"They are not that sort of muffin," I replied.
We had just finished making muffins. Chocolate muffins. Savoury chocolate muffins. It was just that sort of dinner. I served Sylvia some rice that was actually cauliflower. It fooled my small girl. Just so long as she could add soy sauce. Not too much. While we ate, the muffins cooked, smelling for all the world like a sweet chocolate dessert but filled with salt and cheese rather than sugar.
muffins I had admired on Choclette's blog.
I had all the ingredients. Almost. I found I didn't have yoghurt. So I put a slurp of vinegar in some soy milk. My goats cheese didn't seem as soft and creamy as Choclette's. Hers sits in the muffins like cream cheese. Mine sat atop each muffin like a jaunty cap. If I had known I might have pushed them down into the batter or even crumbled the cheese over the top.
chocolate in savoury recipes. Yet this was a new idea and promised a totally different taste than I had ever had before.
E takes my unusual offerings in his stride. At first he thought the goats cheese on top was white chocolate. Then he surprised me with his notion that I had bought the muffins. As though there are lots of places you can buy such flavoured muffins. As though I don't bake most of the muffins we eat in our house.
cauliflower rice years ago - with purple cauliflower, which I highly recommend if you get the chance - and tried it in 'raw' mock fried rice. It is fun. I was drawn in by Jacqueline's lovely photo on Tinned Tomatoes.
Sylvia loves rice so much that she agreed to try it, despite it including onions, so long as she could have soy sauce with it. This affected the way I cooked it to be plainly flavoured so I could give her some before adding vegies. There was no hiding what I was doing. She watched me process the cauliflower into 'rice' in my blender. So I was delighted that she gobbled it up. I also really enjoyed it. We also added some chopped tomatoes and cooked broccoli on the side.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Plum almond tart
Two years ago: Strawberry muffins, new oven and an allergy
Three years ago: Apocalyptic Dreams, Hot Cross Buns and Banana Nute...
Four years ago: Pooh Bear Honey Slice
Five years ago: Pumpkin Apple and Sage Risotto
Savoury beetroot, carrot, chocolate and goats cheese muffins
Adapted from Chocolate Log Blog
250g grated carrots and beetroot (combined weight)
100g each white flour, wholemeal flour, almond meal
dash of cayenne pepper
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb
1/4 tsp salt
250ml soy milk including a capful of cider vinegar
100ml canola oil
100g goats cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 200 C and put paper cupcake liners into a 12 hole muffin tin.
Measure out milk with vinegar and set aside while you prepare the dry ingredients (I did this using a large jug). Mix the carrots, beetroots, flours, cocoa, cayenne pepper, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir eggs, oil and two thirds of the goats cheese into the milk mixture. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix until combined.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin (I filled my cupcake papers to the brim). Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Cauliflower rice with vegies
Adapted from Tinned Tomatoes
5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
3-4 medium beetroots, peeled and chopped
few glugs of olive oil, divided
generous pinch of lavender salt
leaves from 2-3 stalks of curly kale, thinly sliced
pinch of salt
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
1 small cauliflower, blitzed in food processor to resemble rice
1 tsp stock powder
50g feta cheese, crumbled
small handful walnuts, roughly chopped
Toss carrots, beetroots, olive oil and salt in a large roasting tin and roast til soft (90 - 120 minutes for me, possibly less for more powerful ovens). Set aside. Meanwhile toss kale in oil until coated on a heated frypan (medium heat). Add a pinch of salt and cook for a few minutes. Set aside. Fry onion in oil in the same frypan for about 5 to 10 minutes until cooked. Add garlic and fry another minute. Add cauliflower and stir a few minutes. Add water and stock powder. Gently simmer until cauliflower cooked and water absorbed (about 15 minutes minutes). [At this point I set aside some for Sylvia]. Stir through roast vegetables, kale, feta and walnuts.
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