52 New Recipes in 2010 – 06 and 07, Butternut Squash Muffins and Pizza
When I was young, I never believed that carrot cake was actually made with carrots.
Carrots were vegetables, which you had for your main course. Cake was sweet, which you had for pudding. So obviously, no-one would actually put carrots in a cake. That would be daft. It was just normal cake, and they just called it carrot cake because it had those orange bits in, that looked really like grated carrot….
Now I’ve been to Morocco and read about medieval cookery, and study anthropology, so I realise that this sweet/savoury distinction is culturally constructed.
So the prospect of butternut squash muffins didn’t freak me out at all.
Jamie Oliver instructs you to ‘whizz the squash in a food processor’. When he starts talking like this, I generally assume he’s being an arrogant tosser who assumes we all have big fancy food processors and don’t mind washing them up afterwards, and ignore him – real cooks like chopping things really small. But having ‘finely chopped’ a whole butternut squash, I may reconsider this position.
Still, that aside they were really easy, and turned out pretty well. Normally when I make muffins, they don’t rise, but these ones did. And the large chunks of butternut squash are quite nice. =)
When I told my flatmates I had mind-boggling quantities of mozzarella and ricotta, there was lots of enthusiasm for pizza.
So we made pizza.
I have made pizza before, so this isn’t strictly new, but a) I haven’t made it for a long time, and b) it was a new recipe for the dough and the toppings, so I’m going to count it as number 7 since I’m rather behind… I’m not going to count the three different types of pizzas as three separate recipes, though; that would be pushing it.
It was another Jamie Oliver recipe (the book was out), though we used wholemeal flour for the dough instead of white. We did one with mozzarella, pepper and mushroom, one with feta and rocket, and one with spinach and ricotta. Few little flaws, but mostly delicious.
I couldn’t do it every week, but it was lots of fun making the dough together and doing the toppings, and we even sat around the table and all ate together. (At about midnight. Our pizza business plan needs honing.) Felt like a very special evening. =)
And tomorrow, I’m going to the library to work really, really hard on my essays.