March 24, 2008 § Leave a comment
March 15, 2008 § Leave a comment
Matt and I are both attempting to up our levels of healthy for the summer. We do OK as is, I suppose, both mainly vegetarians who eat fish and I cook pretty much every meal. We’re organic conscious and try to keep up a varied diet. But there are always naughty things that sneak in and all we’re trying to do is replace bad naughty with good naughty…as there’s not a whole lot of point to a life with no naughty at all! So this morning I baked up some snacks too keep around for healthy munching. They’re a made up version of what could best be described as Granola Bars.
Here’s what I had in the cupboards:
- 2 cups of oats
- 1/2 cup Irish Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped raw almonds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 of a stick unsalted butter
- 2 cups of mixed dried fruit (I used prunes, apple, apricots, pears, cranberries and raisins, all chopped up)
What to do:
- I spread out all the oats, oatmeal, nuts, seeds and flour on a tray and baked them at 350 F for about 10-15 minutes.
- Whilst this is toasting nicely, combine the honey, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, salt and butter in a pan and heat gently until it makes a big, runny, goopy mess. Delish.
- When the oats are done, remove the pan from the heat and quickly add the oats into the syrup (TIP: I found the best way to do this was to put a piece of foil down under the oat mixture, then I was able to fold it and pour the oats out without tipping them all over my stove top).
- Stir in the chopped, dried fruit and quickly smoosh into a greased brownie pan.
- Squoosh it down really well and then pop it back in the oven at 300 for about 30 minutes.
- When it’s done, let it cool almost completely in the pan, tipping it out just before it’s totally cold. You might just need to leave it sat upside down on a chopping board for a minute or two, but it should slide out nicely. Then chop it up into bars, you can choose the size depending on how large of a snack you like to nibble on.
- Relax. Enjoy!
My Grandad would probably refer to these as bird food. In that case, I’m a very happy little bird. With some yummy granola bars in my tummy.
March 14, 2008 § Leave a comment
I made some more muffins this morning and I thought that at last I would actually share! They are pretty delicious and not too unhealthy either! I based my recipe on this one, mostly because it was called To Die For Muffins. Yum. Who could say no to that?! So, here’s my adapted recipe for you:
Stuffs you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- tiny pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence! (mmm)
- 1/3 cup soy milk
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
What to doooo:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. (personally I’m a fan of liners, I can never stop muffins from sticking for the bottom of the pans!)
- Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg, vanilla and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
- To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon. Mix until it’s powdery/chunky/crumby, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done. (mine took about 25 mins)
- Serve to hungry husband whilst keeping away from snuffling puppy!
Here is a slightly out of focus shot for you:
I also want to play around with using apple juice as a sweetener and not so much sugar. Maybe some yogurt in there too? Although next on my agenda are; granola bars, vegan red velvet cake, sloppy joes (apparently something Matt has been craving) and then I think I want to do a cranberry and orange bran muffin. Although Cristalle managed to make me want to create my own butter by linking me to this gorgeous blog…all i need is some local fresh milk…hrmph.
In fact, my next blog will be very much Old Red Barn Co. related, but I think it deserves its own posting!
Also, I should apologize for the lack of recent blogging. I’m back on the wagon. Promise.
February 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
February 15, 2008 § Leave a comment
I woke up this morning with a bit of a headache. It might have been the red wine last night, or it might be my insane craving for a regular job! Eitherway, I decided that the best cure was probably to bake some muffins. I dug around through some recipes and combined different things and this is what I came up with:
They’re sort of a blueberry oat, cinnamon crumble muffin. I’m pretty excited about them. I’ll be posting the recipe on ready-un-made later today, if you wanted to try them for yourselves.
February 6, 2008 § Leave a comment
The results for the Hungarian Cheese Bread were mixed. It apparently had similarities to the original product but wasn’t spot on. It was however, disgustingly delicious, considering just how much cheese and butter went into it. Urgh. It honestly made me consider upping my vegetarian-who-eats-sushi grade to vegan-who-eats-sushi (because, let’s face it, I’m not giving up sushi). Anyway, I will be trying again, but I’m going to wait a little while and let my thighs work off this loaf.
I did also make some more rolls however. This time I made the decision stick entirely to the KitchenAid recipe, which I regret. Far, far too salty. I’ll be sure to cut that out next time. But still, making bread and having it actually rise and puff and golden, is beyond satisfying!