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    Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Los Angeles

    Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

    111 S Ave 59

    Los Angeles, CA 90042

    Open Daily, 8AM-3PM

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    I’m not the type of person to fall victim to crazes, especially when it comes to trends in food. After all, it took me years to finally bite into a macaron and discover how truly delicious they are. However, I knew that I had to make my way over to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the creators of the cruffin, when I started seeing photos of their awesome new Los Angeles location pop up on my social media feeds.  Who could say no to a place that advertises butter and is adorned in gold and pink? Not this lady, that’s for sure!

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    Glazed Persimmon Pancakes

    I would never describe myself as a picky eater, but there are definitely foods I tend to avoid due to bad experiences, one of those being persimmons. My family used to have a persimmon tree when I was younger and my tongue would go numb whenever I tried to eat one. I interpreted this numbing sensation as an allergic reaction and soon gave up on ever enjoying this bright and colorful fruit. However, I recently had a change of heart when I came to find out that the reason that your tongue goes numb is because the fruit contains tannins whenever it isn’t ripe enough to eat. I  decided to give persimmons a second chance upon finding out this fun fact, and I’m glad I did because they’re absolutely delicious! To celebrate my newfound love for this delectable fruit, I’ve put together this easy Glazed Persimmon Pancake recipe, which I hope you will enjoy.

     

    GLAZED PERSIMMON PANCAKES
    Serves 2

    INGREDIENTS FOR PANCAKES
    Recipe Adapted from The Baker Upstairs


    1 cup of flour
    A pinch of salt
    A pinch of cinnamon
    2 Tbsp of sugar
    2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
    1 egg
    1 tsp of vanilla extract
    1 cup of milk
    1/4 cup of olive oil
    Butter to coat your pan

    INGREDIENTS FOR GLAZED PERSIMMONS
    2 Persimmons (chopped into small cubes)
    1 tsp of Butter
    1 tsp of sugar
    A pinch of cinnamon

    DIRECTIONS

    Combine the dry ingredients into a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, vanilla extract, milk, and olive oil and beat the mixture until smooth. Pour the dry ingredients into this bowl and continue to mix everything together until the mixture appears creamy and you’ve gotten rid of most of the lumps from the dry ingredients.

    Once your pancake mix is ready, preheat a pan over low to medium heat, wait until it’s warm and lightly coat it using a stick of butter. Pour the pancake mix into the pan, making sure to form a nice round shape. Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes, and flip it over once you’ve noticed most of the bubbles in the mixture have popped and the edges of the pancake are lightly browned. Cook on the opposite side for 1-2 minutes. Repeat these steps until you’ve used up all your pancake mix.

    To make the glazed persimmons, peel the persimmons and chop them into tiny little cubes. Preheat a pan over medium heat–you can use the same one in which you made the pancakes. Once your pan is warm, melt a tsp of butter. Place the rest of the ingredients in the pan and toss until they are mixed well together and the persimmons have started to brown.

    To finish things off, top the pancakes with the glazed persimmons and a bit of maple syrup (optional) and you’re already to serve!

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    This recipe is pretty simple and a great way to make weekend brunch a little more special. I’ve already made this twice and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite brunch recipes, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
    xoxo,
    HelenP.S. Since I know somebody will probably ask, the “Love Potion” mug is from Ban.do. 😀

     

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    Cooking with Sun Basket

    My meals have been pretty repetitive as of lately due to my busy work and school schedule. Although I love trying out new recipes, it’s hard to find the motivation to break out of the routine and it can also be expensive to purchase ingredients that I may only use once. That is why I was very excited when I had the opportunity to review Sun Basket, a new healthy meal kit service that delivers sustainably sourced organic ingredients and delicious recipes for cooking at home.
    I have to admit that I was a bit afraid of having produce mailed to my doorstep due to the possibility of items spoiling during transport. However, all my ingredients arrived in good condition inside a denim cooler, complete with ice packs to keep meat and seafood frozen until ready for use. I also liked that the packaging is environmentally friendly and all parts can be returned for reuse or easily recycled.

    Sun Basket gives you the option to pick 3 meals per week, including Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options. You can also choose to have meals delivered for 2, 4 or 6 people, depending on the size of your household. Since I’m a single lady, I went ahead and ordered meals for 2 people, which was great because the produce lasted me for 6 meals. The 3 meals that I ordered were Chicken Garam Masala with Yogurt and Toasted Naan, Shrimp Coconut Curry with Purple Sweet Potato, and Beet and Cabbage Borscht with Grilled Ciabatta.

    I really loved that all the ingredients were perfectly proportioned since I hate having things go to waste. The recipes were also easy to follow, even for a person like me who has trouble following instructions. I do have to admit that prep time usually took longer for me than what it said on the recipe card, but that might just be due to my horrible knife skills and the fact that I get easily distracted whenever I’m in the kitchen.

    My favorite part of using Sun Basket was having the opportunity to try out new and delicious recipes. I tend to stay away from making meals that are outside my comfort zone, but Sun Basket made it very easy and fun to be a little adventurous in the kitchen. I really loved being able to try out new ingredients that I will be incorporating into my everyday cooking from now on.

     

    Sun Basket currently ships out to California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho, but is working on expanding its services to other states in the very near future. So be on the lookout for them if they’re not currently available in your area.
    I highly recommend trying out Sun Basket if you’re a person who is a rush and is looking for easy meals to cook up, or simply if you’re feeling adventurous and would like to try out a new recipe. I had a so much fun using the service and all the meals were delicious. You can head on over to Sunbasket.com right now and receive $30 off your first order! The box is valued at $68.99, so that’s an amazing deal at almost half off!
    xoxo,
    Helen
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    This post was put together in collaboration with Sun Basket, but all opinions are my own. A special thank you to Sun Basket and everybody who helps to keep this blog up and running!