Loaf. hummus. wine

12 Nov

I was in a baking mood last night. On a never-ending quest to have my co-workers adore me, I planned on making Peppermint Puffs. I love anything that involves peppermint and white chocolate but had a feeling these would be dangerous so would bring the majority of the batch into work. Sadly, I bought the wrong kind of candy canes. I don’t know how I picked up fruity candy canes, which by the way, just sounds disgusting . They look like normal candy canes and would’ve thought the fruity ones would’ve had different tropical colored stripes but I thought wrong. I wanted to bake something though and decided to tweak this Pineapple Coconut Loaf Cake recipe by Martha Stewart I made before.

Substitutions I made

*Added mini chocolate morsels (about 1/4 of the bag) and chopped walnuts (1 cup) to the mix (instead of pineapples)

*Subbed apple sauce (1 cup) for the sour cream

*Used 3/4 sugar instead of the called for one cup

*Used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour instead of the 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

The mix

With that Chocolate Walnut Coconut Loaf Cake…..

It was delicious, the apple sauce gave it a moist texture but it still held together and it was sweet but not overly sweet. Speaking of not overly sweet, I forgot to mention an interesting remark towards me at Autozone yesterday. I went there before going to Value Village to pick up an air filter and an elderly papi chulo named Pedro was helping me. When I scanned my credit card, I grabbed a pen to sign the receipt but he told me that I had to sign on the machine. I would usually due that but I wasn’t quite awake yet and jokingly said “Oh sorry, I can’t function yet because I didn’t have my coffee” Then Mr. Pedro patted my hand and said “Maybe you don’t need coffee, maybe you need some love in your life.




I’m sorry but how does that come into play? Is it that apparent that I am single or high-strung? Right there, I wanted to give him my mother’s phone number so they could discuss my love life. On a related note, I’ve been singing Bieber’s “Somebody to Love” all day long. I think Lincoln is starting to tire of it though since I’ve been singing to him and giving him kisses. Maybe Mr. Pedro was right? Sigh.

Going back to work today was rough. There was no traffic going in and I got to work in record time. There really wasn’t much to do today so we sat around schmoozing for a few hours and did some busy work in between. We decided to go out for lunch instead of dining in the break room and went to The King’s Kitchen. This is a newer restaurant in Uptown Charlotte  that’s a not for profit restaurant serving up southern cuisine. Their employees are people who are formerly homeless trying to get back on their feet, people in recovery and at risk teens. Plus they do a lot of giving back to the community so I feel warm and fuzzy about patronizing The Kings Kitchen. Their Country Fried Steak was the special of the day and nothing else was really singing to me.

Another thing I like about it is that although it is heavy, comfort food they don’t give you an insane amount of food. When I worked at Cracker Barrel (you can stop laughing, I worked there for four years), the country fried steak portion was absolutely ridiculous and easily two times the size of this one. It was just enough and I got mashed sweet potatoes, cole slaw and wilted spinach on the side and I received my card to the clean plate club in turn. The sweet potato mash was some of the best I’ve ever had and wish I would have gotten double of it. Needless to say, I was in a food coma afterwards and didn’t want to work the rest of the afternoon.

I went on another shopping spree after work….to Trader Joe’s! I don’t visit the location closest to me that much because I hate the parking scheme. It has a parking garage only and with having watching too many thrillers in my day, parking garages freak me out. Apparently, my inner wino was telling me to buy some wine so that I did

And my wine rack no longer looks pathetic with one bottle of wine sitting in it

I also remembered to pick up some hummus when I was there, it’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve been without

Which then turned into dinner out of pure laziness. I was going to have leftovers and cook up a side dish but I just wanted to put on my fleece pj pants and sit down. And I’m fine with that, I’m an adult so I can eat whatever I would like for dinner.

I was a huge fan of TJ’s Three Layer Dip when I tried it earlier this year, especially the cilantro hummus portion. But this time around, I really wasn’t feeling the cilantro. I think it was a bit too much for me so I stuck to noshing on the original and red pepper portion instead.

And with that, I want to go to bed. Just being back at work for one has left me mentally exhausted. Is it sad if it’s 7P and I want to go to bed?

I’m happy to see that you all approved of my ugly sweater. I think I am going to doll it up with lights and possibly jingle bells. I can’t wait to see everyone elses! Be sure to check out The Fitness Dish for my Friday 5 Websites I Visit When I Need a Laugh!

18 Responses to “Loaf. hummus. wine”

  1. Katie H. November 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Ew to Mr. Pedro! Inappropriate! Ohhh I really want some of that three layer hummus. I will be picking some of that up when I’m in Philly next week! 🙂

    I love filling up a wine rack. Not as much as drinking it though 🙂

    • simplyshaka November 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      Please do, they have other great varieties as well!

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 13, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    I would have asked Mr. Pedro if he was volunteering for the job.

    And I got some of TJ’s hummus with a ridiculous amount of cilantro once. I don’t hate cilantro, but there’s definitely a point where you can go overboard with it…

  3. sophia November 14, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    omg. What the eff is wrong with that guy? That was just…creepy, and uncalled for.

    But you know, I would totally love you if you were my co=worker.

    • simplyshaka November 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

      Seriously. I was at a loss for words and that rarely happens with me!

  4. eatspinlive November 14, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    This loaf cake looks delicious! 🙂

  5. Kelsey November 14, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    theres no shortage of coconut shredded in there!!! ❤ I bet it was nice and gently chewy too. looks fabulous!
    even tho i dont like a bunch of cilantro, i do like a hint of it so the cilantro hummus really appeals to me 😛

    • simplyshaka November 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

      The loaf was fabulous and yeah, I overdid it with the coconut but it was great. I love coconut!

      I am so the opposite–love cilantro (well the fresh stuff at least) but the hummus was a bit too much for me. But seeing I am so frugal, I will find a use for it!

  6. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 14, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    That guy is an asshole. I’ve decided.

    I’m envious of your wine rack. Andy and I want one but the kitchen in our apartment is teeny. It sucks!

    • simplyshaka November 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

      Be ghetto and put it in the living room like I do! So instead of it being out of sight, out of mind, its right in front of me all the time. No wonder it was empty.

  7. erica @ fashionmeetsfood November 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    That loaf looks beyond amazing! Loving your wine rack!


  8. Ashleigh November 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    That loaf looks delicious!! I can’t believe that man said that to you!! I have no idea what I how I would react to that!

    Have you tried TJ’s garlic hummus dip? It comes in the bigger containers and is the most amazing hummus I have EVER tasted!! I love stocking up on wine there too.. It’s so cheap!

    • simplyshaka November 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

      I almost asked him if he had a young, single, straight nephew or son that he wanted to hook me up with!

      Never tried the garlic hummus before. I love garlic and love hummus so I dont know why I havent tried it yet.I always think about getting it when I am there but it scares me for some reason bc I think it’s going to be garlic overload.

  9. Kelly Olexa November 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Doesn’t Trader Joe’s just ROCK?? It’s frightening how much I end up leaving with every single time I go there. It really is scary. And you are smoking hot in those Christmas Sweaters girl. You should be a MODEL. Cuz you know how to OWN IT in whatever you wear. Hot. 😉
    That loaf (wow I hated typing that word) looks YUMMYKINS!!


    • simplyshaka November 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      Hahahaha, loaf does sound dirty doesn’t it?? Maybe thats why I love the word so much 🙂 And thanks for the Xmas sweater compliment, I like making ugly Xmas sweaters pretty haha

  10. OliePants November 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    I have to try that loaf! Coconut?! I’m all over that! Except Pedro – someone needs to kick him.

  11. dianacheung November 15, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    papi chulo!!! Who says that sh*t!!! I dunno if I feel offended or harrassed! Anyways, loving your baking lately…i’ve been so lazy…I need to get my butt in gear with cooking..it’s the best time of year to do it! And um…4 years at cracker barrel=you have insane patience i’m sure…I went there to eat yesterday…LOVE IT hahaha


  1. Highlights « Simply Shaka - November 22, 2010

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