Anna Maria Locke

of food and recipes


This is my pet pear. Sunna and I harvested the backyard pear tree (so instead of basiltopia, it is pearpalooza now), and this one was the cutest.  No name; I don't want to get too attached!


In Anna's world, weekends mean FANCY BREAKFAST TIME!
Meet the Banana Espresso muffin.

[recipe from this book]

-2 c whole wheat flour
-2 t. baking powder
-1/2 t. salt
-1 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
-1 T espresso powder
-6 T butter
-3/4 c. sugar
-2 eggs
-2 t. vanilla extract
-1 c. plain yogurt
-3 mashed bananas

Mix first three ingredients, and most of the walnuts, and the espresso powder (I used instant coffee)

In large bowl, cream butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and bananas

Mix in dry ingredients but do NOT overmix...with muffins you should still see some dry powder after you combine wet/dry ingredients.  If you overmix the batter like it is cake batter, the muffins will be dense and tough!

Put in muffin tin up to the brims, and sprinkle with remaining walnuts

Bake 375 F for 25-30 minutes

Aaaand lastly, here is a recipe for my famous STIR FRY
dedicated to E-kins.

[I eat stir fry a LOT because I usually have lots of random veggies around, and it is the easiest thing to throw together when you are lazy/need food NOW! aka college food.]

You can use virtually any combo of sauce, veggies (fresh or frozen), meat, grains but tonight I used
-red pepper
-ground ginger

1. Chop garlic and shallots (or onions) and saute in a pan with oil or non-stick spray for a few minutes
2. Add any frozen veggies so they defrost
3. Push everything to the sides of the pan (off the center heat source) and cook chicken/meat if you are using it.
4. At any step, liberally sprinkle everything with S/P and ground ginger
5. When the chicken is almost cooked (chop a piece in half and check for raw-ness), add the rest of the vegetables and cook everything together for a few more minutes
6.  Douse the stir fry with any kind of Asian sauce (I like sweet and sour sauce, stir-fry sauce, or plum sauce)
7. Serve over your favorite grain (Instead of rice, try quinoa--it cooks the same way, has more protein, and is overall more fun than rice!)