Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blueberry Cake, Gluten-Free or Not

Blueberry Cake. Honestly, not something that sounds incredibly appetizing. If I didn't know what it was I might think of some weird blue birthday cake that might taste of artificial blueberry. Yuck. Since I know what it is, however, I can explain that it is actually a delicious combination of a light, fluffy breakfast bread with a crisp, sugary crust with whole, fresh, plump blueberries strewn in for good measure. 

I'm not sure how long someone in my family has been making this cake, but I know for sure my Nana did and my Mom still does. I also know for sure that this is the best batter of anything that has come out of any of our kitchens for 70 years. Given that one of the main ingredient is flour, it is not gluten-friendly. But! My favorite gluten-free cook book, Cooking for Isaiah, has a muffin recipe for Berry Corn Muffins that is very similar to my mom's blueberry cake recipe. I adapted them both to make a gluten-free blueberry corn cake. 

After having eaten this, I think that next time I will eliminate the corn meal entirely to make more of a traditional blueberry cake. Fingers crossed, it will work!

As promised here are the recipes!

Blueberry Corn Cake, Gluten-Free
3/4 cups of white, finely ground, cornmeal
1 cup of all purpose gluten-free flour containing xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups blueberries
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar (more for sprinkling)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Butter and flour a cake pan.
Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
Add blueberries to coat with flour (so they don't sink to the bottom of the cake when baking)
In separate bowl mix eggs, sugar, milk and oil.
Combine both wet and dry mixtures and pour into pan. (I use a ceramic dish)
Sprinkle with a lot of sugar (I like using large grain sugar for texture) and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Let cool and enjoy!

Store covered and in refrigerator!

*The cornmeal may be substituted with more gluten-free flour for a more cakey feel. I haven't tested it yet, though, so give it a try and let me know how it comes out!

Blueberry Cake, Traditionally Gluten-Full 

Cream 1/2 cup of shortening with 1 cup of white sugar.
Add two well beaten egg yolks. Carefully add 1/3 cup of milk alternating with the dry ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Beat egg whites and set aside.
Fold egg whites into other mixture with 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Finally add 1 1/2 cups of floured blueberries. This is important so that the blueberries don't sink to the bottom of the cake when baking.
Pour into a buttered and floured cake pan. (I use a ceramic dish)
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy!

Quote of the Day

"She hated saying yes. She was one of those people for whom yes is always an admission of guilt or failure. No was power."
--Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all had wonderful long weekend and we're all able to remember how lucky we are to have such wonderful service men. We certainly did!

I spent the weekend in various northeast states and I'll be posting on that shortly. If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen pictures and tweets from my travels. Have a safe/happy rest of the weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Commencement Weekend: Day 2

Considering BU is such a large school, in order for students to be able to walk across a stage and receive their diploma, they hold ceremonies for each major. My ceremony, for the International Relations Majors, was held on Day Two, the day before the big commencement event. 

I was lucky enough to be graced by many members of my family and we celebrated in style after I received my diploma. By in style I mean Mr. Napkin Head also attended dinner and my graduation robe and cap was worn by more than just me, but I wouldn't have had it any other way!

So, as promised, here is a photo montage of Day Two's events.

Where I got my diploma.

 The Program.

 Almost to the stage. Borderline freaking out.

 Getting the folder.

 After the ceremony, with my sister!

 The fam.

Not the graduate.

Me and my cousin Evan!

Still not the graduate...

Centerpiece at dinner. (Winston's Flowers!)

Mini desserts!

My gluten-free dinner.

Me and my Mom!

Our table's reflection in the large windows.

Mr. Napkin Head Jr. 

Stay tuned for Commencement Weekend: Day 3!

All photos were taken with a Nikon D3100 and a 35mm 1.8 lens.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Commencement Weekend: Day 1

Once you have completed four years of college, you get to attend your commencement. Simple words like graduation have no place in such esteemed halls of learning. These commencement exercises are also weekend long events. Here, I give you Commencement Weekend: Day One of Three.

BU School of Management Ceremony

 An Ice "Rhett" at the Champagne Reception,

 Me and my Dad, also at the Champagne Reception.

 Lovely friends!

 Chart Houses's Chopped Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing. I'm still drooling. Their gluten-free menu is so wonderful and inclusive, I wanted one of everything.

A Filet with Char Grilled Shrimp.

 Creme Brulee.

Boston's Waterfront.

All photos taken with a Nikon D3100 with a 35mm 1.8 lens.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This Past Weekend...

This has been an absurdly busy past week and weekend over here at The Life of Kerin. Here is few snapshots of what happened and what my posts will be featuring over the course of the next week...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Quote of the Day

“It has long been my belief that everyone's library contains an Odd Shelf. On this shelf rests a small, mysterious completely unrelated to the rest of the library, yet which, upon closer inspection, reveals a good deal about its owner.”
-Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quote of the Day

“She didn't like being twelve. It felt like someplace between who she'd been and who she was about to be. It felt like no place at all.”
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters

Twelve or twenty-two? It's the same story.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Silhouette of the City

A few days ago I must have fallen asleep before completely shutting my blinds. This is what woke me up at 5 o'clock AM. I'm so glad I had left my little point-and-shoot on my desk the night before and was able to capture this! I've said it before, but I'll say it again - I sure am going to miss this view.

On a side note, this past week was finals and this week is Senior Week so I'm a little behind on posting. Please excuse my absence and check back here soon for event photos, graduation (the scary "G" word) photos, etc.

As always, if anyone hears about a job requiring my skill set please pass it along! Unemployment is currently looming in my future...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quote of the Day

“Be in love with your life, every detail of it.” 
-–Jack Keroauc