I tried something new last night and it was not good! Kaed "said" it best when he spit it out and then proceded to scrape his tongue off with his hands. The weird thing is that the recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks and everything I've made out of there has been great! Anyway, the recipe was Millet Fried Rice. It used millet instead of rice and had what sounded like a great sauce. The recipe called for 2 tsp of sea salt in the water that the millet was cooked in and that just ended up being way too much! The whole dish was overpowered by the salt. I may try making it again one day with some major alterations because the original idea behind it was great. Travis and I both love fried rice, and millet is an incredibly healthy alternative to the often rather un-nutricious rice. The recipe also called for chunks of fried tofu which I actually found to add a nice touch to the dish which suprised me as I am not a huge fan of tofu being a big meat lover.
Here, however is a good recipe! At least I think so. This is actually my own recipe. I make many dozens of muffins a year and each time I try something new. These are very healthy and still tasty.
Oatmeal Fruit Muffins
1 cup whole wheat flour
2tsp. aluminum free baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
3/4 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar OR organic cane sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter (can use oil or margarine)
Grease 12 cup muffin tins or line with paper and preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit.
Mix together all the dry ingredients until well combined.
In a seperate bowl beat together butter, milk, and egg.
At this point you can add any kind of fruit. If it's a berry (blueberries are amazing with the cinnamon flavor) I like to add them to the dry ingredients first so that they sit nicely in the muffins rather than leaking juice everywhere. If it's bananas, I mash them up first and add them to the wet ingredients.
Mix dry and wet ingredients until just moistened. Don't over mix or the muffins will go flat.
Spoon into prepared muffin tins and bake for approximately 20 minutes. I like to check them after 15 minutes just to make sure.
On a family note...
We went for a walk this morning to the grocery store where we bought the fixin's for a picnic. We ended up sitting under a gazebo thing beside a man made lake near our house and feasting on freshly made french bread and some spicy hummus. I think that's my new favorite food, hummus. I can't seem to get enough of it and I plan on making my own this week.
After eating lunch we started to make our way home; stopping first at the park to let Kaed play, and then at friends of our's place to show off Brayer and to drop off Travis so he could help them build a fence. I was almost home with the boys when I realized that Travis had the house keys. Thankfully my brother lives just down the street from us so I stopped in there to phone Travis and ask him to run the keys to me as I didn't really feel like walking all the way back pushing a very heavy double stroller!!
When we got home both boys went down for a nap so I did too! It was a great day and is shaping up to be a great evening.