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Delicious Morning

Started the day with Ginger Stem Nairn’s Oatcakes.  I’d only ever tried plain and cheese flavours before (when I lived in Scotland), but the store only offered desserty flavours. These were deeeelish. Lots of ginger bite in them.

Yesterday I read a post on Tasty Kitchen about cooking spaghetti squash, I’d never tried it before, so that was today’s lunch. I chose a medium-small one, and 350 degrees for 45 minutes wasn’t quite enough time, but it was edible.  I finely grated parmesan cheese and mixed in ground black pepper, then stirred that in with the squash. Also yum. I’d be very happy to use this as a side dish in the near future.

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Tea Cake

Tea Cake

My nametwin posted this delicious recipe on her flickr and now I want to try it.  Like, right now. Dangit, we just got back from the store and I didn’t buy any fruit but I have all the other ingredients.  I may have to make another run.  Or try with chocolate chips because I have those on hand?

2 oz butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
3/4 c. sugar (superfine or caster is best, if you have it)
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 ounces of fruit (My favorite is currants, but I’ve used raspberries, blackberries, plums… I keep meaning to just spread some marmalade on there and see what happens)

Grease a 9″ baking dish (I use either a spring-form pan or this cake pan where the bottom pops out) and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine, then blend in the milk.

Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just blended (do not over-mix at this stage or your cake will not be fluffy). Fold in fruit if you’re using something like berries, for plums wait until after the batter is transferred to the baking dish.

Transfer batter to baking dish and smooth out top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or about 35 minutes.

Tea Pot

Tea pot (blueberry tea about to brew)

Ooh! actually, I am pretty sure I have a jar of lemon curd that would work… once the cat stops being cute on my lap this is so getting made.

Update: 35 minutes was a little long in my oven, so I had to trim the base a little. Note to self for next time.  It is delicious with lemon curd though!

Snow Day Muffins

Snow day banana and chocolate chip muffins (yesterday's baking adventure)

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For dinner earlier this week I made Pan Fried Pork Tenderloin Chops from the recipe at How To Cook Like Your Grandmother, with a few variations.  They are easy and delicious! First you cut your pork loin in to slices about an inch thick, then you pound them flat (a very satisfying way to make dinner during a rough week), season. The recipe calls for salt and pepper, but I used some Memphis dry rub. Put butter in your pan (I used a stainless steel chef’s pan), heat it up.  I used what I thought was medium high heat, but I think it should have been hotter to get them nice and crispy on the outside. Put flour on a plate, dip both sides of the chop on the flour, cook in the pan.  I added a bit more dry rub while they were cooking.  And Huz added hot sauce while he was eating. Before serving I also made a quick pan sauce by adding vegetable stock (about a cup? whatever looks good and won’t just be soup), and some red wine (half cup? ish?) In the time it took to deglaze the pan my sauce thickened perfectly, in part because of the remaining floury bits. It was deeeelish! Also, though these are “fried” they didn’t seem particularly oily or heavy, just tasty 🙂

Kitchen adventures continued yesterday as I made delciously chewy ginger cookies (again, with a few small changes). As it was my first time using the recipe, and I was making them for my students, I stayed pretty close to the directions. I made the cookies themselves smaller, only about an inch in diameter, and instead of using refined sugar I used demerara, it seemed more festive I guess! Because the cookies were smaller I found that at around 10.5 minutes they were done. The students seemed to like them and I think I am making another batch tonight, just so that I can test for quality purposes of course.

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