Thursday, March 31, 2011

Writer's block: 140 characters style.

So, I finally joined twitter. I sent out my first (and so far only) tweet last night:
And now I find myself with some crippling writer's block. What do I have to say. Why am I even using this medium? What is happening? Help me! So anyway, I am on twitter now and I'd love to be talking to you!

Not surprisingly the first person I followed was Ellen. I have some important questions I want to ask her. And I thought this would be best way to be heard. So anyway, Twitter. So far, it scares me.

Lemon tree update! Our little lemon tree is sprouting some new growth. I am so excited about it. When Inspector Climate told me about the growth (because remember the tree lives with him), I assumed it would have little greenish yellow sprouts, but when I stopped by to visit it yesterday, I was totally surprised to find the growth to be purple! Ah, LEMON TREE. You are amazing my little friend.
So, I am going to post another recipe today, but sadly not the recipe that you all asked for in the comments yesterday. But don't you fret none, the Enchilasagne recipe will be posted this weekend. I promise. Today I am going to share with you an upside pineapple cake that comes from the The Gluten Free Canteen. Her recipe can be found, here. Now if you want to make this recipe yourself and you aren't gluten free. I'd just substitute all purpose flour for the gluten free flours and go! Got it?

So You'll need...
  • handful of chopped pecans - we crushed ours in a paper bag with a rolling pin. If allergic to nuts, leave these out. No harm no foul.
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • large can of crushed pineapple drained
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (topping)
  • 20 grams Almond Flour/meal
  • 157 grams of all purpose plain white wings gluten free flour. (in total this is about 1.5 cups of flour).
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon really good salt
  • 93 grams superfine white sugar (about 1/2 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted (yes, again – for the batter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 155 C, fan forced.

Butter an 8×8 round cake pan.

Place the pecans and brown sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan. Melt 4 tablespoons butter. Drizzle the butter over the sugar/nut mixture. Add the pineapple on top and make sure to spread it to the edges. Try to not disturb the layers, and set aside.

Meantime, whisk together dry ingredients. Whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Pour wet stuff into the dry stuff and whisk no lumps remain. Spoon over the pineapple mixture.

Tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles and place onto the middle shelf of the oven.

Bake at 150 fan forced for about 15 minutes and then crank the oven up to 170 fan forced. Bake for about 20 minutes more or until a toothpick comes out clean. After 18 minutes keep an eye on it. It took ours much longer to bake, after we turned up the oven, it remained in for another 30-40 minutes. I am not sure if this is because Inspector Climate's oven is not calibrated correctly. Or what.

Before removing from oven, get your serving plate ready. Then remove cake from oven. Gently using a butter knife, go round the edges of the cake pan to take the cake away from the oven. Using potholders, place the plate on top of the hot pan and in one single quick motion flip the whole thing.

I wish I had a camera after I flipped the cake over and it slid easily out of the pan, because Inspector Climate's face was full of awe, shock, and of course the ever present disbelief that we can bake things that work.

While the topping is still warm, scrape any leftover deliciousness off the pan and smoosh it on top of the cake. Let it cool for a while. It can be served warm or keep it in the fridge for a 4ish days.

This makes my 6th recipe out of 100 for my life list. Let me know if you try it!


  1. I lasted one week on Twitter. Utterly hate it. Hate the twit.

  2. I am a twitter newbie too - and I am enjoying it. I think it depends on who you follow and how you use it. I follow entertainment,news sources, celebs, as well as friends and fellow bloggers. It is a great way to hear obscure news, communicate and drive traffic to our blog. You can get your brand out there easily and free. I have heard of people finding jobs through connections/people they have met I used to think, "I'm not joining no one cares what I have to say. And maybe they don't." But it is still an increasingly popular and effective way to communicate.

  3. Plus it is a fun challenge to get your point across in 140 characters or less - and to continue conversations that you might not have been able to otherwise. I'll follow you :)

  4. It's an open medium! Do what you want with it, except the always-dreaded Facebook-style statuses (keep that on Facebook)! Use it for conversation, to respond to tweets that you enjoy, or to keep up on what's "trending."

  5. I joined twitter about a week or two ago! (I'm @ ChicagoWife) I'm probably guilty of some of those facebook style status updates Eric mentioned. Mainly because I need to find more people to actually have a conversation with!

  6. Yay you are on Twitter! I just sent you a Tweet ;)

  7. Yea, I'm on Twitter as well but rarely use it. I don't know what to say either.

  8. Recipe looks yummy! I refuse to go on Twitter for now considering howuch time I already spend/waste online now. But it could change.

  9. I did a search for you on twitter but couldn't find you. Weird. Boo.

    I've been on twitter for a couple of years and mostly I love it. Sure, it can be inane, but it can also be funny and profound and moving and great for spirited debate. The Melbourne twitter community is pretty cool. I've met some great people.

    As someone else said, a lot depends on who you follow and you do need to persevere a little before it all starts to click.

    Ps I'm FriskyLibrarian on there too

  10. Off to find you on Twitter! It takes a while to get stuck into it but now I love it.

  11. Oh my goodness, howdja know that Pineapple Upside Down Cake is in my top 10?

    Shame on you for not providing the link to your twitter! Will find you, though!

  12. I am totally of to follow you on Twitter. Welcome!

  13. I tried to use twitter but couldn't understand it! also I had one friend on it :p
    Your lemon tree looks so healthy! Yay!

  14. I always feel very unclever when faced with twitter.

  15. #1 Yum.
    #2 I'm not following you on Twitter (and I expect some ground breaking, amazing, take-your-breath-away tweets. Or I will unfollow you. Better get on that.)

  16. The Zadge - I don't know how long I'll last on it Twitter...

    Caryn - yeah the conversation aspect of it is definitely a bonus! I do get shy though.

    Eric - Uh oh. Tell me if I do that ok? To be fair, I am not you know...

    Married in Chicago - Yay another newbie!

    Teacher Girl - YAY!

    Oneika - I hardly ever get bloggers block, but man I feel pressure on Twitter!

    Mil - Definitely try it, it's delicious!

    Frisky Librarian - I'd love to get more involved with the Melbourne blogging/twitter community.

    Love and Stuff - Aw, that's good to hear, hopefully I will too!

    Susan - Hah! i don't know how to provide a link to my twitter! :(

    Krysten - Yay! Thanks

    Many Colours of Happiness - Aw, I am going to give it a good go. But I may give up on it.

    Anastasia - exactly, it seems like a LOT of pressure.

    Unladylike behaviour - Wow. no pressure. :)

  17. I don't understand the twitter either. I put the link on my page because I was told I HAD to .. it's the BOMB, EVERYONE is doing it.
    And I never twitter. I think it's incredibly overrated. And pointless. And to be honest, I really don't care what people are doing 24/7. Not even Demi and Ashton.
    There. I said it.

    Nobody needs to know what I had for lunch - or when I am having it. It's enough I manage to post a blog about anything worth reading. ;)
    But I'm loving the lemon tree. :)

  18. I just recently joined tweeter too, and totally out of peer preassure... so far I have to say I am a rather "minimalist" tweeter. thanks for stopping by my blog!


  19. Oh I love twitter! Keep tweeting, the 140 characters will come easier over time! Add me if you want! jmomiller