February 21st, 2020

Morning. So far

It was in the low 30's this morning.  I opened the door to let Zoe, the dog, out and both cats came in.  No idea when they decided to go out but I'm thinking they were very happy for the blankets on the porch.  There was no wind and they can snuggle under the blankets and, after all, there are a lot of animals out in the cold.  And they didn't wake me up for a change.  My wife would be agitated were she to find out.  But she won't.

I had a hankering for blueberry muffins and the store bought ones are too sweet and oily.  We don't have a decent bakery around here unlike my sister susandennis  who has a plethora of them.  So I bought some blueberries yesterday and grabbed a recipe this morning from the Knights Flour book.  I used some yogurt instead of milk since that was a recipe option.  Greek yogurt.  Good protein addition.  But way too thick to sub for milk.  So I had muffin paste.  I added some milk to make a semblance of batter and, blueberries being what they are, when I stirred it some more it all turned purple.  They are baking right now.  Picture to follow.

One of the up sides to being by myself is I don't really care and it was a good exercise.  I think half yogurt and half milk might have done well but overmixing it definitely not beneficial to a visually inspiring muffin.   

Muffin results

As mrdreamjeans points out, taste is paramount.  And with a pinch of cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top with the butter, these are delicious.  Turned out the liquid adjustment required some more cooking time.  Notes added to the recipe.  There will be more experiments.

When my previous wife became my ex about 23 years ago she kept the bread machine.  I was annoyed but in true zen fashion the barn had burnt down and I could see the sky.  I learned how to bake from scratch.  Flour, salt, water, some yeast and a wooden bowl to begin making bread.  My new, improved wife agrees that taste is everything but, of course I love the process and am never fully satisfied with the results.  These surprised me, though.  Not so purple after all. 

A little purple inside but not as ugly as I thought they'd be.
A little purple inside but not as ugly as I thought they'd be.

Clearly, though.  We need to experiment some more.  I suspect the neighbors will be happy beneficiaries of the extras.