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Mackerel squash biscuit and Apple basil pudding:
Biscuit cake:
6 ounces butternut squash
2 ounces canned mackerel
1 eighth (.6 ounce) cup non roasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoon (.8 ounce) bean flour
1 tablespoon (.2 ounce) flax meal
3 tablespoons (.75 ounce) corn flour
1 teaspoon (.15 ounce) canola oil
2 teaspoons (.34 ounce) sugar
2 pinches salt

Basil pudding:
1 half ounce basil puree 
 or 1 tablespoon crushed dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon (non roasted sunflower seeds
  or 2 teaspoons 30 percent oil non roasted sunflower seed butter
  or 2 teaspoons tahini
    (use the seed butter if your processor is low speed or
      will not flow with the seeds)
1 tablespoon apple fiber powder
  or 2 teaspoons whole apple powder
1 tablespoon wheat flour 
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon canola oil
3 tablespoons water
Put into a high speed 1-cup blender/processor:
1-half ounce basil puree, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon oil, and 3 tablespoons water and run until smooth.

Put the basil mixture into a microwaveable mixing and/or portion bowl and add:
1 tablespoon wheat flour, and 1 tablespoon apple fiber powder (or 2 teaspoons whole apple powder).


Heat in a microwave oven until boiling hot, 1 minute and 20 seconds. in a 1000 watt oven.
Add 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Add 10 seconds to heat container.
3 and 1 quarter ounces X 20 seconds per ounce = 65 seconds.
Peel the squash and remove seeds.

Cut 6 ounces squash into 1 half inch pieces.

Into a two cup blender put the squash, 1 eighth cup sunflower seeds, 2 ounces mackerel, and 5 eighths cup water and process into a smooth slurry (about 2 minutes into a high speed processor, a low speed processor will takes a couple of minutes longer).

Mix the squash mixture, 2 tablespoon bean flour, 3 tablespoons corn flour, 1 tablespoon flax, 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 2 pinches salt in a bowl.

Put equal amounts of batter into each of four 3-inch diameter bowls. Shape the batter so it is thinner at the center of each bowl so the batter will heat more evenly.

Arrange the bowls in a circle in a microwave oven, separating the bowls by at least an inch, if possible.

Heat in a microwave oven until firm (15 minutes and 45 seconds in a 1000 watt oven, 26 minutes 15 seconds in a 600 watt oven).
Add 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Add 40 seconds to heat dishes.
Plus to heat to boiling: 15.8 ounces X 20 seconds per ounce = 316 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight - total water (15.8 - 10.6) = 5.2 ounces.
Water to leave in is 20/80 X dry weight (20/80 X 5.2) = 1.3 ounces.
Water to remove is total water - water left in (10.6 - 1.3) = 9.3 ounces.
To evaporate excess water: 46 seconds per ounce X 9.3 ounces = 427 seconds.
To replace heat lost to air: 427/60 X 16 seconds per minute = 114 seconds plus 114/60 X 12 = 23 for a total of 137 seconds.
(assume vegetable is 80 percent water and meat is 40 percent water)
Let the biscuit cool and firm for 4 or 5 minutes. Flip the biscuits over. If very gooey on bottom heat another 1 and 1 half minutes, if just gooey enough that a little sticks to a finger, heat 1 minute.

Serve the the pudding separately.

If desired, warm 30 seconds in a microwave oven just before serving.

Basil pudding: prominent basil flavor, sweet, slightly bitter, thick pudding consistency.

Biscuit: prominent but moderate mackerel flavor, slightly salty, slightly sweet, mild squash flavor, firm and muffin- like texture, somewhat chewy.

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