Hastings Cakes video

I shot my first real video with the new camcorder this morning. I did a mini cooking show on how to make Hastings Cakes.

I shot it and edited it this morning before heading out to work, just before leaving I started it uploading.

It came out kind of long, 6 mins 16 seconds, I can probably get it down to 4 minutes by cutting out the washing and waiting to cook parts. But I think it came out OK for a first try.

Hastings Cakes Recipe from Tev Kaber on Vimeo.

Cinna-Yum-Yum Sticks

I was about to make myself some Hastings Cakes for dessert, when I thought, “why not try a variant?”

So here are Cinna-Yum-Yum Sticks.


1 Joseph’s Flax Pita
3 Tbsp. Egg Beaters
1 Tbsp. Milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sugar

Slice the pita into strips.

Mix the egg, milk, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.

Soak the strips in the mixture and fry them.

I did it in two batches so that I could lay them out evenly in the pan and have room to flip them.

I also used oil spray to keep oil usage down.

They turned out pretty good.
There is a small hint of grain flavor under the cinnamon and sugar, but not enough to detract from the overall flavor.

A yummy snack.


Calories: 118
Fat: 2g
Sat. Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0.3mg
Sodium: 430mg
Carbohydrates: 18g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 12g
Calcium: 90mg

Random thoughts

Sugar cubes are cool.

Something about the precision, a box full of perfect little cubes, is tremendously appealing.
Each cube is so satisfyingly shaped, four grams of pressed sugar.
I can see why Brits are all about “one lump or two?”
In America we usually just grab the oversized sugar dispenser and just pour away.

Saw Cloverfield on Tuesday. It was good, very entertaining and fast-paced. Really gave a fresh feel to the giant-monster-attacking-a-city genre. With the first-person perspective of a hand-held camera, it is an experience midway between “Blair Witch Project” and one of those Universal Theme Parks roller coaster rides.

The special effects are almost uniformly excellent, there were only a couple shots that stood out as blatantly CGI, like with the news footage of the soldiers on the ground, it seems like the creature CGI was lit wrong or the wrong focal depth or something. Maybe it was just that since it was news footage, the camera was more stationary and not flying around. One person in our group felt ill from the constant shaky-cam, but I was fine with it.
Well worth checking out if you like monster movies or disaster movies.

If you do go to see it, look for an easter egg in the right-hand edge of the screen at the last scene (a flashback).

A snack I am fond of:

Cappuccino Cream of Wheat

1 packet Quaker Instant Cream of Wheat
1/2 tbsp French Vanilla Instant Cappuccino Mix
hot water

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 128
Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 195mg
Carbohydrates: 23g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 4g
Calcium: 235mg

Hastings Cakes

I had an idea for a recipe, so I tried it out the other day. Sarah was over and she liked it too.

So I thought tonight I’d cook some up, and this time take pictures. Here is the recipe:

Hastings Cakes

(French toast meets English muffins – Battle of Hastings, get it?)


  • 1 Lite English Muffin
  • 1/4 cup eggbeaters
  • 1/8 cup skim milk
  • cinnamon
  • cooking spray

Mix the eggbeaters, milk and cinnamon.
Pull the English muffin in half.
Heat a frying pan to Med-Low heat.
Spray the pan with cooking spray.
Dunk each half in the egg mixture and then put it in the pan.
Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Can be topped with maple syrup, jam, or whipped cream if desired.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 1
Serving size: 2 Hasting Cakes
Calories: 130
Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: <1mg Sodium: 130mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 3g Protein: 11g Calcium: 100mg If you do Weight Watchers, that works out to 2 points. Not bad for a quick breakfast. (yes, I burned them a little in the last photo, I didn't follow my own directions and had the burner on high. Whoops. They still came out ok.)