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Coffee Bread with Plums and Cranberries

This is the first time that I made coffee bread. After I looked at a few recipes for coffee bread, i combined those with my banana bread recipe into the following recipe. You can make this bread with a bread machine or with your oven.

coffee-bread-vietnamtowndotcomIngredients

  • 1/2 cup of strong coffee. Make sure you cool the coffee to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 small eggs or 1 large eggs, (f you want more protein, use 2 eggs). Beat the eggs slightly
  • 1/3 cup of dried plums; chopped into pieces. You can use dates instead of dried plums. However plums are #1 in antioxidants
  • 1/3 of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 of sliced-almond, (optional)
  • 1 and 2/3 cups of general purpose flour. Sift the flour for best result.
  • 1/3 cup of sugar, (or 1/2 cups if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of baking soda

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For oven:
Add the first 4 ingredients into a stainless steel bowl. Then add the rest into the bowl. Use a hand mixer to mix ingredients well. Brush a bread pan with olive oil or butter. Pour mixture into the bread pan. Heat oven to 350 degree. Bake the bread 30 minutes or more. Check the bread by sticking a wood chopstick and verify that there is no sticky dough.

For bread machine:
Pour the first 4 ingredients into the bread pan. Pour the rest of ingredients into the pan. Use express bake cycle of 80 minutes, (i hour and 20 minutes). Press Start button and there you go.  coffee-bread-recipe-1-vietnamtowndotcom

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Should you eat a tuna salad sandwich for lunch?

The answer is “perhap not”. You should upgrade to a “sardine avocado sandwich”, sardicado sandwich. This recipe is one of Alton Brown’s skinny-making secrets, (he lost 50 lbs).

Sardine will give you  the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, even more than salmon.

Avocado has carotenoid. And “researchers believe that avocado’s amazing carotenoid diversity is a key factor in the anti-inflammatory properties of this vegetable”. Please click at the image to view the recipe. Alton thinks that this sandwich can be consumed at breakfast, lunch or diner

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Alton Brown’s sardicado sandwich

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Should we wash our chicken?

Chicken Meat

In short, the answer is no, suggested by Food Standard Agency. One main reason is the splash of water droplets could spread the campylobacter bacteria to your clothes and your kitchen, ( campylobacter is a major source of food poisoning).

The recommendation is to cook the chicken without washing. The heat will kill the bacteria.

Some chicken recipes requires us to brine the chicken before cooking it. Make sure you clean the kitchen well after cooking.

One step is to clean the sink with baking soda and vinegar.

Additionally, you can also use a solution of bleach and water.

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  1. Don’t wash chicken before cooking it – from theguardian.com
  2. Washing raw chicken can lead to food poisoning – from yahoo.com
  3. How to clean a kitchen sink from wikihow.com
  4. Keep your sink sparkling from lifehacker.com

Please login and place a comment if you have a way to keep the kitchen sink clean.

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