Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Blossom Tea Honey Buns #BreadBakers

Made with a fragrant tea mix of hibiscus, rose and orange blossoms, paired with ginger and apple, these blossom tea honey buns have a subtle floral note that goes excellently with a hot cup of tea.

Food Lust People Love: Made with a fragrant tea mix of hibiscus, rose and orange blossoms, paired with ginger and apple, these blossom tea honey buns have a subtle floral note that goes excellently with a hot cup of tea.  For these blossom tea honey buns, I used a Tiesta tea  that my grocery store called Ginger Sweet Peach, despite the complete lack of peaches in the mix. You can use your favorite fruit infusion to make these buns.

Yesterday for Mother’s Day we hosted a backyard cookout. The menu included chicken, sausage and pork ribs, along with two substantial salads, garlic bread and my world-famous lentil burgers for the vegetarian contingent. My lentil burger recipe calls for 1 cup or 210g of uncooked lentils, which usually means buying a box or bag and dealing with leftovers.

Now that I’m back in the States, I am discovering the joys of the self-serve  bulk food department of my neighborhood stores. Not that we didn’t have bulk foods in Dubai, but I wasn’t allowed to help myself. It’s such fun to use the little scoop and measure out just how much I need for a recipe. I was able to buy exactly 210g of French lentils and now I don’t have a box in the cupboard with leftovers that are never enough for another recipe.

Another bonus of the bulk foods is the fabulous mix of teas and infusions available. They all sound and smell wonderful but I especially love the ones with ginger.

Blossom Tea Honey Buns

For these blossom tea honey buns, I used a Tiesta tea that my grocery store called Ginger Sweet Peach, despite the complete lack of peaches in the mix. You can use your favorite fruit infusion to make these buns.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons blossom tea or your favorite mix
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup or 60ml honey
1/4 cup or 50g white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 envelope (1/4 oz or 7g) active dry yeast
2 3/4 cup or 350g bread flour
1 cup or 110g whole grain rolled oats

1 egg, beaten, for brushing on buns before baking
Optional for decoration: honey and extra tea leaves

Method
First, brew your tea by adding 1 1/4 cups of boiling water to the tea mix. Steep for 5 minutes then strain and discard the tea mix. Check out that gorgeous color!

Add in the honey and butter and stir till the honey is dissolved.

Mix white sugar and yeast in a large bowl. When the liquid has cooled to a lukewarm temperature, add it to bowl containing the sugar and yeast. Leave to prove for a few minutes.

When the yeast starts to foam, mix in the flour, oats and salt.



Knead until you have a smooth dough ball. This is a soft dough but don’t be tempted to add more flour. The rolled oats will need that moisture as the dough is kneaded and then rises.

Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Put it in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.



Divide and form the dough into 10 balls and place them on a baking pan lined with baking parchment. Make sure to leave some space for rising. Since our theme is flowers, I made a last minute decision to make a larger bun out of two balls of dough so I could lay them out in a flower shape. So, as you can see in the photos, I only made nine buns out of mine.

Cover the bun pan with a proofing bag or clean garbage bag. Leave to the buns to rise for 30 more minutes.

When dough has almost finished rising, preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Brush the tops of the buns with beaten egg.



Bake for 17-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown, turning your pan around halfway through so they will brown evenly. Remove the buns from the oven.

Food Lust People Love: Made with a fragrant tea mix of hibiscus, rose and orange blossoms, paired with ginger and apple, these blossom tea honey buns have a subtle floral note that goes excellently with a hot cup of tea.  For these blossom tea honey buns, I used a Tiesta tea  that my grocery store called Ginger Sweet Peach, despite the complete lack of peaches in the mix. You can use your favorite fruit infusion to make these buns.


Optional: While the buns are still warm, brush them with some honey and sprinkle with a few tea leaves for decoration.

Food Lust People Love: Made with a fragrant tea mix of hibiscus, rose and orange blossoms, paired with ginger and apple, these blossom tea honey buns have a subtle floral note that goes excellently with a hot cup of tea.  For these blossom tea honey buns, I used a Tiesta tea  that my grocery store called Ginger Sweet Peach, despite the complete lack of peaches in the mix. You can use your favorite fruit infusion to make these buns.


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Made with a fragrant tea mix of hibiscus, rose and orange blossoms, paired with ginger and apple, these blossom tea honey buns have a subtle floral note that goes excellently with a hot cup of tea.  For these blossom tea honey buns, I used a Tiesta tea  that my grocery store called Ginger Sweet Peach, despite the complete lack of peaches in the mix. You can use your favorite fruit infusion to make these buns.


Many thanks to this month’s Bread Bakers host is Mireille of Schizo Chef. She challenged us to bake with flowers. Check out all the lovely recipes:


Pin these Blossom Tea Honey Buns!

Food Lust People Love: Made with a fragrant tea mix of hibiscus, rose and orange blossoms, paired with ginger and apple, these blossom tea honey buns have a subtle floral note that goes excellently with a hot cup of tea.  For these blossom tea honey buns, I used a Tiesta tea  that my grocery store called Ginger Sweet Peach, despite the complete lack of peaches in the mix. You can use your favorite fruit infusion to make these buns.
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Cheesy Grilled Corn Tartlets #BakingBloggers

These cheesy grilled corn tartlets boast grilled fresh corn, melty Saint Félicien cheese and a pretty slice of tomato on top, baked up in a flakey puff pastry crust.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy grilled corn tartlets boast grilled fresh corn, melty Saint Félicien cheese and a pretty slice of tomato on top, baked up in a flakey puff pastry crust. We ate these little beauties as a main course, alongside salad and green beans, but they would also be perfect for a special tea party or brunch.


Growing up mostly in the United States, I was spoiled with ample sweet corn every summer. When the first ears would start appearing at farm stands and grocery stores, we would eat it often. Boiled briefly, embuttered, with a sprinkling of salt and black pepper.

What I didn’t realize until I moved overseas was that not every country feels the same way about corn on the cob as we do.

In France and Brazil in particular, corn is cow feed. The varieties they grew, at least when I lived there, were not sweet or juicy. An Australian friend once told me the story of serving up sweet corn on the cob to her French in-laws. They stared at their plates in horror, not even knowing where to start. At first she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Then, thinking that the cob was the problem, she sliced the niblets off for them, but still they picked at the corn, just to be polite. Mais, non, people don’t eat cow feed! My friend and I had a good laugh but we both agreed that there is nothing better than good sweet corn, eaten right off the cob.

Now that I’m home in Houston again, that tradition continues. Just recently fresh sweet corn was on sale: six ears for only one dollar! After the high prices of imported sweet Australian corn in Dubai, I was in heaven. I bought 36. My husband and I ate sweet corn for days and, I tell you, friends, it was glorious.

Cheesy Grilled Corn Tartlets

Sweet corn is fabulous just on its own but if you want to get fancy, grill it on a grill pan or over a charcoal fire to add a smoky flavor, then cut the niblets off and use it in cheesy grilled corn tartlets. We ate these little beauties as a main course, alongside salad and green beans, but they would also be perfect for a special tea party or brunch.

Ingredients for 6 individual tartlets (4 in or 10cm)
2 small ears corn or sub 3/4 cup or 150g frozen niblets, thawed
150g strong flavored, melty cheese like Saint Félicien or Camembert
Small bunch green onions, finely sliced, plus extra for garnish - optional
1 ripe but firm large tomato
2 eggs
1/4 cup or 60ml cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
few grinds fresh black pepper
8 3/4 oz or 250g ready rolled puff pastry sheet

Method
Use a grill pan over a medium high heat to grill your corn on the cob. Turn every couple of minutes until there are some nice charred marks all over the cobs. I used two for the tartlets and ate two with butter. So good!


Set aside to cool.  When cool enough to handle, cut the niblets off of the cobs. Mince your green onions and set aside a small pile for garnish. Cut the rind off of your cheese, if it has one. Then cut the cheese into small pieces. Set aside a small pile for adding to the tartlets just before baking.



Slice your tomato into six circles and lay them out on paper towels to get rid of excess juice.

Preheat your oven to 375°F or 190°C. Prepare your tartlet pans by cutting out little circles of baking parchment and placing them in the bottom of the pans. This will make removing the tartlets much easier.

Unroll your puff pastry sheet and cut it into six equal pieces. Fit the puff pastry into each pan. Press down on the pastry all around the edges and remove the excess.


In a medium mixing bowl, whisk your eggs together with the cream, salt, corn, green onions and cheese. Give the bowl a few good grinds of fresh black pepper.


Put the lined tart pans on a cookie sheet. Use a measuring cup to distribute the filling relatively evenly in the six tartlets. Top each with a slice of tomato, then sprinkle on the reserved cheese.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy grilled corn tartlets boast grilled fresh corn, melty Saint Félicien cheese and a pretty slice of tomato on top, baked up in a flakey puff pastry crust. We ate these little beauties as a main course, alongside salad and green beans, but they would also be perfect for a special tea party or brunch.


Pop the tartlets in your preheated oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until pastry and filling are both golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy grilled corn tartlets boast grilled fresh corn, melty Saint Félicien cheese and a pretty slice of tomato on top, baked up in a flakey puff pastry crust. We ate these little beauties as a main course, alongside salad and green beans, but they would also be perfect for a special tea party or brunch.


Run the point of a knife or wooden skewer around the edges of the tartlets to loosen the crust. Carefully remove the tartlets from the pans.

Sprinkle on the reserved green onions for garnish, if desired, and serve warm or at room temperature.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy grilled corn tartlets boast grilled fresh corn, melty Saint Félicien cheese and a pretty slice of tomato on top, baked up in a flakey puff pastry crust. We ate these little beauties as a main course, alongside salad and green beans, but they would also be perfect for a special tea party or brunch.


This month my Baking Blogger friends are all sharing recipes that are perfect for a tea party. You can check them all out in the links below. Many thanks to our host this month, Sue of Palatable Pastime!

Baking Bloggers is a friendly group of food bloggers who vote on a shared theme and then post recipes to fit that theme one the second Monday of each month. If you are a food blogger interested in joining in, inquire at our Baking Bloggers Facebook group. We'd be honored if you would join us in our baking adventures.

Pin these Cheesy Grilled Corn Tartlets!


Food Lust People Love: These cheesy grilled corn tartlets boast grilled fresh corn, melty Saint Félicien cheese and a pretty slice of tomato on top, baked up in a flakey puff pastry crust. We ate these little beauties as a main course, alongside salad and green beans, but they would also be perfect for a special tea party or brunch.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Ham and Honey Mustard Muffins #MuffinMonday

These ham and honey mustard muffins are the perfect breakfast or snack for anyone who loves honey mustard glazed ham at Christmas. Why not enjoy those flavors all year round, in muffin form?

Food Lust People Love: These ham and honey mustard muffins are the perfect breakfast or snack for anyone who loves honey mustard glazed ham at Christmas. The honey and mustard are the perfect complement to the smoky chunks of ham in these savory muffins. Use a good quality baked ham, not just sandwich slices for the best tasting muffins.


I almost didn’t participate in this month’s Muffin Monday. More than a month ago, before we moved away from Dubai, I baked these ham and honey mustard muffins. I figured that I would be so busy near the end of April that baking might not be possible. And I hate to miss Muffin Monday!

Sure enough, things have been crazy here. Our shipment arrived on Saturday and we are up to our ears in stuff to put away. This house is just not big enough! (Or more likely, we have too much stuff, but I'm trying not to think about that.) Finally last night I got around to writing this post and editing the photos. Much to my horror, the ham and honey mustard muffin folder was full of the wrong pictures! I had deleted the right ones by accident.

In the middle of the night it suddenly occurred to me that I needed to check the trash folder again, but with the sd card in the computer slot. And much to my relief, there they were! I am delighted to be able to share this recipe with you after all.

Ham and Honey Mustard Muffins

The sweet honey and sharp yellow mustard are the perfect complement to the smoky chunks of ham in these savory muffins. Use a good quality baked ham, not just sandwich slices for the best tasting muffins.

Ingredients
2 cups or 250g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes or 1/2 teaspoon regular sea salt
Few good grinds fresh black pepper
7 oz or 200g smoked ham, diced
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/4 cup or 60ml canola oil
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 eggs

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease your 12-cup muffin pan liberally with canola or butter or line with paper muffin cups.

Chop your ham into small chunks.  Put aside a small handful for topping the muffins before baking.



In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper and stir well.

Fold in the larger pile of ham and stir again.



In another bowl, whisk your milk, oil, eggs, mustard and honey.



Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold them together until just mixed.



Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and top each with some of the reserved ham.

Food Lust People Love: These ham and honey mustard muffins are the perfect breakfast or snack for anyone who loves honey mustard glazed ham at Christmas. The honey and mustard are the perfect complement to the smoky chunks of ham in these savory muffins. Use a good quality baked ham, not just sandwich slices for the best tasting muffins.
Bake in your preheated oven about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Food Lust People Love: These ham and honey mustard muffins are the perfect breakfast or snack for anyone who loves honey mustard glazed ham at Christmas. The honey and mustard are the perfect complement to the smoky chunks of ham in these savory muffins. Use a good quality baked ham, not just sandwich slices for the best tasting muffins.


Cool on a rack for a few minutes and then remove the muffins from the pan to cool completely.

Food Lust People Love: These ham and honey mustard muffins are the perfect breakfast or snack for anyone who loves honey mustard glazed ham at Christmas. The honey and mustard are the perfect complement to the smoky chunks of ham in these savory muffins. Use a good quality baked ham, not just sandwich slices for the best tasting muffins.


Enjoy!

Make sure to check out all the other lovely muffins my Muffin Monday friends are sharing today!
Muffin Monday
#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.


Pin these Ham and Honey Mustard Muffins!

Food Lust People Love: These ham and honey mustard muffins are the perfect breakfast or snack for anyone who loves honey mustard glazed ham at Christmas. The honey and mustard are the perfect complement to the smoky chunks of ham in these savory muffins. Use a good quality baked ham, not just sandwich slices for the best tasting muffins.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter Candy Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

Never mind that Easter bunny left too many sweets. This recipe will turn that excess into buttery Easter Candy Cookies your whole family will love.

Food Lust People Love: Never mind that Easter bunny left too many sweets. This recipe will turn that excess into buttery Easter Candy Cookies your whole family will love. For these cookies I used a mix of the peanut butter filled M&M eggs and the caramel filled M&Ms, which looked like eggs as well, though the packaging didn’t say that. It was an excellent combo!


I must confess that since our daughters left home for college, we have really tapered off on the buying of Easter candy. The first couple of years, I made up one sparse basket for their father and me to share. But the last few years I haven’t even done that.

This year, HOWEVER, my Creative Cookie Exchange friends decided that cookies with leftover Easter candy would be our April theme, so I went out and bought some candy. I couldn’t believe how many new varieties there were! M&Ms Eggs filled with caramel, peanut butter or hazelnut spread, just to name three treats I had never seen before.

On Saturday my whole family came round for a crawfish boil and these cookies were our dessert. They were very popular!

Easter Candy Cookies

For these cookies I used a mix of the peanut butter filled M&M eggs and the caramel filled M&Ms, which looked like eggs as well, though the packaging didn’t say that. It was an excellent combo! You can use the same amount of your favorite Easter candy. This recipe was adapted from one on Thanksgiving.com.

Ingredients
3/4 cup or 170g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup, packed, or 150g light brown sugar
1/4 cup or 50g granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups or 250g all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups or 360g M&M eggs, assorted
To decorate: pastel sprinkles

Method
Beat the  butter, sugars and egg together with the vanilla, until the mixture is smooth and the sugar is no longer gritty between your fingers.


In another bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Sift the mixture into the creamed butter and sugar bowl.



Beat again until combined. Fold in the Easter candy.



Use a scoop to divide the dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven and line your cookie sheets with baking parchment. Place the dough balls at least three inches apart on the parchment. Use a pastry brush to wet the top of the dough balls with water and add the sprinkles.

Food Lust People Love: Never mind that Easter bunny left too many sweets. This recipe will turn that excess into buttery Easter Candy Cookies your whole family will love. For these cookies I used a mix of the peanut butter filled M&M eggs and the caramel filled M&Ms, which looked like eggs as well, though the packaging didn’t say that. It was an excellent combo!




Bake in the preheated oven for 13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.

Leave to cool in the pan then remove to a plate with a spatula. These cookies are quite soft and oh-so-moreish!

Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Never mind that Easter bunny left too many sweets. This recipe will turn that excess into buttery Easter Candy Cookies your whole family will love. For these cookies I used a mix of the peanut butter filled M&M eggs and the caramel filled M&Ms, which looked like eggs as well, though the packaging didn’t say that. It was an excellent combo!


Check out the two other recipes by Creative Cookie Exchange friends are sharing. Many thanks to this month's host, Laura of The Spiced Life.




You can use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.


Pin these Easter Candy Cookies! 

Food Lust People Love: Never mind that Easter bunny left too many sweets. This recipe will turn that excess into buttery Easter Candy Cookies your whole family will love. For these cookies I used a mix of the peanut butter filled M&M eggs and the caramel filled M&Ms, which looked like eggs as well, though the packaging didn’t say that. It was an excellent combo!
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Liquid Cocaine (Espresso-White Chocolate) Bundt #BundtBakers

Strong espresso and melted white chocolate combine to make a special dessert cake I’m calling a Liquid Cocaine Bundt. It’s great with a cup of tea or coffee, cake you can even legitimately nosh for breakfast.

Food Lust People Love: Strong espresso and melted white chocolate combine to make a special dessert cake I’m calling a Liquid Cocaine Bundt. It’s great with a cup of tea or coffee, cake you can even legitimately nosh for breakfast.


Our Bundt Bakers' host this month is Felice from All That's Left Are The Crumbs, and she proposed that we create coffee shop drink Bundts. Isn’t that a fabulous theme? We've been making Bundt together for so many years that one might think there aren't any more great themes. Never underestimate the Bundt Bakers for creativity!

If you’ve been reading along here for a while, you know that Starbucks has a secret menu and I am a fan of their Liquid Cocaine combination of espresso and white chocolate syrup. So far I’ve made those flavors into muffins and cookies, both delicious. Today, for Bundt Bakers, they have become a most moist and sweet Bundt cake.

Liquid Cocaine (Espresso-White Chocolate) Bundt

If you want to try the original drink my Bundt is modeled after, order 4 shots of espresso and 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice in a grande cold cup.  Stir and enjoy.

Ingredients
1 cup or 160g good quality white chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli.)
2 cups or 250g flour, plus extra for pan
1 cup or 200g sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup or 80ml milk
4 shots espresso (1/2 cup or 120ml), cooled
1/2 cup or butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for pan
2 eggs

Optional for decoration: powdered sugar

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 10-cup Bundt pan by buttering and flouring it.

Put your white chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. On high power, heat the chips in 15 second bursts, stirring well in between, until they are just melted. Stir well and set aside.



In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another small mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, eggs and cooled espresso.




Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones, until just mixed. Some flour may still show.



Pour half the batter into your prepared Bundt pan. Spoon on the melted white chocolate.

Top with the rest of the batter. Use a wooden skewer to swirl the batter.



Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Food Lust People Love: Strong espresso and melted white chocolate combine to make a special dessert cake I’m calling a Liquid Cocaine Bundt. It’s great with a cup of tea or coffee, cake you can even legitimately nosh for breakfast.


Allow the Bundt to cool in the pan for a few minutes and remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, if desired.

Food Lust People Love: Strong espresso and melted white chocolate combine to make a special dessert cake I’m calling a Liquid Cocaine Bundt. It’s great with a cup of tea or coffee, cake you can even legitimately nosh for breakfast.
Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Strong espresso and melted white chocolate combine to make a special dessert cake I’m calling a Liquid Cocaine Bundt. It’s great with a cup of tea or coffee, cake you can even legitimately nosh for breakfast.



And don’t forget to take a peek at what our other talented bakers have baked this month. Many thanks to our lovely host, Felice of All That's Left Are The Crumbs.

BundtBakers

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

Pin this Liquid Cocaine Bundt! 

Food Lust People Love: Strong espresso and melted white chocolate combine to make a special dessert cake I’m calling a Liquid Cocaine Bundt. It’s great with a cup of tea or coffee, cake you can even legitimately nosh for breakfast.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Cheesy Bacon and Tomato Lettuce Rolls #FoodieExtravaganza

These cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls are simple to create. They make a wonderful lunch or snack full of freshness and flavor, from the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to the crunchy lettuce, ripe tomatoes and especially the honey Dijon mayo.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls are simple to create. They make a wonderful lunch or snack full of freshness and flavor, from the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to the crunchy lettuce, ripe tomatoes and especially the honey Dijon mayo.


I have mixed feelings about this post. Not the cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls themselves. They are fabulous. Make them.

My problem is the post itself because I have some news to share that finds me conflicted. For a few years as a child and then since moving overseas in 1987, my identity has been largely defined by the many places I’ve lived, by being an expat. If you’ve read my About Me page, you know that the places I’ve had a bedroom makes a very long list. This week, that comes to an end.

Even as I type, the movers are packing things up around me, with the familiar screech of huge tape rolls sealing boxes, the noisy rustle of crushed wrapping paper and box knives slicing through cardboard. With so many workers in one room, it’s almost deafening at times. These sounds are familiar, normal, usually harbingers of a new life in a foreign land. Now they mean I am going home.

I look forward to spending more time with family and friends in the States, and also traveling with my husband for extended periods, with no deadlines looming or constant emails and phone calls to tend to.

But I am also going to miss the unexpected challenge of moving to a new country, the adventure of making new friends and figuring out how things work. And, of course, I am really going to miss the friends I made in Dubai. I know we’ll keep in touch, as I have with other special friends from other locations, but there’s always sadness to leave people behind.

I don’t want to trivialize that sadness but I can tell you that bacon always cheers me up. Hence, these lovely rolls.

Cheesy Bacon and Tomato Lettuce Rolls

You can switch out the thick bacon for thin sliced, if you’d prefer but I think the thick cut stuff gives a better bacon to other ingredients ratio. Make sure to cut enough of the hard ribs out because this will make the lettuce much easier to roll up.

Ingredients
For 6 cheesy BLT rolls:
6 slices thick cut bacon, fried till crispy but still pliable
2 ripe Roma tomatoes, sliced very thinly
6 heart of romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried well
3 1/2 oz or 100g extra sharp cheddar, grated
Freshly ground black pepper

To secure the rolls: wooden skewers

For the honey Dijon mayo:
1/4 cup or 56g mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon minced green onion tops
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
Optional but recommended: dash or two of your favorite hot sauce

Method
In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the honey Dijon mayo. Cover and refrigerate until needed.



Use a sharp knife to cut the thick hard ribs out of each lettuce leaf. Spoon some of the honey Dijon mayo on one side of the leaf.



Top this with a slice of bacon.



Sprinkle with cheese, the top with the thinly sliced tomato. Give the tomatoes a good couple of grinds of black pepper then drizzle with a little more mayo. 



Finally add a little more grated cheese. Fold the other side of the lettuce leaf over.



From the base of the romaine leaf, roll it up and secure the roll with a wooden skewer.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls are simple to create. They make a wonderful lunch or snack full of freshness and flavor, from the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to the crunchy lettuce, ripe tomatoes and especially the honey Dijon mayo.


Repeat until all six rolls are done.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls are simple to create. They make a wonderful lunch or snack full of freshness and flavor, from the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to the crunchy lettuce, ripe tomatoes and especially the honey Dijon mayo.
If you have a few tomatoes slices left over, serve them with a little of the mayo. Delish.

Food Lust People Love: These cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls are simple to create. They make a wonderful lunch or snack full of freshness and flavor, from the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to the crunchy lettuce, ripe tomatoes and especially the honey Dijon mayo.


Enjoy!

This month my Foodie Extravaganza friends are celebrating National BLT (Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich) Month by sharing classic BLTs or variations on that theme. Check out the creative recipes below.  Many thanks to this month’s host, Sue of Palatable Pastime.

Foodie Extravaganza celebrates obscure food holidays by posting delicious recipes your family will love. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a home cook looking for tasty recipes, check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board!

Pin these Cheesy Bacon and Tomato Lettuce Rolls!


Food Lust People Love: These cheesy bacon and tomato lettuce rolls are simple to create. They make a wonderful lunch or snack full of freshness and flavor, from the smoky bacon and sharp cheddar to the crunchy lettuce, ripe tomatoes and especially the honey Dijon mayo.
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Browned Butter Banana Muffins #MuffinMonday

Banana muffins are always good, especially when your bananas are sweet and ripe but switch out the oil or butter for browned butter and try my browned butter banana muffins with browned butter glaze. You’ll never want them any other way.

Food Lust People Love: Banana muffins are always good, especially when your bananas are sweet and ripe but switch out the oil or butter for browned butter and try my browned butter banana muffins with browned butter glaze. You’ll never want them any other way.  Can you leave off the browned butter glaze? You could, of course, but WHY? I am not a big sweet eater but I do have a weakness for all things caramel. I’m here to tell you though that browned butter lends that same almost smoky flavor to all things, both sweet and savory. Seriously. I couldn’t stop eating the glaze and it’s just about pure sugar. So good!


A number of years ago, I discovered browned butter on my friend Kayle’s wonderful blog, The Cooking Actress. While I think I am mildly addicted, Kayle has so many more browned butter recipes on her blog than I do. She is my inspiration to brown butter all the things. If you need instructions on how to make it – it’s super simple, so don’t be scared – check out this link.

Meanwhile, you might want try some of my favorites:


Browned Butter Banana Muffins with Browned Butter Glaze

Can you leave off the browned butter glaze? You could, of course, but WHY? I am not a big sweet eater but I do have a weakness for all things caramel. I’m here to tell you though that browned butter lends that same almost smoky flavor to all things, both sweet and savory. Seriously. I couldn’t stop eating the glaze and it’s just about pure sugar. So good!

Ingredients
1/2 cup or 115g butter
2 1/4 cups or 280g flour
3/4 cup or 170g golden caster sugar (Sub regular sugar if you can’t find golden)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 well-ripened bananas
1/2 cup or 120ml buttermilk
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional (BUT DO IT!): browned butter glaze
2 teaspoons browned butter
1/2 cup or 63g powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk or buttermilk
pinch salt

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your large 12-cup muffin pan by greasing lightly or lining with muffin papers. This batter will fill more than your standard 12-cup muffin pan. Either use larger paper cups that come up higher than the pan, or make more muffins.

Brown your butter for the muffins, adding an extra couple of teaspoons if you are going to make the browned butter glaze. If you don’t know how to brown butter, it’s easy! Follow these instructions, right here, from The Cooking Actress:  How to brown butter. When the butter is browned, set it aside to cool, reserving two teaspoons of it for the glaze in a small mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

In another bowl, mash your ripe bananas with a fork. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and milk and whisk.



Pour in the cooled browned butter and whisk again.



Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ones and stir a couple of times until just combined.



Divide the batter between the muffin cups.



Bake in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Food Lust People Love: Banana muffins are always good, especially when your bananas are sweet and ripe but switch out the oil or butter for browned butter and try my browned butter banana muffins with browned butter glaze. You’ll never want them any other way.  Can you leave off the browned butter glaze? You could, of course, but WHY? I am not a big sweet eater but I do have a weakness for all things caramel. I’m here to tell you though that browned butter lends that same almost smoky flavor to all things, both sweet and savory. Seriously. I couldn’t stop eating the glaze and it’s just about pure sugar. So good!


Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes in the pan then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, add the powdered sugar and pinch of salt to the reserved teaspoons of browned butter. Mix well.



Drizzle the cooled muffins with glaze. I like to use a plastic bag with the corner cut off for neater drizzling.  I left a few naked at my daughter's request.

Food Lust People Love: Banana muffins are always good, especially when your bananas are sweet and ripe but switch out the oil or butter for browned butter and try my browned butter banana muffins with browned butter glaze. You’ll never want them any other way.  Can you leave off the browned butter glaze? You could, of course, but WHY? I am not a big sweet eater but I do have a weakness for all things caramel. I’m here to tell you though that browned butter lends that same almost smoky flavor to all things, both sweet and savory. Seriously. I couldn’t stop eating the glaze and it’s just about pure sugar. So good!


Enjoy!

Food Lust People Love: Banana muffins are always good, especially when your bananas are sweet and ripe but switch out the oil or butter for browned butter and try my browned butter banana muffins with browned butter glaze. You’ll never want them any other way.  Can you leave off the browned butter glaze? You could, of course, but WHY? I am not a big sweet eater but I do have a weakness for all things caramel. I’m here to tell you though that browned butter lends that same almost smoky flavor to all things, both sweet and savory. Seriously. I couldn’t stop eating the glaze and it’s just about pure sugar. So good!


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Food Lust People Love: Banana muffins are always good, especially when your bananas are sweet and ripe but switch out the oil or butter for browned butter and try my browned butter banana muffins with browned butter glaze. You’ll never want them any other way.  Can you leave off the browned butter glaze? You could, of course, but WHY? I am not a big sweet eater but I do have a weakness for all things caramel. I’m here to tell you though that browned butter lends that same almost smoky flavor to all things, both sweet and savory. Seriously. I couldn’t stop eating the glaze and it’s just about pure sugar. So good!
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