Thursday, June 27, 2013

Red Velvet

Once again I am going to share recipes with you using produce that I bought at the Westside Market. (I had to use it all up before we leave for Europe tomorrow.) I had wanted to try to make red velvet something for a while, but I was not sure how to make the red color. The food coloring my mom buys is neon, so the red looks more pink. It also tastes disgusting. I found that beets worked wonderfully to give these pancakes and oatmeal a red tint. (The pictures make them look more brown, but they are redder in real life.) And best of all, you get a serving of veggies without having the taste of them. I hate beets, but I had no problem with either of these recipes.

Red Velvet Baked Oatmeal
½ a beet, peeled and cubed
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup milk
1 cup oatmeal
¼ tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt

Cover the beet cubes with water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Drain off the water and allow the beets to cool. Blend the beets, milk, and applesauce together. In a separate container stir together the oatmeal, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing until everything is incorporated. Pour the batter into an oiled ramekin. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 

 
Red Velvet Pancakes
serves 3-4
1 beet, peeled and cubed
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
dash of salt

Cover the beet cubes with water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Drain off the water and allow the beets to cool. Combine all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until everything is all mixed up. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Scoop out a few tablespoons of the batter at a time onto the pan. Flip the pancake over when the top starts to bubble and look dried out. Remove the pancakes from the heat once they are done.


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Syd asked me to make these invitations for a surprise birthday party she is throwing for one of her friends. The person she is throwing it for loves anything Asian, so I thought these cards with the Chinese symbol for friendship would look great.

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