I've filled water bottles and put them in the fridge, filled the tub with water, we have milk, eggs, bread, spirits and cider... Next order of business is making brownies. :) Because heating the house up sounded like a good idea, in case we lose power. ;) (The whole system depends on electricity to kick it off.)

So, memo to myself: Last time we made brownies it was Betty Crocker's gluten free mix, and it was very good - same as regular brownies, you wouldn't know they were gluten free. This time we're trying Pamela's, and I know we've tried them before but I don't recall what the result was. I'm going to edit this post later so I'll have a record.

I just looked back to make sure I didn't already have a record of having tried Pamela's before, and found several recipes I want to make again. :)

ETA: Pamela's has about six different variations one can try on the back of the bag, and we tried the 'Butteriest,' today. Tasty, but dry and crumbly - much more toward what I would have called 'Cakey,' although that's a different variation. Next time we intend to try the 'Fudgiest' variation - no butter or eggs, just a LOT of oil and a little water, I think.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Mar. 6th, 2012 07:39 pm)
I'm trying, this evening, to make Innocentsmith's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies - the Derien Gluten Free Version.

Right now they look like puddles with a pile of chocolate chips in the middle of each.

ETA: yummy failcrumbs. :)
Now that I think about it, I might have done this once before.

I decided to make a cornbread this evening, and thought I would save on dishes by mixing the liquid ingredients first, then adding the dry ingredients to them. I figured I might have to break up some lumps and mix it a little more. Instead what happened was that the dough came out really runny and never cooked all the way. It was close to burning on the top, so I took it out and it was still running liquid in the center. Not just soft. So, of course, I ate the center, with a cup of tea alongside, and called it pudding; it was delicious, actually, though now I feel a little sick because it was so sweet. I think the only other change I made was twice as much honey as usual, and I could swear I did that when I made it at Eor's sister's house at Christmas, too.

I guess method is important.

File under: I make these mistakes so you don't have to.

In other news - it was a holiday, so I got to work uninterupted. :) I talked with people a lot and got feedback about their problems with the training website, and made books for them to practice from in order to get ready for the upcoming testing, and it really felt productive. Sometimes I wish all the bigwigs could have their offices in a different building. The only drawback was that the secretary and the back-up keyholding office guy were both gone so we couldn't get into the cabinet to get out tissues in order to blow our noses.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Nov. 9th, 2009 02:52 pm)
Well, I'm home today. *eye rolls* Yeah, let's not even go there. It's far too soon for me to be sick again. Nope, it's not swine flu, though two of our guys were down with it on Friday.

So, to somewhat mitigate my not being at work today I baked muffins, walked on the treadmill, did a little stretching, and am now hopefully going out for a short walk to return some misdirected mail, then coming back to do some work on that paperwork for the doctor's appointment, Friday.

Oh, I thought I was rebuilding the carrot muffin recipe which went missing in the great computer crash, so I started with a spice cake recipe which I figured was the thing I had adapted before and worked from there. They came out good, if a little spicier than I remembered, so I saved my changes under the name carrot muffins... and found there already was such a file. It wasn't the carrot muffin file that had gone missing, it was the corn muffin. Damn. And no kidding the new carrot muffins ARE a little spicier - a quarter again more flour mix and twice as much ginger. Still, my mouth is doing a happy dance because I like ginger. ;) But next time, less butter - 2 sticks is a lot. I mean, it tastes great, but can't be good for me.

Must get Eor to post on the recipes website when I've made my further tweaks. Here's my version for now if you're interested, though as I say it may need more adapting:

Carrot Muffins

2C Amaranth flour
1/2C Almond meal
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger (V. spicey! Can get away with less.)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1C dark brown sugar
1/2C milk
3 large eggs (could most likely get away with only 1)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1C (2 sticks) butter, melted (probably can use just 1)

Shred carrot into a smaller bowl. Add sticks of butter and microwave until near melted. Mix and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 325F.

In large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.

Add milk and vanilla to carrot and butter, and if it's cool enough to not cook them, beat in eggs.

ETA: Combine wet and dry ingredients!

Ladle into 16 muffin cups.

Bake for about 25 min.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Mar. 16th, 2009 09:21 pm)
I was teaching today, so got home early and had time to do three rounds of dishes. And make more. I've made amaranth cake, by using my standard cornbread recipe and substituting amaranth flour for corn meal. (I'm no brilliant cook - I figure I'll work with what I know and adapt from there.) The cornbread often comes out a little dry, but this is gooey, reminds me a little of apple cake, and I think it's awesome. Eor says that he can see why I'd like it, as it has a lot of flavor, but that he gets an aftertaste of something like sand, as well. Ah well, we can't all like things, I guess. I'll either eat this all by myself (not hard) or share it with my coworkers (who will probably like it, they're not picky).

I don't usually post recipes, but if for some reason I ever lose the recipe I'm working from I want to have some kind of backup.

amaranth cake - or cornbread )

ETA 2/8/2013: I think later we determined that the sandy flavor came from the amaranth.


derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
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