Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yellows Blues and Reds

Violette Crumble Double Corn Peach Muffins:

1 cup buttermilk, warmed
1/2 cup plus 1 tbl cornmeal
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tbl zest from organic lemons (probably 2 lemons- non organic rinds are pretty bad so skip the lemon if you can't find organic)
2 eggs
splash of vanilla
3 ripe peaches, skinned and cut into chunks (blueberries also work great)

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Warm the buttermilk on low heat and add 1/2 cup cornmeal, mix & set aside.
3. Whisk remaining cornmeal with dry ingredients.
4. Cream softened butter, add sugar, then lemon zest, then vanilla, then eggs.
5. Add soaked cornmeal and buttermilk.
6. Add dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
7. Add peaches.

Fill muffin trays (this makes about 12 muffins) and place in oven. Check after 18 minutes. Tops should be lightly golden brown.

A good thing to use the de-skinned lemon on is a nice Violette Crumble Quinoa Salad:

Juice from 1 lemon
1 cup quinoa
3 beets- I used three different types, but they all tasted the same
Chopped pecans
Dried cherries
2 scallions
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

1. Boil, skin, and slice the beets. Marinate them in some lemon juice and olive oil for a couple of hours.
2. Prepare quinoa (follow box directions or boil 2 cups water with quinoa, turn heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes until all water is absorbed).
3. Chop up scallions, and throw it all together. Mix in more olive oil and lemon juice to taste.

Our bedrooms walls are my favorite Tiffany blue:
I bought these Anthropologie knobs for the closet doors. Too bad you can't really tell in this shot.

Harlan's crib is still beneath my favorite collages from One Good Bumblbee:

Not yellow red or blue but still new and very cute: Decole mushroom timer and magnetic picture holder, placed upon stove top:

Looking for some really beautiful music? I just bought this CD:

Perla Batalla sings in Spanish and her voice will send chills down your spine. I bought the CD after hearing her rendition of Cucurrucucu Paloma, one of my favorite songs ever.

Looking for a fantastic read with pictures that will also help fill you in on recent Iranian history?

Read Marjane Satrapi's Autobiographical graphic novels Persepolis 1 and 2. I just finished the sequel and must say that I enjoyed it even more than the first book. In the sequel Marjane leaves Iran to live in Austria during the 80's as a teen and boy did she have some good adventures.


Kim said...

J, You really have an impeccable aesthetic. I've said it before, but each additional thing that I've seen you design has reinforced this for me.

I'll be baking these muffins this weekend if peaches or nectarines are still around (as they were this weekend). They sound fabulous, and I'm jealous of your access to Texas peaches!

Angelina said...

Tiffany blue is such a great color.

Those muffins look good! Peaches are just about done here but maybe I can find a couple of good ones to make these with.

Lindellica said...

Now I am starving, those muffins look so good! I'm up to roasting a chicken, but I think baked goods are still beyond my ken. Also, I have no whisk. Or mixer...

Keep the updates coming! I miss you...

DarylE said...

OMG ... so yummy even the tschkas! And I did it ..check me out .. and be kind, I am still finding my way artistically as well as ... well you'll see .. http://onthem104.blogspot.com/

jen said...

oh my goodness, this post made me hungry! gotta find a snack now...

LOVE that blue color too.