Chenwald Bakery

January 9, 2011

in baking, leftover recipe

Today started off with a bang – I spotted a celeb at the Farmer’s Market!

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There’s Huell Howser at 11 o’ clock!!! Not exciting to non-Californians, but I have blogged about my fascination with him before.

When we got home, I turned last night’s Saffron Rice and Artichoke Stir Fry into an even tastier breakfast! For some reason, Stir Fry doesn’t sound appealing at 10am. But Fried Rice does?!?

Leftover Fried Rice

Heat up your leftovers in a nonstick skillet with oil over high heat. When warmed through, reduce the flame to low, make a little hole in the middle, crack an egg in, and immediately toss, coating everything in the scramble.

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Drizzle about a tablespoon or two of Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce). I don’t particularly enjoy Braggs on its own, but when cooked I quite like it.

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Squirt with Sriracha (or ketchup) and enjoy!

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Smile, Sorkin!

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After the fried rice and dried cantaloupe, Abe and I hit The Grove. I rarely shop on Sundays but it was early enough that the crowds weren’t too maddening.

Back home, I baked!

We’re having dinner tonight with an old friend who I haven’t seen in a while, and want to bring her something. I know she likes healthy treats, so I consulted online, looking up ingredients I have in the house:

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Between a bunch of “Tahini Cookie” and “Dried Fruit Bar” recipes, here’s what I came up with!

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Tropical Tahini Oat Bars

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Dried Kiwi
  • 1/2 cup Dried Pineapple
  • Hot water
  • 6 Heaping Tablespoons Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Blueberry Rice Syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 packets (1.5 cups) instant oatmeal (I used Three Sisters Plain Grain)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup ground flax

Start by soaking the Dried Fruits in hot water for 10 minutes

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While those soften, mix together the Tahini, rice syrup (or sweetener of your choice) and cinnamon

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Add the Oats and Flax to the Tahini mixture

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Once the dried fruit has softened, chop those up and add to the bowl too.  This is when I realized the batter was too dry and threw in an egg…

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…which made it TOO wet for cookies. So bars it was!

Spray an 8×8 inch container and press the mixture in (with wet hands to prevent going hysterical from sticky fingers)

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I checked on it every 10 minutes – somewhere between 20 and 25 it looked done!

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Use a pizza cutter while warm…

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…makes 9 bars!

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Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. I couldn’t wait though, and served myself a warm edge

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Dare I say it – I may be turning into a baker!!! Overall, it’s not very sweet, though the dried fruit packs a sugary punch with each bite.

With grapes from this morning’s Farmer’s Market trip

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Most got packaged for tonight:

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(I reused the box from Breakaway Bakery)

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4pm and I’ve bought organic produce + clothing on sale, cooked, baked, and now blogged! Not bad for a Sunday!

{ 37 comments }

1 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) January 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I like him too!!! Next time you’ve got to get on camera with him, I bet you guys would have an awesome interview.

2 Teresa January 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Sounds… Yum..Yum ..Yummmmmmy! Hey! I so think Huell is a hip guy.. Such a Retro one… Love love love him! Now I’m ravished…. Great ending to a Sunday night. :D

3 Jenna January 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I am so impressed how productive your Sunday has been! I can’t say mine has been quite as productive as yours. Those bars look great!

4 Karen January 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm

OMG! It happened again last night. I was having dinner and guess who I saw on TV! I didn’t know you were in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel Jackson. Have you lost weight since then?

5 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

yup, that’s me in “lakeview terrace!” you can see my full resume on my website: http://www.lynnchen.com

6 Lauren January 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I definitely thought that was broccoli in those bars, lol. I had to go back and see what was in the recipe. Dried kiwi makes sense now. ;)

7 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

yes, when i took those pics i thought the same thing!

8 leftcoastcontessa January 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Always exciting to have a sighting! I was at the grove today too! I, however, got there around 3 and it was PACKED. Also, I love the dried fruit on Aaron Sorkin’s face. He’s one of my favorite writers of all time!

9 VeggieGirl January 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Mmmmm mm!! :)D

10 Sana January 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

you got a lot done! Awesome day! Don’t you love it when you are super productive!

11 Janet January 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I totally thought that was broccoli in the bars, too! Dried kiwi sounds much more fun. :)

12 jessica o'brien | jessohbee January 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

oh my gosh, my husband is OBSESSED with huell! he will appreciate your celeb sighting! :)

13 vanillasugarblog January 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

never used the Bragg’s b4. what else do you use it on? is it just like soy sauce? i know its weird that i am a chef and do not know of this stuff.

14 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

braggs is often used at hippie dippy health food places. here’s a link about all its health benefits: http://www.formerfatguyblog.com/2007/09/29/what-is-braggs-liquid-aminos.html

like i said, i don’t like it “raw” on salad dressings or anything. i prefer when it’s cooked.

15 Walking E January 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Yay, I love Huell Howser!! You shoulda told him that you also visited the Kruegermann plant like he did. Huell seems like a great guy.

16 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Celeb sightings are always fun! I live in Chicago, so I get one on occasion. Last was Vince Vaughn at Bloomingdales! I had to tell my brother about eight times to stop staring. lol

17 glidingcalm January 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

OOO lala!! Farmers market!! soo so funn!!

and those bars look amazing.

I also love that orange shirt.

HUGGGGGGGGGS

18 Amy @ Second City Randomness January 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

You were so much more productive than I was. I need a Sunday redo… :p

Glad you enjoyed your day!

19 Susan January 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Love the idea of using tahini in baked goods! It’s the only nut/seed butter that goes rancid in my house because I only use it in hummus. I’ve never found a dressing recipe I like for it. But fruit bars I can get into :)

20 Katharina January 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

You look so adorable in these pictures :D That fried rice looks gooooood! My favorite kind of fried rice is Thai pineapple fried rice (I want some now lol). Anyway, that recipe looks and sounds delicious! I think I’m going to bookmark it :)

XOXO

p.s. cherishing these years while I can for sure :)

21 lequan January 10, 2011 at 12:10 am

wow! so impressed with the foods you just whip up, Lynn. you have this natural talent to combine great ingredients that go so well together. those bars look and sound awesome! so does your rice, but since i eat rice almost everyday, your bars are more eye candy to me.

baking and i unfortunately are still not great friends, but i’m trying, i’m trying. if only cakes could be baked in a wok…teehee.

22 squigglefloey January 10, 2011 at 3:47 am

Omg I love Huel H.!! My mom got me into watching his episodes on PBS. He’s SO interesting! You should’ve taken a pic with him, you’re a celeb too!!

23 DiningAndDishing January 10, 2011 at 7:02 am

Aren’t productive Sundays the nicest feeling?? :)

- Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

24 edenseats January 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

Ha, I love seeing celebs like that! you totally should have done an interview for the blog with him! Then again, as a chatterbox that I am, I would have kept mum in fear of making a total fool of myself.
I love tahini in everything. Have you ever tried “Halva”? its like tahini fudge!

25 emily (a nutritionist eats) January 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I never notice celebs in LA…that is Richie’s job when we are there :)

26 lowandbhold January 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I love all the baking. I still suck at it, but I love seeing new recipes.

27 kaitlinwithhoney January 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I would never think to use tahini in a cookie or bar. What a cool idea!

28 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine January 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

the fruit bars look awesome and healthy! I must make them ASAP!

29 elise January 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

whoa. i never would have thought to try that soaking method with dried fruit. clever. these sound interesting. im not sure if i like the flavor of tahini plain, but maybe with another nut butter?

30 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

i only had one of the bars, but it really didn’t taste very tahini-esque. but i bet any other nut butter would be good too!

31 Healthy Coconut January 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

i saw the pictures first before reading the ingredients or the name of treat…I totally thought you put brocolli in the bars, lol!

32 jeanyoochew January 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

lynn you should put on some pics with Michelle, which will remind us of the saving face time!

33 Walter Ian Kaye January 17, 2011 at 1:02 am

Haha, I thought “broccoli” too! I do love broc, but kiwi does sound better for this, lol.
Lynn, I loved you in Saving Face (and everyone too — Alice Wu is awesome and delightful).
You seem to eat similar types of food to what I like, yum! You’d probably love what my mom always made for turkey stuffing: brown rice with sautéed onions, shredded coconut, and raisins. She’d always have to make an extra casserole of it, and there was never anything left over! :D (I admit to eating pretty much the whole casserole;)

34 Lynn at The Actors Diet January 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

mmm that does sound delicious. thanks for the kind words, walter!

35 Faye February 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

those bars LOok delicious.. :)
and I bet tHey are..

so do you Have upcoming movies?

36 Lynn at The Actors Diet February 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

yes, check my facebook fanpage for updates! http://www.facebook.com/mslynnchen

37 Patty October 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Those Tropical Tahini Oat Bars sound great! I make similar cookies with walnuts – YUM. : )

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