Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Market, Carrot Muffins, and a WINNER!

This past Saturday at the market meant a few new things, and a whole lot more people! While the sun wasn't exactly shining it was not raining and nearly 55 degrees, so the market was full of people!

The offerings were pretty much the same as last week; onions, leeks, potatoes, kale, but some chives and radishes were starting to make an appearance along with these - 


....what?!?!? I have heard of them and eaten them before, but had never seen them in their whole, raw state. They look a lot like fresh ginger, but cook and taste similar to a potato. I was grateful that Rabbit Fields Farm provided recipe ideas and cooking directions. 

My loot for the week: 

Kale, chives, bok choy, potatoes, onions, sunchokes, jalapeƱo cheese, and apple chipotle sauce and a raspberry chocolate jam which I plan to use in some future muffins.  

After I got home and put away my loot I cleaned, started some laundry, and spent the afternoon baking. Lately we have been sticking with our favorite bread recipe, the honey whole wheat, but I bought some seeds and am excited to try a new seeded bread recipe soon! 

And speaking of a new recipe... I made carrot muffins!!!! 

I got the recipe from here. The ingredients aren't as overwhelming as they look... don't worry. 

Carrot Muffins 
Dry ingredients:                                              Wet ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups flour                                              1 1/2 cups grated carrots 
1 cup sugar                                                     3 eggs 
1 1/2 tsp baking soda                                     2/3 cup oil 
1 tsp baking powder                                      1/2 cup chopped walnuts 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp each of salt, nutmeg, ginger  

Optional cream cheese filling: 
4oz cream cheese 
1 egg yolk 
1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp vanilla 

I grated three whole carrots... 

Mixed the dry ingredients... 

Then the wet ingredients... 

Then all together.... 

Into the muffin pan with a little extra runny cream cheese filling. It just didn't work out for me... I don't know what happened. I think perhaps I didn't isolate the egg yolk well enough. 

But I baked them at 350F for 25 minutes... and while they didn't turn out like the pictures from the recipe... they were mouth-wateringly delicious!!! 

I ate 2 of them right away, warm and fresh from the oven... and then had another for breakfast this morning. They were wonderful despite the cream cheese filling mishap. Perhaps I will just leave that out next time all together. Or I'll figure it out. 


Oh right, and I was going to announce the winner. Ok, so perhaps I put this on the bottom to build up some suspense.... 

The Winner from the Birthday Dinner Contest is.... 

John Bessey with 7 correct answers! 

The entries seemed to all make their way into my inbox rather than as a comment... it appears that people did not want others to cheat off of their answers. John - just let me know what kind of cookies you would like and your mailing address and they will be on their way later this week! 

The correct answers are: 

BEVERAGES (Hint: two people enjoyed the same beverage.) 
Jenn: Cabernet 
Ross: Fish Tale Organic Amber
Dad: Fish Tale Organic Amber Beer 

Jenn: Mac'n'cheese 
Ross: Nimbus Slider 
Dad: Organic Greens Salad 
Shared: Truffle Fries 

Jenn: Parmesan Poached Alaskan Halibut 
Ross: Whole Roaster Oregon Quail 
Dad: Pan Seared Desire Fish Co. Salmon

DESSERT (hint: two people shared one dessert) 
Jenn: Carrot Cake
Ross: Carrot Cake 
Dad: Lime in the Coconut 

I found it interesting that everyone thought I had the salad; must be because you all know I love my veggies! Ross was the adventurous one who ordered the whole quail. And as a point of interest - Ross and I are NOT fans of coconut in the least - that's all my dad. I don't we've ever really had coconut in our house. Sorry to all you coconut lovers about there. Thanks to those of you who entered!!! =) 


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I think the only one I got right was Ross on the Quail.