Goldie's Birthday

On May 15 Goldie turned 4 years old. I thought you might like to see one of her baby pictures. This is the photo that was on the breeders website. As soon as I saw it I knew she was the pup for me. Then after a lengthy questionnaire and interview the breeder decided I could provide a good home for Luz, her official name. He asked if I wanted to meet her first and I said absolutely not, and to please take her picture off of the website. I drove from Goshen CT to Woodside Queens, picked her up and drove her home.

I am sorry to say that other than singing happy birthday to her we did not really mark the occasion. Nonetheless I thought I would share a recipe I found for a reasonably healthy cake that even Goldie could have a small taste of. This recipe appealed to me because of its use of olive oil, a vegetable, yogurt and not too much flour or sugar (for a cake that is). I did make it the week before her birthday for some visitors who wore gloves and appropriately socially distanced.

Butter a loaf pan and heat oven to 350

In a bowl, mix together

1 small grated zucchini

2/3 cup sugar (white or brown or a mixture)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used plain but lemon or vanilla would be interesting)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl whisk together

11/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

11/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg ( I usually grind a nutmeg with my nutmeg grater till it looks like enough)

1 tsp lemon zest

1/2 cup chopped nuts (I had walnuts but I think pecans would be nice as well)

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and pour batter into the loaf pan, rotating it after about twenty minutes. Bake for another 20 minutes.

Cake is done when it pulls away from pan and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. It might need another 10 or 15 minutes.

You could, of course, add some mini chocolate chips to the dry ingredients but that would really take away from any pretense of healthy, and of course Goldie couldn't have any.

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