Shortly after moving to East Texas, I learned one of the locals’ favorite sayings: if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change.” Consider our past three days of weather for veritable proof: hot and sunny Wednesday, chilly and rainy Thursday, cold and snowing Friday. I’ve chucked my sandals to the back of the closet in favor of fleece-lined clogs; at least until tomorrow.
Like the weather, I’m in flux: I’ve changed my mind about posting, at least for this morning, abandoning thoughts of dinner in favor of baking. I figure such a move is tolerable considering the weather, and what awaits this afternoon: my first root canal. I’ve kept it from all of you these past few days; how does one slip shooting pain and groggy drugged-ness into the conversation? Perhaps a few days of tofu explains it all.
Experiencing a toothache, noting its accompanying crankiness, slows the food blogger down, makes her pay attention to her work until, finally, she lands on a subject that will both satisfy readers and render a product that is easily chewed on one side of the mouth. So as we all head into the weekend (especially one where an hour’s sleep will be lost), I propose a quick baking cure and muffins for all.
I like eating muffins for weekend breakfasts; I don’t like making muffins on weekend mornings. I prefer putzing and paper-reading. So I’m making the scones now to re-heat tomorrow, and eating one or two today for a dose of pre-root canal comfort (Am I on to something here? Pre-dental-work food?)
I have a large bag of almond meal in my freezer (taking up a lot of room!); I have been meaning to use it to make some baked goods (for the protein and healthy fat, plus great flavor), so I decided to use it to make muffins. And because I love pumpkin (all year long), I made pumpkin almond meal muffins.
Oh. My. Goodness. These may be the best muffins I have ever made, and I have made many a muffin. Dense, but not heavy, deeply flavor and perfectly moist. They are serious delicious!
I’m still figuring out what to do about dinner. I’m thinking mush is the right direction. Or perhaps I will simply eat another muffin :). Happy baking!