8 tracks and z bread

I haven’t busted out the loaf pans for months, so it was high time for some zucchini bread!

Recipe adapted from the trusty Joy of Baking:

1/2 cup (50 grams) pecans or walnuts
1 cup (240 ml) shredded raw zucchini (1-2 zucchini)
1/2 cup (120 ml) grated raw apple
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower, corn, vegetable, or canola oil
1/2 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar (original recipe calls for 1 cup, but it’s definitely sweet enough with a 1/2 cup)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (25 grams) unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan.

Toast the pecans or walnuts for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

Grate the zucchini, using a medium grater, and then peel and grate the apple.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In a large bowl, beat the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until well blended (about 1-2 minutes). Beat in the grated zucchini and apple.

Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Then fold in the nuts and coconut.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the bread has risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan.

Enjoy your green-flecked bread!

You know what goes famously with this bread? A homemade Chai latte!

There are so many ways to make these but I keep at simple and steam equal parts almond milk and water in a saucepan over low heat, add loose-leaf Chai and a few drops of agave nectar, and whisk until frothy. Then I pour over a tea strainer:

And get this! [Half consumed already; it was actually frothy before!]

I’ve finally delved into the world of 8track.com mixes [basically a site that allows you to create and share online “mixtapes”, using your own music library]- check out my first one! It’s 8 tracks long and almost guaranteed to make you shake, rattle, and roll.

http://8tracks.com/srasra/shake-rattle-and-roll

I also wanted to share this article about the proposed Enbridge Oil Northern Gateway Pipeline that would run from coastal BC to eastern Alberta. There are huge environmental concerns around this project; this article in particular focuses on First Nations input, specifically, how disrupting the natural environment not only affects the resources being extracted but also an entire culture that derives its traditions and understandings from the land.

This is a subject that I’d really like to learn more about. As far as I can tell, despite the profound reasons of First Nations communities for opposing resource extraction projects like the Enbridge pipeline, somehow the government ends up approving them with some concessions, or not (like for the James Bay dams in Northern Quebec). I did a co-op term at Environment Canada and got an idea of how policy-makers are beginning to take into account what they call “traditional ecological knowledge” from First Nations communities, but it seems like  this extensive knowledge still doesn’t correlate with a large amount of input.

Anyway, just some musings. Must keep the brain active until I start school again in the fall!

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