Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Poppy seeds pound cake and drinking coffee saturated fat

Pasta and chickpeas
Food Diary (May 30, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with raisins, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Pasta and chickpeas
Dinner: Polenta with mixed veges and ricotta cheese
Baking/sweets: chocolate (lots!)

Pasta and chickpeas is one of my favourite ways to eat pasta. Cooking the pasta in tomato sauce gives it a nice texture. A variation of the recipe is available here.

Polenta with ricotta was OK, its not something I intend to eat often. The ricotta certainly did not spoil the taste, it added creaminess and a subtle flavor. It was almost like a waste of ricotta. I would prefer to eat it separately to appreciate its full flavor instead of mixing or diluting with polenta.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: caffeiiina
Poppy seeds Pound Cake

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: realage
I didn’t particularly enjoy reading this article since I drink coffee after all meals and the verdict is not good. However it is useful to know but I will not change my eating habits! 

“Eating high-fat, high-calorie fast food can take your blood sugar on a wild and unhealthy ride. And a new study suggests that drinking coffee during or right after may double the blood sugar trouble.”  The study was small and done on a group of young men. More research is required to confirm the findings. I am wondering whether publishing this research was premature.

Other studies have suggested that drinking coffee may have some pretty great health benefits. Some research suggests it may even reduce diabetes risk. So I’ve decided to continue drinking coffee after all meals, whether fatty or not.

Today’s Favourite Recipes
Two excellent and simple recipes that I intend to try, hopefully soon.

Grandmas Coffee Cake. It’s a simple and delicious sounding recipe that requires 5 ingredients only, most of which are regular items. This is very similar to my 4 ingredient coconut cake

Chocolate and tofu cake. Another simple and delicious sounding recipe that requires few ingredients.


  1. Pasta and chickpeas? I don't believe I've had that combination before... sounds good tho, love those 2 ingredients on it's own so I guess it'll work together. No coffee?! Esp after a meal? Good grief! Unheard of! Rubbish!
    On a calmer note :D ... as much as I love tofu, I can't say that I'd go for a tofu cake, probably due to a not too good experience with a tofu cheesecake. :P

  2. Never thought of pasta and chickpeas...I must investigate. Lovely pound cake as well! Totally drool worthy :)

  3. Hmmm....I'm shocked I've never tossed chickpeas into my pasta. This will change toot sweet. I do tend towards roasted them and tossing them into my salads.

  4. I'll have to try that pasta and chickpea recipe. I've never thought about mixing those two ingredient together.

  5. Thank you so much for linking to my Chocolate & tofu cake! I hope you'll try it one day. I am now thinking of transforming it into a Coffee and tofu cake... Your text about coffee gave me this idea. I drink coffee for breakfast and after the lunch (if I drink after the dinner I can't sleep) and have always thought it was a good idea! Coffee was supposed to help digestion :-(
    I hope the study was wrong, but just like you I won't give up coffee.
    The chickpea and pasta looks very original. I would have never thought about it.

  6. I think theres so much controversy generally in the world of nutrition. I say, eat and drink what you like! (But in moderation, of course!)

  7. What an interesting combination of pasta and chickpeas. I should give it a try! :-)

  8. I love coffee and no one can take it away from me :)

    Another benefit for coffee that I can add is that it has antioxidants which means it gives some cancer preventing properties

  9. Wow, that cake looks delish! And interesting study on coffee~makes me wonder if my tea is doing the same thing!