relationship with her Father, as well as the difficulty she had bonding with her Son. The serene book cover belies the soul-searching Bard’s pilgrimage takes. It’s not a fluffy travel memoir…and yet, her sharp wit and dexterous turn of phrase keep you smiling through out.

“Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world’s flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she’s found her “forever place.” But life has other plans.
On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.”

The Martian by Andy Weir
I’ve been pestering everyone I know to read this. Been driving them nuts so I could have fan-crazed discussions about how much we love this book!

I’d heard about Weir’s debut novel from the internet nerd/sci-fi community {Spoilers} as a must read last year and filed it away in my head to check it out. Then last month standing in the checkout at the grocery I grabbed it off the rack and read the first page (The first line actually) and was sold.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

The story starts with Watney’s first person mission logs; they not only highlight the pure genius of the man, but also that he’s just plain hilarious.

“I need to ask myself, ‘What would an Apollo astronaut do?’ He’d drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”

“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”

“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
What do you know? I’m in command”

“I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.”

Any more and I’ll spoil it for you, but trust me, there is an overflowing treasure chest of gems like the above!

Anyone read this yet? Where my sci-nerds at? Comment below if you have!