Do You Know The Muffin Man?

July 2, 2008

Today was quick bread lab ! More on that after lunch….


My smoothie held me over amazingly well! I had packed an oat bar to have at 10, but my friend Ellen brought in White Chocolate Pumpkin bars made from yesterday’s PB-Choco recipe but made this time with soymilk and pumpkin instead of butter and PB. Much healthier and very tasty. I had half of one for snack –

Lunch I

Knowing we were baking again, I packed the produce half of lunch and left room for some sampling:

Romaine, green + red peppers, jicama, olives, capers.

Balsamic vinegar (thick aged kind from Williams Sonoma – I say it everytime: it’s worth $20!) mixed with Dijon mustard :

I also had a seltzer . I packed a hugeeeee apple but didn’t have time to eat it, so it got packed away again. Maybe tomorrow!

Lunch II

For quick bread lab we made 3 kinds of muffins, biscuits and popovers!

Overmixed muffins (far), control muffins, applesauce muffins (close)

My samples of each muffin + biscuit piece at the top:

Popovers ! I shared one with a friend. They tasted just like croissants – yum!

I’m sure there will be a Lunch III but I’m not quite hungry yet. Also don’t want to spoil my early dinner!

It’s a shame my hand hurts so badly because I have to write a paper now. Luckily it’s just a 2-pager. And the last of the summer session!

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1 VeggieGirl July 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm

White-Chocolate-Pumpkin bars?? Divine.

Yikes, good luck with writing the paper – at least it’s the last one! :0)


2 Every Gym's Nightmare July 2, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I keep meaning to make your oatmeal bar things, but keep forgetting to buy oats (GASP! i know…)

Man, if I were taking these classes, I’d be a million pounds by now.



3 Leah July 2, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Hey Kath! I know you lived in Cambridge, UK for a while? I am going there this weekend for a night and I wanted to know what you thought the best place to see/go was!


4 Allyson July 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Yum, popovers are so fun, aren’t they??

Just wondering what your thoughts are on drinking V8 as a sources of veggie servings? I feel like I’m not getting enough and thought it might be a good supplement…

Happy Hump Day! :)


5 Jill July 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Hi Kath!
Just wondering how long (approx.) the overmixed muffins were mixed for vs. the control? Just curious because it is quite a big difference in rise!


6 Kristin July 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I hope Kath, or some reader, can give me a response to this question. I feel like no matter how much I eat at lunch, or how fattening, I could ALWAYS eat more. Same thing with breakfast. I am always just waiting until it is time to eat again. I finish lunch and then I am watching the clock for a snack time and then I am just waiting for dinner. I dont work out a whole lot so I have no idea why this happens. I am jealous of people who feel “full.” Can anyone tell me what is going on with me??


7 lola July 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Hey kath,
I know you use the squiggly line approach and that when you’ve eaten a lot at lab that you have a light dinner, but do you think you’re going to gain any weight from eating all this food you’re eating in labs?


8 rhodeygirl July 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Kristin- are you actually hungry or are you bored? My friend Lauren is always looking to the clock for the next meal because she is “hungry” but really she is just bored and can’t wait until she eats again…

Not that this is your case, but that is hers at least.


9 Becky in MD July 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Kristen-It sounds like you’re not listening to your body’s hunger cues. Eating by the clock will def. do that to you(me)! I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at pretty much the same time everyday because “its time to.” On the weekends my eating is much less scheduled, and I feel like I actually listen to when I’m hungry and I don’t eat just because its noon(or 6:30, or whatever). You also might want to try increasing the calories or the volume of each meal, and maybe you will feel full and not need the snacks you have built in.


10 Little Black Dress July 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Oatmeal white chocolate peanut butter? Heaven?

Good luck on your paper!


11 Jaime July 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Do you just blend all the ingredients in your smoothie the night before and store in the fridge for the morning?


12 Kim July 2, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Kristin –
Is there any chance you could have a thyroid disorder? Constant hunger is a symptom of hyperthyroidism.

Or maybe you are not bulking your meals up with enough protein/healthy fats? I would suggest adding half an avocado to your meal… it’s SO filling! (or maybe a cup of lentil soup, or a yogurt, or toast with lots of peanut butter… those are all foods that I personally find super-satiating.)


13 Kath July 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Oh my that was so long ago I don’t remember the names of anything! There was a cool noodle bar…and a great Italian restaurant across from Newnham House with the best white wine: an Orvieto Abboccato. That’s all I got!

Allyson ,
You’re missing out on fiber with V8, but you’re getting the nutrients. I’d say a good choice to get more in.

Jill ,
Yes, they were So different in texture.
Normal: 14 stirs
Over: I think 50-70 stirs

Kristin ,
If there’s no clinical reason, my guess would be you’re eating the wrong kind of food. What kind of meals are not filling you up? Are the full of fiber, fat and protein (the big “fillers”)?

lola ,
I don’t think we’ve had enough big eating labs to make a difference, plus you’re right that I usually eat a little less for lunch that day (I have saved part of my lunch in the past when I found out we’re cooking something edible.) But if I ate like I did yesterday, then I’d definitely gain! But today the muffins were part of my lunch, not an addition. And not every lab we do is edible. Some are just 1 taste or none.

Jaime ,



14 claire July 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm


I live in Cambridge. If you are here during the day you should go punting. I’m not sure if you know what punting is, but you get in a boat and then either you or a friend or a guide puts a pole in the water and pushes you down the river. It’s really fun and a great way to see the colleges from the river.

If you want to go for a walk and have some tea, you could walk to GRantchester and then go to the tea room there. It’s about a 40 min. walk from City Center. The walk is along the river and really relaxing. It feels like you are in the country.

You should also try and see King’s College Chapel–it’s beautiful. Trinity and St. John’s are also lovely colleges.

You could also tour the Kettle Yard House. It’s a house that used to belong to Jim Ede, former curator of the Tate. It’s a really fun house and styled in a way that brings nature/the outside into the house. There is a gallery alongside the house.

A good place to eat is a veggie/vegan cafe called Rainbow Cafe. It’s right across from King’s College Chapel.

Hmm. I love CAmbridge. I hope that the weather is good for you.


15 adria July 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

everything looks delish! wish I could take that class- it looks like it would be super fun. i’m jealous of you


16 Kath July 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm

claire + Lola,
Bringing back memories!! GRANTCHESTER is SO COOL!!! I used to bike that pathway – through cow pastures – to the tea room and get a scone and tea. Definitely do that if you have time and room for outdoor activity.

Here’s The Granta, a pub across the street where we stayed that had a view of the punters:

Me at Kings College (can you believe that’s me!?)

We liked this tea shop (my friend:)

Wish I could join you Lola :)

Thanks for the recs Claire!



17 Sidi July 2, 2008 at 4:18 pm

When your hand will get better could you write the popovers recipe, please. I have a croissants recipe but it’s soooo complicated, maybe this recipe is not that complicated. Thanks!


18 Suzanne July 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

the pricier balsamic vinegar is definitely worth it! (My husband and I take the free cooking lessons at Williams-Sonoma and they had a class where they cooked with all of their balsamics).

There are so many different kinds of balsamic – and each one is geared for something. Dressings, desserts, etc.

They had one bottle that was over $100. But, it’s like wine, the pricer it is – the better it usually tastes. :)

Hope your hand recovers soon, Kath!


19 Kath July 2, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Sidi ,
Here’s the exact recipe from our lab manual (it was a pretty standard-classic one)



20 Leah July 3, 2008 at 1:06 am

Claire and Kath- thank you so much! I can’t wait to go this weekend. I have heard of punting and we plan on doing it! Claire, I didn’t realize you were actually so close to me.. I thought I was one of the only Uk’ers on Kath’s site. I really hope the weather holds up as well!!


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