Microwave Lava Cake

This recipe is for desperate women late at night. You know…for those days you need something sweet and chocolate-y late at night but are too tired to drive. I have made the chocolate microwave mug cake before, and it’s alright. A bit rubbery but ok. I wanted to try something different to offset the rubberiness, and decided to try a lava cake. Full disclosure, it wasn’t gooey in the middle, but I suspect I cooked it a bit too long so it may work with less time in the microwave.

2 T butter

1 heaping T cocoa

3 T sugar

1 egg

1 heaping T flour

In large mug put butter and 1 heaping T of cocoa, plus 1 T. of the sugar. Microwave until smooth. In a separate bowl whisk the egg with the remaining sugar until smooth and frothy. Add to butter cocoa mixture and add the flour, then whisk until smooth. Cook in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds on 70% power. 

I poured whipping cream over mine and topped with a generous spoonful of homemade triple berry jam. It was really really nice and hit the spot perfectly.


Summer Cucumber Salad

Do you have a food that causes your mouth to water at the mere passing thought? A food that you think of as you drift off to sleep and your taste buds start sending flavors to your brain? 

I do. It is this salad. I’m not sure when I first wanted this salad. I’d seen it around, but have never been a HUGE fresh tomato fan, so defying all logic one day I just knew that this salad and I could have a long term relationship if I would just take a chance…so I went for it. Like all good romances, it did not disappoint.

1 English cucumber (or 2 regular cucumbers, seeded), diced

3 tomatoes on the vine, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

2 cloves of pressed garlic

1 cup feta cheese

1 lemon, juiced (nearly 1/4 cup) 

2 t. olive oil

1 t. dried oregano (or 1 T. fresh oregano)



In a large bowl combined the diced cucumber, tomato, onion with the pressed garlic and Feta cheese. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil, then sprinkle with oregano. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss and coat well. Allow to chill for a bit in the fridge.

I like to eat this plain. It’s that good. It is also amazing tossed with chopped romaine lettuce, on fresh grilled fish, on juicy steaks, over baked chicken breasts, with cottage cheese…you really can’t go wrong with this cucumber salad. It’s crunchy, tangy, spicy, fresh; it’s summer on a fork.