16 May 2006

Inspirations galore - Morning glory muffins and Tricolor tarts

My morning glory muffins

I was just thinking to myself- what is the difference between a recipe I find in a blog and a recipe that I come across in some general food site?The answers were very clear. When I see it in a blog, I know for sure, there is someone just like me, who has tried and tested it and in case I face any problems with the recipe, there is always someone to fallback on. The great degree of interaction and support is what makes it so different from just another food website.

Each day I come across many inspiring recipes. Some I just admire from a distance, probably because I'm vegetarian and the recipe is not. Some, I wish I could make - but the ingredients' availability factor is a setback. Some I actually end up making ( read that as quite a few ).

Two such recipes that I made last week (with a little modification ofcourse ) were inspired from two wonderful food blogs that I came across recently.

-Morning glory muffins from Kitchen culture by Zoubida in Canada
-Basic tart shell recipe from My French Cuisine by Estelle in Sunnyvale, CA

I loved both the blogs for their simplicity and clarity of instructions. If a written word can encourage and inspire a person in India to cook French food, then isn't that something super?

basket of muffins

Morning glory Muffins- my version

1 cup whole wheat flour-sifted
1 cup all purpose flour-sifted
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup Splenda / Zero cook and bake
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
2 cups shredded carrots
1 large apple shredded
3 T raisins
½ cup grated coconut

2 eggs
2 very ripe mashed bananas
3 T vegetable oil
½ T vanilla extract


Preheat oven at 175 C
Mix ingredients one through coconut in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, mashed bananas, vegetable oil and vanilla extract together till well blended.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry- and stir to combine well. Don’t stir too much though.

Pour mixture into lined / sprayed muffin tray. Bake for 25-30 min or until a tester comes out clean.

This is all the good stuff you would like to have in your breakfast- Wheat flour, veggies, fruits and eggs.

Makes 12 medium sized muffins. These freeze well too. So you could make a double batch, store in Ziploc, throw them into the freezer and microwave them for a minute when you want breakfast on the go or in a jiffy.


Inji Pennu said...

You know that's so true. The blog recipes make them come alive as if you are watching someone cook in their own kitchen.I have started to enjoy cooking more.

Neelu said...

Hey tune abhi tak code paste nahi kiya kya... I made BBQ turkey burger today n they were a HIT :) i will post recipes tomorow

Nandita said...

wah wah - you are soon going to take up Racheal Ray's position of Burger Queen LOLLLL! I was just tinkering with the code a while ago, Im a little scared, it is so techie ...but I shall do that soon..

Luv2cook said...

Hey Nandita:

I agree with you on the difference between blogged recipe vs. random internet typed up recipe.

BTW, I answered your question about substituting/skipping cornstarch in the gingered shortbread cookies on my blog, in the comments section.

Do check it out!

Neelu said...

are kuch nahi...jab template modify karegi to b4 playing copu n paste all the contents of original template on word pad n save tht file n then make chnages. If u go wrong, just delete the content n add copy paste stuff n u r al lset :)

Vicki said...

my interest is peaked with your future French-Italian fusion tarts!

i have never enjoyed cooking more than now because i've discovered blogging.

Vineela said...

Hi Nanditha,
My baking list is growing day by day.
Nice breakfast.

Nabeela said...

Those look scrrrrumptious!!! you've made me crave something sweet right now...well, its a good thing I bought a big pack of cookies from Costco today...don't you think? :P

sailaja said...

You got me craving for those, Nandita..:)
I am a huge fan of Zoubida's bakes and she would put any prof baker to shame.Did you see the pics of the food she made for her sister's wedding?Simply awesome!!!!!

Nandita said...

Hey Sailu,
Got to check that out- but I too find Zoubida's recipes very exotic- Moroccan, canadian, French- what an amalgamation :)