Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Competing With the Cafeteria
I don't know how many of you out there have kids, but this one was a lesson well learned! I cook and bake all the time. It is a rare occasion for the kids to have to ask for anything to be baked around here. I always get excited when someone actually asks for something different because I always shy away from stepping outside of the box. Normally when I do that, I either have to eat the whole thing by myself or throw it out if it has dairy in it. Well, a few months ago, Max (my youngest) came home from school and asked if I ever made blueberry muffins before. He had one at school (it was breakfast for lunch day) and he like it. I was super excited because the illustrator is not a huge fan of blueberry muffins and I thought I was going to have a partner to eat them with! No such luck! After working on this recipe for something I thought would be good and would hit the spot...I was the only one to eat them. Then I started thinking...hello, it was the cafeteria. It was most likely at box recipe and I bet the blueberries were dehydrated. So, after eating them all by myself...I am going to try a different route. I am not above boxed baked goods, I just have this thing about wanting to be able to make things from scratch. I still have not perfected the brownies (the illustrator says that the boxed ones are the best), but I will defeat the blueberry muffin! I will let you know when I get it where I want it!
As a foot note, the illustrator said that he did like the flavor and texture, but not the crushed cereal on top. That was one the problems Max had too. I think next time I will maybe use smaller blueberries (or dried) and maybe a crumble topping or turbinado sugar on top...


posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:39 PM  
  • At January 23, 2008 at 8:24 PM, Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said…

    I would DEFINITELY pick your blueberry muffins over packaged ones!! they look amazing!!

  • At January 23, 2008 at 11:47 PM, Blogger Alisa said…

    I so hear you. I still remember the jumbo blueberry muffins they made at my high school (and it has been...ahem...just a few years). They were pure heaven. Yet the very idea of trying to imitate those pillowy indulgences using real "from scratch" ingredients, seems like merely a fantasy!

  • At January 24, 2008 at 9:11 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Veggiegirl, they really were good! Max would not even try them because they did not look like the ones at school...his loss!

    Alisa, I am going to take that challenge! You will have a recipe soon!

  • At January 25, 2008 at 2:11 PM, Blogger jko said…

    OHMIG I LOVE YOUR BLOG! It's so cute...(if that's not a compliment, then I meant to say graphically attractive). =)

    Your blueberry muffins look yum and the presents from the last post look so beautiful..

    BTW, I think the word refrigerated (on the bottom of your graphic) doesn't have a d...but not sure?

  • At January 27, 2008 at 9:59 AM, Blogger urban vegan said…

    They look great to me. All taste is acquired--except for our love of sugar, which is innate. ADjusting to different things--especially healthy muffins--can take time.

  • At January 28, 2008 at 8:23 PM, Blogger ChocolateCoveredVegan said…

    Those look so much better than packaged muffins. I would've helped you eat them hehe.

  • At January 31, 2008 at 6:04 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Miniplum - Thank you for the comments! I will let the illustrator know about the spelling!

    Urban Vegan - You are completely right. I do sneak things in from time to time. A little bit ges a long way and for goodness sake, don't make it look healthy!

    ChocolateCoveredVegan - I could have used your help!

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