Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Case of the Mysterious First Batch of (Soil) Muffins

I'm definitely going to try this baking thing again. I can't get over the disastrous first attempt. Heck, I've still got all the ingredients, might as well give it another bash. I've since found out that my muffins probably didn't rise coz:

1. I didn't sift the flour. (Don't even own a sieve; out to the shops again!)

2. I didn't beat the wet ingredients together with a whisk or hand mixer. I thought a good old-fashioned fork would do the trick. (Don't even own a whisk; out to the shops again!)

3. During the disastrous first attempt, I stupidly mixed the wet ingredients first, and after adding the melted butter, eggs and yoghurt together I realized I should've added the dry stuff first coz all the measuring spoons and cups were getting gross and yucky. So I put the half-mixed eggs and all aside, washed the measuring spoons and cups, then mixed the dry ingredients together first.

When I got back to the wet stuff, part of the egg white had clumped together (maybe it was reacting with the yoghurt?), and of course "whisking" it together with a fork didn't really help and the texture was liquid and runny like water. Hmm... I remember the last time I baked was when I was 14 in Home Econs class, and usually the wet stuff you mix together comes out thick and fluffy, not runny like water.

So, in a nutshell, my colleagues who bake were able to troubleshoot the case of the non-rising, soil-textured muffins. Coz (it is alleged), if I'd put baking powder in the mix (which I did), it should have risen never mind that I didn't use yeast.

Things that make you go Hmm...

I'm still making my way, or rather, gagging my way through the rest of the first batch before making a second attempt. Just 4 more muffins to go!

In the meantime, on the rest of my Quack Culinary Exploits, I found yet another highly-rated recipe off the net for people on the Candida & Parasite Detox (you'd think I'd be wary of internet recipes by now)... but had better luck cooking a Zuchinni Casserole for dinner last night. Very healthy and very yummy (even Kelly approved and had double portions).

1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice
2-3 Cups sliced Zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onion
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2-3 Eggs, beaten
1/2 TSP. Sea Salt (OPTIONAL)
1/4 TSP. Garlic Powder
1/2 TSP. Oregano

Preheat oven to 350F/ 180C.

Combine the ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl. Transfer mixture to an oiled casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until eggs are set. Enjoy!

I also added a bit of squeezed fresh lemon just before serving - seems to be the only "condiment" I'm adding to everything now that sauces and dressings are out of bounds.

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