Friday, September 24, 2010

{Foodie} root cellaring, harvest time

Well, we didn't go on a field trip today (the weather is nasty, floods everywhere) but we are learning about habitats, we harvested our sunflowers today and brought them in so we learned all about the different bugs that use sunflower heads as habitats. Yuck.. We learned that at least 10 different kinds use them. Our upstairs living room is being turned into a root cellar. :P We harvested our seed cucumbers and have the seeds drying now. I think it is pretty exciting to have our own seeds drying. Last week we harvested our corn. I think tomorrow we will be going potato diggin'. Exciting!

You can see the new color of our living room. It is very bright and vibrant in there. I love it. It makes me feel special to have our own living room even though we are living with my parents.

So since we didn't go anywhere I did some baking. Not your typical baking. I made some broccoli cakes.

They surprisingly are pretty good.

For the Craft show in November, I am planning on making a Harvest time cook book. We will see what happens.  Here is the recipe for the broccoli cakes.

Stand mixer or electric beaters
12-cup muffin tin, greased and floured well (or silicone)
12 trimmed broccoli florets (each one should fit into a muffin cup with room to spare)
275g (1 cup and 2.5 tbsp) butter, softened 
50g  (1/4 cup) sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
300g (1 1/4 cup) flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
60g (full 1/4 cup) strong cheddar cheese, grated

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Bring a pot of water to the boil and blanch the broccoli florets for 3 minutes. Rinse well in cold water to stop the cooking, then dry each floret well with paper towels and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter until soft and creamy, then add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix together the flour, baking powder, turmeric, cayenne and salt, and beat this into the wet ingredients as well. Finally, fold in the grated cheese with a spatula.
  3. Place one heaping tablespoonful of batter in the bottom of each muffin case, then tap the tin against the counter to spread batter out. Stand a single floret in each muffin case, and top with the remaining batter, dividing it evenly between the cases. Spread the batter over the top of each floret roughly, but don't worry about it looking perfect. 
  4. Bake the cakes for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown and hard to the touch. While baking, some butter will bubble up around each cake — you can mop this up with paper towels if you like, but don't worry too much about it. Allow the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before serving, but do try to eat on the same day.


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  2. Hi...thank you for sharing your recipe. I'm always looking for different ways to prepare any vegetable for my little one:)

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  4. I need a root cellar. As many apples as we have (we've already canned about 175 quarts of stuff!) we want to put some away whole.... they'll probably go in our attic.

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