Last weekend, I "dog-sat" for my friend E and her partner. They are the proud parents of "the girls" - Cooper and Porter - and I had lots of fun with them. Cooper and Porter are the cutest, tinest dogs ever:
One of their favourite places to sleep was on my knee - both at once - which was not conducive to doing much other than snoozing along with them. Needless to say, it was a relaxing weekend.
While I was housesitting, I baked E and her partner some sugar cookies using the September Daring Bakers challenge recipe, and cut them out using some cute new cookie cutters I bought on the weekend:
What does all of this have to do with Tuesday with Dorie? Not much, other than it is around 10pm on Monday night and my TWD recipe for this week has just finished baking, as I wasn't here on the weekend to make it. The recipe this week is Corniest Corn Muffins, chosen by Jill of My Next Life. This is another recipe which I would never have chosen myself, but which I love and will make again.
The hardest part of this challenge was buying cornmeal in Melbourne. I could have bought it by mail from USA Foods (as Moorabbin is way outside of my neighbourhood) - but the postage would have been more than the cornmeal. In every shop I asked at (including Queen Vic Market), I got asked, "You mean polenta?" No, I do not mean polenta. In one shop, the girl got very huffy because she thought I wanted (wheaten) cornflour, and she gave me the impression that her specialist shop would not stoop to selling anything so common. Eventually, I found cornmeal in a health food shop in Ormond, sold as "maize flour". And the funniest part is that my cornmeal came from the Darling Downs in Queensland - my home turf!
These muffins really tasted good - the corn kernels give moisture, texture and a soft crunch to these muffins. They also smell great while they are baking.
I thought these muffins were perfect straight out of the oven with just a dab of Nuttelex:
Thanks to our host for this week, Jill - she will have the recipe. To check out what everyone else thought of these muffins, visit the LYL section for this week at the TWD website.
Finally, I wish to give a belated "thank you" to Yummy Chunklet, a fellow attorney from Chicago, who awarded me the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:
I pass this award on to all of you (girls and guys!) who read my blog - I really appreciate that you take the time to drop on by.
Hope you are having a great week!