The week started with a birthday in our house. Big sis made middle sis this chocolate layer cake with a ganache frosting pulled from the pages of the Flour cookbook.
Being home alone with leftover chocolate cake all week? Not so good for me. Frosting and self control don’t go hand and hand.
Chocolate was how we ended the day, and also how we began it. The birthday girl requested breakfast of waffles with ice cream. I used Marion Cunningham’s excellent recipe for overnight yeast-raised waffles using whole grain pastry flour.
We had plenty leftover, so I let them cool completely, and stowed them in the freezer for weekday toaster waffles.
Was only too happy to heed Rosie’s request for a so-easy birthday dinner of slow cooker Mexican pork, a 2-ingredient dish that involves pouring 1 jar tomatillo salsa over 1 pound of pork tenderloin. Cook until tender (5 or 6 hours on high?).
Speaking of birthdays, love this pretty Fruit Tower Cake featured on Weelicious. Leftovers wouldn’t be a such a problem with this one.
An example of a healthy cake taking things a bit too far, perhaps, was this Kale Cake, I spotted on Pinterest.
Putting kale in cake may be pushing the envelope, but I was grooving on these Kale and Cheddar Quesdillas for lunch this week. I sauteed kale in olive oil and tucked it into whole wheat tortillas with cheese, sour cream, and salsa, and crisped it in a pan.
Looking back, it seems I was trying to balance out my adventures with chocolate by heavying up on salads. This was a dinner one night when Mr. Mom’s Kitchen was out of town: oozy cheese, little gems salad, grilled bread, a glass of pink wine to wash it down.
More kale here in a salad with a soft-cooked egg on the side.
And a lunch box salad with an avocado to help fill up the tank long enough to get the kiddos through the school day.
Curious to try these out in school lunches this coming week: resealable sandwich bags that are compostable.
Treated myself to a new tablescape of air plants from the fabulous Flora Grubb. If you live in San Francisco and haven’t been, go. They have alittle Ritual coffee bar there too.
New favorite household find: fruit-infused glass water bottles. #betterthansoda
Lastly and most importantly, Mother’s Day flowers for the mothers and grandmothers in our life.. Wish I could give them to you too. Happy Mother’s Day!