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Proof Of Life

Posted on 10 Dec 2010 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Wow, this girl posts a new recipe almost every day. Does she even have a life?!
Of course I don't, duh! I'm just your typical lazy ass student that sleeps in until noon, has pizza for breakfast, and washes it down with a pint of beer... NOT! Although my first two years at university might have bore some resemblance to the description above, things have changed over time.
Eight years later - yes eight - I'm still a student. Between the real world and me stands only my master thesis/defense and a literature thesis. And a giant lack of motivation. And of course two pesky cats.
I love to write, it comes naturally to me. Scientific writing however, is a whole different kind of story. It dulls the brain. This blog helps me keep my creative juices flowing.

Proof of life: my work station at home. See?! If you look closely at the laptop screen you can see I'm reading something about biopolymers. Eek!

Look at my mouse. It trumps yours, yeah! My mouse brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like, it's better than yours!

And it's a work motivation mouse too... it turns pink when used ^^

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Always wanted to put some silly disclaimer somewhere ;-) Even though it's totally useless.
Aight! Let's move on to a new recipe now.

Adapted from this Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread recipe. I left out the spices since I used pumpkin butter, which is already spicy by itself. I suggest adding 1 cup of chopped dried fruit (I highly recommend a mix of cranberries, dates, figs, and raisins) instead of 1/2 cup. I originally intended to do so, but I was out of dried fruit! Also, you can use whole wheat flour instead of spelt flour. Spelt flour makes this loaf denser, which I like. The cottage cheese and oats lend it its moistness. I suggest subbing the ground almond meal for flour, since it didn't make a notable difference. This is not a sweet bread, if you like it sweet, add more sweetener!

A Cleaner Pumpkin Bread (makes one loaf; serves 12)

  • 200 grams (1 cup) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 156 grams (3/4 cup) pumpkin butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • 82 grams (3/4 cup) whole grain spelt flour
  • 35 grams (1/4 cup) almonds, ground to a coarse meal
  • 43 grams (1/2 cup) quick-cook oats
  • 45 grams (1/2 cup) ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • 45 grams (little less than 1/2 cup) dried cranberries
  • 2 squares of a 85% chocolate bar, chopped


  1. Combine all dry ingredients, except for the cranberries and chocolate, together in a bowl.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients in a seperate bowl.
  3. Add the wet to the dry and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and cranberries.
  5. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake in the oven until firm and a knife inserted in the center comes out dry ( ~ 45 minutes).
  6. Let cool down completely before slicing!


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