Monday, November 26, 2018

Let's Make All Roasted Brassicas Delicious

This method works on all vegetables that take well to roasting - in particular, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Turn your oven up to 375F (and if you have a convection setting, pop that on as well). Take the equivalent of a large head of cauliflower, cut it up into small pieces (for cabbages, it works well to slice it into wedges that are still attached to the stem at the bottom), and toss it on a generously olive-oiled baking sheet so that all the little vegetable pieces get a light coating of oil. Throw the whole pan in the oven and cook for 25 minutes. Take the pan out, flip all the vegetable pieces so that you start getting nice browned edges everywhere, and then roast for another 10 minutes.

Take all the ingredients below, except for the mint and cilantro, and whisk in a small bowl. When the vegetables are done roasting, toss all of the veg in a large bowl, and throw all the mint and cilantro in, as well as some dressing to taste. Keep adding dressing until you think the whole thing is salty and sour and delicious enough.


1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar (brown or white)
1 small chili, minced
1/2 clove garlic, minced

handful of mint
handful of cilantro

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  • Adapted from Allrecipes

  • Ingredients for muffins:

  • 1 cup (140 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) whole wheat flour
  • 2/5 cup (75 g) white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
1/3 cup (82 g) milk
  • 2 apples - cored and chopped

  • Ingredients for topping:

  • 1/4 cup (25 g) white sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. From the list of ingredients for muffins, stir together all-purpose and whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix in oil, egg and milk. Fold in apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together ingredients for the topping: sugar, flour, butter and  cinnamon. Mix together with fork and sprinkle over unbaked muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
I made a lot of adjustments from the original recipe - swapping out some whole wheat flour for white, cutting the sugar in the muffins, leaving the apple peels on, and halving the amount of topping. This makes muffins that are just sweet enough to be dessert, but could also be happily eaten for breakfast without feeling too guilty...