Are you, like me, amazed at the enormous number of recipes now available to the home cook? It appears that no matter what you read - magazines, newspapers, supplements, advertising, even real estate listing publications - they all now include something to cook. Online recipes - dare I even go there - from thousands of food/cooking blogs which offer recipes from every part of the world. I do love looking when the photos often include scenery away from the kitchen stove or counters - they often bring more interest for me aside from the actual recipe. Last, but definitely not least, there are of course several new, usually expensive 'you have to buy me' cook books published every day of the week it seems.
I love to cook, and bake, and, on flipping through the latest copy of a local magazine which had a lovely article on blueberries - the season here for local picking of 'blues' is coming up now as the strawberry season ends - there was the recipe! With an abundance of fresh farm eggs and and blueberries on hand I couldn't resist trying the Blueberry Streusel Muffins. . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . even though I was not planning to bake a thing this past week!
We've really been overdoing the sweet things in life, using lockdown as the
excuse for putting on a few pounds, whereas perhaps it's really only from
eating more of the wrong things and moving less!
Antique Wedgwood Etruria "LACE" pattern soup bowl. Markings date it
prior 1860 - so one of my oldest pieces of china. Has a major crack so I
only use for display.
These muffins were more involved in the making than my easy
Old Fashioned Bluberry Muffin recipe used for at least 40 years, enjoyed
and used by all who try them.
The topping with extra butter, sugar and flour is just not needed, made the
muffin heavier, more greasy, and of course much higher in calories!
Tasty, but I will definitely go back to my original recipe. . . . . . . . . . proof
that the old fashioned things in life are often still the best!
Yesterday, farmer friend Linda, now getting plenty of eggs again from her chickens
after a couple of weeks of them going broody and not laying, drove into town.
We met in a parking lot wearing masks and gloves - along with other customers
doing the same - and I came home with two dozen beautiful eggs.
Cooking and baking is on the horizon again, along with more walking perhaps!!!!!
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, usually a family/friends get together cheerful holiday.
This year is a lot different for many of us still choosing not to rush out and gather
in a group as many have started to do.
Our day will be just another day here at home, but we will fire up the grill, fly the flag
on the front porch, enjoy a hot, sunny day. . . . . . . and again be so very thankful
for our garden refuge.
We will also remember the true reason for the day and hope you and your
loved ones, even if apart, do the same.