Cooking with Liz, Part II

October 5, 2010

So, most of you probably don’t know, but Liz and my second date was something of a fiasco. Probably not as much of a fiasco as the first, but there was an issue with some baking we attempted.

To bake lemon poppy seed muffins, you usually need a muffin pan. If you don’t, you might be tempted to use a normal pyrex bread pan. While this might seem like a decent solution to a potential problem, you will be stuck pondering how much time this new formula needs to properly percolate. Temperatures are another problem. Muffins bake fairly quickly, at a potentially higher temperature than a loaf of material would. Sure, you might adjust for this problem, lower temp for longer. You keep checking in on it, hoping it is getting closer. At some point you think, “Dear lord, this can’t take any longer”. So you take it out and try to eat it. Notice that the top is looking decent, now notice that you can see the bottom through the clear pyrex pan. And you notice that the bottom is an unfortunate shade of black. Attempt to remove the item from the pan, and now notice that the center is quite completely not cooked yet. Have a laugh, eat the bits that you don’t think will kill you, and watch a movie.

We had a fun night, and it might have set a bit of a precedent for our cooking. I don’t think either of us got food poisoning out of it either.

Liz suggested that we try out making a sweet bread tonight. It happened that we had the ingredients for making lemon poppy seed in our new bread maker (Awesomest thing ever! Home made honey whole wheat is spectacular!).

Do we have everything?
I think we have it all.

Eggs are gooey

Two eggs, yummy.

In goes the sugar

Cutest wife ever!

Natasha likey

Even Natasha wants to help! (Don’t worry, we made sure that her paws were clean.)

The cutest wife in the world

Almost done!

It emerges!

It has emerged, we are victorious!


Tada, and it was tasty!

So the moral of the story is, sometimes it takes 5 years to get things right.

I would also like to clarify that I did all the photography for this post. These might look a little off, but I’m trying to use my iPhone for more impromptu photo documentation. I think the biggest problem is that we need better lighting in the kitchen.

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