Smorgasbord

Sorry for dropping off the face of the planet!  The month of the December has been a busy one.  Between exams, starting a new course, Christmas and trying to complete a photo book before my Groupon expires, I have had little time for writing.

However, I have still made time for new recipes!  In fact, tonight I made a list of all the new things I have tried since my last blog, and the list is actually longer than the number of weeks that have passed.

I am going to quickly share here all that I have been up to.  Some of these recipes are keepers and have been repeated already.

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

I have made this recipe three times now.  On my second attempt, I increased the amount of blueberries and used half a cup all-purpose flour and half a cup whole wheat.  I have decided that increasing the blueberries was a bad idea and won’t do that again.  There just wasn’t enough actual muffin compared to blueberries.  I will however continue with the whole wheat flour substitution.

Tender Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve made these muffins twice and will definitely keep them in my repertoire.  Both times I did not have buttermilk on hand, so substituted yoghurt.  They turned out great.  Next time though I think I’ll experiment with adding some cinnamon or other pumpkin pie spices.

Pumpkin French Toast

With left over pumpkin from the above recipe, you can make this!  I used the above recipe as inspiration and scaled it down for just me and my son (3 slices of bread).  The batter is really thick, but cooks just fine.  In subsequent versions I’ve added a bit of milk to thin it down, but it’s not necessary.  Just makes the batter go further.  My one year just love this!  I serve it to him plain, though I enjoy it with butter and syrup.

Parmesan-Crusted Haddock

Continuing on my quest to find a fish recipe, this was attempt #2.  There is a parmesan chicken recipe that we love that my husband suggested using for fish.  Not knowing if fish can be breaded the same way fish is, I decided to give this recipe a try instead.  We both agreed that it was good, but strange to be eating fish that tasted like chicken…

Panko Haddock

Fish attempt #3 – Success!  We have found a winner!  This will be my haddock recipe going forward, however there are still a few things to work out as this recipe is pretty vague.  This was my very first time using panko bread crumbs.  I really like them!  Though the recipe calls for way too much.  I used only 1 cup for 4 fillets and this was still too much.  The author suggests adding oregano, black pepper and ground mustard to the bread crumbs, but doesn’t suggest any quantities.  This is where I’ll focus my attention next time to try and perfect the flavour.

Pretzel M&M Hugs

My husband’s extended family gets together a few times and year.  Every time I agonize over what to bring, if anything.  I usually decide on bringing nothing.  This Christmas Eve, however, I brought this little treat which was recommended to me by a friend.  It was a big success with everyone!  I made these both with Hugs and Kisses.  The chocolates melt at different rates, so I recommend doing them in separate batches.  Christmas M&Ms don’t seem to exist in Canada, so just go to your local bulk food store and try to pick out of the bin as many red and green ones as you can without drawing attention to yourself.

The Raw Brownie

For Christmas Day I needed a gluten free, diabetic friendly dessert.  I sought out the advice of a friend who I knew would have some tried and tested recipes.  This one was highly recommended.  If you decide to give it a try make sure you have a large food processor.  I borrowed a little one from a friend and worked the poor thing until it was smoking!  The brownie was good and rich in flavour.  I was able to keep the leftovers for a second party with friends who loved it.  So give it a try.  But beware, the ingredients (though few) are expensive!

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