Our 5-year-old Alex (aka Alexander, aka Jacob, aka Sooshi) is obsessed with names.
Everyday, ten times a day, he asks my husband and I if we like a certain name. Most days I find his name sake obsession cute but some days when I’m busy or has no patience it drives me nuts. I somehow forget that all I need to answer is “yes” or “no”.
“Eema, do you like the name Freddy?”
“Freddy, F-r-e-dddy, not really.”
“Aba, do you like the name Moses?”
“Moses is a good name”
“Eema, do you like the name Paul?”
Sometimes when I’m busy or I’m not really sure, I repeat the name over once or twice, which makes the process more aggravating because, I end up getting a speech therapy session.
“Eema, not ‘Poll’, ‘Paul!'”
“I did say Poll!”
“No, you didn’t, you said Poll! You’re supposed to say Paul!”
“Whatever, I like the name Poll.”
One day when I picked him up from school he told me that he doesn’t want to be called Alex anymore, not even Alexander, he wants to have a new name. Later that day he asked me if I liked the name Franklin. Without giving it a serious thought, I answered “yes”. So now he wants to be called Franklin.
Yesterday, when I told him that I put Chia seeds in the bars he asked me “Do you like the name Chia?” I said “Yes, I love it!” hoping he would change his name from Franklin to Chia.
Today, when I called the blood oranges blood oranges, he said “no! they are called fire oranges”. You right my love, it’s a such better name for them.
showing off my first pedi for the season.
Fire oranges looking like raw meat!
Bloody messy oranges!
Blood Orange Bars
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ cup cane sugar
- 2 large organic eggs
- Juice from half blood orange - or plain
- 1 cup blood orange - peeled & diced (look at picture)
- ¾ cup coarsely ground almonds & hazelnuts - or just one of them
- ¾ cup fine whole-wheat flour - or all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds - optional
- 2 small blood oranges - sliced thinly
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil a 11 x 11-inch cake pan (or any medium square or rectangle baking dish).
- In a large bowl mix together the oil and sugar. Beat the eggs into the bowl.
- Squeeze the orange into the bowl and add the diced orange, continue to beat for a few seconds.
- Add the ground almonds and hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, and chia seeds and mix with a wooden spoon until the batter is well combined and smooth.
- Pour the batter into the pan, then gently place the orange slices over in a row with even gaps. Sprinkle some sugar and put into the oven for about 34 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely on rack, then slice it into squares. Store the bars in a container for up to 3 days.