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Monday, June 25, 2018

Oreo Muffins - #MuffinMonday



Perhaps I should rename these muffins "The Little Muffins that Almost Couldn't".  I wanted to make these for May's Muffin Monday but my time management sucks. I'd like to pretend that I was just extremely busy and it just didn't happen. But it was just bad time management. I thought I had another week to make them for June and didn't have them on my to-do list. I realised my mistake yesterday morning. I contemplated sitting out again but realised that I could do it along with some cinnamon rolls. I got everything ready, preheated the oven, and mixed up my batter while the rolls proofed. 

My oven beeps when it hits the desired temperature and before that you don't knowhat temperature it is at. The oven never beeped. I never left the kitchen because I'm paranoid about missing that beep. I was talking to myself but not that loudly. I waited and waited and waited. Eventually, I decided to throw half the muffins in the oven along with some rolls and half the muffins in the toaster oven. The toaster oven isn't ideal but I wanted to guarantee that I had something. 

watched them like a hawk and to my surprise they rose and baked like regular. So maybe I did miss the beep? Or am I low on gas but the oven is hot enough to make the muffins but not yet 350 F hot. I have no idea. But I need to resolve this before next weekend when I have a TON of baking to do. I need an oven thermometer but that would have to be ordered online and won't get here in time. Perhaps, I'll order a back-up cylinder of gas. 

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Muffin Monday
Oreo Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients 

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 Oreos, chopped

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or line a  muffin pan.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder,  and salt. In a separate container, mix milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Give it about 5 strokes and With most of the flour still dry, add in the chopped Oreos. Stir until just combined. Full the prepared muffin wells almost full.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Notes
I tried this with only half cup of sugar and found it wasn't sweet enough. It felt like it needed a glaze.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mango Turmeric Popsicles - Crazy Ingredient Challenge





Mango season is in full swing and I'm enjoying every moment of it. I almost didn't want to use some of those juicy mangoes in these popsicles. But upon tasting them, I decided that it was worth it.  This month the Crazy Ingredient Challenge group is using mangoes and turmeric. I scratched my head a bit and contemplated something savoury but I'm glad that I decided to go with these cool pops.

A note on the recipe below, turmeric is a strong earthy flavour. If you don't already love turmeric, start with a little less and then increases as you taste and/or get used to it.



Mango Turmeric Popsicles

Ingredients

2 cups mango, chopped
1 cup yogurt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons honey
juice of one lime

Directions

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours. when ready to serve, run a bit of water over the popsicle to get it to easily release from the mold. 





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Monday, May 21, 2018

Adjika-Style Salsa - CIC

Bell peppers and apple juice. What do you make with those two? A drink? Hmm, I do want to start drinking vegetable juices. But not this time. How about taking liberties with a Ukranian salsa called adjika. Let me tell you, I have no chips to scoop up this salsa but that hasn't stopped the shovelling.


Adjika-Style Salsa 

Ingredients
1lb tomatoes
1/4lb bell peppers
1/4lb apples
1 small carrot
1/8lb onion
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
pinch of cayenne


Directions 

Process the tomatoes, bell peppers, apples, carrots, onion, and scotch bonnet peppers until coarse and chunky. You may want to do this in batches. Transfer to a pot and add the apple juice and bay leaf. Bring to a quick boil then turn down the heat to low and allow to simmer for an hour.

Add the garlic, oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, red pepper flakes, and cayenne. Let simmer for another 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Cool and enjoy.

Notes

Slightly adapted from iFoodreal




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