Breakfast at J’s

April 20, 2009

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Photo credit: 1. spinach, 2. sweet potato slices

Scrambled eggs with spinach and scallions from the farmers market

Boiled sweet potatoes, cut into rounds

Greek yogurt with apricots, walnuts, and honey

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Blondies with Nuts & Fruit

April 9, 2009

Melt 2 sticks of butter in a saucepan. Turn off the heat, and stir in two cups of sugar, then 1 cup of flour. Beat 4 eggs in a glass, then stir them into the mixture. Add a couple of handfuls of nuts and dried fruit, pour the batter into a greased brownie pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the blondies are done.

I used macadamia nuts, dried cherries, dried apricots cut into quarters, and coconut, but there are lots of delicious things you could add instead. Here are some possible combinations:

Lemon zest, lemon juice, and almonds

Walnuts, raisins, chopped apples, and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg

Orange zest, orange juice, craisins, and pecans


How to Pack Lunch and Eat Breakfast Simultaneously

March 9, 2009

Ingredients in order of appearance: water, oatmeal, milk, dried apricots, apple, blue cheese, couscous, walnuts, almonds, carrots, Brazil nuts, grapes, orange.

Technique (aka cooking with your mouth full):

Put a pot of water on to boil. Better yet, switch on the electric teapot.

Pour some oatmeal and milk in a bowl. Microwave it for a minute.

Start chopping up a bunch of dried apricots and an apple.

Microwave the oatmeal for another minute. For some reason, this keeps my microwave from turning my oatmeal into a volcano.

Finish chopping up fruit. Chop up a wedge of blue cheese.

When the water boils, pour it over a bowl of couscous, and cover the bowl with a plate. You want a one-to-one ratio of couscous and boiling water, but I usually just eyeball it.

Dump the apples on top of the oatmeal, add some walnuts, and eat it while rummaging through the fridge for carrots and grapes. Put the carrots and grapes in a ziploc bag with some Brazil nuts. Make sure the grapes are on top.

Keep eating while you rummage around for an orange.

Check to see if the couscous has absorbed all the water. Couscous cooks in about five minutes, so it should be done by the time you’ve had half your oatmeal.

Scrape the couscous into a tupperware container, add the apricots and blue cheese, and top it off with a bunch of almonds.

Keep eating. Deposit all lunch items (couscous, carrots & nuts, orange) in backpack.

Scarf the last bite of oatmeal while tying shoes. Run for train.


Delightful Muffins

February 2, 2009

apricot-almond-craisin-citrus-mosaic

1. almonds 2. craisins 3. apricots 4. red lemon

I adore muffins. I made a batch this weekend and they were wonderful, full of apricots and almonds and craisins and orange.

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup orange juice

1 tsp vanilla

1 handful of dried apricots, cut into quarters

1 handful of craisins

1 handful of sliced almonds

Mix the dry ingredients together. Melt the butter and beat the egg. Add all the liquid ingredients and stir just enough to blend. Fold in the apricots, craisins, and almonds. If you have an orange or a lemon on hand, add a teaspoon of orange or lemon zest to the batter – I think it would be a good addition.

Spoon the batter into a buttered muffin tin and cook the muffins for 20 minutes or so in a 350 degree oven.

I recommend doubling the recipe – just freeze whatever you can’t eat.


This is Divine

January 15, 2009

Couscous with apricots, almonds, and blue cheese.

To make the couscous, put equal parts couscous and boiling water in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a plate and leave it to steam cook itself for five minutes.

Cut a bunch of dried apricots into quarters and crumble up a bit of blue cheese.

When the couscous has absorbed all the water, fluff it with a fork and stir in the apricots, blue cheese, and a bunch of almonds.

I like sliced or slivered almonds with this dish, but you could definitely use whole almonds instead, or a different kind of nut. (Or leave out the nuts altogether if you’re allergic to them.)