Back from Peru!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

We made it back from vacation the day before Thanksgiving, after traveling for what felt like forever.  Honestly, I was a little sad to get back.  Being on vacation is fun and I really enjoyed Peru.  I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out what on Earth to write in this blog post, and I still can’t figure it out. So instead I’m going to give you a random assortment of photos and enjoyable things from out trip.

We started in Lima.  After sleeping forever, we woke up the next morning refreshed and ready to wander. So we made our way to the historic center of Lima to visit the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral and surrounding area.

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As we walked around, we tried Chicha Morada a non-alcoholic drink made of purple corn.  Super tasty.IMG_1303

We then had lunch in Chinatown.  Peru has a large Asian population.  They call any Chinese restaurant, Chifa.  Numerous people told us to try Chifa, so we did.  Pretty tasty.  IMG_1308

After Lima, we headed to Cusco.

IMG_6418We needed to be in Cusco two days before starting the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in order to acclimate to the altitude ( 3,400 m or 11,200 ft).  That was definitely needed.  Living at sea level, going to Cusco was a big change.  The first day as we walked around, I started to feel sick.

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After a while, I needed to sit (seriously I stopped pretty much every 2 minutes to sit down), because I thought I was going to faint.IMG_6433

Luckily, I didn’t.  Some rest and lots of water made me feel better and by the next day I was fine.  The next day we wandered around Cusco and headed up to the ruins at sacsayhuaman (just about Cusco).  We ran into a random guy who said he had tours on horses to various ruins in the area.

It was probably dumb to follow him to his ranch but we did anyway.  He led us on a cool horse tour of some ruins as promised.

IMG_1451 IMG_1462That was my first time ever riding a horse.  Luckily there was very little work involved.  I basically sat there and held on tight to make sure I didn’t fall off.

After horseback riding, we were ready to try more traditional food.  So we headed back to Cusco

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and had Lomo Saltado and Aji de Gallina, who traditional Peruvian dishes.  They were awesome.

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I pretty much fell in love with Aji de Gallina. I’m going to have to try to make it on my own!

The rest of the day we explored the Cathedral and Jesuit church.

IMG_1505After some wandering, it started to rain pretty intensely.  We had our usual afternoon coffee and treat (I was seriously making it a point to have as much cake as possible on this trip) and then headed back to our hotel to rest and pack for the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu…

 

Up next… I’ll tell you about the 45k trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu!

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Persimmon Crumb Cake

Hi Everyone! I’m in Peru probably avoiding altitude sickness is Cusco and on my way to Machu Picchu, but before I left, I made something to share with you.

I have some pretty awesome co-workers.  Once brought me a bag with 15 persimmons.  Isn’t that amazing? I love persimmons but $$$ and let’s be honest… the rent is too damn high to be eating persimmons all the time.

First, I used the persimmons for pancake topping.

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But sadly, he gave me persimmons just before I left for Peru so I figured a great way to give back (and use up the persimmons) was to make a delicious treat with them. If you’re looking for a wonderful afternoon tea fall crumb cake… this is the one.

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Simple and delicious.  And I have to confess, that I ate two pieces of this when I brought it to work.  It was great with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

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Persimmon Crumb Cake

adapted from Real Simple Sandi Rose’s Blackberry Crumb Cake

Crumb Topping:

1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup (heaping) sugar
2 tbsp butter

For Cake:

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
4-5 persimmons, chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Make crumble topping by combining all ingredients.  Use your fingers to work it together til it becomes the texture of coarse crumbs.  Set aside.

Next make the cake batter.  Beat together oil and sugar.  Continue to beat and add eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after each egg.  Add dry ingredients as you’re beating in the dry ingredients, stir in the milk.

Pour batter into a 9inch square pan (I actually used a 9inch deep pie dish, because that’s all I had).   Sprinkle with chopped persimmons then the crumble topping. Note: some of the persimmons might sink because the batter is pretty watery, but that’s ok!

Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.  Allow to cool completely, dust with powdered sugar (optional). Slice and serve!

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Definitely a winner. Perfect for afternoon tea or when you have guests.  And the best part, if you don’t have persimmons you can pretty much sub out any fruit: apples, pears, peaches, berries, even probably bananas?

Either way, make this and have it with a large cup of coffee or tea.  I did.  It was amazing. Do it.

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So while I’m in Peru, I don’t have time to share all this goodness with the social media world.  Do me a favor.  Tweet it. Pin it. Facebook it. Tell the world about the magic of persimmon cake!  In the meantime, I’m going to hike a mountain and eat some guinea pig (well… we’ll see)…

Also don’t forget The Refugee Auction is ending soon! Don’t miss out on your chance to bid on some Foodologie treats just for you!  Check it out here!

Hello from Peru!

Hi everyone! Just a quick hello from Peru!

We’re in Cusco!

Cusco is awesome!

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I’m pretty much making it a point to eat as many things as possible…

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Like Aji de Gallina (above) and lomo saltado

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Now we’re resting up because tomorrow morning we start the Inca Trail/4-Day hike to Machu Picchu! So excited!

Can’t wait to tell you all about the trip when I get back (like how I rode a horse to some Incan ruins today!).

If you’re interested to see more pics, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@karlapd)

Hugs from Peru!

Refugee Auction: Get Foodologie Treats and Help Someone Out!

Hi All!  What would you say if I told you I could send you some of these?

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Well, not today… but let me explain.  I’m in Peru but a few months ago, my awesome friend Liz asked if I could help her out with an organization she’s been involved with for a few years: Refugee Center Online (RCO)

RCO is an awesome organization that “provides educational opportunities and general information about American society, and connects refugees with services, programs, and organizations in their new communities.”

This year, they’re holding their first e-auction, with 100% of proceeds going directly to support refugees in the US!  Awesome cause so I’m helping out by donating auction items!

Up for auction is an assortment of holiday cookies baked with lots of love by me!  I’ll pick a few of my favorite cookies and send you a few dozen!  If you’re a reader, I’ll even let you request your cookies of choice! BananaBaconChocolateChipCookies3orangepistachiobiscotti1 You can also bid on lots of other awesome stuff.  Head over to Ebay (HERE) to check out the auction items and get your hands on some cookies for a good cause!
gingerchocolatechipcookies1The auction runs from today, November 15th until November 23rd.  Don’t miss out! Check it out!Feel free to share this with anyone you think might appreciate the cause or the treats 🙂I’ll talk to you all when I get back from Peru!  Happy Almost Thanksgiving!!!

Banana Protein Pancakes with Persimmon Topping

I was totally going to start this post apologetically, but then I remembered this article in Huffington Post about the 23 things women should to stop doing.  #sorrynotsorry

So instead I’m going to talk about how much I love pancakes, because all of a sudden I’m obsessed. Ok not really, I made them twice.  Once pumpkin style and now these guys…

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Really what I like about this is how full it keeps me.  For someone who often thinks about eating lunch at 11am, these pancakes made me not even think about food until 1pm.  Crazy, right?  I’m totally pleased.

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You should make these. Just saying…

Banana Protein Pancakes with Persimmon Topping

For Pancakes:
2 tbsp buckwheat flour
2 tbsp almond meal
3 tbsp protein powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of ginger
pinch of cinnamon1/2 banana, mashed (about 3 tbsp)
1 egg
4 tbsp milk (or almond milk)*

For Topping:
1 tsp butter
1 persimmon, diced
2 tbsp rum
pinch of ginger
pinch of cinnamon

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.  Heat a greased skillet over medium heat.  Spoon 2 tbsp of batter to form each pancakes. Once the top starts to bubble, flip over and cook an additional minute.  Plate and set aside.

Melt 1 tsp butter in a small skillet.  Add persimmon and spices cook a few minutes, tossing occasionally. Add rum and stir.  The liquid will steam and sizzle. Once it’s mostly evaporated, turn off and pour on top of pancakes.  Serve with maple syrup (optional).  This recipe makes 4-5 pancakes for 1 person.

*Note: the amount of milk necessary might vary depending on what type of protein powder you use. I used Spiru-tein which has a thickener in it.  If you use a different protein powder, you might need less liquid.

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Just to throw it out there, this persimmon topping would be totally awesome on the Pumpkin Protein Pancakes I made last week.  Just saying… get your antioxidant on with pumpkins and persimmons.

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Ok so enough about pancakes…

I go to Peru in two days and I’m totally not ready.  So much work has to be done. I haven’t packed. I’m not feeling ready.

This always happens to me.  I have mini anxiety attacks anytime I go anywhere.  Weird right?

How do you prep for a trip? Also, what’s your favorite pancake combo because I’m always looking for new tasty ways to switch up breakfast!

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Let me just tell you… these pancakes made my day magical.

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I started the day by running with Ms. Allison from Sweet Potato Bites.  That lady is faster than me (check out her running page!), so it’s awesome to keep up with her!

After the run, I wanted a good breakfast.  For the past few months, I’ve had a smoothie for breakfast pretty much everyday, but today I wanted something warm and Fall-like.  And we all know… Fall = Pumpkin.

All season, I’ve been avoiding pumpkin flavored foods, because honestly most of it just tastes fake.  I’m probably the only person in the world that doesn’t love the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

So this morning, in my quest for a warm Fall breakfast, I had a bright idea.  Pumpkin pancakes with REAL pumpkin inside and on top.

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Pumpkinpalooza in a pancake.

So I started with an amazing stack of pancakes and then topped them with a mixture of pumpkin puree, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon and mace (with some water to thin it out).  Seriously delicious.  Please try it.  But first to make the pancakes…

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Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

2 tbsp buckwheat flour (spelt or all purpose works too)
2 tbsp almond meal
3 tbsp protein powder (I used Spiru-tein Vanilla Protein)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of ginger
pinch of mace
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 egg
4 tbsp pumpkin puree (plus extra for topping)
2-3 tbsp almond milk**

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl, stir to combine.  Add dry ingredients and mix together.

Heat a large skillet and grease (with butter or non-stick spray).  Scoop 2 tbsp of batter to form each pancake.  Cook until it starts to bubble, then flip and cook an additional minute.

Serve with a mixture of pumpkin, maple syrup and spices or your favorite pancake topping.  This recipe makes 4 pancakes.

**The amount of almond milk might vary.  Spiru-tein protein powder has some sort of thickening agent in it that makes it thicken up, so if you use a different protein powder you might need less liquid.  Try adding a tbsp of liquid first and if you need more to thin out the batter, add more.  If your batter is too thin/runny, you’ll get flat pancakes so you want the batter to be a little thick.

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I seriously loved these pancakes.  The topping reminded me of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin butter.  Amazing.  But what I really love is that you get all the awesome health benefits of pumpkin, that you definitely don’t get from a Pumpkin Spice Latte (p.s. totally not trying to hate on the PSL! It’s just not for me).

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I’m seriously considering making a few batches of these and having them the next few mornings, reheated.  If they taste great reheated, I’ll let you know.

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to eat pumpkin this season? 

Aside from this healthy version, I love love love this Creamy Pumpkin Pie, but also Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  One day I won’t want to eat sugary things every.single.day…

P.S. 1 week til Peru!!!!

Current Happenings in the World of Foodologie

Hi Guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA.  There so many things I’ve wanted to make but haven’t had time to.  And then, there are some things I made…

Like this orange-chocolate crepe cake, that was slightly underwhelming so I chose not to blog about it.

I also made brownie covered oreos for Halloween, but didn’t have time to photograph so alas, no blog post.

But all that said, exciting things are coming.  In 9 days, I’m off to Peru.  I’m so excited to tell you about all the awesome things I see (and eat).

Also Fall is in full swing, and you know you want to make this Fall Cake:

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Trust me, it’s delicious.  Gingerbread cake, pumpkin cheesecake, caramel pecans and a hearty slather of vanilla buttercream.  Amazing.  I want it now.

Or maybe cookies are more your style.pumpkinchocchipcookies1

And if that’s the case, then you need some of these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies.

So make those while I prep for my trip.  I’m having a major desire to bake, but seriously out of ideas.  Any suggestions?

 

As soon as I get back from Peru (the day before Thanksgiving), it’ll be time for Turkey and then Christmas cookies.

So many exciting things to come!

What are you looking forward to most?

Aside from Peru, I’m seriously looking forward to Turducken.  My family has bought one the past two or three years and it’s seriously awesome.