3 for 3

by spiceaholic on July 12, 2010

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I had one of those awesomely lazy ones — lots of TV watching, some reading, and yes, some cooking.

Something got into me Sunday for sure, because I ended up cooking something for every meal.   That’s huge for me, considering I’ve been in a cooking funk for a while.

So I’ve been really into British murder mysteries lately — Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Patricia Wentsworth, and P.D James.  I just like curling up with them and immersing myself into the story.  Somehow that translated into wanting fresh, warm muffins from the oven, topped with jelly or lemon curd and all washed down with some hot tea — Earl Gray is my favorite.  Weird association, right?  Well, maybe not — they’re big on tea time and so I guess that makes sense.

Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make some whole-wheat muffins.  Just plain muffins, no berries, fruit, etc.  I looked through some cookbooks and decided to use one that my mom actually has and that I love flipping through.  I eventually ended up buying my own copy, but hadn’t made anything from there until today.

The actual recipe looked like a nice basic one and I tweaked it a little to sub in some whole wheat flour, buttermilk for milk, and applesauce for oil.  Unfortunately, I think the baking time and/or temperature was a bit off, since the muffins turned out a bit dry.   I took a bite after they were out of the oven and thought I had a flop.  But after they cooled off and I had topped one with some sugar-free cherry jelly, things were looking better.  I think I will tweak the recipe a bit more until I like it before posting it.

But in the meantime . . .

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Lunch was very ambitious for me — I made oven-fried chicken!  I took some drumsticks (with skin) and marinated them in buttermilk, hot sauce, and salt and pepper for about an hour.  Then I took cornflakes and smashed them into crumbs and then added seasonings — Old Bay, paprika, poultry seasoning, black pepper, some garlic powder.  I coated the drumsticks using the “shake and bake” method and popped them in the oven at 425 for  a little over 30 minutes.

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After all that I cheated and made instant mashed potatoes.  🙂  And a kind of faux creamed spinach — I steamed some baby spinach and melted a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese into it.

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Snack time was another muffin, this time with lemon curd on top — no pic.  This set off my lemon tooth, so I had some lemon sugar cookie ice cream after this.

I had some ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I took some minced garlic, ginger paste, and some kabab spice mix, mixed it all up, and made oven kababs.  While that was baking I made some dal.  I got lazy with the rice and just heated up one of those Uncle Ben’s brown rice pouches.

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The best part about my cooking spree is that I have muffins and dinner leftovers for the next few days.  Yay!

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