Archive | April, 2013

Blueberry Pomegranate Microwave Muffins

30 Apr

And here’s the final entry for my April baking craze…

I’ve had a pomegranate sitting in my fridge for an embarrassingly long time, and no idea what to do with it.  So, I decided to make another batch of muffins, last week, to use up the seeds.

By the way, if you’ve ever wondered how to get the seeds out of a pomegranate with no mess and no fuss?

Fill a big bowl with cool water. Submerge your pomegranate, and cut it in half with a sharp knife.  Once it’s halved, use your fingers to scoop out the seeds and crack the fruit further open, all underwater.  The seeds sink to the bottom, while the pith and peel float to the top.  Simply skim off the chunks of pith and peel, at the end, and drain your seeds.  You’re all set, with no juice staining your fingers, your table, or your clothes.

The following recipe is adapted from one found here.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Microwave Muffins

30 Apr

Since I’ve apparently decided April was microwave baking month, for me, I’ll round it out with the other two microwave muffin recipes I tried, this month.  These both were hits, though I’d advise having a big glass of milk ready to go, when you eat this one!  This recipe was adapted from one I found here.

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Strawberry Banana Cream Cheese Microwave Muffins

21 Apr

strawberrybananamuffins001My best purchase, recently, has been a set of silicone muffin-cups.  They’re safe for microwave use as well as oven use, and the Rum Double Chocolate Microwave Brownies come out like a dream, with them. Using them is much, much more convenient than using a mug, too.  Anyway, I’ve been doing more experimentation with microwave ‘baking’, using them.  In one round, I made the brownie recipe but added about half a cup of chopped kumquat I had left over from the salsa, and let me tell you, dark chocolate, coconut rum, and kumquats? Great pairing.  In the next, I could no longer find kumquats in my neighborhood, so bought a carton of strawberries instead, and made a rum-less version to use up some milk chocolate chips I wanted to get rid of.  That variation was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but they seemed to go over well at work.

Anyway, all of this left me with most of a carton of strawberries to use up before they went bad, and then someone gave me a couple of bananas, which I don’t usually eat on their own.  I decided to kill two birds with one stone and whip up something using both fruits.  Google, as usual, led me to a helpful recipe, and I figured I might as well discover whether an oven-baking recipe would work in the microwave as well.

(Spoiler alert: It did.)

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Kumquat Salsa

3 Apr

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So I’ve been playing more with photography, lately.  The other day, I happened to pass a fruit stall on the street and saw these (okay, I’m going to be stereotypical and say adorable) little citrus fruits heaped in baskets for less than $3. I honestly wasn’t what they were, at first.  I came home and googled about my confusion, and it turned out they were in fact kumquats, which I had never seen before that I could recall.  The obvious solution? Buy some the next morning. They were tiny and adorable, okay.

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